• Service times

    Services times are:

    Saturday night 7:30 pm for our Chinese/English service [except for the second Saturday of every month when the service starts at 6:30 pm and is followed by a shared meal]. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

    Sunday 10 am for our English language service (Pastor Jeff Whittaker).

    Sunday 11:30 am for our Chinese (Mandarin) language service. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

  • Contact details…

    Physical and postal address:
    4 Inverary Avenue,
    Epsom,
    Auckland 1023,
    NEW ZEALAND.

    Email:
    epsombaptist@clear.net.nz

    Telephone:
    (0064 9) 6306010

    Contacts:
    Rev. Jeff Whittaker
    Pastor Daniel Choi

  • Church Officers…

    Church Treasurer: Ann Guan

    Church Secretary: Margaret Whittaker

    Church Deacons: Anne Bartley, Ian de Stigter, Kristy Choi, Helen Evans, Willa Hui, and Alfred Zhou.

Exposed to the elements.

In late April, my wife Margaret and I spent a few days in Christchurch, visiting family and friends. We had not been down from Auckland since the February quake. It was suggested to us that we should see what we could of the central city, understanding that most of it is still off limits because of the damage rendered by the February event. The Catholic Cathedral in Barbadoes Street was reachable. This cathedral is (was) internationally renowned as an example of a particular type of church architecture. The damage is dramatic. But one image in particular caught my eye. High in the left front of the cathedral, a statue of Mary is visible, silhouetted against the sky beyond (where once a roof and walls had stood).

Mary silhouetted against the sky.

I thought the image looked like a visual parable. We often keep our spiritual treasures hidden away, but events may conspire to expose them to the contemplation of others. Further, I was reminded of the story of Christmas, with Mary exposed to the elements and risk both on the journey to Bethlehem and then fleeing the violently insecure King Herod to Egypt. Our Christian story has always been exposed to the view of others, whether sympathetic or hostile. In such circumstances, our safety resides in our God who watches over us.

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