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City Impact Church Celebrates Christmas  (12 December  2017 – North Shore Times, Page 14)

City Impact Church is giving away 1100 Christmas gift boxes this year.

Last month, City Impact Church started Christmas early, giving away 1100 Christmas gift boxes to people in the community.

Recipients of the beautifully wrapped boxes ranged from children and infants, to those with disabilities, to single parents and elderly community members.

“Christmas can be a tough time for many families and we want to let them know that we care,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock. “It’s about showing God’s love to people in a practical way.”

Now in its tenth year, City Impact Church’s Christmas gift box giveaway has become well known in the community. One church member recently had a young work colleague reminisce about the gift box she received as a teen, saying what a difference it had made at the time and how she’d never forget it.

Church members choose an individual in the community and fill up a box with gifts for that person. Many of the people are referred to City Impact Church by other community organisations like Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Te Puna Hauora.

While some volunteers delivered the boxes, others put up Christmas decorations at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, complementing the efforts of staff on the wards to celebrate the festive season and enhance patient experience.

“Having loved ones in hospital is tough, especially at Christmas time,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “We want to do what we can to bring some peace and joy to people’s lives at this time of year.”  More volunteers carried out cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for people in need of a hand.

Now City Impact Church is getting ready to welcome the community to three Christmas Experiences: Sunday December 17 at 7:30pm, Christmas Eve at 9pm and Christmas morning at 9am.  Perfect for the whole family, these one-hour services will feature beautiful vocal items and plenty of well-loved carols all in a heart-warming Christmas atmosphere.

“Coming to church at Christmas time is a special part of the celebrations,” says City Impact Church Senior Pastor Bev Mortlock.  “Amongst the hustle and bustle, it’s a chance stop and remember that it all started with a tiny baby in a manger. It’s so refreshing to take a moment, and allow the love, peace, and joy of Christmas to touch your heart.”

“Christmas is about family time, holidays, sunshine and best of all celebrating the birth of Jesus,” she says. “We’re looking forward to having the community join us!”

Everyone is welcome at the Christmas Experiences, held at the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses:

  • North Shore: 794 East Coast Road, Albany
  • Mt Wellington: 385 Mt Wellington Highway

For more information, go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.

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Community Contribution  (24 October 2017 – North Shore Times, Page 7)

City Impact Church members volunteered in the community visiting homes to clean, garden and maintain homes.

Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Blankets and Pyjamas Gifted To Community (22 June 2017 – North Shore Times, Page 12)

Hundreds of people will be warmer this winter after a church collected hundreds of blankets and pyjamas to help families in need.

As part of City Impact Church’s annual Community Impact Day, volunteers donated 700 blankets and 500 sets of pyjamas to families throughout Auckland.

The items were donated by individuals and families who attend City Impact Church on the North Shore and in Mt Wellington.

The Church’s senior pastors, Peter and Bev Mortlock, said giving this items was a simple way to reach out but would make a difference.

“We knew of so many people in our community facing a cold winter without enough blankets this year,” Peter said.

Church members also visited 57 homes to carry out cleaning, maintenance and gardening.

Fifteen volunteers cleaned windows and ovens and did gardening at Birkdale Court.  Another group helped out a mother of seven whose youngest child was diagnosed with cancer last year.

The church’s Community Impact Days regularly see a turnout of more than 500 volunteers.

City Impact Church’s Tiana Wijohn, Eugene Tuigamala, and Olivia Campbell with donated blankets.

Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Hundreds Benefit from City Impact Church’s Blanket Drive   (15 June 2017 – Stuff – North Shore Times)

City Impact Church volunteers Tiana Wijohn, Eugene Tuigamala, and Olivia Campbell with some of the blankets and clothes given to the community.

 

Hundreds of people will be warmer this winter after a church collected hundreds of blankets and pyjamas to help families in need.

As part of City Impact Church’s annual Community Impact Day, volunteers donated 700 blankets and 500 sets of pyjamas to families throughout Auckland.

The items were donated by individuals and families who attend City Impact Church on the North Shore and in Mt Wellington.

The church’s senior pastors, Peter and Bev Mortlock, said giving this items was a simple way to reach out but would make a difference.

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“We knew of so many people in our community facing a cold winter without enough blankets this year,” Peter said.

Church members also visited 57 homes to carry out cleaning, maintenance and gardening.

Fifteen volunteers cleaned windows and ovens and did gardening at Birkdale Court.

“We really appreciate what City Impact Church has done for us today,” said one resident.

“This is like receiving an early Christmas present.”

Another group helped out a mother-of-seven whose youngest child was diagnosed with cancer last year. While he is now cancer-free, the woman lost her mother to cancer over the same period.

The church’s Community Impact Days regularly see a turnout of more than 500 volunteers from Auckland’s two branches.

Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Marks Decade of Community Impact  (11 April 2017 – Scoop Independent News – Regional Stories)

City Impact Church is celebrating ten years of service to the community this month. In March 2008, church members gathered for their first Community Impact Day, where volunteers carry out home and garden maintenance for people in the community. Starting with a total of 59 homes visited in 2008, the event has grown year on year, with 2016 seeing volunteers go to nearly 300 homes.

Community Impact Days now mobilise over 500 volunteers, four times a year, to help families, widows, the disabled, and the elderly, as well as North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals. That’s a total of 68,900 man-hours and 1700 home visited, not to mention 6495 Christmas gift boxes delivered at Christmas time.

“One of the great things about getting to our tenth year, is that we get to see people who’ve been helping at Community Impact Days since they were kids, now volunteering their time as young adults,” says City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita.

Tyson Wijohn and Jordan Parratt have been at Community Impact Days since day one.

“Even as an eight-year-old kid, I remember thinking how amazing it was that we could make such a huge difference in someone’s life just by doing mundane tasks,” says Tyson.

“I remember helping my parents on Community Impact Days,” says Jordan. “It has always been fun to be a part of it.”

The vision for Community Impact Days came after church volunteers helped to build City Impact Church’s huge facility on their North Shore campus over a two-year period.

“With the Sanctuary completed, we realized we could continue volunteering our time to help our community,” says Mary-Kath. “I started attending some council network meetings, listening to the needs, and building relationships. When we set a date for the first Community Impact Day, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t sleep for a week leading up to it!”

City Impact Church has continued to work closely with government and community organisations, who refer people to the church when they see a need.

“We love helping people,” says Senior Pastor Peter Mortlock. “For us, it’s all about getting out there and sharing God’s love in a practical way.”

Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Milestone Moments (13 December 2016 – North Shore Times, Page 6)

City Impact Church volunteer Megan Noick gets ready to deliver Christmas gifts to the community.  The church gave away over 1200 Christmas gift boxes to Aucklanders.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Milestone Moments (7 October 2016 – East & Bays Courier, Page 15)

City Impact Church’s Mary-Kath Laita hugs Missy in her transformed living room after they helped with furniture and appliances.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Helps Unsung Hero (23rd June 2016 – North Shore Times, Page 15)

Good deeds don’t go rewarded as often as they should but City Impact Church in Albany have made sure Colleen Johnston’s generosity to her neighbour Mustapha Harrat has.

As part of their latest Community Impact day, over 500 volunteers from City Impact Church, provided gardening, cleaning and maintenance for North Shore residents physically unable to do so themselves.

Arriving at Johnston’s and Harrat’s Narrow Neck homes, volunteers did extensive gardening: removing trees, weeds and opening up much needed space to allow light into their yards.

Long time neighbours in Takapuna, Johnston and Harrat both moved to Narrow Neck six months ago.

Harrat suffered a stroke in 2000 leaving him with a serious blood disorder and his heart functioning at only 25 per cent capacity.

For years, Johnston has dropped in on Harrat almost daily to care for him and help with household tasks.

“Colleen is one of our community’s unsung heroes,” City Impact Church community manager Mary-Kath Laita says.  “She has so willingly helped and cared for her neighbour and friend all these years.  It’s a privilege to be able to come and do something for them both.”

Johnston was thrilled with the gardening help.  “I can’t believe all these people have come here for me,” she says.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Impact Day Helps Single Mum (15th March 2016 – North Shore Times, Page 10)

Cooler nights and darker mornings are a reminder that autumn is here. Many across Auckland are facing a cold winter in homes without adequate heating and insulation.

City Impact Church volunteers came to the aid of one such family last Saturday. The Birkenhead single mum and her children are living in a poorly insulated 1930s rental. The church team chopped firewood for them and also cleared their yard and mowed their lawns.

The North Shore mum first heard about City Impact Church three years ago when they helped her adult daughter to clear her yard and do some repair work at her home. Later, a team from the church also helped her sister by tidying up her garden.

The team was just one of many from City Impact Church who visited homes in the community last Saturday to carry out cleaning, gardening and maintenance.

One single dad suffered from diabetes and a skin condition received a huge home makeover.  “The work the church has done has helped me tremendously,” he said. “This will help me to get my life back on track.”

One team helped a woman living with a damaged lung and no sternum. They cleared her overgrown yard and mowed her lawns.  Now she will be able to get a regular lawn mower for $15 a fortnight instead of paying the $500 she has been quoted for the job.

“We love helping people,” City Impact Church’s community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita says.  “For us, it’s all about getting out there and sharing God’s love with people in a practical way”.

City Impact Church was established by Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock in 1982.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


City Impact Church Volunteers Make A Difference In The Community (10th March 2016 – Western Leader E-Edition-Stuff)

Five Glen Eden siblings have a bit more room in their backyard thanks to City Impact Church.

Volunteers from the church helped out at the home of Karen Grey who is raising her five grandchildren.

The children are aged between 4 and 12 and the grandmother says they are a “full time job” and there is little time left for property maintenance.

The church team cleared her yard and trimmed trees, leaving the children with much more room to run around.

“What used to be a jungle is now flat land,” Grey says. “I can actually see my footpath to the clothes line, my fences look so much tidier without the weeds growing up them and we can sit under our trees now without the branches sticking in our head.”

“The fact these guys gave up their precious time and energy to help someone they didn’t even know has restored my faith that there are still some really good people out there.”

“I’m still walking around with a big smile on my face. I’ve never had such kindness in all my life,” Grey says.

The team was just one of many from the Albany-based church who visited homes in the community on March 5 to carry out cleaning, gardening and maintenance.

A single dad suffering from diabetes and a skin condition received a huge home makeover.

“The work the church has done has helped me tremendously,” he says. “This will help me to get my life back on track.”

Another team helped a woman living with a damaged lung and no sternum.

They cleared her overgrown yard and mowed her lawns.

“We love helping people,” the church’s community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita says. “For us, it’s all about getting out there and sharing God’s love with people in a practical way.”

City Impact Church was established by Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock in 1982.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Christmas Joy For Those In Waitakere Hospital (8th December 2015 – Western Leader E-Edition-Stuff)

These two little helpers are among those who have made sure the hospital is a brighter place to be this festive season.

Volunteers from City Impact Church have decorated Waitakere Hospital for Christmas.

A large tree stands in the entranceway with the hospital’s reception areas decorated with smaller trees and wreathes of ivy.

For the past eight years church members have put aside some time to decorate the hospital, church manager Mary-Kath Laita says.

“Hospitals can be a tough place to be, especially at Christmas time. We want to do what we can to bring some joy to people’s lives and let them know that we care,” she says.

City Impact also gave away more than 1000 gift boxes to those needing a little extra help over the festive season.

“Each year, church members choose tags from our Christmas trees, representing people referred to us by community organisations,” Laita says.

“They take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.”

Recipients range from the elderly, to those with disabilities, to single parents, to children and infants.

The presents are individually wrapped and placed in the boxes and then tied with a ribbon.

“We love having the chance to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” Laita says.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Gifts Donated (10th December 2015 – North Shore Times, Page 16)

More than 1000 Christmas boxes have been gifted to the elderly, those with disabilities, single parents, children and infants.

Five hundred City Impact Church volunteers helped bring Christmas to people needing a little extra help.  Gifts were individually wrapped, placed in gift boxes and tied with ribbon.

The volunteers put up Christmas decorations at North Shore Hospital and delivered the Christmas boxes.

City Impact Church community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita says each year church members choose people referred to them by community organisations to give the gifts to.  “They take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.” Laita says.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


City Impact Church’s Generosity Touches Hearts (26th November 2015 – Rodney Times, Page 16)

City Impact Church is getting ready to give away more than 1000 Christmas gift boxes to people in the community.

The gifts will go to people needing some extra Christmas cheer.  Church members picked up their gift boxes last Sunday, choosing specific people to buy for from tags hung on Christmas trees.

“The tags represent individuals referred to us by community organisations that we have worked with during the year,” community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita says. “Church members take away a box to fill up with gifts for their chosen person.” Recipients range from elderly community members, to those with disabilities, single parents, children and infants.

Church members buy something the person would want, something they would need, something educational for a child, and a Christmas decoration.  The gifts are then individually wrapped, placed in the gift boxes and tied with ribbon.  “We want people to feel really blessed and valued when they receive their gifts, so we put a lot of effort into beautiful presentation,” Mary-Kath says.

