Sunday 20th August 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Sunday 20th August 2017

Finding ways to reduce inequality isn’t easy.  You have to look at policies of taxation through which we redistribute wealth.  Do taxation rates favour the wealthy?  Is it right that wealth that’s put into property isn’t usually taxed and is this a good use of wealth?  What is an efficient way of redistributing wealth and ensuring everyone has a decent income to ensure a quality of life.  How do you engender a sense of responsibility among those with wealth to use it for the good of all?  Do we err on grace and generosity in support for those at the bottom or do we wind back any offer of help to the bare minimum.  How do we put a human face on the situations of some families in our local community say the ability to heat your home well or take the kids on holiday is not a luxury but is a part of being human?

 

 

Report from Managers

New building… we are thrilled to hear the projected start date for work is late September.  We have requested the Session to apply for the capital sum ($38,000) held in the St David’s Trust Fund for building the strengthening work at St Martins.

Finances….Over the last two months of the financial year we had income of approx. $21,606 and expenditure of $23,876.  This included manse repairs of $1,400 and the purchase of a new photocopier of $1,400.  We also made a donation to Beckenham Methodist Church of $500 to cover costs of housing the Foot Clinic and the craft group.

Financial performance for year ending June 2017…. The total income for the year was $180,739 with expenditure of $147,269.  Thus we had a healthy surplus of $33,472.  Of note is $52,825 expended on matters related to the rebuild of the church for which we were fully reimbursed from our insurance allocation.  We also only employed our minister half time.

Projected Budget for the next year…. With a major building project looming this budget is very significantly higher than last year with projected expenditure of $1,016,808.  Joan has however produced a simplified budget with all rebuild matters removed.  This shows an operating deficit for the year of $13,628.  The projected deficit occurs largely because we are now employing a minister on 2/3rds time.

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 Articles required now for the next ‘Messenger’.Please email any contributions to anneke.howie@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday 25th August. Thank You.

Fireside Women’s Group meets this Tuesday 22nd August 7.30pm at Joan’s 2 Pentonville Close. All women are very welcome. Please contact Joan 338 8700 for more details.

 Wednesday Walkers 23rd August: Meet 9.45am in McMahon Drive off Aidanfield Drive (horticultural end) for a walk around the area. Coffee at the Old Vicarage. All are welcome are join us – if you aren’t able to walk, come along for coffee! Judith 332 1577. Didn’t the walking group have an interesting explore around the CBD last Wednesday!

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

An Invitation: You are invited to Te Whare Roopu o Oterepo Waltham Community Cottage’s Annual General Meeting TOMORROW at 5.30pm.

Next Parish Breakfast: Sunday 3rd September hosted by Fireside ladies.

WANTED: Photos of parish groups and events. If anyone has photos of what’s happening around the parish please email them to the Office.

CRAFT CRAWL: The Crafty Crafters invite anyone interested to join them on a Craft Crawl on Thursday 19th October to Darfield and Methven. There are 41 seats to fill on the bus. Departure time to be confirmed. Cost $20. For further information, please contact Beverley Hudson  384 7814.

 Chicken Manure for Sale 12kg bag for $6 or 4 bags for $20 Saturdays 26 Aug & 2 Sept Colombo St outside Cashmere Club. Delivery is available for a fee. Contact Graham Foulds 355 6348 for details. A Community Project of Christchurch South Rotary.

 Thank you to all the blokes who helped clean out the church and shift all the chairs, tables, pianos, organs, and other items into the container.  We trust backs are still OK!  Well done fellows.

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Sunday 13 August 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

 

Sunday 13th August 2017

 

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Many thanks to David Beaumont for leading today’s service. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

Induction of the Rev Dugald Wilson TODAY at 3pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. All are welcome. 

 

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. If you are the Convenor of a Parish committee or group, please submit your report (with a photo if possible!) to the Parish Office by THIS Friday 18th August at the very latest. Thank You.

Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

 

BOARD OF MANAGERS meets this Wednesday 16th August at 7.30pm.

 

Articles required now for the next ‘Messenger’.

Please email any contributions to anneke.howie@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday 25th August. Thank You.

 

Wednesday Walkers 16th August: Meet 9.45am with Rev Rob Ferguson inside the main front door of the Bus Exchange for a Tour around the City Centre and some insight into his walking ministry. Morning tea at Supreme Café in Welles St (near South City but on the opposite side of Colombo St).  Sonya 027 253 3397.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 

An Invitation: You are invited to Te Whare Roopu o Oterepo Waltham Community Cottage’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 21st August 2017 at 5.30pm.

