Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 2 – Recognise & Acknowledge Sin

Sunday 8 May 9:30am

The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. This Sunday we’re digging into the 2nd step–a step that is easy to overlook but essential to real repentance: recognising and acknowledging our sin. Sin is a scary word but learning how to recognise and acknowledge it in ourselves in a healthy way is a key step in moving beyond it.

Sermon this Sunday: The Steps of Repentance: Step 1

Sunday 1 May 5:00pm

The first thing Jesus said when He began public preaching was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). But how do we repent? The teachings of the New Church outline 4 steps of repentance. Can you guess (or remember) what they are? And, more importantly, do you know how to use them to repent? Come on Sunday at 5pm to learn what the 4 steps are and how to do the first one.

Sermon this Sunday: What is worship?

Sunday 17 April 9:30am

What is worship? What makes worship genuine or fake? What’s the purpose of worship? These are some of the questions we’re going to be exploring this Sunday in Part 1 of a two-part series we’re running called, “Worshiping the Lord in Spirit and Truth.” This Sunday we’re going to try to get to the heart of internal side of worship and next week we’ll wrestle with questions about how this comes down into external forms

Spiritual Health Snapshot

Overview How are you doing? How’s your life going? How’s your spiritual life going? These can be hard questions to know how to answer and hard questions to want to answer. Especially if things aren’t going well we can feel a lot of shame and resistance around directly thinking about how we’re doing. But, the…

Sermon this Sunday: How Are You Doing?

Sunday 3 April - 5:00pm

How are you doing? How’s your life going? How’s your spiritual life going? These can be hard questions to know how to answer and hard questions to want to answer. Especially if things aren’t going well we can feel a lot of shame and resistance around directly thinking about how we’re doing. But, the first step in getting healthier is to take an honest look at how we’re doing right now. That’s what we’re going to do this Sunday.

This Sunday, during the adult sermon, I will give a short talk and then give people about 10 minutes to privately fill out a series of pages called the “Spiritual Health Snapshot” and “Spiritual Health Plan.” It’s a tool for evaluating how you’re doing spiritually, picking an area to focus on, and then making a plan to work on it.

If you’ve done it before, it can be useful to do it again and see how things have changed since the last time. If you haven’t done it before, I hope you’ll give it a try. Let’s each do our individual work so that we can become more healthy as individuals and as a church.

Sermon this Sunday: Do you believe?

Sunday, 27 March - 9:30 AM

This year, as we celebrate Easter, we are focusing on the Gospel Mark. One of the features of the account from Mark is a strong emphasis on belief—people who believe that Jesus has risen, people who do not, what will happen to those that do and do not believe. This Sunday will be an opportunity for each person to reflect on what they believe about Jesus and the Easter story and how the Lord can strengthen each person’s belief.

Sermon this Sunday: A Spiritual Kingdom

20 March 9:30am

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King. We know that He came to be a spiritual king rather than a worldly king – but what does that mean? Come hear how the Lord’s spiritual kingdom is actually MORE real than a worldly kingdom – and how we can participate in making it a reality. There will be a palm procession for the children followed by a family talk for everyone together (rather than separate adult sermon and Sunday School).

Godly Play Starting at New Church Westville

Sunday, 3 April, 3 PM

Overview Sunday School at New Church Westville is becoming Godly Play. Godly Play is a program designed for nurturing children’s spiritual development, and has been used for more than 30 years around the world. It is just getting started in South Africa and we are excited to be a part of it. We will be…

This Sunday: Living Gratefully Week 6: The Gift of Uncertainty

Sunday 13 March 9:30am

Most of us like to know what is happening and why. We like certainty. But this week, we are talking about the gift of uncertainty. Why does God sometimes seem to be hiding? Why doesn’t He clearly show us the path He is leading us on? And how can uncertainty be seen as a gift? Come and hear!