Monthly Archives: October 2017

Sunday 29 October 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 29th October 2017

The Work of Presbyterian Support 

Presbyterian Support is a Christian social service agency working for a just society.  If you or someone in your community or whanau require assistance in order to maintain or improve your quality of life or general wellbeing, give us a call and if we can’t help then we are likely to know who can. For specific services please take brochures home to read or share. To learn more about what we do, you can sign up with us to receive our People Helping People Magazine.  If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please let us know! Give us a call on 366 5472.

A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF MANAGERS: A reminder that St Martins Church is a construction site and therefore off limits,so please DO NOT enter under any circumstances. Visitors are welcome to pop into the Parish Office.

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.  Our thanks to Olivia, Vicki & Chris from Presbyterian Support for speaking to us today.                                                  

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist.

Commemorating the Reformation service: Tuesday 31st October at 7:00pm, Knox Church
How do we commemorate Luther’s actions across the churches of different histories? Well, we just do, with participants from many streams including the Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Independents. With old hymns and new worship styles we will bring our worship, prayer and expressions of unity together under the title “From Conflict to Communion.”

 Wednesday Walkers 1st November: meet 9.30am outside Blue Smoke in the Tannery carpark.  Dugald will take us along the Heathcote River to Radley Park to see the new Roimata Food Commons, then on to a native planting project and the proposed cycle route back to the Tannery and Mitchelli’s for coffee.

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.

All Saints Sunday, November 5th NEXT Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

Uncanny Day Sunday 11th  November: Please start collecting tinned food to fill the larder at Waltham Cottage.  Lyndsey McKay.

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with a Ceilidh and the Incredible Ceilidh Band. Saturday 25th November 7.30-10.00pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available NOW from Irene.

Next Parish Breakfast Sunday 19th November 8.45am, brought to you by the Walking Group. More details soon.

 Articles are required NOW for the next ‘Messenger’ please. Deadline 24th November. Email contributions to: anneke.howie@gmail.com

The Muslim Rohingya people come from Myanmar where they are a persecuted minority.  Many have fled the brutal persecution, and thousands have ended up in Malaysia.  There they are stateless and in reality the Malaysian government is doing little to help them.   Unable to legally work, receive state funded health care, or participate in the education system they eke out an existence as unwanted nobodies.

Some locals are working to assist.  In their recent visit Dugald and Janet met up with Selina a local Muslim woman who is helping refugees with housing, learning local languages, finding food.  With a sewing machine she has taught one refugee to make shopping bags.   It is a drop in the bucket but every drop counts. We have a small supply of bags for sale for $10 per bag plus any donation you might like to make. 

Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund. They will be at church on Sundays on back table. Please see Janette Morris if you would like something personal made. eg significant birthday.

Christmas Community Choir All ages and stages. Nearby local communities welcome to join the South West Baptist Church Christmas choir for 2017. To join the list and receive information: almann@swbc.org.nz

Building Progress: The inside of the church looks a little different.  The kitchen area and old office has been gutted, and the stage is gone in the church.  Shortly the concrete floor will be cut and work done to strengthen foundations at either end of the building.

However we still do not have a consent from the council.  Issues have been raised concerning the fire report and building occupancy.  Testing has also revealed asbestos in the lino in the foyer and the soffit.

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Sunday 22 October 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 22nd October 2017

Our Father who ~ a service of contemplation on the Lord’s Prayer

Modern Version of the Lord’s Prayer by Marcus Borg:

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-Bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by all peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.
Amen.

       

Te Inoi a te Atua

E to matou Matua I te Rangi                                  Our Father who art in heaven

Kia tapu tou ingoa                                                   Hallowed be Thy Name

Kia tae mai tou Rangatiratanga                            Thy kingdom come

Kia meatia tau e pai ai                                            Thy will be done

ki runga ki te whenua                                             on earth

kia rite ano ki to te Rangi                                       as it is in Heaven

Homai ki a matou aianei                                         Give us this day

he taro ma matou mo tenei ra                                our daily bread

Murua o matou hara                                                And forgive us our trespasses

me matou hoki e muru nei                                     as we forgive those

i o te hunga e hara ana ki a matou                       who trespass against us

Aua hoki matu e kawea kia                                    Lead us not into temptation

whakawaia engari whakaorangia matou             but deliver us from evil

I te kino                                                                      For thine

nou hoki te Rangatiratanga                                   is the Kingdom

te kaha me te kororia                                              the power and the glory

ake ake ake. Amine.                                                For ever and ever. Amen.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF MANAGERS:

A reminder that St Martins Church is a construction site and therefore off limits,

so please DO NOT enter under any circumstances.

Visitors are welcome to pop into the Parish Office.

 Notices: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.

 NEXT SUNDAY:  Presbyterian Support  will be speaking about their work. There will be an opportunity to engage with them, also.

 Dugald is on holiday until 24th October. Please address any need of a minister to Irene our Session Clerk.

Fireside Tuesday 24th October: We are grateful to Sue Saunders for agreeing to talk to us about her visit to Iran. All members of the congregation who are interested are invited to join us at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, at 7.30pm.  Enquiries: Margaret 366 8936.

 Wednesday Walkers 25th October: meet 9.30am at the bus stop by Ilam Gardens. Coffee at the Shilling Club. All welcome. Rosalie 021 2395005.

All Saints Sunday, November 5th On this Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There may be someone you want remembered in this way and if so please forward their name to Anna in our office with their date of death.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

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.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

Bacon… will be collected on Tuesday. Any money owing MUST be paid TODAY. Delivery will be arranged as soon as possible after the 24th. Joan 337 1648.

Mission Discernment – If you are interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) please talk with Dugald.

 Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with a Ceilidh and the Incredible Ceilidh Band. Saturday 25th November 7. 30-10.00pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available NOW from Irene.

Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund. They will be at church on Sundays on back table. Please see Janette Morris if you would like something personal made. eg significant birthday.

 Free Seminars for Parents/Caregivers St Peter’s Parish Centre, 11 Fisher Ave, Beckenham at 7pm:

Fri 3 Nov        Parenting & Stress

Mon 6 Nov Emotions, Outbursts &     Differences

Mon 13 Nov Blended Families

Qualified presenters, questions welcome, and a cuppa and private chats possible afterwards.


Anna will be in the Office on Tuesday instead of Wednesday this week.

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Sunday 15th October

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 15th October 2017

 

Good caring presence

Within us, around us and above us.

Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.

Let the fullness of your goodness be within us and around us.

Let the world know your ways of caring and generosity

May we find we have all we need to meet each day without undue anxiety

Overlook our many faults

and help us to release others from their weaknesses

May we know we are accepted.

Strengthen us that we will reach out to be the best,

Always with faith to rise above the ugly realities of our existence.

And we celebrate the gifts you have given us

-the rich kingdom of life’s possibilities

– the power to do good and the triumph of good

And those rare moments when we have seen the glory

and wonder of everything.

You are life’s riches

You are life’s power

You are life’s ultimate meaning

Always and for everyone and for evermore.

 

Notices: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Many thanks to Trevor & co for leading today’s service.

 Minister absent…Dugald is on holiday until 24th October. Please address any need of a minister to Irene our Session Clerk.

 Wednesday Walkers 18th October: around ‘Travis Wetlands’ – meet 9.30am in carpark off Frosts Rd entrance opposite Beach Rd. All are welcome. Coffee at the Waimairi Beach Golf Club Cafe, 460 Bower Ave Sorry – dogs prohibited. Marilyn & Keith 960 2484 .

Board of Managers meets this Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm.

 All Saints Sunday, November 5th On this Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There may be someone you want remembered in this way and if so please forward their name to Anna in our office with their date of death.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

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.

 CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

Bacon… will be collected on 24th October. Please pay any money owing to Joan Macdonald before then. Delivery will be arranged as soon as possible after the 24th. Talk to Joan 337 1648 if you have any queries.

Risingholme Singers 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert on NEXT Saturday 21 October in the Heaton Normal Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre, commencing at 7.30 pm.  Tickets $15 are available from John Shanks or at the door on the night.  A programme of light music and music from shows and films will be performed.

Mission Discernment –It is important that all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and is setting up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 Presbyterian Support…will be speaking about their work on Sunday 29th October. There will be an opportunity to engage with them, also.

Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund. They will be at church on Sundays on back table. Please see Janette Morris if you would like something personal made. eg significant birthday.

The Reformation with Sea of Faith Network
Marking 600 years since Luther made public his reformed view of Christian faith, the Christchurch Group of the Sea of Faith Network will screen a succinct film looking at his theology and the sweeping changes he set in motion throughout   Europe – not only in religion, but throughout Western culture and politics. Discussion time will follow, noting similarities in the development of faith and culture in our time The movie will screen on Friday 20th October, in the Puriri Lounge at St Ninian’s Church, 5 Puriri St. All welcome.

 A Ceilidh is coming on Saturday 25th November 7.30-10.00pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available NOW. ‘Privately organised cèilidhs are now extremely common in both rural and urban Scotland, where bands are hired, usually for evening entertainment for a wedding, birthday party, celebratory or fundraising event. These may be more or less formal, and very often omit all other traditional Gaelic activity beyond the actual music and dancing. Novices are usually among the participants, so a “dance caller” may teach the steps before music begins for each dance. The more versatile bands will demonstrate the dances too. Scottish primary schools frequently teach some “country dancing”, often around Christmas time. Bands vary in size but are commonly made up of between 2 and 6 players. The appeal of the Scottish cèilidh is by no means limited to the younger generation, and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability. Most private schools in Scotland will also hold cèilidhs on a fairly regular basis.’ (Wikipedia) See Irene Gray to purchase your tickets.

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Sunday 8th October 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 8th October 2017

 

REMINDER: Today’s worship is at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd at 10am.