The AGM will be followed by drinks and picks. We look forward to seeing you there. Adrienne Carmichael, Community Development Facilitator.

 

 

WANTED: Photos of parish groups and events. If anyone has photos of what’s happening around the parish please email them to the Office.

 

FOOD BASKET for Waltham Cottage.

A reminder to please bring along non-perishable contributions for the food basket every week. We have a commitment to help keep the pantry shelves full at the Cottage. This support is particularly welcome during these colder months.

 

Thinking of Living in a Retirement Village? Wednesday 30 August, 10am 12 noon, Hornby Working Men’s Club, 17 Carmen Road. Free public seminar by the Commission for Financial Capability – neutral and objective discussion about personal, legal and financial matters to be considered towards this decision. Call 0800 268 269 or see full details and how to register online at:http://www.cffc.org.nz/retirement/retirement-villages/events-2/

 

WORKING Bee 43 St Martins Rd Thursday 1.30pm…to continue storing church furniture, to clean out one room of the Sunday School building, build some shelving in the Office… we need to shift two pianos and the organ. Any brilliant ideas or gear to help do this appreciated!

 

Chicken Manure for Sale 12kg bag for $6 or 4 bags for $20 Saturdays 26 Aug & 2 Sept Colombo St outside Cashmere Club. Delivery is available for a fee. Contact Graham Foulds 355 6348 for details. A Community Project of Christchurch South Rotary.

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Sunday 6 August 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

 

Sunday 6th August 2017

Peace Sunday

Peace-making is about our relationships – with God and with each other. It involves people, communities and nations learning to live together even with deeply-held differences – in a spirit of love and respect. It is to work to build levels of trust, and to fight any movement to demonize another.  For Christians this is not optional: it’s the very heart of the gospel. As we are reconciled in Jesus we now share this gift of God with each other and the whole human family.

Peace-making transforms how we live with the inevitable conflict life brings.  Most Christian communities are peace-loving, but never take the radical step of being peace-makers. 

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

There will be a special service conducted by the Moderator of the Alpine Presbytery at the Mineral and Lapidary Club Hall to induct the Rev Dugald Wilson as minister at St Martins NEXT Sunday August 13th at 3.00pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. 

 

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. If you are the Convenor of a Parish committee or group, please submit your report (with a photo if possible!) to the Parish Office by Friday 18th August at the very latest. Thank You.

Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

 

Many thanks to the Men’s Group for providing such a delicious breakfast last week. The next breakfast is on 3rd September and will be hosted by Fireside.

 

Articles required now for the next ‘Messenger’.

Please email any contributions to anneke.howie@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday 25th August. Thank You.

 

Wednesday Walkers 9th August: Meet 9.45am cnr Simeon St & Meadowville St opposite mall carpark for a walk around the east side of Spreydon. Coffee at Café  Mosaic, Barrington Mall. Keith & Marilyn 960 2484.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 

Opening of the Bryndwr building, The Village Church, 365a Ilam Rd
TODAY at 3pm.

 

WANTED: Photos of parish groups and events. If anyone has photos of what’s happening around the parish please email them to the Office.

 

 

FOOD BASKET for Waltham Cottage.

A reminder to please bring along non-perishable contributions for the food basket every week. We have a commitment to help keep the pantry shelves full at the Cottage. This support is particularly welcome during these colder months.

An Invitation: You are invited to Te Whare Roopu o Oterepo Waltham Community Cottage’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 21st August 2017 at 5.30pm.

The AGM will be followed by drinks and picks. We look forward to seeing you there. Adrienne Carmichael, Community Development Facilitator.

