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EDITORIAL... I’m not sure if it is a sign that I am getting old, but it feels like it was just yesterday that I was standing on the deck of our home in Hamilton watching people let off fireworks to welcome the new year in. How is it almost April?! It seems that we have hit the ground, of this year, running. Make sure you check out some of the pictures from our summer series on the porch and reflect back on the end of 2012 and some of the cool things that happened around this place. We realise that at this time of the year there may be new folk in our gatherings, so we have taken the opportunity with this mag to introduce or repristinate our values and priorities as a faith community. If you are new and wondering who to talk to about particular areas of Gateway, check out our staff pictures and find their contact information. If you are looking for ways to become more connected or a place to serve, browse through our situations vacant. We pray that this Easter season, you will be able to reflect and remember our incredible God who gave his life for each of us. He is risen. He is risen indeed. Jo Peart u


YOU’LL FIND IT HERE... 02 - desk of don and karen 03 - values and priorities 04 - young adults at gateway 05 - treasure baskets 05 - gateway op shop 06 - celebrate 08 - new year, new hope 09 - easter 10 - teams at gateway 12 - we need you...

that we will be like Him and do as He did. Simple it might be in terms of definition; following through to make it a reality will occupy us for a lifetime. I plan, by God’s grace, to look at what it means to follow Jesus in various dimensions of our lives over the next months. I would really appreciate your prayers as I study and think in this next season so that the material I bring to the table will be relevant, challenging, encouraging and cause us all to look more like Jesus by the time we finish. Let me change tack for a moment and take the opportunity to honour someone who has served our Church family for a considerable period of time and with a remarkable degree of faithfulness. Most of you will be aware that Karen Steward has taken a (at this point in time) part time position with an organization called Faith at Home. At present Karen is working two days a week with Faith at Home. Ultimately this will transition into a full time role. Obviously that requires some changes in the role she has so ably filled here at Gateway for 25 years. For a quarter of a century {wow that sounds old Karen!} she has provided oversight to the Children’s Church department. The role stretched from babies in arms right through to year 7 & 8. That is a huge assignment, probably a quite unrealistic assignment, and yet Karen has shouldered it without complaint and has done a tremendous job. I suspect Karen would be the first to say that it has not been without exacting a significant toll on her, physically, emotionally and in terms of her family time as well. For that reason, as we considered this transition for Karen we have decided to grant her a time of extended paid leave. Karen will be taking three months off which will allow her time to rest, recharge her batteries, come to terms with her new role at Faith at Home and also to contemplate her new role when she comes back to Gateway at the end of her leave. She will be stepping from the Children’s Church area onto our Pastoral Care team where she will have the opportunity to serve our family’s needs in a new manner.

DESK OF DON AND KAREN words by don barry It’s strange to think that we are three months plus into a New Year, somehow it doesn’t quite feel right, but hey, my calendar says that’s the way it is and I’m not disposed to argue. By the time you have this magazine in your hands it is entirely possible that this will be old news, but I’ll say it anyway. Over the summer break I gave a considerable amount of thought to what the Lord might want to be saying to us for 2013. I kept coming back in my thinking to some conversations we had towards the end of last year in which the word discipleship seemed to reoccur. As I contemplated these conversations it seemed as if this might be a fitting theme for a considerable amount of the teaching for the next season. When you boil it down discipleship is really the call of every believer; to be a believer is to be a disciple. Discipleship isn’t for some elite, select group of believers; it is simply a synonym for ‘Christian.’ Discipleship is about following our Master Jesus with the idea


“Discipleship is about following our Master Jesus with the idea that we will be like Him and do as He did. Simple it might be in terms of definition; following through to make it a reality will occupy us for a lifetime.” My Karen and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for her loyalty, her outstanding commitment to the children of Gateway and for generally being a first class individual and team player. We look forward to many more years of friendship and are excited to see where God might lead in the years that lie ahead. We think that Karen’s most fruitful and effective years are still before her and that all the wisdom and experience she has accumulated are for inputting the next generation of children’s church workers and for the next generation of parents. Thank you Karen, on behalf of us all. May we be so bold as to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” May God’s best be yours, Don and Karen. u



