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.
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thank you to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.
Affirmation of Faith (together):
I celebrate the church of Jesus Christ, where two or three or thousands can gather together in Christ’s name and touch this world with the amazing good news that somebody cares, that God joins us in community so that someday this world will be loved to wholeness.
I celebrate the church, where you and I and all Christ’s disciples are called upon to follow even when it costs us something; something precious.
I celebrate the church where every child of God is hailed as unique and valuable.
I celebrate injustices righted; where there is an awakening to humanity’s suffering; the pain alleviated, the scars erased.
I celebrate this way of life that takes me and mine from the centre of things and focuses on ours and theirs.
I celebrate that love lives among us, that God’s spirit pervades our being, our community.
I celebrate the unconditional love of Christ – the cross. That Christ hung there loving the unlovable.
For God so loved the world… that God should love us, surely that’s a cause of great joy. Surely we should celebrate. ©Ann Weems Reaching for Rainbows
Next Sunday is Pentecost – please wear something red.
GOOD NEWS! The Church Property Trustees have given their approval for us to proceed with strengthening and refurbishing the church building.
Wednesday Walkers 31st May: Meet 9.45am in Hawford Rd near Opawa Mall. Coffee at Opawa Bakery & Café. All are welcome. Judith 332 1577.
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 Thursday 1st June: meet at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, at 5.45pm for a shared finger food tea. The speaker is Rob Ferguson who will be talking about his role as chaplain to the central area of Christchurch. He has many fascinating insights into the life of the new Christchurch. Contact Tony 332 0554 for further information. All men very welcome.
Pastoral Care: If you are going to be away for a wee while, please let the Parish Office or Session Clerk know. Thank You.
Is anyone prepared to help out with taking Sunday School for one or two Sundays a term? Please talk to Wayne or Dugald if you are interested.
Phone for sale: Brand new Uniden cordless phone. Make an offer! Contact Anna for more information.
Information forms: There are still some outstanding. Please return yours to Irene or the Office as soon as possible. See today’s duty people if you don’t have one.
Sandwich board wanted. Does anyone have a little whiteboard or blackboard sign that we can pop out on St Martins Rd when the Office is open? Let Dugald know if you can help.
Ecumenical Service of Prayer for Christian Unity Wednesday 31st May 5.30pm at the Transitional Cathedral. All are welcome.
Call to Rev Dugald Wilson…
The Session has called a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday 11th June at 11.15 where the following motion from the Ministry Settlement Board will be put:
“That we extend a call to the Rev Dugald Wilson to a 2/3rd time intentional ministry for a period of two years and that the leadership and congregation of St Martin’s commits itself to:
1. Discern more clearly the presence of God in our midst and who God calls us to be as a Christian community,
2. Strengthening our bonds of community, and
3. Discerning more clearly how we might encourage the life of God amongst others around us.
A 2/3rds stipend will be paid, with full standard allowances.”