Church volunteers will be coming together on Saturday November 28 to deliver the boxes as part of their final Community Impact Day for the year.

Many of the boxes will go to homes where church volunteers have helped practically during the year, carrying out cleaning, painting and garden maintenance. Other volunteers will spend the morning putting up Christmas decorations at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals.

“We love having the chance to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” Mary-Kath says.  “Christmas can be a tough time for many families and we want to let them know that we are.”

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Group Reaches Out To Community (24th November 2015 – North Shore Times, Page 10)

Hundreds of volunteers spent a Saturday helping out their neighbours in need.

More than 500 volunteers visited 105 homes on September 29. Birkenhead resident Diana Wilson was one home the volunteers from City Impact Church in Albany helped out.  Wilson has been battling cancer since 1998 and she has also brought up five children through family adoption.

The team from City Impact Church gave her kitchen a spring clean and painted her lounge and hallway.  A team of 20 also visited council flats in Milford to help pensioners living alone.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Helps Single Dad (1st October 2015 – Rodney Times, Page 4)

Veronica and Dino Robertson were among over 500 City Impact Church volunteers helping people out during the church’s Community Impact Day.  They helped give a single Hibiscus Coast father’s house a spring clean and tidied up his grounds.

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Click here to watch the Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Volunteers Warm Up Auckland (30th June 2015 – North Shore Times, Page 8)

Volunteers from City Impact Churches in Auckland have donated blankets to 97 homes around Auckland for the winter as part of a Community Impact Day, a day held four times a year.

The church members also visited more than 70 homes to help with cleaning, gardening and maintenance.  Church community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita, centre, says donating blankets was a simple way to reach out and make a difference.

Community Impact Days regularly draw more than 500 volunteers from the churches in Mt Wellington and North Shore.

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Click here to watch the full Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Volunteers Make A Big Impact (4th June 2015 – Manukau Courier, Page 8)

Josephine was facing a cold, wet winter with no glass in the windows of her home. That was until City Impact Church volunteers heard about her situation.

The home the Otara woman shares with her daughter and baby granddaughter has been in the family for decades but was badly in need of repair.  It had no front door, no hot water, no lights and only one working electric power socket.

A team of 25 church volunteers has given the home a complete makeover, plastering and painting, installing windows, carrying out plumbing and electrical work, and repairing ceilings and floorboards.

Josephine has great memories of growing up in the house, with whanau gatherings and other fun events. But the cost of maintaining the property has become too much for her in recent years. ‘‘It’s going to be nice to be warm and dry over winter – and especially knowing that my three-month-old granddaughter can stay safe and well,’’ she says.

Church Community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita heard of Josephine’s plight through the Family Start programme.  She arranged for the volunteers to visit the house as part of the church’s latest Community Impact Day, an event it runs several times a year.

More than 500 volunteers from the church’s Mt Wellington and North Shore campuses visited a total of 167 homes, donating blankets and carrying out cleaning, maintenance and gardening for people in the community.

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Click here to watch the full Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Volunteers Come To Family’s Aid (26th May 2015 – North Shore Times, Page 14)

The Barrett family was one of many facing a cold winter with inadequate heating and bedding.

The Torbay family has been under financial strain ever since dad Jason Barrett was diagnosed with leukemia.

Now in recovery, he now has chronic graft versus host disease, which has left him with muscle loss, diabetes and a perforated eyeball.  It has meant wife Amy can no longer work as he is in daily pain and has frequent trips to hospital.  ‘‘With having my husband ill, it’s been really hard to keep on top of things,’’ says Amy, who has two children aged 13 and nine. 

City Impact Church volunteers spent 40 hours working on their house on May 16 after a friend passed on the family’s details.  Amy says she can’t thank them enough.

The group were among about 500 volunteers that visited more than 70 families and individuals in Auckland on the day to carry out cleaning and property maintenance.
The volunteer work is part of their community impact day, an event run several times a year.

‘‘There are hundreds of people in our community facing huge challenges every day,’’ says the church’s community impact manager Mary-Kath Laita.

Laita says an Otara family were living in a home with no front door, no glass in the windows, no hot water and one working electric power point.
A team carried out a complete home makeover, leaving the place weatherproof and electrically sound.

 

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Click here to watch the full Community Impact Day Highlights.

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


Church Delivers Christmas Cheer

Christmas is looking brighter for over a thousand community members thanks to City Impact Church. Last Saturday, the church gave away nearly 1200 beautifully wrapped Christmas gift boxes to people in need of a little extra Christmas cheer.

Hundreds of volunteers turned out at the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses on Saturday to be part of delivering the boxes to homes across Auckland.

“Each year, we hang stars from our Christmas trees that represent people referred to us by community organisations that we work with,” says Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita. “Church members choose a star and take away a box to fill up with gifts for that person.”

“We want people to feel really blessed and valued when they receive their gifts,” says Mary-Kath. “So volunteers wrap each gift in tissue paper and tie the boxes with Christmas ribbon.”

Church members visited one single mum with a terminal lung condition, and eight of her thirteen children living at home. They arrived with individual gift boxes for each family member as well as two trampolines for the children.

Other volunteers returned to families they had helped during the year, with Christmas gift boxes for children who would otherwise be going without.

Others spent the morning putting up Christmas decorations at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals.

“We love having the chance to show God’s love to people in a practical way,” says Mary-Kath. “Christmas can be a tough time for many families and we wanted to let them know that we care.”

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.

 

City Impact Church gave away 1200 Christmas gift boxes on Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 


Community Volunteers Team Up

City Impact Church joined forces with Te Mana last Saturday to bring some much needed Christmas cheer to three West Auckland families.

Volunteers from City Impact Church visited three Massey homes with beautifully wrapped Christmas gift boxes for the whole family. Denny Hansen from Te Mana brought vegetable seedlings donated by The Fono West Central for the families to plant.

The gifts from City Impact Church were just some of the nearly 1200 Christmas gift boxes being given away by the church across Auckland as part of their annual Christmas Community Day.

“A lot of the parents we visited said their kids would have gone without presents this year if it wasn’t for us,” says Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita.

The Massey families were referred to the church earlier this year by Te Mana, a group that works with families to provide practical training and support, enabling them to move forward in life.

“Part of what we do is help families start their own vegetable gardens,” says Denny. “But in the case of these families, we didn’t have the man power to clear their land first.”

When Denny met Mary-Kath, they realised there was a great opportunity to work together.

“Te Mana is working alongside these families on a weekly basis,” says Mary-Kath. “We were able to come in and help by providing large teams to do property maintenance so the gardens could be planted.”

