• 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.

Saved and restored…

Some suburbs of Auckland have a yearly ‘inorganic collection,’ when residents are able to leave inorganic articles considered to be rubbish – that is, difficult to dispose of items such as old fridges, broken down furniture, old timber etc – on the side of the street. For the week before the Auckland City Council picks up the discarded items for disposal in a land-fill, one can peruse these leavings, and find treasure. Last year I collected a couple of old chests-of-drawers, a wooden chair (with no seat), and a variety of pieces of Rimu timber. (Rimu, or red pine, is a native New Zealand timber highly valued for furniture making, flooring etc.)

I have just finished restoring one of the chest-of-drawers. When I found it, this item of Rimu furniture was looking very sad. The drawers were strewn around. Everything was badly borer damaged; in fact the borer infestation was still very much alive. One foot was gone. The drawer runners were deeply grooved. I painted all the component parts with borer killer, sanded down every visible aspect, filled the holes, replaced the lost foot and the drawer runners. Then I oiled and waxed drawers and carcass. Finally I bought new hardware. As you can see, it looks great.

I think that the process of restoring old and discarded pieces of furniture is analogous to the way God saves us. Disregarding the damage in our lives, God begins, and continues through our lives, the process of transforming us into the image of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The end result is glorious.

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