Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sunday 30th August 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and a chat after the service. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship this morning.

Covid Update: As a condition of gathering in this building, you must remember to sanitise your hands on the way in, and it is recommended that you do this again on the way out. Please also fill in the contact tracing register and/or use the QR code.

Masks for Sale: see Janette Morris if you’re interested. $5.

What’s On This Week (subject to Alert Levels):

Monday 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Judith 332 1577.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 9.30am Port Hills U3A.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon Crafty Crafters. Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. $3 per session. Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30 – 2.30pm Sit & Keep Fit. See Anneke for more information.

Thursday 5-7pm Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm in the Parish Lounge. Please contact Judith 332 1577 to book or for more information.

Wednesday Walkers 2nd September (rescheduled): meet 9.30am in the Hagley Park Carpark off Riccarton Avenue to walk in the Gardens to view the Daffodils.  Coffee at Ilex.  All welcome.  Sonya 027 2533397.

Waltham Cottage AGM Monday 31st August 6pm – all are welcome.

Men’s Group next meets on Monday 7th September 6pm in the Parish Lounge (Please note new day!) Any queries to Rob Connell 384 4320.

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of parishioners will be held on Sunday 20th September following morning worship. Any items of general business or apologies to be given to Irene please.

Whareora’s September 16th bus trip will travel to the Tai Tapu area. We will visit St Paul’s Church, Lincoln University, Springston, Southbridge, Burnham and Rolleston. We will stop for lunch along the way.  Reid Tours will be providing the transport and interesting commentary.

Be at Whareora by 9.45am, return by 3pm. Cost is $25.00.  Booking and payment must be made by 8th September. Marilyn Mitchelmore 338 2453.

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Twilight Fair Friday 9th October 4-6pm. Food, plants & more! If you would like to be involved talk to Jeannette Beaumont, Barbara & Rob Meier or Lyndsey McKay.

Church Cleaning:  Session has appointed a new cleaner, Aaron Richardson from Azzman’s Cleaning. He will clean the facilities on alternate weeks. We still need your help  – thank you to those who have already volunteered. See the orange notice in the foyer!

Flowers in the church: if anyone would like to join a flower arranging roster, please talk to Irene.

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Sunday 23rd August 2020

Sunday 23 August 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and a chat after the service. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our worship this morning.

Focus on Tanzania NEXT Sunday 30th August 10am: Rob & Barb Meier will update us on Your Sisters Orphanage. This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our connection with the orphanage. Donations will be received during the service.

Covid Update: As a condition of gathering in this building, you must remember to sanitise your hands on the way in, and it is recommended that you do this again on the way out. Please also fill in the contact tracing register and/or use the new QR code.

Masks for Sale: see Janette Morris if you’re interested.

What’s On This Week (subject to Alert Levels):

Monday 9.30am Pastoral Care training course. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm NO South Elder Care. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 1.30pm Fireside Women’s Group. Margaret 366 8936.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon Crafty Crafters. Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. $3 per session. Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30 – 2.30pm Sit & Keep Fit. See Anneke for more information.

Thursday 5-7pm Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Wednesday Walkers 26th August: meet 9.30am in the Hagley Park Carpark off Riccarton Avenue to walk in the Gardens to view the Daffodils.  Coffee at Ilex.  All welcome.  Janette 021 075 6780.

Fireside is a group of women of the congregation that meets monthly.  

The next meeting is 1.30pm on WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST in the church lounge.  

We welcome other women to join us whether it is regularly or occasionally. This month Heather will talk about quilt making and show us some that she has made.  Enquiries:  Margaret 366 8936

Christchurch South Rotary have chicken manure available on Saturday 29th August from 9am at the Cashmere Club. $5 a bag.

Please Note: The new stackable chairs are not to be stacked one on top of another as the framing under the seat makes an indentation into the fabric of the chair below. The chairs are to be stacked onto the stacker frame with the back of the chair against the labelled end.

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of parishioners will be held on Sunday 20th September following morning worship. Any items of general business or apologies to be given to Irene please.

FOR YOUR DIARIES: Twilight Fair Friday 9th October 4-6pm. Food, plants & more! If you would like to be involved talk to Jeannette Beaumont, Barbara & Rob Meier or Lyndsey McKay.

GRAND OPENING OPAWA LIBRARY, cnr Opawa Rd & Richardson Tce. Saturday 29th August 10am-4pm. All are welcome.

Church Cleaning:  Session has appointed a new cleaner, Aaron Richardson from Azzman’s Cleaning. He will clean the facilities on alternate weeks. We still need your help  – thank you to those who have already volunteered. See the orange notice in the foyer!

Flowers in the church: if anyone would like to join a flower arranging roster, please talk to Irene.

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Sunday 16th August 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and a chat after the service. Many thanks to Rev Chris Elliott for leading our worship this morning. Today’s scheduled Breakfast has been postponed.

Covid Update: As a condition of gathering in this building, you must remember to sanitise your hands on the way in, and it is recommended that you do this again on the way out. Please also fill in the contact tracing register and/or use the new QR code.

Masks for Sale: see Janette Morris if you’re interested.

The parish has sent its condolences to Rosalie Sterritt following the death of her friend Margaret Draper.