The families all now have their own thriving vegetable gardens and enjoyed planting the new seedlings from Te Mana on Saturday. The gift boxes were the icing on the cake and came as a welcome surprise for parents and children alike.

“Christmas can be a tough time for many families,” says Mary-Kath. “We want to let them know that we care – to show God’s love in a practical way.”

For more information on City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.

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City Impact Church volunteer Maria Payn shares a hug with West Auckland Mum Siniva Neemia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Single Mum Gives Back

Two and a half years ago, Natalie Cross’ life was spiraling out of control. As single mother of a 17-month-old, she was still suffering from post-natal depression when she found out she was pregnant again. With no family support, the Long Bay resident didn’t know where to turn.

“I was on the verge of a massive break down,” says Natalie. “I felt completely lost – like there was no way out.”

Barnados put her in touch with City Impact Church, who arranged for a team of church volunteers to provide some practical assistance.

“I couldn’t believe that these people I’d never met would come and spring clean my house and tidy my garden for me,” says Natalie. “They even built a gate for my front yard. It was the help I’d been looking for that I never knew existed. It put my faith back into people.”

The team was part of Community Impact, an event the church runs four times a year. Over 500 volunteers spread out across Auckland from the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses to carry out cleaning, maintenance and garden makeovers for people in the community.

Natalie started attending City Impact Church with her two boys and has turned her life around. Now with a full time office job and a regular voluntary role at church, she is keen to reach out to others.

“Having been on the receiving end of help when I needed it, I’m so grateful to be able to serve others in return,” says Natalie.

At City Impact Church’s most recent Community Impact Day, Natalie helped with a home and garden makeover for Torbay residents Ant and Gaylene. With an austistic four-year-old and two other young children, they heard about City Impact Church through The Dyspraxia Support Group of NZ.

“It’s so great to have the team here today getting on top of some of these jobs so we don’t have to worry about it,” said Ant.

“Having the team come to my home that day helped me to realise that God’s love is real,” says Natalie. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Community Impact.”

City Impact Church’s Christmas Community Impact Day is scheduled for 29 November. For more information on this or other upcoming events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on 477 0300.

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Church Helps Family of Eight

Raising a family presents plenty of challenges, but for Helen Rakena that job has proved especially tough. The Mangere resident is raising seven children on her own, including one with a disability, so she was grateful to receive some practical help from City Impact Church volunteers last Saturday.

The crew of about 20 volunteers spent three hours cleaning the Rakena home, mowing the lawns and weeding the gardens. They also surprised the family with a new six-seater dining set, bedding and sheets, a fridge, and lunch for that day.

“I didn’t know good people were still out there,” says Ms. Rakena. “Usually I just get an inspector come in and scribble on his notepad and then leave. I don’t want my family to be another case file. Today I can feel the love.”

Ms. Rakena’s 21-year-old son has Prader-Willi syndrome – a disorder from birth that causes learning and growth development difficulties, making him completely reliant on her care.

“My whanau and I are so grateful to City Impact Church for making our lives better. Now we can all sit down at the table at the same time and eat together,” says Ms. Rakena.

The team of church volunteers was one of 60 teams that went out to various homes around Auckland for their quarterly Community Impact Day events. Teams from City Impact Church’s South Island campuses in Invercargill, Balclutha and Queenstown also took part in their regions.

“I want to help out at the next Community Impact Day,” says Ms. Rakena.

The church has been running Community Impact Days since 2008 with hundreds of congregation members coming out to help each time from the church’s Mt Wellington and North Shore campuses. The Rakena family was referred to the church by Genesis Youth Trust.

City Impact Church’s Christmas Community Impact Day is scheduled for 29 November. For more information on this or other upcoming events go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or contact the office on 477 0300.

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Making an Impact (June 5th 2014 – North Shore Times)

Volunteers brought much needed muscle power to the community on the latest Community Impact Day. Members of the City Impact Church visited a number of people including a Birkdale resident who in 2011 contracted meningitis and was left with debilitating back pain and numbness.


 

Church Helps Single Mum (July 1st 2014 – North Shore Times)

City Impact Church volunteers brought some much needed muscle power to the home of a single mum and her four-year-old, last Saturday. Caroline, a Birkdale resident, contracted meningitis in 2011, which left her with a condition known as neurosarcoidosis. Debilitating back pain and numbness from the condition have made simple jobs like cleaning and moving furniture a huge challenge.

When City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita heard of her situation, she arranged for a team of volunteers to spring clean her house, tidy her garden and transform the garage into a play area for her daughter.

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Nearby, other volunteers carried out cleaning and maintenance at the home of a grandmother raising her two grandchildren aged 10 and seven.

For more information on other events and services at City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


 

Church Helps Burgled Family (June 5th 2014 – Manukau Courier)

An Ellerslie mum of five had been living for months without sheets, blankets, curtains, pots or plates until City Impact Church members arrived last Saturday with a truckload of donated furniture, bedding and household items.

After a recent stay in Women’s Refuge, she returned home to find that her house had been burgled. With no family to turn to, she and her children simply went without, until City Impact Church Community Manager Mary-Kath Laita heard of her situation.

A team of more than twenty volunteers from the church arrived last Saturday, bringing a cot for her seven-month-old as well as beds, tables, cabinets, towels and toys. They also spring-cleaned her home and cleared her yard for her, leaving a wide open space for her children to play. “Mary-Kath and her husband Isaac stopped to help me once when my car broke down on the side of the road,” the single mum explains. “So when I saw her face on a church flyer, I knew she would be the one to go to for help.”

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The Ellerslie resident’s home was just one of 71 properties attended by City Impact Church volunteers as part of their Community Impact Day last Saturday. More than 500 volunteers spread out across Auckland from the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses to carry out maintenance, gardening, cleaning and home makeovers for people in the community.

“We have been running these days several times a year for seven years now,” says Mary-Kath. “The number of jobs referred to us by government and community organisations just continues to grow. We want people to know that we care – that we’re willing to roll up our sleeves and lend a hand. It’s about showing God’s love to people in a practical way.”

To see more pictures and footage from the day or for more information on other events and services at City Impact Church go to www.cityimpactchurch.com or phone the office on 09 477 0300.


 

Volunteers Build Fence For Family in Need (March 7, 2014 – North Shore Times)

A Beach Haven family with a three-year-old with ADHD was one of 65 families who discovered first hand the difference one morning can make, when volunteers from City Impact Church arrived to spring clean their home and build a fence around their property.

The family had been living for months at an unfenced property unable to let their pre-schooler play in the yard.