VALUES AND PRIORITIES words by don barry

At the beginning of most years I take the time, in some form or other, to remind people, if they are regular at Gateway, or to inform them if they are new, as to our priorities and values. Let me just reiterate that this isn’t something that we give a ‘mental nod’ to and then carry on as if it doesn’t carry any real weight as far as the real world goes. These priorities and values are crucial guides for us in determining why we do what we do and how we do what we do. If you come to Gateway with any degree of regularity you need to know that, while God loves you, it is we who have

a wonderful plan for your life!! (Just kidding in case you are concerned at this point) There are things that we hope will happen to you if you attend here with regularity – these are our priorities. If you want clarification or amplification of them then I refer you to talks on the Podcast or to the information pack available from the information desk Priorities have to do with the direction we are travelling; values have to do with the culture we hope to build as we journey together. Our values are about how we behave together as we pursue our priorities. If this is new to you, please get the information pack or listen to the podcasts. I usually always conclude these talks by saying that I am very aware we don’t do any of these without blemish. We live in the ‘actual world’ but we do strive for the ideal in the midst of the actual. We hold these dear and if you are part of Gateway we want you to join with us in their pursuit. u


YOUNG ADULTS AT GATEWAY words by matt martyn This year I have the exciting opportunity to serve the 18-30 year olds crew here at Gateway. After handing over ‘Crave’ (our high-school aged ministry) to Wendy Organ and her incredibly capable team at the end of last year, I set my attention to what was formally known as Pursue. I worked alongside Alice for a couple of months at the end of 2012, learning as much as I could and then kicked off this year with a new team and a few key changes. We have separated the twelve year age range into two groups to try and better serve people’s different stages of life. The 18-24 age range now makes up our Gateway ‘Young Adults’ and the 25-30 age range makes up what we simply call ‘Gateway 25+’. As a leadership team and certainly my hope across both areas, is that we will simply ‘cheer people on in their faith and life.’ We will

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endeavor to serve this age by doing our best to connect, equip and empower. We have begun the year with a stack of new people and have needed to start seven new Connect groups so far, in addition to the one’s already meeting. Unfortunately with so many people wanting groups, some have had to wait a few weeks before we have been able to connect them to new groups with new leaders. We are doing our best here. For the 18-24 year old crew, we meet weekly around the city in Connect groups, and then we come together once a month for our ‘ALL INS’. We kicked off the year for Young Adults with a weekend out in Raglan. It was a great time of connecting with the theme of ‘Growing Up’. The 25+ crew mix it up with some weekly groups and some fortnightly groups. There will be events through the year although Sunday gatherings are key points of connection and service opportunities. Our next event for Gateway 25+ will be on Wednesday 17th April. If you would like to be connected please contact me by emailing, or call the office during the week or check out our facebook pages for both of these age groups to stay in touch. u

TREASURE BASKETS words by erin van rooy We plan to have some small treasure baskets available at the information desk for parents/caregivers to use with their babies on Sunday during the sermon. The idea is that the babies can quietly explore the treasure basket while being with their carer, in the gathering. The baskets are then returned to the desk at the end of the gathering. This may lead you to the question: “What is a treasure basket?” Treasure baskets for babies contain collections of objects that are usually natural or made from natural materials and enable the babies to explore the texture, taste, smell and sound of objects not just the look of them. Treasure baskets for babies can help them to: •

Explore natural objects, textures and colours, using all their senses

Develop attention and concentration

Practise and refine their fine motor-control and eye/hand co-ordination

Make simple choices and develop preferences

Explore and develop ways of learning

Babies can explore treasure baskets from the time when they can first sit propped up on cushions for steadiness. At this stage they are learning fast and need to be stimulated. Appropriate cleaning of the objects will be done regularly.

GATEWAY OP SHOP an interview with bobbie wiills Bobbie, tell us about how Gateway Opshop & Books/ ‘Drop in Centre’ started? Well, one day someone suggested to me to start an Opshop to support the work of the Wednesday Night Community Meals (Wednesday Meals). So, we opened the Gateway Opshop at the back of the church building in 2001. It soon became a ‘drop in centre’ where people came to have coffee and to socialise with others. Most people who came to socialise were people whom I got to know through the Wednesday Meals. Due to the need for larger premises, the Opshop relocated to 14 Liverpool Street in 2008. The book shop was then opened in the Opshop in 2009. Prior to all this, in 2004, we registered as a charitable trust called Gateway Urban.

