Monthly Archives: March 2020

Notices 29 March 2020

Due to Coronavirus lock-down the St Martins facilities are closed until further notice.

From the Alpine Presbytery:

In the midst of this strange new phenomenon called “lock-down” we may find ourselves taking time to adjust. New ways of living and new rhythms for your day might need to be discovered. So.… be kind to yourself; find ways of readjusting your life; take time to make a plan for how to work out each day; don’t expect things to just switch over easily! Take time to talk and think and plan your way into a new way of being. This phase may yet last longer than we expect. Go easy on yourself and look after yourself and each other as you adjust in the time ahead.


Take care and keep safe!



Message from the Moderator
Greetings.

During this stressful time when we are unable to gather in our churches for worship, comfort and support, I will be live streaming devotions for our Church family every Sunday at 9am. Please join me. My Sunday devotion is not just for our Church family, it is for anyone who needs the comforting word that God is with us.

No matter what we face in the coming weeks as a family, community and nation, Jesus will be with us, never forsake us. Together we will feel and share the love of Jesus Christ, the great healer.

We are in a time of crisis, people are fearful of what lies ahead, and they will be searching for spiritual guidance, strength and courage. This devotion is one way that our Church can be there for each other and them. Let’s share our hope and pray together for each other.

My video devotion will be on my Moderator Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/modpcanz/ There is also a link on the Church website and Facebook. Please share these links to my devotions widely. Let us show we are together apart, and fully present. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Right Reverend Fakaofo Kaio,

Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand

One of the most important things we can do at this time is to check in with one another, by phone, video messaging or email. Please send me an email if you require an up to date parish contact list. Do keep in touch!

Anna  – stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz

God speed you on your way,
safe keep you every day,
give you wing, cause to sing,
All this we wish and pray.

God give you space to thrive,
all senses kept alive,
health and hope, means to cope,
joyfully to arrive.

God lead you to the new,
places and points of view,
roads to take, friends to make,
more life to travel through.
©Shirley Murray

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Covid19 update: Services

To help prevent/slow the spread and protect our community, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is advising that worship services be suspended from after this weekend for the time being; to be reviewed as we know more in 3 to 4 weeks regarding community spread and associated level of risk.

St Martins will have a church service this week (Sunday 20 March), although there will be no morning tea following the service.

There will be no services during the following weeks until further notice. The situation will be continually reviewed.

For further information about Covid19 please see the following website:

Please do not hesitate to contact the parish clerk or an elder should you require help or support at this time.

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Sunday 22 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Limiting the Spread:

With regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the need for everyone to take care of, not only oneself, but our neighbours too, it has been decided that as from THIS Sunday, the following changes will take place:

1.       Communion – wafers only will be used and these will be passed to each person by the officiating Minister. There will be no juice. The Minister will reference the sacraments of bread and wine during the service.

2.       Offering – to save handing the wooden collection plates from one to another, as you enter, the plates will be just inside the church door. Please place your offering in them prior to sitting down. During the service one person will bring them forward to be blessed. For information about joining the automatic payment system, see Joan

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. It is vital that people who feel even slightly unwell do not attend worship and put others at risk. 

Do not panic, stay informed and take all reasonable steps to keep yourself and others safe by following good personal hygiene practices (especially washing hands regularly, not sneezing or coughing in public and into a tissue or crook of arm if you are in public).

Wash hands thoroughly before coming to worship, and utilize hand sanitizer when you arrive. People on duty to welcome worshippers should ensure door handles are regularly cleaned.

Social distance guidelines: 1-2metres apart.

Hand shaking should be discouraged and other forms of greeting used. It can be a fun thing to experiment with foot touching, elbow touching, or some other form of non touching greeting.


Cups of tea/coffee after worship are an important time to encourage interaction. While there is no confirmed community transmission we believe this practice should continue, but with extra care to limit physical contact and common contact with any surface. Servers should have washed hands before undertaking their duty. 

It is appropriate that protocols for cleaning of church plant be reviewed e.g. all surfaces that are touched or potentially sneezed/coughed on will require wiping after each gathering of people.










NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.

St Martins Presbyterian Twilight Food Fair which was to have been held on Friday 3rd April has been postponed.  We will continue to review the situation and perhaps later in the year there will be an opportunity for it to take place.

Thank you for your valued support and concerns.

Irene Gray, Parish Clerk

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage – all donations gratefully received.

Singing Group next meets on 5th April at 9.15am.

The ceilidh scheduled for Saturday 25th April has been postponed until November.

Easter cards – $3  and icing Easter eggs – $5  for sale in the foyer. All proceeds to St Martins Church.

Meditation Group: meets in the lounge every Tuesday from 7pm –

7.45pm. We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God. 

Wednesday Walkers 25th March: Meet 9.30am for walk around the Avon Loop Walkway and coffee at Little Poms. Park in the stony area next to Little Pomson Fitzgerald Ave, or in Kilmore St.  Meet opposite Little Poms by the start of the Walkway.  Janette 021 075 6780

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Beckenham Methodist Church fundraiser: Daffodil bulbs grown by David Bell Bulbs. $10 for a bag of 12 or $20 for a bag of 25. To order, please contact Graham McHarg 332 5856 or talk to Sonya.

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Sunday 15th March 2020

From PCANZ: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • The Assembly Office recommends we all follow advice given by the Ministry of Health (see https://www.health.govt.nz/). Should they issue instructions concerning public gatherings, Presbyterian parishes and are expected to follow these guidelines.
  • Do not panic, stay informed and take all reasonable steps to keep yourself and others safe by following good personal hygiene practices (especially washing hands regularly, not sneezing or coughing in public and into a tissue or crook of arm if you are in public).
  • Advice could be received that Church services and other activities may need to be postponed, changed or delivered differently.
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.
  • Stand at least one metre apart from anyone with cold or flu symptoms
  • Communion & the common cup: due to the risk of passing on coronavirus via fingertips, it is not recommended that intinction be practiced with the common cup.
  • Communion & Passing of the Peace: while there are currently no recommendations to avoid shaking hands or hugging, please respect those who do not wish to at this time.




St Martins Presbyterian Twilight Food Fair –

Friday 3rd April – 4pm through until 6.30pm.

See Peter Mechaelis, Barbara & Rob Meier, Lyndsey McKay, Sue Saunders.


Book Sale Saturday 21st March 9am – 1pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church 101 Opawa Rd.

Hot Cross Buns are available.  $5 for a packet of 6 (Traditional or chocolate). Money with order please. See Anna in the Office for details. This is a fundraiser for Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish. Please order by 19 March.

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk. Many thanks to Rev Silvia Purdie for leading today’s worship.

National Remembrance Service TODAY in the Horncastle Arena at 3pm. 

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage – all donations gratefully received.

Singing Group meets today at 9.15am.

Mark your calendars now for a ceilidh on Saturday 25th April. More details soon.

Session meeting Wednesday 18th March 7.30pm in the foyer.

Meditation Group: meets in the lounge every Tuesday from 7pm –

7.45pm. We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God. 

Wednesday Walkers 18th March: Meet 9.30am in the carpark of the Te Ara Marina (entrance off Godley Quay, Lyttelton).Coffee at Super by the bridge on Norwich Quay in the middle of the walk. All welcome.  Car pooling suggested. Anneke 021 077 4065.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12noon in the Lounge. $3 per session. New faces always welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

BOOKS – to fit on to the bookcase for folk to purchase (at a very reasonable price), read, return (if you want to) and buy another.

Perhaps you have some good quality books – whatever their genre – that are surplus to your requirements – feel free to bring them along or drop them into the office so that we might put them on the bookshelf so that others might share the enjoyment you have had with them. Thank you.

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Twilight Food Fair

Friday 3 April 4:00pm to 6:30 at St Martins Presbyterian Church

In light of recent announcements regarding the coronavirus, and the need to keep ourselves and our community safe, we have decided to postpone this event.

We will continue to review the situation and perhaps later in the year there will be an opportunity for it to take place.

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