Whānau News: 12 August

I had a two-week gap between submitting my thesis and getting to share this message, and it has been a journey. Within this time, I was confronted with great doubt, confusion, and general lack of direction with what God might want to highlight out of the multitudes of tangents I could have picked out of my research. However, amazingly, God also used this to clearly and abundantly highlight the very message I am speaking about by providing so many wonderful examples of how important interpersonal relationships are. This came in the form of people around me voicing their support, helping me by giving me gems of wisdom, praying for me, and so many other beautiful expressions of how we can embody the commandment to “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34). I pray in the days leading up to the service that you too become very aware of how doing life together as a church family is just better together, and I’m so very excited to be sharing more about this on Sunday!
- Nicole
Better Together  |  Nicole Camacho
This week we get to delve into the beauty of interpersonal relationships and how important they are to us as a church family, especially in times of change. I have the honour of drawing on my very own (recently submitted) thesis to illustrate how God calls us into intentional fellowship with one another and that, in general, doing life is just better together! This week also marks the last week we get to gather around tables, have some pre-service hot drinks and share some snacks together so please join us at 9:30AM for a coffee/tea and the service will start at 10AM in-person (or follow this link for the online service).
For the Kids this Week...  
We have great children’s programs running during the service and we look forward to seeing your children there.  Pre-school room (0- 5 yrs), Discovery kids room (yrs 1-6) and FBI (yrs 7-8). Please remember to sign in your children as you enter the building. This Sunday the children will be joining us for the first part of the service sitting around the tables set up before their programs start.
Have you joined our Facebook page yet? Just look for FBC kids on Facebook. You will find information sharing and resources on this site. If you need any further information please contact Penny at
Whānau Worship Night
On Sunday the 21st of August at 7pm, we are having our second Whānau Worship night. We meet in the cafe to pray, sing, share and discern the heart of Christ together and EVERYONE is welcome! 
Alpha Marriage Course - Starting soon!
The Marriage Course was designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Topics covered include:
  • Strengthening Connection
  • The Art of Communication
  • Resolving Conflict
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • The Impact of Family
  • Intimacy
  • Love in Action
Register your expression of interest HERE or sign up in the info centre.
Treasurer position
Jan Day has served as the Treasurer of Franklin Baptist Church for many years but now feels to step down from this role. Thank you, Jan, for all your hard work and time you have invested into this role. The church is now looking for someone to pick up this voluntary position of Treasurer. If you are interested and want to know more about this role, please contract
Covid Reminder
We are aware that there is a lot of covid and flu cases in the community at present. We would love to have you join us online for the service if you are unwell.
The Alpha courses started last week and it is not too late to join in the fun. If you have questions or you know someone that has questions. Next meeting is on Monday 15th Aug at 10am in the church cafe and Wednesday 17th Aug at 6.45pm in the church cafe. Light refreshments provided. Please invite someone to come along. Register at the info centre. 
Oasis / Chapel Service
Songs, fellowship & the Word. Oasis is every Wednesday, 10am at the cafe area.
Chapel service is every first Wednesday of the month at 11 am followed by luncheon. A gold coin koha to assist with cost is appreciated. Contact Charlie Potter for more information, 0275298211 or
Come along and join us for a fun morning. Bring your own craft stuff. Start time 9:45am (Morning Tea) Crafts from 10-12noon.  Bring a friend or come alone. Everyone is welcome. Phone Sherrell 021 171 5538 or Maureen 021 203 4547 if you have any queries. The following groups are planned: Scrapbooking; Needlework; Book Club; Knitting/Crochet; Board Games; Patchwork.
CAP Money Course
This is a free budgeting course and runs for 3 consecutive Mondays in August starting Monday August 22, with subsequent evenings on August 29 and Sep 5.
Learn more:  Please register at the Info Desk. For more information, contact Chris Caldwell on 021 818 376.
Fuel Focus
A two-monthly newsletter from the Global Action Team. Click here for the JUL-AUG newsletter. A printed copy is also available at the Info Centre.
Prayer Chain
If you would like to submit a prayer request to the Prayer Chain, please email Arlene Hutcheon on or send a text to 0274726198. All prayer requests are treated as confidential.
Are you Isolating? 
We want to support you during this time, so if you are isolating please jump on the 'Church Center' app. Find the 'I'm Isolating' event in the events tab and follow the instructions to sign up your whānau for some practical and spiritual support during this time. 
You can give online, by automatic payment or direct debit. Our church bank account: 01 0403 0013842 00 or click here to donate now.
If you have a celebration you would like to share with everyone, please send it through to To make sure your birthday is given all the celebration it deserves, update your details in our Church Center app. 

As an encouragement to all of you while you're at home...check out some of the songs we're currently singing on Sundays and a few new ones we might sing in the future. If you have a Spotify account, this is the link to FBC Worship on Spotify

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