Movie : Inside Out : 11th June
This is one of the movie suggestions from the Lenten studies: Our Transforming God. (If you have the Lenten study booklet check out the Family Studies section page 59.)
Who: For anyone that would like to come along.
Bring your own floor-cushion and snacks. Coffee and normal chairs provided.
Time: 1pm in St Hilda's hall following the Messy Church service.
Come to Messy Church first and have lunch before viewing.
Theme: "The Rich Fool"
Come along and join this monthly Service which begins at 10:15am.
A Messy Church service is: Christ-centered, all age, with hospitality, creativity & celebration.
Lent Studies – Transformation
I had decided to commit to lent this year and so with that intention I signed up for a Lent study course, 'Transformation' was the theme. Did that mean I was going to be transformed to a beautiful butterfly? Was there hope for me? The expectation was high. And so it was that found myself once a week with other church members huddled together at the church hall for a couple of hours a week for six weeks.
Lent is a very powerful time, where we are asked to take the time to consider what Jesus means in our lives. Although this can be somewhat hard as we deal with today’s extremely busy world full of constant distractions. And I am easily distracted, however I did my best to be focused.
Each week we walked Jesus’s journey towards the cross as recorded in the book of John. We stopped off at various points and delved deeper into passages. As the members shared their interpretations and meanings of the various verses, the bible became more alive for me and gave me a greater understanding and fuller appreciation of those written words than I had before.
As the group began to trust one another, some shared their life experiences that related to the passages we studied. I considered they knew that they were being protected by the holy spirit. Still I considered this honesty an honour that they felt they could share their feelings within the group. It helped me to understand them in a way that I hadn’t before, they had become three dimensional instead of just the one I saw each Sunday morning.
At the end of it all, did I turn into a beautiful butterfly? Well, my outside remained the same, but I know that there was something different stirring inside. The caterpillar inside was wanting to eat more. I learn’t that Lent is about an internal journey regardless of whether it was taken alongside others. That the ability to tune into God at deeper level is truly what lent is about, the enhancing of a personal relationship with God is biggest gift that Lent could give, and sharing this journey with other special people was just a delightful bonus.
Diane - April 2017
N.B. Thank you Diane. We are always looking for feedback about how the life of St Hilda's Church, and walking the Christian Way, has impacted you. Your contribution (with permission) may be published in this Church Blog.
Terry - Interim PIC
St Hilda's have taken a cue from the Wellington Diocesan Week of Prayer initiative, "Come Holy Spirit" to keep the time from the Sunday after Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday as a time of focused Prayer. Something that also echos the Church England initiative, "Thy Kingdom Come".
This prayer focus will be expressed in all St Hilda services from Ascension Day (25 May) until Corpus Christi (15 June). Worshipers will be encouraged to be regular in prayer, to notice answered prayer, in whatever form it comes; and to be thankful. They will be encouraged to talk about their praying, some of them may choose to talk about it in Church services. The following services will have a Prayer Focus: