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OUR STORIES

THIS YEAR

FOR A CHURCH TO BE EFFECTIVE

WE NEED THESE THREE THINGS:

1. BIG COMMUNITY

2. RELATIONAL CONNECTION

3. INDIVIDUAL FAITH

HERE'S HOW WE DID

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WE RE-DISCOVERED THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY

"The Wattle Downs care group was rad! I met and built deeper relationships with fellow MCBC’ers than I do when regularly attending Sunday church. Our group consisted of people from vastly different walks of life. The group's success lay in these common factors; we loved and leaned on God and prayer and we accepted and supported one another. The Holy Spirit moved, and we became entrenched with what was going on in each other's lives. We were able to share the experience of God's work through the reports back about our prayer list — how neat!"

- Karen Tusani

WE BAPTISED MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER

We rejoice in the baptism of:​

  • Akaperepere Marsters

  • Johnny Marsters

  • Jefferson Lamb

  • Samuel Chang

  • Riccardo Chandra

  • Rachel Kathagen

  • Oliva Taani

  • Marvin Mackey

  • Anamei Graham

  • Trixie Gurnie

  • John Bell

  • Veisinia Mapa

 

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would 
like to get baptised >

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WE STARTED A BUNCH OF NEW MINISTRIES
  • Sunday Nights: Growth & Discipleship

  • Livestreamed Services

  • Care Groups

  • Prison Care

  • Exercise Class

  • Photography/Video team

  • Op Shop

  • Friday Night Youth

  • Life's Healing Choices

WE SPRUCED UP THE PLACE A BIT

While our buildings were unusually empty for some portions of the year, we managed to tackle some decent reno projects:

  • The Arena was massively upgraded and is now used for children's ministry as well as everything else it was doing.

  • We have new onsite storage with 2x40ft shipping containers.

  • The Chapel looks so different and functions better and we have had a few furniture updates.

  • Our new Op Shop has become a reality. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

We have some faith goals too as we ask God to help us to clear our mortgage. Our building are an awesome asset we get to use for the kingdom! 

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WE SAW PEOPLE GROW IN THEIR FAITH
  • Started the year with Prayer & Fasting

  • Launched Believe discipleship strategy

  • Brave Love Bootcamp

  • Deeper Bible

  • Alpha

  • Prayer ministries

  • Her/Men's ministries

  • Youth Camp

  • Worship

  • Beach Mission

AND WE ASKED: "WHAT IF JESUS WAS SERIOUS?"

“Online, in church, in the Arena, in your homes, around the world… Morning Church has certainly been different this year! We have learnt and adapted, we have grown and changed. We have learnt the value of being physically with others and how powerful it is to worship together.

 

Have we Thrived in 2020? In God’s way – absolutely!”

- Pastor Alastair (Arnie)

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11,182

ITEMS SOLD IN THE POP-UP OP SHOP

And only one year old!
Thank you for your donations & to our team of volunteers.

66

KGS OF COFFEE BEANS USED

Woah! That's a lot of coffee!

Thank you to our Flavor, Coffee Fix & Op Shop Teams.

30K

VIEWS ONLINE
FB & YOUTUBE

That's a lot of eyeballs.

Thank you especially to our production & worship teams.

16,200

STAFF HOURS WORKED THIS YEAR

Thanks staff team for all the hours you put in each month!

We hired 4 more people too.

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BAPTISMS
THIS YEAR

Congrats to: Jackson, Jasmine, Sua, Isabel, Ben, Tristan, Ezra, & Annabelle.

1,100

INFLATABLE PLANET ATTENDEES

9 sessions of inflatable fun
for our community!

Thank you to our volunteers.

UPDATES FROM PASTORAL STAFF
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Pastor Alastair

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Pastor Steve

OUR #MCBCWHANAU STORIES

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SOMETHING ABOUT THE LIFECARE CENTRE?
 

UPDATES FROM KEY MINISTRIES

KIDS

"Having the kids become so much a part of our corporate worship in the lockdown services was exciting, and a great example of the fun and flavour that God uses to benefit the whole church when we are together. We are better together!"

- Denise Snook

  • LIL' MEGA

  • MINI MEGA

  • MEGA

  • Mainly Music

  • Flavor Cafe

What do you enjoy about being back at Mega? 

"Playing games" 

"Doing activities" 

"The fun and learning about God" 

YOUTH

"Max and Kotahi both aligned to be on Friday nights this year. And they have both been amazing! Through all the ups and downs we have seen God move in such a powerful way within our young people and in our leaders."
-
Casey, Ben & Troy

  • MAX & MAX DELUXE

  • KOTAHI

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YOUNG ADULTS

"God has taught me that ‘small community’ is totally important to him. He loves when we get together and do life. God used this to bring change to how we do our Young Adults ministry,  where we now do alternate fortnightly home groups one week & then all together the other week. I am loving our home groups and the depth of relationships that are growing. " 

- Pastor Suz

What do you enjoy about being back at Mega? 

"Playing games" 

"Doing activities" 

"The fun and learning about God" 

SENIORS

"I have seen how God honours our seniors with his provision and strength. He continues to sustain them and gives them energy to carry on for another day. It was exciting to see one of our Seniors be Baptised and follow Jesus even more passionately." - Pastor Alick

  • Come Walking

  • Exercise Class

  • Super Friday

  • Chapel Service

  • Find Out Friday

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SUNDAY NIGHTS

"God has worked within my family this year, bringing us closer to Him and to each other. Sunday Night Discipleship sessions have meant I am learning helpful tools each week to show my faith to those around me. It has helped me learn more about God and the bible, and my friendship with Jesus is getting stronger. I feel like I belong to God’s family  " 

- Jo Brewer

  • Core Discipleship

  • Alpha

  • Marriage Course

  • Life's Healing Choices

MISSIONS

What has COVID done to missions?

  • Unprecedented challenges

  • Ability to travel massively reduced (eg Angela Cornelius couldn’t be home for the birth of their first grandchild)

  • No short term mission opportunities

  • Increased ability for our missionaries to be part of MCBC through services online… and we all know how to Zoom now

  • All our missionaries stayed overseas during COVID

  • Czepanski family return from Bangladesh in December 2020 – went out for 12 months, stayed for 18 months

  • Aimee Forbes-Brown is now in Cambodia with YWAM