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We believe in the power of prayer. It is the way by which we communicate with God and He with us. Scripture tells us that God has promised to work through prayer and we pray because we know that without the Lord Jesus we can achieve nothing of eternal value (John 15:5).

James 5:13-16 (NKJV) tells us: "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man AVAILS MUCH."

And so we are dedicated to prayer...

Prayer Group: Meets on Friday mornings to pray together at 8.00am - 9.00am in the main auditorium of the Church. All are welcome to participate in prayer for our church family, our community, and for those in our wider world.

Sunday Services: If you would like someone to directly pray with you or for you, we invite you to stay following the service and one of our team will join with you in prayer.

Prayer Chain: For specific prayer needs and requests, we will organise a prayer chain. All prayer requests are confidential. Please contact Olwyn 07 548 0682 if you would like our team to pray for a specific need.

Prayer Vigils: From time to time, we may organise a 24-hour prayer vigil for a pressing need. These events will be announced at the church service and published in the weekly newsletter prior to being held.

Alhough the Kamai Forest Park is not the ideal place for a June walk, the OCC Recreational Group decided on that as a destination this month; checking out the newly established Bulldozer Blade Loop Track at the of Whakamarama Road.

On the Bulldozer Blade track

We then drove the short distance to Puketoki Reserve and did the long loop walk there before enjoying lunch beside the stream at the Reserve entrance

We marvelled at the abundance and variety of fungi along both tracks and were serenaded by a very vocal Tui and, finally, accompanied by a North Island Robin as we walked.

Lunch at Puketoki Reserve

The April outing for the OCC recreational Group was a flat, sea-level, walk around the Waikareao Estuary in Tauranga.  Towards the end of the 9km walk we rewarded ourselves with a Cafe stop on Chapel St.

OCC rec group on Waikareao walk

This month we headed north to Waihi and started from the Gilmour Lake carpark.  Heading, initially, though Gilmour Reserve we stopped to view the memorial to the Waihi World War 1 Tunnellers involved in Arras, France.

Then we followed the Ohinemuri River for a while before circling around the base of Black Hill.

Rec group on Black Hill walkway

 

Almost back to the start we detoured along Mill Stream walkway and then back to the reserve where, since the weather was so pleasant, we enjoyed an early lunch by the lake.

Enjoying lunch in Gilmour reserve

In the spirit of neighbourliness the OCC hosted a dinner for the residents of the neighbouring Omokoroa Country Estate.

Sixty guests enjoyed canapes upon arrival and then a choice of mains and desserts followed by tea, coffee and more delectable delights to finish.

Guests enjoying nibbles on arrival

Conversation flowed

Orders taken and waiting for their meals

Enjoying the main course

Enjoying dessert

Mains menu

Dessert menu

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