Advent Calendar Project

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Advent is a time when we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Different groups within the church and community have contributed to giant Advent Calendar that is on display at Northcote Baptist Church throughout the month of December. Each group has taken one aspect of the Advent theme and presented it in a box, one for each day leading up to Christmas Day. Everyone from preschoolers to professional artists got involved – the result is a fabulous and fun retelling of the Big Story of the Bible. The exhibition will be open to the public on the dates below, or otherwise please contact the church office to arrange for your group to come and enjoy the display (allow up to one hour). office@nbc.org.nz

Thu 10 Dec 2015, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Sat 12 Dec 2015, 4:00pm–6:00pm
Thu 17 Dec 2015, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Sat 19 Dec 2015, 4:00pm–6:00pm

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Community invited to Northcote kid’s light party Superheroes

Calling Auckland North Shore kids and families to a Light Party: Superheroes

A light party is a Halloween alternative for parents who are uncomfortable with their kids NORTHCOTE BAPTIST LIGHT PARTYPOSTCARDFINAL
going from door to door “trick or treating”, while others don’t like the death and darkness horror themes associated with the celebration or even the negative influence of “treat us or we’ll trick you” type behaviour…

Now those parents have an Glenfield Auckland alternative in Hillcrest where the Northcote Baptist Church is hosting a Light Party with the theme Superheroes for the community.

Venue: Northcote Baptist Church, 67 Eban Ave, Northcote 5:30 – 8:30 pm, in collaboration with the Glenfield Salvation Army Corps and St Aidan’s Presbyterian Church.

What: A carnival type event, including an inflatable obstacle course, giant catapult, face-painting, disco, muffins, crafts, games and much more!

Come dressed as your favourite superhero, and test your super powers in a variety of challenges (no scarey costumes please).

Entry by donation: all children receive a ticket entitling them to a variety of treats, adults get their own too!
To get your Express Pass, click us an email at office@nbc.org.nz

Proteen and Kids Club 2015

Proteen (for school years 7 to 9) and Kids Club (for school years 2 to  6) have kicked off for 2015.  Last week we had an awesome evening packed with fun, activities and friends.  You can join us too, Friday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.  Bring an adult caregiver to register you and $4 to contribute to costs (and supper) to the Northcote Baptist Church facilities.

Confident Christianity Conference

Thinking Matters

UNCHANGING truth IN AN EVER-CHANGING CULTURE

ANZAC WEEKEND – AUCKLAND

24TH – 25TH APRIL 2015

Does God exist? Why is there so much suffering? Is truth relative?
Are science & faith enemies?

Can you give both intellectually and emotionally satisfying answers to these questions? Can you defend the Christian faith in a reasonable and compassionate way? Are you able to represent Christ’s message of hope, rescue and unfathomable love, even in the face of doubt and skepticism?

Join us this ANZAC weekend where a line-up of top international and local speakers will sensitively and skilfully respond to the biggest objections that Christians encounter today – and equip you to live out a confident, yet gracious faith in your everyday life.

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Brett Kunkle Dr Jeff Tallon Dr Steve Kumar
Brett Kunkle Dr Jeff Tallon Dr Steve Kumar
international youth speaker award-winning scientist philosopher & apologist
David Riddell Dr Mark Powell Dr Matthew Flannagan
David Riddell Mark Powell Dr Matthew Flannagan
international speaker & counsellor business leader & CEO of The Warehouse Group philosopher & theologian

& others!

Speaking Program
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The First New Zealand Christmas- A special story retold by the children of NBC

This morning at Northcote Baptist Church the clock was turned back 200 years. Dressed as settlers, sailors and Maori and using humour dance and singing, the children of Kid’s Rock retold this special story of the first New Zealand Christmas.

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The event being re-enacted by the children described the arrival of Samuel Marsden at the invitation of local Maori and the message of good news he gave on Christmas Day, 1814. Director of Family Ministries at Northcote Baptist Church Janice Norton reminded us that this same message of hope, reconciliation and forgiveness received so openly by many Maori was still important for all of us today.Thanks to all the teachers and children for bringing to life our nation’s story of the coming of the Good News. Te Haranui- Glad tidings of great joy indeed!IMG_1633

Christmas Day at Northcote Baptist Church

On Christmas Day 2014 many people will join together at Northcote Baptist for a service to celebrate ID-10057677the birth of Jesus. We will sing Christmas Carols and have choir singing.

It is hoped to have a Skype connection with the Christmas celebrations in the Bay of Islands, where there will be a special service thanks for Samuel Marsden bringing the Gospel to NZ 200 years ago.

Our service will be based on Luke 2:1-20 and we will hear of the incredible gift God has given us, Good News that causes great joy

Come and be part of this gathering at 9.30am on Thursday 25th December, 67 Eban Ave, Hillcrest, Auckland.

Thanks everyone
Peter Eaton, Pastor

Photo by dan

Luke 2: 1 – 20

The Birth of Jesus

2: 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14          “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Community flocks to NBC for light party

Northcote Baptist Church opened its doors to the community on Friday 31 October to offer an alternative celebration to Halloween and, as the photos reveal, the ‘Light Party’ was very well received as a safe, wholesome and family orientated fun night out.

Food, games, cake, lollies and other happy kids to play with, was a very happy alternative to knocking on strange doors around the  neighbourhood.

John 1:4-5 says: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.”

Judging by the children’s laughter, the light burned brightly on that night.

 

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