A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to talk, and join in the Easter Egg hunt!
Anzac Day Service Thursday April 25th 9.30am. This will be a short simple service in which there will be opportunity to remember family members who have served in the armed forces. Morning tea will follow, and offers of Anzac biscuits can be left with the Office.
Thank You: $560 was raised by our special offering to the Te Raranga (all churches) gift to help victims of the massacre in Christchurch.
Pathways Group invites you to join the group for coffee/tea and reflection on Saturday 27th April at 10am at the church. The topic for discussion is “How do we find comfort in our faith?” All welcome.
Men’s Group meets on Thursday 2nd May in the church lounge, beginning with a shared tea at 6pm. Rob Meier will be sharing some travel stories. Tony Blackler 332 0554.
If you notice any defects that need remedying in the building please notify the office as soon as possible so we can communicate these to the builders. Please do not wait for someone else to report something as by then we may be out of our guarantee period.
Wednesday Walkers: 24th April Meet 9.30am at the church for a stroll around St Martins. Coffee at the church. All are welcome. Joan 337 1648.
The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday 25th April (Anzac Day).
Bacon Fundraiser: Hellers Short Cut Middle
Bacon. $8.00 per pack 400gm (12-14 slices). Orders close NEXT Sunday 28th
April 2019. Delivery late May (date to
be advised). Joan 337 1648.
Crafters this week.
Council Rubbish bins… have been purchased. The red and yellow bins need to be kept locked inside. They are a common source of material for church arsonists. The green bin will be kept outside.
Church cleaning… will be undertaken commercially every two weeks. All users will need to check floors after use and use the vacuum cleaner stored in the kitchen to remove crumbs etc.
Building contract….all payments will be finalised shortly. We anticipate all our reserve funds will be extinguished to meet final payments.
Insurance….a revaluation of the church for insurance purposes is in progress.
Insulation…..at the manse is being upgraded to meet 2008 standards.
Church piano…. has been repaired and tuned. We still have a second piano to give away.
Security fencing…..we have 10 sections of fencing for sale. If you know of someone seeking portable fencing please contact the office.
South Elder Care….we approved an application to the Manchester Unity Welfare Fund to running expenses of our Elder Care Programme (approx. $8,000). We also approved including in this application funding to purchase a defibrillator for use on site. (approx. $2,500)
Compliance….as part of Council Compliance for our building we have to have a number of regular checks of systems within the building. Eg fire alarm. These need to be undertaken by an Independent Qualified person (IQP). We will engage an IQP shortly realising that this will be an added ongoing cost. (we estimate $500-1000 per annum)
Concreting around church….we are progressing well with removing old concrete and laying new concrete paths. Bike racks are being installed. Fencing will be installed to make the back part of the section secure, and a deck built out from the lounge sliding doors to create an indoor/outdoor space.
Spaces for hire…. We have set negotiable prices for hiring the auditorium, lounge, and meeting space. A conditions of use contract and booking form have also been drawn up and all users (including church users will need to fill out the booking form so we can accurately maintain a booking schedule for spaces. We need to generate income from building usage to help meet costs of maintaining and running the complex. These spaces have also been advertised on our website.
Lockdown and security…. We do not have secure private spaces in the complex. Our best defence is vigilance and for those who are on door duty to seek police assistance if there is any suspicious behaviour. Security cameras are installed around the property and more will be installed.