What is the function of Gateway Urban? What makes it different to other Opshops? The Opshop & Books sells some great stuff but we also run many other activities as a ‘drop in centre’ that some people may not be aware of. As a department of Gateway,

Here at Gateway we plan to ‘theme’ the baskets to contain objects that will have some significance to the Christian faith for example stars, crosses, animals, hearts or things from creation; objects made from a wide variety of natural materials. We are including some items that have been hand-made by people in the congregation (even prayed over) adding to the significance of them and involving our Gateway family. These objects will become familiar and will serve as teaching tools for the children as they move through the pre-school area (we will have them throughout the pre-school areas). There will also be larger treasure baskets for general use in the various pre-school areas. If you would like to know more about treasure baskets or would like to use one in a gathering see the team at the information desk. u

Gateway Urban coordinates the running of the Opshop & Books/ ‘drop in centre’, the Wednesday Meals, Recovery Group, Prison Volunteering, and Art Classes. As a Social Worker, I specialise in urban community support, to meet the needs of people in our community. My role is to advocate and empower those who seek support. I also do my best to maintain a safe environment because I consider those who pop in are my whanau (family members). At the Opshop & Books, as a ‘drop in centre’, many people come to socialise. People are welcome to make themselves a coffee and a sandwich in our kitchenette at any time. We are very proud of our volunteers whose time and effort contribute hugely to support our community. The profits of the Opshop & Books support the needs of our urban community. For example, some of the profit from the Opshop & Books provides meals for 160200 people every Wednesday at the Wednesday Meals. My philosophy is all about people walking alongside people sharing the journeys of life in such a way that we all benefit. Our motto is Te tangata, te tangata, te tangata (It is people, it is people, it is people). If you’d like to know more about what we do, please come and visit us or give us a call to the Opshop & Books. Gateway Opshop & Books phone number: 07 959 8003 (Mon-Thur 9am-4pm, Fri 9am-3pm) u

CELEBRATE... The end of last year was rather hectic around this place. But we had an awesome time celebrating some very special events. In November, we held our Volunteers Dinner as a way of saying thank you to the large number of people who give copious amounts of their time and talents to serve our Gateway community. We also celebrated the Christmas season with a Christmas Eve eve service and party. And we had a lovely relaxed beginning to the start to this year with our summer series and summer on the porch. We want thank all those again who were so instrumental in pulling these events together. u

In recent years I’ve given up trying to make New Years resolutions - invariably I start well but soon come unstuck only to feel frustrated and a failure. Last week Carole and I were listening to the Word for Today and we were challenged by the thought “You may not always look where you’re going but you will always get where you are looking”

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV As I think about 2013 a number of thoughts come to mind: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires” ( Ps 37:4 NIV ) “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” ( Prov 16:9 NIV ) “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. (2 Tim 2:20 MSG) “Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” ( Phl 2:12,13 MSG) “..... Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. [2] Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, ....[3] Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ( Heb 12:1-3 MSG ) I guess the bottom line from all this is that for 2013 I want to keep a focus on the things that God wants to build into my life in order that I can know Him better and be used to help and encourage others in their walk with God. I am conscious that He is more interested in my relationship with Him than in what I can do for Him. Just the same as in any meaningful relationship, the key to developing intimacy is in spending quality time together. As I evaluate my life I am aware that there are areas where I need to make changes if I want a more intimate relationship with God and to have Him bring about his purposes in me. The most challenging area is how I use my time. It seems that it is always my move - a choice I have to make - God always does his part - the challenge is am I willing to do mine? To make changes I will need to be intentional about it - it’s not going to change by itself. For example I enjoy watching TV and find this a great way to unwind - what programmes am I going to stop watching in order to make more time available? Or do I need to get to bed earlier in order that I can get up earlier in the morning? Or is it a combination of both these ideas?

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” Phillippians 2:13 I have been a Christian for more than 50 years now. A life verse for me is Phil 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (NIV). What an amazing thought, that the God of the universe is actually working in my life for his good purpose. I find this really encouraging especially during times of not seeing any evidence of His working. By simply believing that He is working, it is great that He gives me the will to do something and the motivation to take action. Well, how about you? As you think about your life and hopes for 2013 where will you be looking?