When City Impact Church Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita heard about their situation, she went to find out how the church could help.

“At first we were hesitant to ask for help” a family spokesperson says “But when we met her, we felt like she was our sister. I can’t believe our boy will be able to play outside now. This is going to make such a difference to our lives.”

The team was taking part in the church’s first Community Impact Day for 2014, an event that runs four times a year. Last Saturday’s event saw more than 500 volunteers turn out across the church’s North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses to carry out cleaning and property maintenance jobs in more than 65 homes around Auckland.

“As a church family, we love having the opportunity to help others in our community,” Mary-Kath says. “We want to be a church that gets outside of its four walls and show God’s love to people in a practical way”

Click here to watch our Community Impact Day Highlights or to view some photos from the day.

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Helping Hands Out in the Community (August, 2013 – North Shore Times)

City Impact Church volunteers were out in force again last Saturday for their third Community Impact Day for 2013. Over 500 people spread out across Auckland to complete more than sixty cleaning and home maintenance jobs for people in the community.

One Glenfield mental health patient was facing the prospect of losing his home because his overgrown section had become a health hazard. A team of forty people from the church were able to completely clear the section in one morning.

The man’s social worker had no idea that the church ran events of this scale four times a year. “We do what we can as an organisation,” he said, “But we simply don’t have the man-power to do this kind of thing for our clients.”

The huge team on site at the Glenfield address included volunteers of all ages. 64-year-old Anne Wilson stationed herself on the wood chipper. Handyman Neil Munro repaired and stained the fence. Businessman Colin Herring set to work with his chainsaw.

“It’s great to see what a difference we can make to a property in one morning,” he said. “And it sure makes a change from the office!”

One fourteen-year-old at the job said, “Growing up in foster care, I’ve shifted around a lot. Since coming to City Impact Church, my life is the best it’s ever been. It’s cool to have a chance to help others.”

Their comments line up with new research showing that volunteering is good for our physical and mental health.

“Our vision has always been to show God’s love in a practical way,” says Community Impact Director Mary-Kath Laita. “But while working to benefit others, we benefit too. Take for example the family from our church who donated a mobility scooter recently. On Community Impact Day, we were able to give it to an 82-year-old woman suffering from spinal cancer. She is thrilled, but so is the family who donated it. It’s a win-win situation!”


City Impact Community Impact Day (June, 2013, North Shore Times)

Over 500 City Impact Church volunteers spread out across Auckland from their North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses again this month for their second Community Impact Day for 2013. This time, teams completed more than sixty cleaning and home maintenance jobs for people in the community.

One home to receive an outdoor makeover was that of Northcote resident, Margaret, who has been suffering from emphysema for over twenty years.  Now on a twenty four hour oxygen supply, even basic daily tasks have become a challenge. In one morning, a team of twelve City Impact Church volunteers transformed Margaret’s backyard, turning it into a place where her grandchildren can play again.

“I am just so grateful for the help we have received from City Impact Church,” says Margaret. “The kids even have their trampoline back – it had nearly disappeared under all the weeds!”

A large team from the church also re-visited the home of Beach Haven resident, Sharon, who suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), affecting her ability to decide whether to keep or discard things. The team was able to complete the job they started at the last Community Impact Day of helping her sort and clear the items that were cluttering up her home, leaving her with a clean and pleasant space to live in.

A spokesperson from Community Mental Health, who has been working with Sharon, said he was especially appreciative of the work the church has done. “We are very aware of the difference that this is going to make for her. It is giving her a fresh start. It will be a real burden lifted off her.”

Community Impact Director Mary-Kath Laita agrees. “Behind every home we visit are real people with real stories. Community Impact Days are not just about cleaning houses but touching people’s lives – showing them God’s love in a practical way.”

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Community Impact Day (March 2013, Manukau Courier)

‘Ordered chaos’ is the way that Beach Haven resident Sharon used to describe her home, and although she knew where everything was, she admits that to anyone else it was just plain ‘chaos’. Sharon suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which affects a person’s ability to decide whether to keep or discard things. As a result, clutter was starting to pile up around her home. Then Sharon encountered a devastating series of events. She lost her 5 month old baby, and her partner and father both passed away. Sharon was then diagnosed with cancer and, unwell and crippled with grief, Sharon become less and less able to get on top of the running of her home.

Then Sharon’s social worker introduced her to Mary-Kath, Community Impact Manager at City Impact Church.

“As we worked alongside Sharon’s social worker, we realized that she was in need of a helping hand,” says Mary Kath. “The job of getting her home in order was too big for one person. So we arranged for a team of 60 volunteers to help her during our Community Impact Day.”

Each year City Impact Church runs four Community Impact Days, mobilizing over 500 volunteers each time from their North Shore and Mt Wellington campuses to provide practical assistance to people in the community. Their first day for 2013 saw them complete cleaning, gardening and home maintenance at 68 individual homes across Auckland, from Army Bay on the Hibiscus Coast, to Papakura in the South.


Rodney Community Impact Day (June 2, 2011, Rodney Times)

A notorious stretch of road through Dome Valley benefited from the power of prayer last weekend, thanks to member of the City Impact Church who bused to the region to pray for the safety of motorists driving through the area. The bus trip was part of City Impact Church’s Community Impact Day, the second of four planned for 2011. Almost 500 volunteers turned out to carry out cleaning, gardening and maintenance at 62 individual locations, giving a total of 2000 hours to the community in one morning.

The jobs were referred to the church by the many different organizations it works with, such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ, Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren, and social workers from local schools. The church also completed maintenance and administrative tasks at North Shore Hospital, Middlemore Hospital, and Otara/Auckland Spinal Unit and did a street clean up around Middlemore’s neighboring streets.

Hundreds of bags of clothing and trailer loads of fire word were also distributed into the community. City Impact Church community impact co-ordinator Mary-Kath Laita says: “It’s a real blessing to be able to get out and provide real, practical assistance to families and organizations in our community. We want people to see that our faith is genuine and that we really care about them as individuals.”

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Church reaches out to the community (March 24, 2011, Manukau Courier)

Since its opening in October 2010, City Impact Church Mt Wellington has been a dominant feature on the Sylvia Park landscape. Now the church is keen to get involved in their local community on a practical level.

Last Saturday marked the launch of their first Community Impact Day which saw a turnout of 130 church volunteers. Teams from the church went to Middlemore Hospital to carry out some much needed garden maintenance. They also did work for the Counties Manukau District Health Board, assembling antenatal packs for new parents and putting together new obstetric clinical reports in preparation for use by hospital staff.