What’s On This Week (subject to Alert Levels):

Monday 9.30am Pastoral Care training course. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Monday 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Judith 332 1577.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon Crafty Crafters. Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. $3 per session. Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30 – 2.30pm Sit & Keep Fit. See Anneke for more information.

Thursday 5-7pm Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Wednesday Walkers 19th August: meet 9.30am at South Library. Any changes will be notified nearer the time. Sonya 027 2533397.

ANNUAL REPORTS: Please remember to email them to the Parish Office by Tuesday.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. Please email contributions to Anneke (anneke.howie@gmail.com) before THIS Friday 21st August. Thank You.

Christchurch South Rotary have chicken manure available on Saturday 29th August from 9am at the Cashmere Club. $5 a bag.

Board of Managers  & Session Meeting Report  – August 2020

Chaired by Rev Martin Stewart. Summary of Topics discussed at the above meeting:

  • Usual agenda items including Matters Arising, Finance  including year end Accounts which have passed for approval at the AGM
  • Dates agreed on to note in your Diaries: AGM Sunday 20 September.

Twilight Fair Friday 9 October – stalls limited to Food and Plants

  • Discussion re Stated Supply and names  being considered.
  • Menzshed
  • Maintenance
  • Pastoral Matters

Please Note: The new stackable chairs are not to be stacked one on top of another as the framing under the seat makes an indentation into the fabric of the chair below. The chairs are to be stacked onto the stacker frame with the back of the chair against the labelled end.

Focus on Tanzania Sunday 30th August 10am: Rob & Barb Meier will update us on Your Sisters Orphanage. Donations to support this very welcome.

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Sunday breakfast postponed

With the current situation regarding COVID19, it has been decided that this coming Sunday’s breakfast that the Men’s  Group were going to host, be postponed until a later date.

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Sunday 9 August 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and a chat after the service. Many thanks to Rev Sandra Wright-Taylor for leading our worship this morning.

When you came in the door this morning did you remember to sanitise your hands? It is very important that you do this regularly.

What’s On This Week:

Monday 9.30am Pastoral Care training course. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 7.30pm Combined BOM/Session meeting. Irene 332 7306.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon Crafty Crafters. Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. $3 per session. Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30 – 2.30pm Sit & Keep Fit. See Anneke for more information.

Thursday 5pm Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Saturday 9am-3pm private booking.

We extend our sympathy to Cheryl Batwell, Community Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Waltham Community Cottage, following the sudden death of her husband Merv.

Wednesday Walkers 12th August: meet 9.30am at St Martins Presbyterian Church for a walk around Beckenham/St Martins with coffee in the Church Lounge. Joan 022 081 4088

Parish Breakfast NEXT Sunday 16th August 8.45am hosted by the Men’s Group – all welcome. Gold coin donation appreciated. Enquiries to Rob 384 4320.

Church Cleaning: Due to a change in the days the place is hired, it would be helpful if the premises could be cleaned on a Friday or Saturday if possible. See the UPDATED roster on the new noticeboard in the foyer (beside the storage cupboard). Thank you to those who have already volunteered.

ANNUAL REPORTS are still required from: South Elder Care, Wednesday Walkers, Crafty Crafters, Foot Clinic, Fireside, Men’s Group. Please email them to the Parish Office before 18th August. Accompanying photos also welcome! The AGM will be held in September. Thank you to those who have already sent a report in!

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. Please email contributions to anneke.howie@gmail.com before Friday 21st August. Thank You.

EcuAction 2020 Forum Series: Challenging the stuff ups! & offering some solutions
WEA Centre, 59 Gloucester St. 13th & 27th August, 5.30pm for 6–7.30pm
Programme, with expert presenter/ faith respondent:

  • August 13: The Just and Creative Society our Education System Fails (Sue Bagshaw/Jane Higgins)
  • August 27: Land and Water We Could Soon Lose (Paul Broady/Kathleen Gallagher)

The presenter and respondent will make their presentations before the topic is opened up for “Questions, Answers & Comments”. All Welcome. Koha to defray expenses please. Organised by EcuAction, a Canterbury based ecumenical action group, co-hosted by the WEA. Further info from:  ecuactioncanterbury@gmail.com, or Marilyn (021 061 3940) or (Mary 021 387 088)

Christchurch South Rotary have chicken manure available on Saturday 29th August from 9am at the Cashmere Club. $5 a bag.

Christchurch Family History Expo 14 – 15 August, 10am – 5pm

Turanga/Central Library. Free. Speakers, workshops, seminars and displays for anyone interested in how and where to build family history. To read more: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/explore-family-history/


Garage Sale & Garden Tour: St. Andrew’s Church, Blenheim has a Garage Sale on Saturday 12th September and a Garden Tour on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October. If you feel like a break away, it’s not too far to come to sunny Marlborough and you might like to time your trip to fit in with one of these activities. Our Garden Tour is famous for spectacular gardens, wonderful stalls and refreshments when you need them and it only costs $20 pp.


Enquiries to Kim at the Church Office 03 578 7119.

Men’s Group: The night that men’s group meet is now the first Monday of the month. The next meeting will be on Monday the 7th September.

Session & Board of Managers meet this Wednesday 12th August in the Parish Lounge at 7.30pm. Rev Martin Stewart will be in the Chair.

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