Our Five Passions
Passion for JESUS
Passion for OUTREACH
Passion for DISCIPLESHIP
Passion for EACH OTHER
Passion for JUSTICE
Where are we?
We have two venues.
9:30am at Faith Bible College
These services are held in the auditorium of Faith Bible College which is situated at 749 Welcome Bay Road, about 5km from the Welcome Bay shopping centre in the Papamoa direction.
The service has a full Children's Programme taking place at the same time. This is followed by morning tea or coffee at about 10:45am.
11:00am - 12 noon
Services are held in the main meeting room of Carmel Country Estate, on the corner of Poike Road and Hollister Lane in the suburb of Ohauiti, Tauranga.
It is a more traditional worship service.
This service does not cater for Children's Ministry.
Our postal address is 8 Aspiring Place, Ohauiti, Tauranga 3112.
Phone: 07 544 0682
Godfrey is General Manager of Mission Aviation Fellowship, Papua New Guinea.
Glen is an administrator with special responsibility for International Communications.
► Read their March 2014 Newsletter.
► A New Heart – the amazing story of the Tabubil Youth Group camp during Independence Weekend.
► Adventures in Paradise
An exciting story of M.A.F. staff on Christian Outreach in Sandaun Province.
► Young Woman Slashed –
Martin Koehler straps Janeka in for the flight
Machete Breaks Arms,
Severs Nerves and Tendons
A highlander, angry because a teenager rejects his proposal, breaks both her arms with a machete, severing vital tendons and nerves.
MAF flies her to hospital where expert surgery restores movement to her hands.
At Kapuna, Valerie and other family members run a hospital, an elementary school, a Nurse training school, a Discipleship training school and a trading post. They have another hospital at Kikori and supervise village medical aid posts in the region.
► Kapuna website
► Kapuna and Kikori Photo Album.
Tuesday 29th July
5:00pm – Pastoral Care Team meet.
7:00pm – Management Team meet.
Thursday 31st July
7:30pm – "Truth Project" at The Lighthouse.
Friday 1st August
9:00am – Prayer for church and community, at 8 Aspiring Place
Sunday 3rd August
9:30am – Church Service at Faith Bible College, with full children's programme.
11:00am – Church Service at Carmel Country Estate – more traditional service. It will be followed by a light lunch. There's no provision for children's ministry.
Rev Up – by Pastor Paul Grant
It is five years next month (July) since WBCC has functioned without a church "home." Through God's faithfulness we have not only survived but we continue to reach out and disciple new people for Jesus. In January, 2014 in conjunction with Carmel Country Estate we took oversight of a church service there and renamed it Carmel Community Church.
This move has been blessed by God and it's exciting to conduct worship, visit and meet lots of new people. My thanks to those from WBCC who have partnered in this endeavour and now call Carmel Community Church their place of worship, witness and service. This new endeavour has been a step forward for us.
Another way we are moving forward is embracing the "resource challenge" of funding a new place for ministry in Welcome Bay. Towards the end of 2013 we identified what seems a suitable site and after extensive discussions with SBS Bank, came to understand we need to raise $300,000 as our equity to purchase this Welcome Bay Road property. SBS Bank will then contribute a mortgage of $350,000, knowing this property provides a significant rental stream to substantially fund the mortgage.
It has been very gratifying to see WBCC collectively, courageously and sacrificially step up to meet this challenge. Near the end of May 2014, our "Futures Fund", both given and promised stood at $211,000. That means $89,000 to go and we have the equity the SBS Bank requires. Resource Consent is required on any property intended for church use. So there is a lot of work before us. However we have momentum and together we are trusting God for a place where Welcome Bay Community Church can minister.
These are exciting times and we are moving forward. New people are coming to Christ in both our congregations. Let us therefore rejoice in the Lord, continue to pray fervently and work hard together.
Next year is WBCC's 30th Anniversary. What if that was the year, we moved camp back into Welcome Bay itself?
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness."
Paul and Heather