WELCOME!

April 19, 2011

Welcome to the website of the churches of
St Michael’s and St Barnabas, Devonport.

We meet for worship every Sunday,
10.30am at St Michael’s.

For details of our social activities and all other meetings, see the side bar … together with links to our Facebook pages and all sorts of online resources.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

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Praying around the World – Timor-Leste

October 21, 2017

Timor-Leste is otherwise known as East Timor. Just northwest of Australia, it voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. The Indonesian authorities then destroyed most of the infrastructure of the country before it became a sovereign nation in 2002. It is a small, densely packed country with extreme poverty and many traumatic memories. It is an overwhelmingly Catholic nation. Pray for a gospel of hope as this young nation seeks to build from the wreckage of the past.

With 87% of the population claiming Christianity as their faith practice, Timor-Leste is one of only two predominantly Catholic nations in Asia. Just 2% of the population are evangelical, and while the protestant church has seen slight growth, they are widely viewed with prejudice and suspicion. The streets are flooded with children and young people who have lost everything, and as a result they often form dangerous gangs. The physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Timorese are great but the power of Jesus is greater, and He is able to heal, restore, and save. There is a call and great need for Gospel-equipped Christian leaders in Timor-Leste, as workers are few and Christian resources almost non-existent. (Prayercast)

• Pray for more Christian resources to be available in the languages of the people

• Pray for peace and reconciliation for all the peoples after decades of bitter occupation

• Pray for servants who are willing to risk all to proclaim the Gospel of Christ


Praying around the world – Thailand

October 12, 2017

Thailand is a very populous country in South-East Asia with the world’s oldest monarchy. It is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, and the church is very small. To many people, the gospel message simply does not make sense, and there is a lack of local leaders in the church to translate the good news into Thai culture. Yet the needs are overwhelming. For all the prosperity, the country is notorious for its sex trade and slavery. Pray that many find freedom in Christ.

The Bible is available in the Thai language and many Thai radio stations daily air Christian programs. With the growing distribution of Christian literature and a highly literate population, Thailand is a nation with the potential to see the gospel spread quickly.

If workers will go and God’s people will pray, God’s power and the truth of the gospel will transform Thailand into a nation that is truly free. (Prayercast)

• Pray for the Gospel to effectively permeate this culture of Buddhism, spiritism, and the occult.

• Pray for moral conviction to fall on those who oppress others for profit via the sex trade.

• Pray for explosive growth in the church to reach all 80,000 villages.


Craft Day – October

October 12, 2017


How to pray for your church

October 10, 2017

This is the prayer card we gave out on Sunday – let’s all send some time using it to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom in Devonport:

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Time for a prayer party!

October 9, 2017

 

Prayer party

What would happen if we as a church set apart some time to pray together for the people we know and the places we serve?

On Thursday 12th we intend to find out.

If you can be there:

Gather at 6pm for jacket potatoes – bring toppings and salad.

Meet in the church at 7pm for praise and prayer, as we look at how Cornelius the centurion came to faith through the witness of Peter and the power of the Holy Spirit .

If you can’t be there:

Spend time during the day to pray for our church. We will post tomorrow the prayer points we published on our prayer cards on Sunday.

Also, let us know how we can pray for you and we will pray!

How will you get involved?

 


Praying around the World – Tanzania

October 5, 2017

Tanzania is a large country in Eastern Africa, where the majority claim to be Christian but a third are Muslim. The relative harmony between religious groups is being threatened by the rise of radical Islam, particularly on the large offshore island of Zanzibar. The church itself needs effective leadership and discipling. Although many claim to be Christians, Biblical knowledge is low and witchcraft still holds many in its grip.

Religious freedom is thought to be one of the motivating factors in Tanzania’s peaceful history.  With over one half of the population Christian and one third Muslim (99 % in Zanzibar), actively religious communities have existed with little conflict.  This is changing with increased internal Muslim conflicts, which have also prompted conflicts with Christians. Witchcraft, the occult, and superstitious spiritual practices are becoming part of even the mainline religions.  Many churches lack the trained mature leaders needed to shepherd and teach sound Biblical truths – exposing syncretism and heresy – to both established and newly planted Christian communities. (Prayercast)

• Pray for emphatic Biblical teaching in the churches that will, in turn, impact other spheres of society (i.e. poverty, witchcraft, radical Islam).

• Pray for trained, mature Christian leaders who will be able to evangelize the unreached in a predominantly rural nation.

• Pray for more effective Bible translation teams and initiatives.


Shared lunch – Sunday October 8th

October 4, 2017

Our regular shared lunches after church, one Sunday morning a month, have been times of genuine fellowship and encouragement – as well as good food!

This month we meet this coming Sunday, October 8th after coffee after church … all are welcome to stay and there’s usually enough food to go around if you forget, or decide at the last minute (the Co-op down the road is useful, too!). All of us pitch in to help set up and clear away as we are able, so come along to our service at 10:30am (Holy Communion), and spend some time with us afterwards, getting to know each other a little better and using our gifts to serve each other.