You may have discovered that, as a church, we are much more than a service that meets on a Sunday. We are the diverse community discovering what it means to live with the possibility of God in our midst; God on the job, God at home, God in the classroom, or God in the office. Jesus defined church as, where two or three meet together in my name. For us, church could be a group impromptu meeting for coffee, it could be the annual Big Bonfire on the Finer's Farm, or even the weekly Sunday morning worship celebration. Church is not where you meet but who you meet. Church is you as part of a divine corporate identity. It is about allowing relationships to go deeper, it is about hospitality, it is about discovering a measure of God in each other.
What holds us together is the commonality of following Jesus. Jesus has caught our attention. It makes us ask, who is this guy? How can we be closer to him? The phrase "Jesus with skin on" has become a kind of axiom for us. It defines both who we are and what empowers us in what we do- to help people find and follow Jesus.
Church is all about ordinary people who have become extraordinary because they found Jesus, or rather he found them. The early disciples urged other people to "come and see". So we urge the same. Whether it is a Sunday morning service or an event during the week, come as you are and see for yourself. You are important to God, you are important to us. What you wear, your previous church experience or lack of it, even your background, as bad as it might be, all become minuscule in comparison to your immense value to God, so why should it matter to us? COME!
On Sunday mornings, there is a kids' programme and a prgram for the pre-schoolers. Everyone from little kids to the elderly engage with the service. There should be something that "pushes your buttons". Coffee and tea is shared before the service, and the youth usually buy up large after the service at the local bakery, giving people lots of opportunities to mix and mingle.
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Dennis Flett, Former Senior Pastor
Sunday Mornings @10am
Is there something deep within you that longs to communicate deeply the source of your being? Is it possible for you to connect with the creator? Could it be that the answer is yes? We believe God is not distant and cold, but close in proximity, and intimate in relationship; desiring more to be with us, than we are with him. In the Sunday Morning service, we hope you will also encounter God. Sunday morning church is a celebration of God's goodness. It is the full human experience coupled with the experience of God. There can be laughter, excitement, joy, testimony, a feeling of being wanted, even sadness, and we don't shy from exploring the hard questions. Why? Because God is relevant, true, and interested in ordinary people.
What about the music?
It can be loud, and why not? It is normal to go hard out when you are passionate about something. We call it worship. A band, mostly of youth, leads us in a mixed contemporary genre and modern anthems. We usually finish with a rousing hymn! Our aim is people participation, not performance. Great worship we believe opens us up to the revelation of God.
How about the teaching?
God's word is more than ink on paper. John speaks of Jesus as the word becoming human flesh. We often say that we are Jesus with skin on. Jesus' experience should be our experience; it is people fleshing out the word of God on the cold face of human experience. People are resourced to do this on Sunday morning by teaching that is biblical, encouraging, challenging, and earthly. Can ordinary people become empowered and inspired to become super-ordinary people, and make a difference in the world in which they live?
Children are big on our radar screen. Children are the Church of today as much as anyone is. We have leaders who love being with the kids, and it's fun! Knox Kids (primary age) and Rainbow (infant and pre-school) are an important part of the Sunday service program, run during the service.
Jesus Priority - Ko Ihu te mea nui
Jesus is intentionally at the centre of our thinking and motivation.
Bible Centred - Pipera tapu
The word of God contained in the Bible is God’s written voice to humanity.
Authentic - Tuturutanga
Authenticity is being honest about our present reality; a world marred by human sinfulness. Yet it is honesty with the hope we can make it a better place because of our connection with the creator through Jesus, our Lord.
Autonomy - Mana motuhake
Autonomy comes from the recognition that God has given humanity the gift of free will. Autonomy means recognising the inherent nobility God has placed within each of us. This is outworked best in a culture of respect and where we can honour and encourage each other. When it comes to exercising power in leadership, we want to use that power to empower others to be the best they can be. Autonomy recognises freedom works best in an atmosphere of love.
Generosity - Atawhai
We serve a big-hearted God. When we function out of an attitude of generosity and faith, we are functioning in accordance with the heart of God.
Hospitality - Manaakitanga
The Bible is big on hospitality. We want to align with the Biblical theme of welcoming the undeserving as guests.
Family - Whanaungatanga
Family is a culture of inclusivity where everyone is treated as though they were related. Family means home, a place, a context where you can relax, be yourself, and be accepted. As much as we grow as a church we want to grow the culture of a big family. You are family, and you matter. “We all eat at the same table as Jesus.”
Harvest Focused - Nga hua tikanga
Harvest is a metaphor that Jesus used for the people that live outside of the borders of the Kingdom of God. Bringing in the harvest is our motivation.
For those of you who are new to Knox Church and are considering joining the church as a member, you may not know that the only way our church operates (paying salaries/wages of staff, rates, power bills and other running costs) is through that given by the member's offerings/tithes. We call this a “free will offerings” and we ask each of you to consider prayerfully how much you can afford to give so that the church is able to meet its financial obligations.
A budget is set each year and put before the congregation for approval so that you know what our expenses are and for you to consider your response to it - “How much can I contribute towards it?”
Because we are a registered charity your contribution to the church attracts a tax rebate - 33% of what you give can be claimed back through the Inland Revenue Department.
In order for this to happen, you need to get a number from the church treasurer so that any monies given can be recorded as they are received and tallied during the year. At the end of the financial year (31st March) an official receipt is provided with the total amount you have given. You can then submit this to the IRD alone with any other donations you have made to other charities for your refund.
How do I give the church my offering/tithe?
When you have been given a number you can through:
Internet Banking - deposit your offering/tithe into the Knox Church General Account - TSB Waitara 15-3945-0240699-00 (Identity who it is from by using the number given to you by the treasurer.
Envelope - put your contribution (cash or cheque) into an envelope with the number given to you by the treasurer written on the outside so that the amount given can be recorded. Put the envelope into the offering bag on Sunday morning when it is collected during the service.
Payroll Giving - see you employer as to how to deduct this from your wages/salary and have it directed to Knox Church
Church Treasurer - Bruce Lobban
Our Leadership Team (Elders)
Peter van Lith
our Staff TEam:
Administration, 24/7 Youth Worker
St Paul's Opunake Mission Enabler,
Community Worker, Family Coordinator
Jodene & Carol