“The gardens look so much tidier and we are thrilled with the pamphlets the team put together too,” says South Auckland Health Foundation community relations and fundraising officer Victoria White.

“It is wonderful to see how much can be done when fantastic, committed volunteers become involved.” Other volunteers from the church conducted a street lean up around the hospital and into the streets of neighbouring Mangere. “As a church , we just want people to know that we care and that we are here to help out,” says City Impact Church community impact co-ordinator Mary-Kath Laita.

“Sharing God’s love with people in a practical way is what Christianity is all about.”


Community Impact Day (September 2010, Albany & East Coast Bays News)

Being a solo parent can be tough, especially when you are new to the area, have very few contacts and don’t know where to go for support.

Naomi and her four-year-old daughter found this out recently when she moved to the North Shore. However, it wasn’t long before she met Mary-Kath Laita, Community Project Coordinator from City Impact Church who arranged for a team of volunteers to come and carry out garden maintenance at her home.”It gets a bit overwhelming trying to be a mum and a dad and a housewife altogether,” Naomi admits. “I don’t like asking for help. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been taught that you do it on your own. You don’t put your hand up and say. ‘Please help me.’ Meeting Mary-Kath has made me realize there are people out there who are willing to help.” The work at Naomi’s home was completed as part of the church’s most recent Community Impact Day that saw over 450 volunteers come out in the pouring rain to carry out gardening, cleaning and home make-over work at 66 different sites all over the Shore.

Most of the jobs completed were for people referred to the church by different community groups and government agencies.

“As a church we want to bring the message of hope and love to our city,” says Mary-Kath Laita. “There are so many people out there who are hurting and who feel like they have been left to struggle on their own. We want them to know that there is a church here that cares about them as individuals, and wants to make a difference in their lives. That’s what these days are all about.”

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Huge turn-out for project day (August 31st 2009, Challenge Weekly)

On August 22 City Impact Church Auckland held their third ‘Community Project Day’ for the year. With a huge turn-out of over 450 volunteers coming and beautiful sunny weather the day was a great success. There were over 50 allocated jobs done throughout the day.

These jobs included; sorting decorations for the hospital, erecting a glass house and building a new display cabinet in their reception area, tidying gardens, painting fences, tidying and scrubbing houses and assisting many pensioners at the Stratford Court pensioners flats.

However the biggest event of the day was a Youth and Kids Church fun day held at the Browns Bay beach reserve. The team did a great job of putting together an amazing day filled with fun activities such as a skate comp with prizes, face painting, a candy floss machine, jumping castles and much more.

Church hosts fun-filled family day (Thursday 9 September 2009 North Shore Times, Sarah Coddington) A church family gala proved a hit with Browns Bay locals.

The City Impact Church held a day with free bouncy castles, face painting, candy floss and sausage sizzles. “It’s incredibly generous that the church would lay all this on for the community,: says Kim Murdoch.

The day also included a show put on by the City Impact kid’s church with performances, games and a lolly scramble.

The Church’s pastor Sharon Forman says they really want to show people that church is a vibrant, fun place to be for the whole family.

Some of the youth from the church also handed out free home-baked cookies to Browns Bay residents. Sean Bone won the skate-boarding competition in the over-15 category and Alex Denford took first place in the under-15s.

The community fun day was part of a wider project in which more than 450 volunteers cleaned, gardened and did general maintenance for residents and organizations like North Shore Hospital.


Seasonal Spruce Up (July 17th 2009, North Shore Times)

Three times a year City Impact hold community impact days where help is offered right across the community by a 500 strong volunteer workforce. June saw them return to hospital to once again spruce up all the healing gardens throughout the hospital and launch a massive “super clean” of all the trolleys, wheelchairs, beds, stretchers and mobility aids in the Emergency Care Centre.

At the same time they delivered hand made edible treats to all the departments to thank the staff for their continuing contribution of care to the community.

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New Art Installation (July 17th 2009, North Shore Times)

The City Impact Church, Community Impact Team along with design assistance from Signtech, sign engineers, have created a stunning new art installation for the recently refurbished ward on the ninth floor. Collections of groups of bright photographic images of local scenes, flora and dauna individually made in “deco podge” by their community are attached in groups throughout Ward 9 orthopaedic service.


Fairy Godmother’s Wish Granted (July 15th 2009, Hibiscus Matters)

Playground equipment not needed by Fairy Godmothers was distributed to families in the hibiscus Coast and North Shore as part of City Impact Church’s working bee last month.

Members of the church spent June 27 working with community groups on the Hibiscus Coast. Around 30 volunteers disassembled a disused playground for Fairy Godmothers, removed it and reassembled it in the gardens of local families.

Fairy Godmothers director Berneece Tait says the play equipment was outside their offices in Tindalls Bay, which were previously Peninsula Preschool.

“We wanted to refurbish our grounds, and have the equipment played on, and City Impact Church made that happen,” Berneece says.

Church volunteers also did gardening and spring-cleaning work together to give these families the best possible wrap-around service. People willing to do the practical “mucking in” are hard to find. “The Church’s assistance and generosity has benefited many people.”

To go with the refurbishment Fairy Godmothers have introduced a new logo to complete the new look.

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Making an impact on the community (July 13, 2009, Challenge Weekly)

Onepoto Primary School in Northcote was transformed into a carnival-land on a recent Saturday as volunteers from City Impact Church braved the fog to put on a Community Fun Day for the students and parents of the school.

Hundreds of youngsters turned out to enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, games, and a sausage sizzle while parents took advantage of the 1500 items of clothing and 300 blankets being given away for free.

Meanwhile children from City Impact Church School joined other church volunteers to help clean classroom windows and give the school building a spruce-up.

“The day was a fantastic opportunity for the community,” said Onepoto Primary School principal Allan Hoskins. “To mix together on a social occasion and have great fun with the games and activities. It was also very appreciated by the community to receive lothing and bedding for the winter, it was a wonderful community day.”

The event was part of a wider project by the church that saw 550 volunteers turn out to do practical work all over the North Shore and Rodney.

At North Shore Hospital, teams of volunteers gardened, cleaned stretchers and staff rooms, and hung more than 60 canvases of artwork painted by church members.

Gardening and maintenance was also carried out at Alma Court Pensioner Flats, Northcote Preschool, and Barnados in Mairangi Bay, while the interior of Torbay Plinket received a much-needed clean-up.

At the Onewa Netball Courts, Rosedale Park and East Coast Bays Soccer and Rugby clubs, sports teams and spectators were warmed up with the arrival of home-baked cookies from the church.

“The great thing about being part of a big church is that we can have a big impact,” says the church’s community project coordinator, Mary-Kath Laita.”We love making a positive difference in our community.”


