Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sunday 26th February 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 26

February

2017

 Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

If God is in Control Then Why…?

An Invitation from the Crafty Crafters Group:

We are going on a bus trip to Oxford on Thursday 23rd March.

There is space on the bus if any parishioners would like to join us. Bring a friend and enjoy a day out in North Canterbury.

Cost $15 – please phone Beverley 384 7814 to book.


 

 

Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship please. If you need a new name tag please see Sonya.

 

Lenten Conversations…

During Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.

We have three groups meeting beginning this week on Monday night (7.30pm at Janet &  Dugald’s home), Tuesday morning (10.00am at Janet & Dugald’s home), and Wednesday afternoon  (1.30pm at Jeannette & David’s home).

There is still a space on Tuesday morning but the other groups are full.

 

Fireside will meet at the home of Lyn Steele on Tuesday 28th  February at 7.30pm.  Please come along with your ideas for fundraising and a copy of your favourite recipe. All women are very welcome. Allison 332 0554.

 

Wednesday Walkers 1st March: Meet 9.30am  at the corner of Cashmere & Valley Roads. Coffee at Zeroes Cafe. All are welcome. Joan 338 8700.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

 

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.

Please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.

Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Rd).

 

World Day of Prayer Service 10am Friday 3rd March Linwood Baptist Church, 570 Worcester St. All welcome.

 

Lease of Manse…We are looking for new tenants for the Manse.

If you know of someone wanting to rent please contact a member of the Board of Managers.

 

Steve & Ainsley Apirana and Friends in Concert Saturday 4th March 7.30pm at Opawa Community Church, cnr Opawa Rd & Aynsley Tce. Entry by koha. All welcome. For details, contact Jim Doak 021 524 844.

 

New Readers’ Roster available today – please check to see if there is one for you. Anna.

 

Public Meeting with Marama Davidson Green MP talking about her experience on the Women’s Boat to Gaza and arrest by Israeli Army. Monday 6th March 7.15pm at WEA, Gloucester Street. All Welcome.

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Sunday 19th February 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 19 February 2017

Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the creator

In Jesus Christ who lives spiritually among us

In the Holy Spirit present to guide us

We believe; God help our unbelief

 

We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom:

In the upholding of human dignity and community needs

In every expression of love, justice and reconciliation

In each act of self giving on behalf of others

In the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us

In responsibility to use earth’s resources with care and consideration, and fair and equable distribution

Glory to God on high; and peace on earth

 

We confess our sins, individually and collectively

Through any violation of human dignity we have made

We are distressed by our awareness of the exploitation of people,

by greed or indifference

Through the misuse of power in personal,

communal and international life

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy

 

We commit ourselves, individually and collectively,

to seek abundant life for all humanity

To struggle for peace, justice and freedom

To risk ourselves in the name of the faith hope and love

freely granted to us by God

Praying that God’s kingdom may come soon

Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven

 

From the Building Team….The detailed engineering design to strengthen the church building has been completed.  This work has identified that the existing building has been very well built and detailed, but that additional bracing is required to be installed in the roof space and in the walls.  Extra foundation support needs to be constructed at either end of the building.

The detailed architectural plan will be completed shortly and key features will be:

  • An enlarged and renovated kitchen that will allow greater working space and include a steriliser.
  • Four toilets to comply with regulations located in the existing ministers study.
  • The church re-orientated to face the north wall to negate issues of glare and give a good projection area. Seating will be in individual chairs that can easily be moved.

In conjunction with this plan the newly renovated church office will open shortly in the separate relocatable building adjacent to the church.

Our architect has indicated that we should have a cost for the proposed project in the latter part of March, and as soon as this is confirmed we will call a congregational meeting to discuss the proposal and decide our course of action.

Notices:

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

Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship please. If you need a new name tag please see Sonya.

Deadline for next ‘Messenger’ is THIS TUESDAY. Email anneke.howie@gmail.com

 Wednesday Walkers 22nd Feb: Meet 9.30am  at the bridge near Armagh St carpark for a wander through the Gardens. Coffee at Ilex Cafe.  All welcome. Rosalie 021 239 5005.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3.Beverley 384 7814.

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.

Please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder if you are already, or would like to be part of the St Martin’s congregation.

Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Rd).

World Day of Prayer Service 10am Friday 3rd March Linwood Baptist Church, 570 Worcester St. All welcome.

Lenten Conversations…space still left on Tuesday morningsDuring Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.  We will gather every second week for 8 weeks (4 sessions of approx. 90 mins) for tea/coffee and a time to listen and converse with a focus theme.  Focus themes are God, Compassion, Spiritual Practices, the Cross.  High levels of Bible knowledge are not expected, and all sorts will be accepted and respected!  If you want to get to know others at church and God better, log in to one of the groups (Monday evenings from Feb 27th, Tuesday mornings from Feb 28th, Wednesday afternoons from Mar 1st) by signing the sheet on the back table or by sending Dugald a message.For those joining a group please pick up a conversation starter booklet from Dugald today.

