Starting May 10, Carl and Merran Bakker will be running The Marriage Course. It is a very popular course world-wide, designed for any couple who want to invest in their relationship, whether you are considering marriage, have been together 1 or 61 years, and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling. It is a very casual, low-key course, and all the interaction you do is between the two of you while watching a DVD.
There is more information from this downloadable document.
If you are interested please contact Carl or Merran on 970 6350, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bula!! This coming Sunday (14 April) Petone Baptist Church is having a combined service with our local Fijian Church. Come enjoy some joyful music, singing, celebrating and a service full of surprises! We will have a shared lunch following the service, please bring a plate of finger / fork food if you can. Service starts at 10am as usual.
Having just collected 4 Academy Awards, this movie claims to be ‘a story that will make you believe in God’. But how is that so? And what do you make of the two possible endings? If you’ve seen this film or read the book and are interested in the spiritual themes in it, make sure you join us for our service – 10am, Sunday March 17!
The Connexions sheet for Term 1 is now uploaded. You can get it here.
As we were preparing to open the doors for Christmas in Bethlehem 2012, a hail storm and torrential rain hit Petone. Amazingly, around 200 people visited on the opening night and a total of around 1000 visitors came over the three sessions.
This year we introduced a Hebrew schoolroom, with a rabbi to help children with their copying of a passage from Isaiah. Samantha the donkey was joined by a calf and a lamb, as well as chickens, bantams, guinea pigs and a rabbit. Most of the animals were in the back yard, which provided extra space for all our visitors.
Once again the opportunity to have a photo taken with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus was very popular with both children and adults. Among the range of interactive activities on offer the cupcakes and bread in the bakery were in demand. Children enjoyed making a donkey mask and a beautiful Christmas star to take home.
Adults and children appreciated having a soothing hand massage in the spa. And the Aqua Splash children sold hand-made decorations to enable children from very poor families in North Vietnam to go to school.
We conducted a census of those who came to Bethlehem, and many people love to come back each year.
This year, however, 40% were first time visitors, so the word is spreading in the community. Thanks to Hutt City Council’s Community Engagement Fund for helping us continue to provide Christmas in Bethlehem as a free community event.
Christmas in Bethlehem is just around the corner!
Come December 7, 8 and 9, our church will be transformed into Bethlehem village! If you haven’t been to this wonderful event yet, don’t miss out this year!
Welcome to our new Petone Baptist Church website!
This new site will be updated frequently, and will contain information and downloads for past, present and future things – the Connexions sheet, all our recorded sermons, events and ministries, and much more will follow!