 

 

 

WAVES – Grief Education Programme

For adults affected by the suicide of someone they know. Runs for 8 weeks, cost koha/donation. Next course starts mid-August. Contact Jamie at Supporting Families in Mental Illness, phone 595 2683 or 0800 876 682, or email waves.sfpb@xtra.co.nz

 

Thinking of Living in a Retirement Village? Wednesday 30 August, 10am 12 noon, Hornby Working Men’s Club, 17 Carmen Road. Free public seminar by the Commission for Financial Capability – neutral and objective discussion about personal, legal and financial matters to be considered towards this decision. Call 0800 268 269 or see full details and how to register online at:http://www.cffc.org.nz/retirement/retirement-villages/events-2/

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Sunday 30 July 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

Sunday 30th July 2017 – You are There

 

 

Session Report July

  1. Roll…Updating of the Members Roll is almost complete. We are aware this is an administrative matter that is irksome to some, but any organisation has to keep some sort of list of members.
  2. Name….Session had an interesting discussion about our name ‘St Martins Presbyterian Church’. While the church building is located in the St Martins suburb, most people attending come from wider Christchurch.  We are in fact a Presbyterian presence in South Christchurch.  We came to no conclusions other than keeping the name St Martins and possibly looking for a name that describes what we are about to link with it.  Suggestions are welcome!
  3. Employment matters…. We have adopted a job description for Anna in the office and have prepared an updated contract. The Session will keep accurate account of leave for both our administrator and our minister.
  4. Health and Safety… We are preparing a form for all groups to keep record of any health and safety issues that may arise.
  5. Website…. Our website is one of our most important tools to advertise our presence in the community. (The most powerful is each one of us!) We are going to revamp our website to focus more on telling users simply who we are and what we do.  We will keep information like notices on the site but they will not be on the homepage.  Deborah has offered to train people to access the site to keep it up to date and relevant.
  6. First Two Sundays in October…. The Mineral and Lapidary Club will not be available to meet in. We are looking for alternative venues including a local café, or a visit to a congregation in the country.
  7. Gift of Piano… The Session want to acknowledge the generous gift of the electric piano given by Ken Austin in memory of his mother Joyce, a long time Session member.

 

Building Team Report

We have finally received detailed architectural drawings of the repair of the church.  Some of the key points in the design that we have requested of the architect are:

  • The orientation for worship will be towards the south wall. The middle wall panel with small coloured windows will be shifted to the east giving a plain wall behind the communion table to project images from the data projector.
  • We will introduce a cross on the street facing east wall constructed from the small glass windows to match those on the south wall. This will be back lit to shine at night.
  • The entry doors to the foyer will be fully glazed to allow people to see into the building. We will also increase the size of windows to allow more light and sun into the foyer. The foyer will be carpeted with carpet tiles.
  • Current lights in the church will be retained but will be raised slightly to create less of a factory feel.
  • A good sound system will be installed.
  • To enable better hospitality the kitchen will be enlarged and will include a steriliser.
  • To meet council requirements four toilets will be installed in what was the office.

Going forward, the architect is now going to apply for a consent waiver, more detailed documentation regarding the contract with the building firm will be prepared, and a more detailed costing ascertained.  We will then hopefully present the Church Property Trustees with a contract to be signed and possibly work could begin in mid-September.

 

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Thanks to the Pathways Study Group for leading today’s worship. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

Building Update: Following worship today the Building team will give a brief update on the progress with the church strengthening and renovation.

 

Next week…we will be celebrating Peace Sunday.  You might like to ponder…. we are peace lovers, but how can we be peace makers?

 

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. If you are the Convenor of a Parish committee or group, please submit your report to the Parish Office by Friday 18th August at the very latest. Thank You.

Irene Gray, Session Clerk.

 

Wednesday Walkers 2nd August: Meet 9.45am at back gate of Riccarton House off Ngahere St as there are road works at front gate. We won’t be walking through the bush but around nearby streets. Coffee at Riccarton House. All are welcome. Rosalie 332 5489.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 

Men’s Group meets this Thursday 3rd August 5.45pm at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd for a shared tea and to hear Tony Blackler speak about his recent European adventure. All men are very welcome. Please contact Tony 332 0554 for more information.

 

 

 

People Matter Seminar/Forum

“Need not Greed 2017”  Thursday 5.30 – 7.30pm at Knox Centre, Bealey Ave

(doors open from 5pm for drinks/snacks)

August 3rd    A Living Income for All

 

Go to ecuactioncanterbury@gmail.com for more information

 

There will be a special service conducted by the Moderator of the Alpine Presbytery at the Mineral and Lapidary Club Hall to induct the Rev Dugald Wilson as minister at St Martins on Sunday August 13th at 3.00pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. 

 

 

Opening of the Bryndwr building at The Village Church, 365a Ilam Rd
Presbytery and other interested people are warmly invited to attend the official service marking the opening of the new Bryndwr building on the site of the former St Stephen’s Church next Sunday 6th August at 3pm. The Very Rev Ray Coster will be preaching.