Going the extra mile (March 23, 2009, Challenge Weekly)

Great weather and a record turn-out marked City Impact Church’s first Community Project Day of 2009 on March 7.

More than 500 volunteers turned out to provide make-overs to 48 community homes and gardens across the North Shore, and to partner with the North Shore City Council to paint barrier fences at six beach and park reserves. Four family rooms at North Shore Hospital received a much needed face-lift with crews painting, redecorating and hanging twenty pieces of specially commissioned artwork created by members of the church.

Staff at the hospital also received muffins and cakes as part of an initiative to deliver 1100 home-made treats to the community over the course of the day. A separate team drive 13 kilometres north along the stretch of new motorway to the newly opened tunnel, praying for the safety of the motorists in that area.

Members of the community also received invitations to The Easter Event, a free concert showing at City Impact Church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

“We were really amazed at what we were able to achieve in just one morning,” says the church’s community projects director Mary-Kath Laita. “We started doing project days at the beginning of last year with 290 volunteers attending the first one. To see 500 out last Saturday was great. We’ve always wanted to be a church that is large enough to make a difference, so it’s great to see that dream coming true.”

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Church dream ‘coming true’ (March 17, 2009, North Shore Times)

Great weather and a record turnout marked City Impact Church’s Community Project Day on March 7, the first for the church this year. More than our family rooms at North Shore Hospital received a much-neeed facelift, with crews painting, redecorating and hanging 20 pieces of commissioned art by church members.

Hospital staff were treated to muffins and cakes as part of a scheme to deliver 1100 homemade treats to the community on the day.

Another team drove 13km north on the northern motorway to the newly opened tunnel, praying for the safety of motorists in the area.

Members of the community received invitations to The Easter Event, a free concert at the church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday at 7pm.

“We started the project days at the beginning of last year with 290 volunteers at the first. To see 500 volunteers last Saturday was great, “church community projects co-ordinator Mary-Kath Laita. “We’ve always wanted to be a church that is large enough to make a difference, so it’s great to see that dream coming true.”


Church makes an impact (December 2, 2008, Rodney Times)

More than 360 City Impact Church volunteers have been spreading Christmas joy.

One team travelled by bus to Dome Valley north of Warkworth, an area previously notorious for its high crash rate. Transit New Zealand reports show that, since the church started to pray for the area a year ago, the number of crashes has dropped to its lowest in 28 years.

Road authorities also take credit though, saying the speed limit reduction to 80kmh, barriers and road sign and marking improvements have contributed.

People prayed again at the Dome for safety during this Christmas break.

At North Shore Hospital, other teams worked on decorating emergency wards for Christmas and tidying up gardens, as well as giving out 2700 home-baked Christmas cookies to hospital staff.

“We are so grateful for the support of the church,” says North Shore Hospital executive director Jane Hunter. “The staff work so hard and often receive very little thanks or recognition. It’s so great to know that there are people out there who appreciate what we do and are willing to lend a hand.”

At Fairview and Milton Court resthomes, patrons and staff were treated to a sneak preview of the church’s annual Christmas show, The Christmas Event, opening on Friday 5th December, before also receiving Christmas cookies. In Whangaparaoa, Parent Aid received some finishing touches to renovations previously started by the church. Other teams stayed being to prepare for the church’s huge ‘Christmas Goft Box’ launch planned for the following day. This annual event sees 300 church members take a gift box home to fill it with goodies for someone in need in the local community.

“We were really pleased with the success of the day,” says community projects leader Mary-Kath Laita. “Our volunteers turned our in force once again willing to serve our community, bringing the joy of Christmas.”

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Faith in action (August 25, 2008, Challenge Weekly)

A cold, rainy start to the day was not enough to deter more than 300 volunteers from City Impact Church in Browns Bay, as they went out in force on August 9 to serve their community for the fourth time this year.

The Housing NZ residents of Tonar Street, Northcote, woke up to a carnival atmosphere on their street with a sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, kids’ games, face painting, and plenty of baking to be given away.

Members of City Impact Church had also donated clothing, blankets, appliances and homeware, which all arrived in two truck loads to be given to people in need.

“We hope to see you around more,” say Ray, a local resident. “You’re doing an awesome job in the community.” At North Shore Hospital, Executive Director Jane Hunter was thrilled to once again welcome a highly enthusiastic contingent, who gave the palliative care unit a much needed upgrade. Workers painted and redecorated the rooms, and hung especially commissioned artwork on the walls. “We want people in this unit to feel a sense of love and peace while they are here,” explained Mary-Kath Laita, Community Impact Leader at City Impact Leader at City Impact Church.

Many dedicated helpers also spread out to the homes of a dozen local wodow and dingle mothers, tidying gardens, cleaning windows, washing walls, and painting fences.

Other activities included renovating the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, delivering food to the Salvation Army food bank and washing windows at Glenfield Intermediate School. In total, over twenty sites on the North Shore and Rodney were assisted by City Impact Church volunteers.

“As a church we believe it’s important to put action to what we believe and help those in need,” says Mrs Laita. “The volunteers would tell you that they were the ones who were benefited by helping out today. It’s hard to describe the joy that comes from helping others.”


Help from on high (22 August 2008, North Harbour News)

Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre has been given a facelift by more 20 City Impact Church volunteers responding to a call for help from centre assistance manager Kips Green.

Despite a cold, rainy start, by the time workers were finished the roof had received some much-needed attention, there was a fresh paint on the walls, and a number of other maintenance jobs had been completed.

Volunteers also returned to Hibiscus Coast Parent Aid to complete the work of a previous visit.

City Impact’s work didn’t finish there. Dedicated helpers spread out to the homes of a dozen local widows and single mothers, tidying gardens, cleaning windows, washing walls and painting fences. Other activities included delivering food to the Salvation Army Foodbank and washing windows at Glenfield Intermediate School. More than 20 sites in Rodney and on the North Shore got a helping hand from about 300 City Impact Church volunteers.

Housing NZ tenants in Tonar St, Northcote woke up to a carnival atmosphere on their street with a sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, kids’ games and face painting.

Church members also donated clothing, blankets, appliances and homeware which arrived in two trucks to be given away t people in need.

At North Shore Hospital, executive director Jane Hunter was thrilled to see workers give the palliative care unit a much-needed upgrade, redecorating rooms, and hanging especially commissioned artworks on the walls. “We want people in this unit to feel a sense of peace while they are here,” church community impact leader Mary-Kath Laita says. “As a church we believe it’s important to put action to what we believe and help those in need,” says Mrs Laita. :The volunteers would tell you that they were the ones who benefited by helping out. It’s hard to describe the joy that comes from helping others.”


