our ministries

 
 

OUR MINISTRIES

Homegroups

 

An integral aspect to the life of Riverbend Bible Church are the numerous Small Groups that meet during the week in various homes all over our communities. We want to encourage you to pursue a life lived in the context of the local Church by gathering together as believers in each others homes.

Homegroups

 

An integral aspect to the life of Riverbend Bible Church are the numerous Small Groups that meet during the week in various homes all over our communities. We want to encourage you to pursue a life lived in the context of the local Church by gathering together as believers in each others homes.

Men’s Ministry

 

Men’s Breakfast  

 

The conservatory

 

Quarterly

 

6.30am-8.00am

 

Contact: Matthew Johnston

RSVP

Men’s Ministry

 

Men’s Breakfast  

 

The conservatory

 

Quarterly

 

6.30am-8.00am

 

Contact: Matthew Johnston
RSVP
 

Women’s Ministry

Heart and Soul

Our Women’s Bible Study is for women of all ages. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM. Creche is provided for small children. Please come along and join us.

Contact: Kay Graham

 Take Them a Meal

This ministry is practical help to those in need of meals after an illness, new baby, hospital stay, or a death in the family.

Women’s Ministry

Heart and Soul
Our Women’s Bible Study is for women of all ages. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM. Creche is provided for small children. Please come along and join us.
Contact: Kay Graham

 Take Them a Meal
This ministry is practical help to those in need of meals after an illness, new baby, hospital stay, or a death in the family.

Young Adults

Young Adults Ministry meets every Sunday evening in The Conservatory at church for a meal, fellowship, and to study the word of God.
If you have finished high school, or between the ages of 18 to mid thirties, then please come and join us.

  Contact: Andrew Young

 

Young Adults

Young Adults Ministry meets every Sunday evening in The Conservatory at church for a meal, fellowship, and to study the word of God.
If you have finished high school, or between the ages of 18 to mid thirties, then please come and join us.
  Contact: Andrew Young

 

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is another arm of the church and therefore it’s main purpose is to glorify God.
Practically this can be out worked in three ways:

1. Exaltation: to exalt, prize, and honour God above all else.

2. Edification: to encourage holiness and fellowship among His saints, and

3. Evangelism: to proclaim the gospel to the lost through evangelism.

All of this is done to the glory and honour of our Heavenly Father. In Youth Ministry we see this worked out through one major application, discipleship. It is the call of Matthew 28:18-20, “Go therefore and make disciples”. This goal is accomplished through two practices, evangelism and sanctification.


  Caters for 14yrs old +


  Friday nights


  Games, teaching & small groups


  Contact: Alastair Young

Youth Ministry

 

Youth Ministry is another arm of the church and therefore it’s main purpose is to glorify God.
Practically this can be out worked in three ways:

1. Exaltation: to exalt, prize, and honour God above all else.
2. Edification: to encourage holiness and fellowship among His saints, and
3. Evangelism: to proclaim the gospel to the lost through evangelism.
All of this is done to the glory and honour of our Heavenly Father. In Youth Ministry we see this worked out through one major application, discipleship. It is the call of Matthew 28:18-20, “Go therefore and make disciples”. This goal is accomplished through two practices, evangelism and sanctification.
  Caters for 14yrs old +
   Friday nights
  Games, teaching & small groups
  Contact: Alastair Young

Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry
Riverbend Bible Church children’s ministry exists to help those in our care know God and grow to become like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday School, Boys Rally (7-11 years), Girls Rally (7-10 years), Girlzone (intermediate girls), and Jitterbugs (pre-school) help us:

1. To fill children’s minds with the word of God so they will grow to think the way God thinks and live the way God has commanded.
2. To establish in children habits of godly living in their lifestyle.
3. To create a Christian Community of children and adults who enjoy life together as a family and who are committed to Jesus Christ and each other.
4. To help children build proper relationships with those who are in authority over them.
5. To make each child’s experience at Church safe and profitable in the process of Christian growth.

 

Sunday School (pre-school - primary)
Sunday school exists to provide pre-school to primary aged children of Riverbend, and visiting children, an opportunity to learn about the character of God in a fun and child friendly environment.