 

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

 

NEXT Sunday we are back at the CMLC Hall in Waltham Rd Folk from St James will be leading our service.

 

A Modern Take on the Ten C’s

Seek the life of God

Put your trust in God whose love never fails

Submit your will to God

Keep the seventh day as a day of rest and reflection

Give a good witness to your faith and the life it brings

Do not diminish the sacredness of another

Do not use others as objects to meet your desires

Do not rob another of an ability to live well

Do not tell lies – in what you say and do

Do not seek and consume more – care for creation

 

Luther and Lloyd: Two Outrageous Heretics?
2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the heresy trial of Lloyd Geering here in Aotearoa New Zealand – an event that was most divisive for many of our churches.

This six-week course will examine the huge impact of the two men in their time, noting their significance for today. Attention will be drawn to the different theological perspectives involved. Commences Thursday 19th October 2-4pm at Iona House, Aranui

Co-facilitated by Charles Manning, Reverends Sheena Dickson and Rodney Routledge.

To enrol: email stgmin@gmail.com or ph 381 2536 (leave a message please) by 15th Oct.

 Wednesday Walkers 11th October: Meet 9.30am at the Bus Interchange for a walk around town east of Colombo St. Coffee at The Pantry, ARA Institute. All welcome. Sue 960 7657.

All Saints Sunday, November 5th On this Sunday we remember those who have passed on before us.  We name those who have died in the past year and light a candle in memory.  There may be someone you want remembered in this way and if so please forward their name to Anna in our office with their date of death.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

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.

 Minister absent…Dugald will be on holiday from Saturday 14th October for 10 days.  Please address any need of a minister to Irene our Session Clerk.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for people to join the morning tea roster for next year, and also the door duty roster. For more information or to sign up, please see Joan Scott.

Bacon… will be collected on 24th October. Please pay any money owing to Joan Macdonald before then. Delivery will be arranged as soon as possible after the 24th. Talk to Joan 337 1648 if you have any queries.

Mission Discernment – Helen Clyde Smith from the Presbytery addressed Session recently to explain the need for all parishes to keep working to discern their future and what God is calling them to be.  Session has agreed we need to continue to address this question and is setting up a small group to work with a Mission Enabler from the Presbytery to continue to wrestle with this.   You may be interested in being part of (or feeding into) a group that will seek to discern where God is calling us as a congregation, (God may be whispering to you!) and if so talk with Dugald.

 Presbyterian Support…will be speaking about their work on Sunday 29th October. There will be an opportunity to engage with them, also.

 “On the Road to Damascus”
An exhibition of contemplative quilts with sustainability in mind.
Knox Church, 28 Bealey Ave 9-11 October, 9am—5pm. Free entry, quiet environment.
This is an exhibition of quilts of six veteran Christchurch stitchers who have eschewed the trappings of modern day quilt-making and worked with the simplest of tools and recycled or scrap materials. Only natural dyes, sourced from the local environment have been used. All construction and quilting has been done by hand. The only tools that have been used are scissors, needles, pins and a straight edge. 

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop…. The Enneagram is one of the most helpful tools to help you discover who we are and how we relate to God.  Based on the nine classic archetypes of human character the Enneagram reveals our unique way we can find our way home to our True Self and to God.  This workshop is for anyone who’s interested in learning more.  Led by Christopher Heuertz it will be held at South West Baptist Church on Nov 25th from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  The cost of $80.00 ($50.00 for students and beneficiaries) includes a book.

 Building the Church for Today & Tomorrow
Tuesday 17th October, 9am-4pm Cashmere Presbyterian Church
This conference will address some of the difficult questions of mission and ministry in the 21st century. What is the place of the church in a changing culture?

How do we best manage our finances? What does strategic planning look like for a church?

If we can’t do everything, what should we focus on? We will explore theory and practice, and be  inspired by case studies.
Cost: $30pp, includes lunch. To register: conference@christiansavings.co.nz

 Did you know….When you replace your brake pads on your car make sure you fit environmentally friendly pads.  Raised levels of copper in local rivers is largely due to copper in conventional brake pads finding its way into our waterways.

 A Ceilidh is coming on Saturday 25th November 7-10pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available from next week.

‘Privately organised cèilidhs are now extremely common in both rural and urban Scotland, where bands are hired, usually for evening entertainment for a wedding, birthday party, celebratory or fundraising event. These may be more or less formal, and very often omit all other traditional Gaelic activity beyond the actual music and dancing. Novices are usually among the participants, so a “dance caller” may teach the steps before music begins for each dance. The more versatile bands will demonstrate the dances too. Scottish primary schools frequently teach some “country dancing”, often around Christmas time. Bands vary in size but are commonly made up of between 2 and 6 players. The appeal of the Scottish cèilidh is by no means limited to the younger generation, and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability. Most private schools in Scotland will also hold cèilidhs on a fairly regular basis.’ (Wikipedia)

See Irene Gray for more information.

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