House Party for Hibiscus Coast Parent Aid (June 27, 2008, North Harbour News)

After 11 years t Hibiscus Coast Parent Aid serving families, founder Jennie Denton was lost for words at the gesture of appreciation for all their hard work.

That came from 35 volunteers from North Shore’s City Impact Church, who gave up their Saturday in a community outreach initiative launched by the church called Every1counts.

The Parent Aid premises on Whangaparaoa Rd was treated from top to bottom, with every room painted, the deck waterblasted and scrubbed, even the stairs and the carport receiving some attention.

“It’s just phenomenal,” Jennie says. “I can’t help but be emotional about this because I’ve lived Parent Aid for 11 years and I’ve never had anyone volunteer to do anything like this ever before.”

Pastor Leanne Mortlock who heads up these community project days says their motivation was simplu to recognize the great work being done and meet a need that City Impact Church was able to fill. “It’s simple really, these days are just a chance for us to express corporately what we would hope every Christian does daily, to love the people around us and offer help where we can.”

At the same time another 40 arrived at North Shore Hospital to lend a hand. North Shore Hospital nurse educator Di Bratton was full of thanks for complete renovation of the staff room. “We really do value our staff, and we’re aware that they’ve been given a hard time in the press over the last few months.” “That on top of the usual increase in workload that comes during winter makes things really tough, so being gifted this extra labour to help us do something to show how much we value them is wonderful.”

At the height of their activities, volunteers could also be found offering similar support to Waitakere Hospital, giving out clothing and furniture in Northcote’s Tonar St, painting fences at Taiaotea Kindergarten, dropping off a contribution to the Glenfield foodbank, tidying up houses belonging to members of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Lancaster Rd pensioner flats.

More than 250 people worked in teams around Auckland. They also helped out at Age Concern and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren sites throughout the area. The work continues for City Impact Church volunteers most weekends, building to their next major community project August 9.

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Volunteers ease the pain of rent hikes for pensioners (June 26, 2008, North Shore Times)

The burden of 23 percent rent increases for council pensioner units has become a little lighter with the help of a church volunteer group.

Lancaster Rd pensioner units resident Nova Hull, 73, was among the residents who complained to the North Shore City Council about the recent $23-a-fortnight rent increase which she did not think she could afford.

Mrs Hull says she was overwhelmed by the recent efforts of North Shore’s City Impact Church who sent 15 volunteers to help with cleaning and maintenance around the complex.

Pastor Leanne Mortlock says North Shore Times articles about the rent increases prompted the church to act. “Having read recently in the papers about their rent increases, we knew their situation was something we were in a position to help with. We really just wanted to come along today and bless them by doing some of the jobs they can’t.”

She says the volunteers’ efforts were a representation of their commitment to the church’s Every1Counts initiative.

The initiative recently saw more than 250 volunteers lending a hand at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals and Hibiscus Coast Parent Aid and painting fences at Browns Bay’s Taiaotea Kindergarten. She says they also tidied Multiple Sclerosis Society members’ homes, gave out furniture and clothing to state housing residents on Northcote’s Tonar St and donated goods to the Glenfield Foodbank.


New James Wallace Art Trust loan to hospital (April 11, 2008, North Shore Times)

The artwork was installed by a huge working community support team from the City Impact Church Browns Bay as part of the six weekly community helping effort. The team of around 25 skilled workers worked in the pouring rain to design and build a magnificent platform to hold the sculpture. On the same rainy Saturday another team from City Impact made themselves available to the Emergency Department at North Shore to help with multiple non clinical tasks the very busy staff at time find difficult to fit into their schedules.

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Faithful brave the rain (March 18, 2008, North Shore Times)

Strong winds and heavy rain have not deterred hundreds of churchgoers from a day of building and cleaning for charity.

Four hundred faithful from City Impact Church donned gumboots and raincoats for a day of volunteer work on March 1.

They did everything from home makeovers to food bank replenishment for organizations throughout the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast.

The biggest effort of the day was building a wooden platform at the entrance of the North Shore Hospital. It is designed to support the sculpture Roke 3 by artist Gregor Kregar, which features 1100 terracotta hands. Ten skilled builders took several hours to make the platform, aided by support crew holding tarpaulins over the work area to keep out the torrential rain.

North Shore Hospital Foundation director Jane Hunter said the volunteers had a great attitude despite the rain. City Impact Church is in the process of planning more community events.


Many hands make light work (March 17, 2008, Challenge Weekly)

Strong winds and heavy rain did not deter over 400 people from City Impact Church, on the North Shore, from donating their gumboots, raincoats and taking their tools to the streets recently.

Individual people and organizations on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast were offered a range of volunteer support, from backyard and home makeovers, beach clean ups and food bank replenishment, to stretcher cleaning and building work at North Shore Hospital.

Projects completed included a playground tidy up at Taiaotea Kindergarten; building a platform and placement of a sculpture at North Shore Hospital, as well as collection and cleaning of A & E stretchers; food replenishment at Orewa Foodbank; 19 house and garden clean-ups and repairs, including referrals from Age Concern, Grandparents raising Grandchildren, Plunket and Victim Support; street clean up and rubbish and glass removal from three Northcote streets; and beach rubbish collection by four teams at Brown’s Bay, Long Bay, Orewa Beach and Mairangi Bay.

“The only project we couldn’t complete because of the rain was painting the kindergarten fence,” said City Impact pastor Leanne Mortlock.

The biggest project of the morning was the building of a wooden platform at the entrance to North Shore Hospital to take a sculpture loaned by the James Wallace Arts Trust, said Ps Mortlock. The sculpture, Roke 3, by artist Gregor Kregar, is made up of 1100 terracotta hands.

Ten skilled builders took several hours to make the platform, aided by an enthusiastic support crew holding tarpaulins over the work area to keep out the torrential rain, she said. Together with two representatives from the James Wallace Arts Trust they then positioned the hands to complete the piece.

During the building work, several teams were also dispatched inside the hospital to clean and disinfect hospital stretchers in the Accident and Emergency Departments.

Ps Mortlock said the hospital was overwhelmed by the great attitude of the volunteers who turned out in spite of the weather. Everyone who visited the hospital during the morning found they were welcomed and a part of the action, said Pastor Mortlock.

Having recently completed 95 percent of their new 1500 seat auditorium with volunteer labour from within City Impact Church, Senior Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock were also out there, helping in the rain.

“We’re excited to see people mobilized and making a difference in our community,” they said.

City Impact Church has more community events planned.


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