The children are released from church just before the sermon and all meet together for Kids praise before heading to their classes.
An excellent team ensures all singing and lessons are bible based and Christ centred and pitched at an appropriate level for each of the class groups

The four classes are
Bible Explorers (3-5 year olds)
Treasure Seekers (Year 2-3)
Discoverers (Year 4-6)
Navigators (Year 7-8)

We also provide crèche during the service for infants to 3 years old.

The main church service finishes at the same time as Sunday school when parents of pre school children are expected to collect their child from class before enjoying fellowship around morning tea

Sunday (except school holidays)

Contact: Karen Major.

Girlzone (intermediate)
Girlzone is an opportunity for our young girls to get together, have some fun and make some cool things, but most of all learn more about God. In Girlzone we will look at what it means to be a Christian and work on developing our relationship with the Lord.

Every second Monday   6:30pm-8:00pm
 
Contact: Vicki-Lee Dempsey

Girls and Boys Rally (7-11)
 Girls and Boy Rally is an international organisation that began here in NZ.
Our aim is to build children up in the following three areas:
    1. Spiritual- building strong Christian character.
    2. Educational- increased knowledge and understanding.
    3. Physical- developing physical fitness and team co-operation.
At Riverbend Bible Church our Rally’s focus on Bible teaching, hobbies, games, outings and friendships in a Christian-based environment.

Contact: Michael Stonestreet or Justine McCullough

Jitterbugs (preschool)
Jitterbugs music group is a pre-school music and movement ministry run by Riverbend Bible Church. Session are held Thursday mornings during the school term starting at 9:30am and followed by morning tea. All are welcome.

Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry
Riverbend Bible Church children’s ministry exists to help those in our care know God and grow to become like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday School, Boys Rally (7-11 years), Girls Rally (7-10 years), Girlzone (intermediate girls), and Jitterbugs (pre-school) help us:
1. To fill children’s minds with the word of God so they will grow to think the way God thinks and live the way God has commanded.
2. To establish in children habits of godly living in their lifestyle.
3. To create a Christian Community of children and adults who enjoy life together as a family and who are committed to Jesus Christ and each other.
4. To help children build proper relationships with those who are in authority over them.
5. To make each child’s experience at Church safe and profitable in the process of Christian growth.

 

Sunday School (pre-school - primary)
Sunday school exists to provide pre-school to primary aged children of Riverbend, and visiting children, an opportunity to learn about the character of God in a fun and child friendly environment.
The children are released from church just before the sermon and all meet together for Kids praise before heading to their classes.
An excellent team ensures all singing and lessons are bible based and Christ centred and pitched at an appropriate level for each of the class groups
The four classes are
Bible Explorers (3-5 year olds)
Treasure Seekers (Year 2-3)
Discoverers (Year 4-6)
Navigators (Year 7-8)
We also provide crèche during the service for infants to 3 years old.
The main church service finishes at the same time as Sunday school when parents of pre school children are expected to collect their child from class before enjoying fellowship around morning tea.
Sunday (except school holidays)
Contact: Karen Major.
Girlzone (intermediate)
Girlzone is an opportunity for our young girls to get together, have some fun and make some cool things, but most of all learn more about God. In Girlzone we will look at what it means to be a Christian and work on developing our relationship with the Lord.
Every second Monday   6:30pm-8:00pm
 
Contact: Vicki-Lee Dempsey
Girls and Boys Rally (7-11)
Girls and Boy Rally is an international organisation that began here in NZ.
Our aim is to build children up in the following three areas:
    1. Spiritual- building strong Christian character.

   

2. Educational- increased knowledge and understanding.
   
3. Physical- developing physical fitness and team co-operation.
At Riverbend Bible Church our Rally’s focus on Bible teaching, hobbies, games, outings and friendships in a Christian-based environment.
Contact: Michael Stonestreet or Justine McCullough
Jitterbugs (preschool)
Jitterbugs music group is a pre-school music and movement ministry run by Riverbend Bible Church. Session are held Thursday mornings during the school term starting at 9:30am and followed by morning tea. All are welcome.

