Each Saturday, Seventh-day Adventists meet to fellowship and explore the Bible together. Sabbath School provides a safe environment to ask questions, share faith experiences and get to know Jesus better through a shared, interactive study of the Bible in a small-group setting. The program also often includes music, prayer and inspirational community outreach stories.
The Sabbath School starts at 9:45am with a warm welcome and a mission video. We then split into discussion groups: one in the main auditorium, another in the seminar room, and another in the side room (Samoan language) - feel free to join any of them.
Once a month, we also offer a class facilitated in the German language.
You can read the daily Sabbath School lessons online. Click here to visit the link
The Haven Life Groups
Life groups are where life happens together at the Haven Church. They are how we connect, grow, and nurture each other.
If your spiritual life needs a refuel, a vitamin shot or a defibrillator… our best advice… join a life group!!
REST HOME SINGING - Our aim is to share the gospel to the Rest homes and to the Nelson Community through hymns and songs of hope and faith, and to remind people that Jesus loves them and is coming back soon. Anyone who loves praising God and sharing His message through songs are welcome! Before rest home singing, the group normally shares a simple finger food lunch. Leader: William Manu
DOING LIFE TOGETHER - Our vision is to be a supportive forum for spiritual growth, a safe place to explore different ideas practical to our life with God. We meet for around 2 hrs on a Tuesday nights (7:30pm -9:30pm). We use books of the bible or books by christian authors as a platform for growth, in meetings which are sharing based rather than a 'study' or debate. We value an atmosphere of caring respect where people of different views, experiences and stages in their journey with God can be comfortable and encouraged. New attendees must be invited by a member of the group, speak to one (eg Marty, Wayne, Nicqui) if you are interested. Leader: Kim Hurlow
SEW MUCH FUN - A group for women wanting to learn to sew or help others sew. Hopefully starting to meet soon. Leader: Alison Shaw
MEN’S MONDAY GROUP - This group meets Monday’s for lunch (noon-1:30pm) They welcome any men (church or community) who are keen to get together on Mondays to catch up, share, and network while having lunch at various locations in Nelson. It is also a supportive forum for spiritual growth. New members are invited by the group. Leader: William Manu
EXPLORERS - We have an open home group for anyone who wants to come, held at Gloria and Michael’s house, on Douglas Road in Tahunanui, on Wednesdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Everyone can bring someone else along anytime without having to give notice. A home away from home, where you can feel free to come with questions that you want to discuss as we are the explorers and enjoy studying the Bible in depth. You will always be welcomed with a nice hot drink and a warm fire in the winter. Leader: Michael Hanselmann
WOMEN’S EXERCISE GROUP - Any women welcome to attend to do some fun exercise together in the seminar room @the Haven. Meets Mondays at 6pm for easy Zumba-style workout. Leader: Monique Stwart
WISE ONES - Wisdom, Inspire, Study, Encourage, One’s Home Group - Our Home Group is open to all ages. We meet in Richmond on Tuesdays from 11.30am for approximately one and a half hours. After the study of the Bible we have a potluck finger food lunch. Leader: June Cooper
CONQUERING MOUNTAINS - Meets Sundays 9am-noon for a mountain bike ride. If you are just starting out don’t let that put you off, you will need a bike though. Leader: Wayne Hurlow
SAMOAN SABBATH SCHOOL CLASS - If you are Samoan and would like to study the lesson in Samoan we have a Sabbath School class in the office at church. Saturdays 10am - 10:40am. Leader: Jeremiah Dempsey
TUESDAY PLAY AND CHILL OUT GROUP - A play and chill out group runs from our church hall on Tuesdays at 10am for anyone from church and community who has an infant/preschooler who wants to come and share some morning tea and a chat while the babies and kids play with a great range of toys. This an awesome service to our community and a great way to connect with them. Morning tea provided.
HUGS - HAVEN UNITED GIRLS - Women of our church and girl-friends are welcome to come and spend time together having fun and supporting each other. Women of all ages are welcome. Notice of meetings will be in bulletin or sent round email list. Leader: Gloria Hanselmann