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EASTER words by shannon richmond

“Even the most glorious sunset, when gazed at long enough, will eventually lose its appeal.The scenery becomes so familiar that the senses grow dull to its vivid color and beauty.The scenery doesn’t need changing--only your perspective. Such is the case with Easter. Our modern eyes have gazed on the wonderful story for so long that we’ve lost our appreciation for its richness. What’s worse, we’ve missed the real story--the forces at work behind the scenes that make the crucifixion and resurrection defining moments for all mankind.” John McArthur Some scholars believe that in 2013 we will be celebrating “Easter” for the 1986th time. That is a lot of Good Fridays and Easter Sundays. We haven’t sat through that many ourselves but God has. What does Easter mean to God for the 1986th time? Does he feel the pain of his son dying on the cross afresh? Or does pain fade over time? Or maybe the joy of the resurrection supersedes the distressing events at Calvary. It used to be said that every time we sin, it is like the nail being hammered into the hands of Jesus again – I’m not sure that I am comfortable with that both from a personal and a theological perspective but the question must be asked…has Easter become ho-hum for us? Does Easter pass us by in a flurry of eggs, hot cross buns and a few days off? Have the colours of Easter faded into mere muted shades of grey? Scripture tells us that when Jesus died on the cross that the sky became dark, not just dark but pitch black – Naves Topical Bible tells us that black represents calamity and similarly when we refer to Jesus’ blood it is often not just red but crimson red. The Bible is full of vivid colours, whether it be surrounding the events on the cross or the end of the age, so beautifully described in Revelation. Traditionally colour was used extensively in worship and was especially important during the season of Easter. The changing colours of the sanctuary from the purple of Lent to the black of Good Friday provided graphic visual symbols for the Lenten journey. The change of colours for Easter and the following Sundays helped communicate the movement of sacred time as well as personal faith journeys. The Sanctuary colours for Easter Sunday and Ascension Day are white and gold, the colours of sacred days throughout the church year. For the Easter season, white symbolizes the hope of the resurrection, as well as the purity and newness that comes from victory over sin and death. The gold (or yellow) symbolizes the light of the world brought by the risen Christ that enlightens the world, as well as the exaltation of Jesus as our Lord and King. The sanctuary colour for the other five Sundays of Easter is usually also white and gold. Perversely the colours that commercialism focusses on in our modern day world are the brightly coloured foil enshrined chocolate eggs. Perhaps it is time for us to reclaim the symbolism and colours of Easter for the story of Christ, to breathe new life into the tired images of the cross and the tomb with stone rolled away. To revive the songs of old and bring new meaning to the “stones been rolled away” or “up from the grave He arose” This Easter, it is up to us to colour in the images that surround us, changing them from dull hues into bright vivid expressions of colour that do justice to the 1986th anniversary of the greatest event in History. u


ADMIN /// Our Admin Team keeps this place running as smoothly as possible. If you’re not sure who to talk to about something, this team can point you in the right direction. Peter Simmons: Facilities Manager / Responsibilities: Cleaning and Caretaking / Contact: 07 839 1284 Lusinda and Kezz Pawley: Receptionist / Responsibilities: Reception / Contact: Olivia Buchanan: Office Manager / Responsibilities: Office Manager and Sunday Admin Teams / Contact: Shannon Richmond: Admin Team Leader / Responsibilities: Admin Team, Finances, Interns and Small Groups / Contact: Peter Helwig (not pictured): Building and Maintenance / Responsibilities: Grounds and building upkeep / Contact: 07 839 1284



People listed from back right to front left.

Our Creative Team works to create environments and moments where people can connect with God and

each other.

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Jessie Michels: Creative Team / Responsibilities: Photography and Design / Contact: Wend Organ: Creative Team / Responsibilities: Hospitality, Spaces and Creative genius / Contact: Hannah and Jason Henderson: Worship Team Leaders / Responsibilities: Worship / Contact: Roxana Davies: Creative Team / Responsibilities: Organisation and Web communication / Contact: Jo Peart: Creative Team Leader / Responsibilities: Creative Team, Operations and Don’s PA / Contact:

GENERATIONS /// Our Generations Team looks after the different age-related groups within Gateway beginning with our pre-

school area right through to young adults. If you or your children would like to be connected make contact with one of these lovely souls. Matt Martyn: Generations Team Leader and Young Adults Leader / Responsibilities: Generations and Young Adults (18-30) Contact: Wendy Organ: Crave Leader / Responsibilities: Crave - Highschool / Contact: Annie Flett: Emerge Leader / Responsibilities: Emerge - Intermediate / Contact: Karen Steward: Gaties Leader (until end of term 1) / Responsibilities: Gaties - Middle school / Contact: Claire Russell (not pictured): Middle School Leader (from term 2) / Responsibilities: Middle school / Contact: Erin van Rooy: Pre-School Leader / Responsibilities: Nursery, Mini-movers, Tots, Shakers, Mainly Music Team / Contact:


PASTORAL TEAM /// If you would like prayer or pastoral support of some kind our pastoral team is here to help or will be able to refer you to someone who can.