Senior Saints

Evergreens

Evergreens cater for those in their 60’s and over. We meet during the year for social activities – join us!

Monday Fun and Games

Each Monday we meet in The Conservatory at 1:15pm.
All are welcome to join together for an enjoyable afternoon of indoor bowls, board games and fellowship.

Senior Saints

Evergreens
Evergreens cater for those in their 60’s and over. We meet during the year for social activities – join us!

Monday Fun and Games
Each Monday we meet in The Conservatory at 1:15pm.
All are welcome to join together for an enjoyable afternoon of indoor bowls, board games and fellowship.

Missions

Reaching our community and the world
Riverbend Bible Church exists to glorify God by becoming passionate followers of Christ, reaching our community and the world with His grace and truth. This purpose centres on the life and ministry of His church, both here in New Zealand and in the people and organisations that God allows us to partner with around the world. The church is what Christ is building and accordingly the work and ministry of His church is the core of our mission endeavour.
Samfya Bible School

Samfya Bible School in Zambia has the vision of equipping men and women for Christian ministry in rural Bemba-speaking areas of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Founded in 1935, Samfya CMML Mission and Bible School is an institution run by the Christian Brethren Church (also known in Zambia as Christian Mission in Many Lands (C.M.M.L)). The curriculum is based upon the evangelical biblical foundation on which the Christian Brethren Church is founded.

Riverbend Bible Church has supported SBC since 2001 with finances, prayer, and mission trips, which have included teaching and logistical support.

Wathabu Simfukwe serves as the Principal of Samfya Bible School and has written the following:

“What started in 1930 as a Bible study at the home of Horace Coleman, a Scottish mission worker, grew into what is Samfya Bible School today. Initially, when the school opened in 1960, it only offered a one-year discipleship course, preparing graduates to be useful church workers in their rural villages and to influence the people under their leadership with sound biblical teaching. Over the last decade, due to increased demand and need, the school has grown in terms of enrolment of students and programmes offered.

We take a threefold approach to teaching, providing students with a biblical foundation and experience in Christian ministry, and equipping them with life skills. We seek to raise and develop qualified and credible church leaders who will meet the challenge of providing effective leadership to God’s people in a way that is relevant to the current needs of society. To meet this aim, the school has designed programmes and courses that are accessible and relevant to the local people. We have introduced youth and church-based discipleship programmes, Bible studies, literacy classes for students’ wives, practical agricultural courses, and health information. We thank God for changed lives.”

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow”. 1 Corinthians 3:7-8.

Paul is describing an ideal situation here which stresses the fact that we are all fellow workers in the field and God is the ultimate authority over us. We all have a task to do in our different capacities and our partnership together allows us to accomplish more. This is true with the work at Samfya Bible School, and those who partner with us in prayer and financial support, and the churches that have sent us students are all key players in our ministry.

·    We plant the seed of God’s Word in the lives of our students.

·     Our partners water it with their unwavering support.

·     God makes the students grow spiritually.

·     The students go out and impact the rural community with the gospel: churches are planted, spiritual leaders are raised, souls are set free, and Christ is glorified.  

Discipleship Extension Programme

The church-based Discipleship Extension Programme is a ten-month course which seeks to:

  • train local church members to effectively disciple new believers in their church
  • encourage students and graduates to work together, to unify and strengthen the church
  • identify those who may be suitable candidates for on-campus biblical training.

In 2014, we ran our first programme in Mwewa, 80km east of Samfya. Since then training has taken place in more than 18 locations. At each site students share their own unique experiences and inspiring stories.

Bemba Bibles for the Rural Church in Zambia

With an average income of less than a dollar per day there is little extra to buy a bible. However, through help from Riverbend Bible Church and other partners Samfya Bible School is able to supply Bemba Bibles at reduced prices in the Bemba speaking region of Luapula, northern provinces of Zambia, and southern parts of the DRC.

Skills Development for Women

The school works to empower rural Christian women with the skills and knowledge to help support their family and gospel work. The Students’ Wives Programme offers classes in cooking, knitting, tailoring and other practical skills. Bible and literacy classes help to develop their knowledge and understanding of Scripture, and help with fluency and reading comprehension so that the women can read and learn from the Bible for themselves.

