Faith @ home

Welcome to our regular blog from our pastors.

You'll find wisdom, encouragement and suggestions to help parents raise children of faith.

10 June 2018

Ecamp seems like a distance away.  I have recently been encouraged by how God is continuing to work in our young people’s lives. 

 One mom whose son attended the camp for the first time this year shared this testimony with me.  Her son had an incident at school and was sent to detention.  He told his mum that while cleaning the toilets he understood what he did was wrong and God is teaching him patience while completing the task. He went on to say that he would pray for the friends he got into trouble with. 

 How wonderful to see how our  young people are growing in their faith.  They are praising God and praying for others no matter what circumstances they are faced with.  This mom gave the church the credit however, but I believe parents provide the strongest influence in a child’s faith.  For me faith begins at home.

 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverb 22:6)

 I am encouraged by parents who share their childrens’ journey with us. Your testimonies make my day and God is at work in the hearts of our young leaders in the making.

 Keep the faith, Pastor Jacqueline

27 May 2018


It is said that the wellness and survival of the current church depends largely on the ability to form healthy intergenerational relationships.  Here at Pakuranga Baptist, we value every age and every stage. Pastor Keith talked about imagining what it will be like if our day ended different than it started and we are never the same again because of what has happened to us. Of course he was talking about the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.   

I want us to imagine healthy relationships, friendships with people of different ages and stages of life. See, God loves diversity and unity as we imagine the body of Christ “from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev 7:9).  We still have multiple opportunities to show God’s heart for unity and diversity to others. I am inviting people from our congregation to come share with our youth and children, but also to come listen.  


Psalm 145:4 (NLT) says:  4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;     let them proclaim your power.  

Keep the Faith!! Pastor Brigitte

29 April 2018

Our [email protected] PHILOSOPHY: The home is the primary place where faith is nurtured - no matter what society tells us.


We love our children, but parenting them is a complex and often confusing task! To simplify things, this is one simple guiding principle: to equip our children to meet the demands of reality.  One day your children will have to face reality and handle it without your guidance. They will need to make mature choices to follow Christ; find great relationships to support their growth; set their core values and morals; handle romance, dating, marriage and family pathways; and craft their passions and careers.


“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)


Research shows that children who experience a household of clear and appropriate boundaries, delivered with love and warmth, are better equipped to meet the demands of life’s reality.  Why is this important and how do we set boundaries? Join us today for our FAH session on Boundaries with Children!


Keep the faith!  Pastor Brigitte


11 march 2018

Parents and grandparents are often keen for their kids to develop the right attitudes, but kids usually pick up who we are rather than what we say.  For instance, I had a friend many years ago who constantly criticised Christian brothers and sisters in their conversation at home.  Some of it was quite valid, but is it any surprise that their children became more distant towards Christians than what they ever needed to be?    

The next time you wonder why do they react in a certain way, do a quick inventory.  Is that what I believe deep down?  Is this something in my behaviour that they see?  We can't always control our children's response and we wouldn't want to, but we can control our own.  The cultivation and growth of our own inner child may just be the key to our own kids spiritual maturity.  

Pastor Andrew