Prayer Service for Christchurch: Wednesday 22nd February at 6pm, Transitional Cathedral. Everyone is welcome.

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Sunday 12th February 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 12 February 2017

Coming Together as Part of God’s Family

Welcome and Notices:

Call to Worship: 

Life is a celebration

For God so loved the world with all its differences: people of different cultures, different religions, different sexual orientation, women, men, children, disabled and the aged.

Surely that’s a cause for joy

Surely we should celebrate that God should love us that much.

 

Lenten Conversations…

During Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.  We will gather every second week for 8 weeks (4 sessions of approx. 90 mins) for tea/coffee and a time to listen and converse with a focus theme.  Focus themes are God, Compassion, Spiritual Practices, the Cross.  High levels of Bible knowledge are not expected, and all sorts will be accepted and respected!  If you want to get to know others at church and God better, log in to one of the groups (Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons)  by signing the sheet on the back table or by sending Dugald a message (see contact details above)

 Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thanks to Lyndsey McKay for taking today’s service.

 Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship and is organising a board on which these can be stored.  Name tags helps us all identify each other.  If you need a new name tag please talk with Sonya.  (if you don’t know who she is, look at name tags!)

 Wednesday Walkers 15th Feb: Meet 9.30am at Westlake Reserve Carpark, Westlake Drive, Halswell for a walk around the area. Coffee will be at ‘The Old Vicarage’.  All welcome. Judith 332 1577

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 384 7814.

From the ‘Messenger’ Editorial Team: Articles and photos are needed NOW for the next issue – deadline is February 21st. All contributions welcome – please email: anneke.howie@gmail.com

Prayer Service for Christchurch: Wednesday 22nd February at 6pm, Transitional Cathedral. Everyone is welcome.

 Public Lecture: Prosperity Without Growth

Friday 17 February, 12 noon – 1pm,

The Piano Chamber Room, 156 St Asaph St.

Presenter award winning Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, author of “Prosperity Without Growth” that challenges conventional economics and identifies sustainable development paths. lea.kortman@canterbury.ac.nz

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.  To this end could all members and anyone wishing to be on the St Martin’s roll please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder.   Information to be collected includes: name and contact details, an emergency contact, and whether you wish to be a full member, an associate member, or simply on the pastoral list.  Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Road).

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Sunday 5th February 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 5 February 2017

You are the salt of the earth…

 

After Worship…we will watch part two of “Te Rongopai”.  Last week we learned about the setting up of the first Mission Station at Oihi in the Bay of Islands in 1814.  Three missionary families, the Kendalls, the Halls, and the Kings, (and later the Hansens), lived under the watchful eye of local Maori.  They were tough years and there was little in the way of obvious result.  In today’s session (about 20 mins) we learn of a new Mission Station being set up at Paihia under the leadership of Henry Williams.  He put more emphasis on learning the Maori language and with the development of a written alphabet for Maori and the arrival of a printing press the scriptures were translated. Maori themselves spread the gospel with an amazing effect.  By 1850 over 60% of Maori had adopted Christianity.

 

Lenten Conversations…

During Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.  We will gather every second week for 8 weeks (4 sessions of approx. 90 mins) for tea/coffee and a time to listen and converse with a focus theme.  Focus themes are God, Compassion, Spiritual Practices, the Cross.  High levels of Bible knowledge are not expected, and all sorts will be accepted and respected!  If you want to get to know others at church and God better, log in to one of the groups (Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons)  by signing the sheet on the back table or by sending Dugald a message (see contact details above)

 

Notices:

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

 

Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship and is organising a board on which these can be stored.  Name tags helps us all identify each other.  If you need a new name tag please talk with Sonya.  (if you don’t know who she is, look at name tags!)

 

Wednesday Walkers 8th Feb: Meet 9.30am in Vernon Tce. Park near 6B. Coffee at Barbara & Alan’s with koha to church building fund. All welcome.

 

From the ‘Messenger’ Editorial Team: Articles and photos are needed NOW for the next issue – deadline is February 21st.  Sincere thanks go to all who have contributed to past editions and please if you have more ideas keep them coming too. All contributions welcome – please email them to: anneke.howie@gmail.com

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 384 7814.

 

Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details.  To this end could all members and anyone wishing to be on the St Martin’s roll please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder.   Information to be collected includes: name and contact details, an emergency contact, and whether you wish to be a full member, an associate member, or simply on the pastoral list.  Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Road).

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