Youth Leaders’ Training

Samfya Bible School has recruited young people and started the Youth Leaders’ Training Course to help run church youth groups. In addition to a variety of other community development projects, we run a ‘Matrons and Patrons’ Programme to help mentor young people and guide them to make wise life decisions and grow spiritually.

2020 Update

In 2019 the School graduated 30 students. In 2020, 31 students and their families enrolled. However due to the Covid 19 outbreak the School had to close in March 2020 for the rest of the year, and the students have returned home. Other programs such as the Extension Training, Youth Leader’s trainings and Seminars for various church ministries have continued, and staff  have been busy working more intensively with churches in the immediate area of Samfya, and doing maintenance work around the School.

                 

Simon & Ann Pyatt

Training National Missionaries in Asia Pacific
Simon & Anni have been serving at the Ethnos Bible and Missionary Training Centre in “Asia Pacific” since 2008.
Ethnos NZ (previously New Tribes Mission) exists to assist the local church through mobilising, equipping and coordinating missionaries to evangelise unreached people groups, translate the Scriptures and establish indigenous, New Testament churches that truly glorify God. See www.ethnos.nz
The Centre’s training course is four years long, giving students a solid understanding of the Scriptures and the tools they need to enter into unreached people groups, learn their language and culture, plant self-sufficient churches and translate the New Testament. The training centre has both national and expat staff and students come from both tribal and city locations.
Simon teaches Theology, Bible Translation and many other subjects, and is writing a series of New Testament commentaries. He makes regular trips to teach and encourage remote churches planted by the mission, and is also involved in leadership and pastoral care on the campus. He has recently received a doctorate through a theological college in the capital. Anni helps with the campus children’s programme and the teaching of pre-schoolers. They have three adult children living in Hawke’s Bay.

Jeremy & Vicki-Lee Dempsey

Jeremy Dempsey is the National Director for OAC N.Z. and Vicki-Lee the National Administrator. Jeremy works full time by faith for this evangelistic organisation. As well as managing the team across N.Z. Jeremy also travels around the pacific training others in evangelism. For more information check out the website www.oac.org.nz

Stephanie Smith

Supporting the education of front-line missionary children: Stephanie Smith is a young teacher who studied at Shepherds Bible College and was inspired to join Ethnos NZ (formerly New Tribes Mission) at Impact Bible Conference in 2015.

Based in Wewak, Papua New Guinea for the last five years, she has filled an important gap by teaching and coordinating the education and testing of the many ‘mission kids’ in the country. This also involves hospitality, organizing conferences, and travel by land and air to outlying areas where children are being home-schooled. Her presence has allowed several families, who would otherwise have had to return home for the education of their children, to stay on the mission field.

Stephanie is great example of the many who work ‘behind the scenes’ to enable those doing frontline mission work.

You can get some idea of the work of Ethnos at www.ethnos.nz

   

Prayer

 
A vital ministry of the Church. Please join us at the following times:

  Sunday 9 AM

  Tuesday 7 PM

  The conservatory

Prayer

A vital ministry of the Church. Please join us at the following times:

  Sunday 9 AM

  Tuesday 7 PM

  The conservatory

Music Ministry

We seek to build a music ministry that will be characterised by humble service to God and to the church – exampling a life of worship.
We seek to provide an environment where people can exercise and develop their musical talents to the benefit of all.
We hope to provide a context whereby people can grow spiritually so to give their all and best as an act of worship. There are many ways to serve in the music ministry – musicians, singers, sound desk, audio visual and more.

  Contact: Mike Sanko

 

Music Ministry

We seek to build a music ministry that will be characterised by humble service to God and to the church – exampling a life of worship.
We seek to provide an environment where people can exercise and develop their musical talents to the benefit of all.
We hope to provide a context whereby people can grow spiritually so to give their all and best as an act of worship. There are many ways to serve in the music ministry – musicians, singers, sound desk, audio visual and more.
  Contact: Mike Sanko

 

Counselling

 
We have biblical counsellors available.

Counselling

 

We have biblical counsellors available.