OBY exists to help our young people to grow in relationship with God, to build friendships with others; encouraging them to use their gifts and share God's love through their lives.

Friday, June 30, 2006

A Licence for Freedom!

Do you remember that feeling of utter liberation when you passed your restricted license? (ok well some of you will!) Everything, and I mean everything, was riding on that test. Personally, when I heard those magical words, “you’ve passed”, I felt euphoric. I still recall blasting the old-school tune, “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, from the tinny speakers of my blue Mazda 323 as I fanged back to college, windows down and a smile a mile wide. I could have been soaring like an eagle, or bounding from mountain top to mountain top for all I knew. What a feeling!

As much as automobile freedom comes from a restricted license, we all know that there are a few rules that accompany the piece of paper. Namely, no passengers. But in my delirious state, I disregarded that rule on day one. Imagine my horror when I saw mum pass by in her car as I drove home from college, my Mazda full of mates on the way to the beach. She was not impressed.

Kinda like a restricted license, God has given us incredible freedom. He sent His Son to die so that we could have the ultimate freedom from all the junk that we do.

I’ve come to realise in recent years that Jesus wasn’t kidding when He said he wanted us to have life, and life to its absolute maximum. In reality, all that stuff that tries to distract us, all these “rules” that people think are associated with Jesus, are simply a result of His desire for us to have a rocking, cranking life. So we should not only enjoy the incredible freedom that we have in Jesus, but pursue a life that honours Him. A life lived to its fullness.

Paul writes in Romans, “You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” (Romans 6:13, The Message). That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time — remember, you’ve been raised from the dead! — into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

Article by Sam from www.soulpurpose.co.nz

Off to Hanmer we GO!!!!

Yes the time has finally arrived... the end of the school term... and we are off to Hanmer!! Oh yeeeah.

Just a reminder to meet @ 7:30pm at church with all your gear. We will leave just after 8pm.

If you are involved in Koru and you're going to the disco, please drop your gear off at church before the disco!

Make sure you bring your togs!! Bring on the hot pools :)

Saturday, June 24, 2006


We are off 10 Pin Bowling Tonight!!
Meet @ 7:15pm at church. Bring $5 (bargain!)

Supper is at Diggs.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place!

UPDATE: Congratulations to -

Dave - 1st prize
Mark - 2nd prize
Randall - 3rd prize

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Youth tonight!

Tonight we are over in the church... preparing for our YOUTH SERVICE this Sunday night!!! It's going to be awesum. DJ McKezzar is going to hook us up with some lights & a smoke machine... will be kewl. A mosh pit will be attempted! Oh yeeeyaaah.

So if you are involved in the Napoleon Dynamite drama... please bring your script tonight!!

If you are involved in the worship team... please bring your music tonight (if you got given it)

They'll be something for everyone to do.

See you tonight @ 7pm

Peace out :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Eastercamp Reunion!!!!

Note change of time... so people can go to/watch a certain rugby game on that night!!!

Chillin' out @ Koru

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Koru in Knots!

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Koru Leaders doing their thing...

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Fire... Marshmellows... Guitar...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Youth tonight!

Last week we started a series on Healing... you guys did some pretty impressive skits!!

We're going to check out this topic of 'Healing' again tonight... should be good.

Hope to see you @ 7pm in the youth centre!

(If you haven't grabbed a hanmer rego yet, get one tonight)

Peace out ;)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Hanmer Weekend Away

Man it's been cold lately aye...

Are you looking forward to holidays coming up...

Does this look like bliss..

Well it's only... 3 weeks to go to the...

OBY Hanmer Weekend Away!!!

Get a registration form tonight at youthgroup or this Sunday night.

Only costs $35 for the weekend plus any spending/activity money.

Great opportunity to invite a friend.

We have booked a couple of real nice holiday homes in Hanmer so boys in one, girls in another. Camp mum & Camp dad are coming too!!!

Be a great weekend you don't want to miss.

Will be heaps of fun.


Youthgroup is back on tonight as usual 7pm in the youth centre...

Hope to see you there :)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Wotz happening this weekend!

Tonight is the Trivia Nite!!! Wohoo will be fun. If you're part of the Koru team cruise on down at 6:30pm for a free feed of hot chips! O-town & Trinity are entering the quiz, which starts at 7pm. If you're not part of Koru, you are welcome to cruise along & get amongst it.

At 9pm tonight, there is a Late Nite Movie "The Fighting Temptations" with Cuba Gooding Jr and Beyonce.

Up to much this weekend?? There's heaps happening at church over the weekend. Be great to see ya there. Check it out:

Saturday 3rd June
9.30-5.30: creating public art as mission(Peter and Joyce Majendie) OR

9.30-10.30am: Spirit of Life Teaching 1 (Steve Taylor)

10.50-12.30: Story telling (Simon Brown) OR Leaf rubbing & kite making ($5 material fee)

1.30-2.00pm: Spirit of Life Teaching 2 (Steve Taylor)

2.00-3.30: New Life: rituals and prayers for new babiesOR Leaf rubbing and kite making ($5 material fee) OR Tile painting creative expression ($5 material fee)

4.00-5.30: Either Storytelling finishing or enjoy time out.

7.00-8.30pm: Concert (Amy + Friends playing!) and storytelling

8.30-9.00pm: Supper

9.00-10.00pm: Late night worship (in Pentecost art installation)

Sunday 4th June
10.30-11.45am: Pentecost church service (Simon Brown)

7.00-8.00pm: Worship in the art