 

THANKS to the blokes for a delicious breakfast this morning!

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Sunday 23 July 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – Thank God it is Winter!

 

 Session Report July

  1. Roll…Updating of the Members Roll is almost complete. We are aware this is an administrative matter that is irksome to some, but any organisation has to keep some sort of list of members.
  2. Name….Session had an interesting discussion about our name ‘St Martins Presbyterian Church’. While the church building is located in the St Martins suburb, most people attending come from wider Christchurch.  We are in fact a Presbyterian presence in South Christchurch.  We came to no conclusions other than keeping the name St Martins and possibly looking for a name that describes what we are about to link with it.  Suggestions are welcome!
  3. Employment matters…. We have adopted a job description for Anna in the office and have prepared an updated contract. The Session will keep accurate account of leave for both our administrator and our minister.
  4. Health and Safety… We are preparing a form for all groups to keep record of any health and safety issues that may arise.
  5. Website…. Our website is one of our most important tools to advertise our presence in the community. (The most powerful is each one of us!) We are going to revamp our website to focus more on telling users simply who we are and what we do.  We will keep information like notices on the site but they will not be on the homepage.  Deborah has offered to train people to access the site to keep it up to date and relevant.
  6. First Two Sundays in October…. The Mineral and Lapidary Club will not be available to meet in. We are looking for alternative venues including a local café, or a visit to a congregation in the country.
  7. Gift of Piano… The Session want to acknowledge the generous gift of the electric piano given by Ken Austin in memory of his mother Joyce, a long time Session member.

 

Building Team Report

We have finally received detailed architectural drawings of the repair of the church.  Some of the key points in the design that we have requested of the architect are:

  • The orientation for worship will be towards the south wall. The middle wall panel with small coloured windows will be shifted to the east giving a plain wall behind the communion table to project images from the data projector.
  • We will introduce a cross on the street facing east wall constructed from the small glass windows to match those on the south wall. This will be back lit to shine at night.
  • The entry doors to the foyer will be fully glazed to allow people to see into the building. We will also increase the size of windows to allow more light and sun into the foyer. The foyer will be carpeted with carpet tiles.
  • Current lights in the church will be retained but will be raised slightly to create less of a factory feel.
  • A good sound system will be installed.
  • To enable better hospitality the kitchen will be enlarged and will include a steriliser.
  • To meet council requirements four toilets will be installed in what was the office.

Going forward, the architect is now going to apply for a consent waiver, more detailed documentation regarding the contract with the building firm will be prepared, and a more detailed costing ascertained.  We will then hopefully present the Church Property Trustees with a contract to be signed and possibly work could begin in mid-September.

 

NoticesA very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Thanks to Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.

Fireside meets this Tuesday 25th July 7.30pm at Allison’s, 5 Clouston St. All women are very welcome. Contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.

 Wednesday Walkers 26th July: Contact Sonya 339 7038 for this week’s destination. All are welcome.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

Congregational Pancake Breakfast NEXT Sunday 30th July 8.45am Some blokes from the congregation are turning on a pancake breakfast on the last Sunday this month.  There will be a starter of muesli, cereal, or porridge (with cream), followed by pancakes and fruit.  The blokes are in training and promise a special effort.  $2 donation or $5 per family.  Be there!

There will be a special service conducted by the Moderator of the Alpine Presbytery at the Mineral and Lapidary Club Hall to induct the Rev Dugald Wilson as minister at St Martins on Sunday August 13th at 3.00pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. 

 People Matter Seminar/Forums “Need not Greed 2017”  Thursdays 5.30 – 7.30pm at Knox Centre, Bealey Ave (doors open from 5pm for drinks/snacks)

July 27th        Land for the Benefit of All

August 3rd    A Living Income for All

Go to ecuactioncanterbury@gmail.com for more information

Brainwave Seminar Wednesday 30th August 10am – 11.30am  Sydenham Community Centre, 25 – 27 Hutcheson Street, Sydenham. For carers of the very young, and grandparents. “What you do can make a difference. Consistent responsive loving care grows great brains”. Free. To register and see more, go to: www.brainwave.org.nz/register

Opening of the Bryndwr building at The Village Church at 365a Ilam Rd
Presbytery and other interested people are warmly invited to attend the official service marking the opening of the new Bryndwr building on the site of the former St Stephen’s Church on Sunday 6th August at 3.00pm. The Very Rev Ray Coster will be preaching.

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