Jan Carr: Pastoral Team Leader / Responsibilities: Pastoral care, Host Teams and Personnel Manager / Contact: Grace Bunyan: Pastoral Care and Prayer / Responsibilities: Pastoral care and Monday night prayer / Contact: Sylvia Dalton: Pastoral Care and Prayer Teams / Responsibilities: Pastoral care and Prayer Teams / Contact: Bobbie Wills: Gateway Urban Coordinator / Responsibilities: Wednesday night meals, Opshop, Social Work / Contact:

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A spot has opened up to be a part of this team! It’s a crucial part of the gathering; this team really makes sure everything flows well on a Sunday.

We’re looking for a valuable and reliable team player that can serve in the admin team (reception desk) once every four weeks.

Working with children in the Pre-school area, or being a helper in the primary area.

We’re looking for someone to fill a gap once every 4 weeks, at the evening gatherings.

It’s a specialised role, but if admin is your thing then it’s a piece of cake!

Anyone interested needs to be fairly confident with Mac computers, problem solving, attention to detail and working under pressure.

It also means that you can still be a part of the gathering, as we close up shop for worship and the sermon. Anyone interested needs to be confident with numbers, details, and being cheerfully helpful.

Please email to organise a chat if you’d like to give it a go.

Please email to organise a chat if you’d like to give it a go.

WE NEED YOU... words by jan carr An iconic image of the First World War was the poster of the heavily moustached Lord Kitchener pointing his finger at the ‘viewer’ of the poster with the words written underneath: “We Need YOU.” This image comes to mind whenever I think of Volunteerism. Gateway would not function without its incredible team of volunteers. But the reality is, we have many more gaps which need to be filled…..We need you. We are aware that in a large church it can be difficult to ‘feel at home’ or to gain a sense of belonging. But we are also aware that the best way one can ‘fit in,’ or feel at home, is to become involved in some area of service. To serve another is what we are called to as followers of Jesus. Jesus models servanthood. As followers we are called to serve our families and our community. If you consider Gateway to be your faith community we would love to have you serve here. In having said that, we are incredibly aware that ours is a busy society and that many make huge sacrifices just to be able to make it to a Sunday Gathering. We acknowledge this and encourage you that first and foremost, our families must come first. On the other hand we are also aware that many would love to be more involved somewhere but don’t know where to


Helping with the preparation of, or the cleaning up afterwards of the Wednesday meal. Preparing Communion. Being ‘on call’ to help when families are in need. There are teams that help our Sunday gatherings run smoothly you might consider joining. Prayer Ministry Teams, Security Team, Hosting or Administration.

start. It would be easy to look around and think that “there’s nothing to do here, everything seems to run smoothly, I am not needed”, when the opposite is in fact true. The larger the church, the more there is to do. The larger the church, the harder it is to get volunteers. Ideally we would ask you personally. Again, in a larger church this is not possible. Perhaps you are asking the question: “What could I do?” There are countless opportunities and areas that you could be involved in and that we need help with. They may not be the fulfillment of a long-term dream, but they may be a good place to start. Check out the ‘Situations Vacant’ section on this page. Do any of those opportunities ‘sound like you?’ Perhaps they don’t. Perhaps you have something else on your heart, but you’re not sure how to go about being involved or seeing it outworked. If this is you please feel free to come and chat to me. If you find yourself reading this article and thinking “Gateway’s my home, and I would love to be involved in something, but don’t know where I fit or what I will be good at, please talk to me, or to a member of staff, or put your name down at the info desk, and we will get back to you. Because we would love you to be involved. We need you! u


Gateway Magazine, Autumn 2013, Issue 21  

I’m not sure if it is a sign that I am getting old, but it feels like it was just yesterday that I was standing on the deck of our home in H...

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