Sunday 31st March 2024

A People Fully Alive

Restored, Resourced, Released

Isaiah 61:1-3; John 10:10

31st of March 2024 Easter

He is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

These wonderful words of greeting have rung out wherever the people of God have gathered for 2000 years. The resurrection changed and changes everything. Our God is not dead. He is alive!

Jesus is our resurrected King, the One who conquered the grave, who has freed us from our sin and made it possible for us to live in his Kingdom. This is a day that for the disciples started with unbearable sorrow and ended with unspeakable joy. Let us greet one another with these words today. May their meaning seep deep within our souls and let us rejoice!

Today Alicia Elder  is preaching and Gavin Hendry will be leading worship

Welcome is Betty Lindsay

Morning Tea is Nimi Hendry and Danny Reeves

Church Office Hours 

All our church staff work part-time and have different work times in the office. The office is open on Mondays 9am– 2:30 pm and Fridays 9 am—1pm. To contact any of the staff, please email them directly at Pastor Alicia Elder , Jo Knowles or Church Office  (Christina Holmes).  

Elders Contact – You can contact our Elders team at

Reading: Conquering the Cross, John 20: 1-18

Upcoming Roster: 7th April

Welcoming:  Betty Lindsay

Morning Tea: Heather & David Bathgate

Foodbank: Donations of basic food items are appreciated for the Presbyterian Support Foodbank. There is a labelled box under the foyer table. Please be sure to replace it if it has to be removed for a particular event. 

Elders: Please don’t hesitate to talk to one of the elders if you have anything you want to discuss, or email us at and someone will get in touch with you. 

As part of our role as Elders we would love to meet and pray with anyone who is sick. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange this.

Pastoral Care: We have a team that meets fortnightly, if you have any pastoral care needs or know of anyone who requires some extra support please let Betty, Jo, Alicia or Winsome know or email the elders.

Home Groups @ MBC: Home groups provide an opportunity to have some concentrated time of fellowship and support, bible study and prayer and to get to know others better. We encourage you to be part of a home group.  Please contact a person on the list below or speak with James Watson.

People to ContactDay/Time of MeetingPhone
Di GoodwinAlt. Mon                               7.30 pm454 3232
Jo & Stephen KnowlesAlt. Tues                              8.00 pm454 4742
James Watson (Men’s Group)Alt. Mon                               7.30pm455 5856
Wednesday Day-Time Bible Study/Fellowship Matthew 27Weekly Wed                         10-11.30am021 279 7941

Church Notices

The 6:30 Monday Morning Prayer Group will not be meeting on Easter Monday.

From Jacquie Tonks :  Follow our journey!

Mike and I are documenting our journey using the app Polar steps. If you want to follow our updates, then simply download the Polar steps app and then search for Jacquie Tonks. You will then need to request to follow me and I can accept you!

Musselmen MENS group                                                                                                    Calling all Musselmen! Andrew Nichols and John Parnell  invite you to join us for plotting and scheming on Friday 12 April 2024 at 7pm. Red boatshed first after Sea Scout boatshed past Andersons Bay Inlet. Manfood and drinks provided. Come to yarn, hear a vision for our mens group and bring YOUR ideas for ongoing fun and fellowship. Musselwomen! Your job is to get your men to attend and to pray for their inspiring ideas!  Queries?                                                                                          Andrew Nichols 021 0822 0573   John Parnell 027 221 1668

Parking: Please do not park in the 5 minute car park or between the 5 minute park and the fire hydrant in front of the church as part of being good neighbours to the dairy across the road.

Upcoming Events & Courses of Interest

Scripture Union NZ Way2Go Children’s Ministry Training Conference is in Dunedin on 25th May. Visit to register or see Greg Anderson for more information. These workshops style conferences are always excellent value.

Relevent” South Island Ministry Conference, aimed at helping to reveal Jesus in a resistant world. Dates: 14th & 15th May at East Taieri Church, early bird discounted registration until 10th April. Keynote speaker is Mark Keown, Laidlaw College. For more information go to

Baptist Women’s Event: “Believing Your Worth” Saturday 6 April 10am– 3:30pm Alexandra Baptist Church. If interested, please see Alicia as a group of women from church will be attending.

MBC Prayer Events

Prayer Before and After Church At 9:40 am in the room at the back of the church, all welcome. If you would like someone to pray with you after the service, please come to the front of the church. An elder/ member of the congregation will be happy to pray with you.

Monday Mornings 6:30am Every Monday in the church foyer. Lead by Betty Lindsay

CAP prayer meeting first Tuesday of the month at 9am at church

If you have a prayer request or want to join the prayer team contact

Donations to the Church: The church’s bank account number is 030881-0053478-00 for automatic payments to make a regular contribution to the church, or to make a one-off donation electronically. Receipts for all donations made during the financial year (which ends in March) will be issued in April.

Contributions to the Newsletter: We welcome church members to contribute a praise item, bit of news or something that will encourage everyone. Email or drop a wee note to Christina at with the subject line ‘Newsletter’ by Wednesday evening.

New to MBC?  Alicia would like to say hi and get your contact details (if that’s ok) so that you can be included in our church email list.  Please speak to Alicia or email the office at with your contact details.

Kids Ministry @ MBC  

Your kids are very welcome at MBC! We have a space at the back where younger children can come and sit on a rug and cushions and draw and play. We also have a pretty cool creche out past the kitchen where you can take your little ones (preschool) to play.  The Year 1-5 program welcomes pre-schoolers but a parent or older sibling may need to be present to help. In this age group we share morning tea, have a bible story, craft and games. 

MBC Youth Group @ MBC

Mike and Rosie Brown lead the MBC Youth Programme (Year 6 up) and would love for any youth to join us. Feel free to email or call us for more information.

Mike: 027.257.5165, Rosie: 027.327.1192

Sunday Morning – Year 6+: Youth head out part way through the service for bible study.

Saturday Social – Year 7+: Once a fortnight on Saturday evenings: join us for adventures,

activities and games.

Wednesday Evening – Year 9+: Meet at Mike and Rosie’s house (467 Taieri Rd, Halfway

Bush) for a midweek bible study 7-8:30ish pm.

Musselburgh Baptist Church, 131 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin 9013 email   phone 03-4562065