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Sunday 29th November 2020

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

Minister on leave: Don is on leave until 6th December. For urgent pastoral matters in his absence, please contact Irene 332 7306.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday 6th December following worship. The purpose of this meeting is to be updated by the Ministry Settlement Board.

ANOTHER VERY BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will also be held on Sunday 13th December to approve the formation of a Parish Council.

From the Session minutes 18th November 2020: ‘That the Session approves the idea of moving to a Parish Council at St Martins and should the Board of Managers agree, that we take it to a congregation meeting…’

Wednesday Walkers 2nd December: Meet 9.30am  – contact Sonya 027 2533397 for details.

What’s On This Week:

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Sonya 027 2533397.

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.

Pastoral Team meeting Monday 7th December 9.30am in the foyer. Please keep us informed of any changes, special birthdays, illness, anniversaries. Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.

THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered to clean the churchJ

Working Bee Saturday 5th December 9am-12noon. Please come along and lend a hand. Talk to Peter Mechaelis or Barry Moore for more details.

South Brighton Voices concert “Reflections” Sunday 6th December 2pm at St John’s Anglican Church Woolston. Tickets $20 for adults, $2 for children – available from Lyndsey McKay.

Essential items needed in Christchurch please! A request from Presbyterian Support Upper South Island: We are currently running very low on some essential items for our young parents and young adults. If you could donate any of these items we would be extremely grateful:- nappies; wet wipes; Baby bath wash; sanitary items; toothpaste; toothbrushes; deodorants; shampoo and conditioner; soap. Please contact Megan Waddington on 363 8209 or meganw@psusi.org.nz for further information. If you could drop these off to our Christchurch office—44 Bealey Ave—that would be much appreciated.

Gifts for Waltham Cottage: We will be collecting these until 13th  December. Unwrapped gifts are required for men, women, teenagers, boys & girls. Buy the sort of things you would buy for your own family – items MUST be NEW.

Donations of food welcome also very welcome – please bring these to Church on Sunday 13th December. Wrapping paper also appreciated.

Moderator’s Advent Message – Prepare Yourself 

Advent is the season of preparation; when Christians get ready, focus, and plan in anticipation for Christmas. This year may be very different from any other Christmas due to Covid-19. Preparation is the keyword. 

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, this year 29 November. We, the Church, recall our hopes and expectancy in the comings of Christ – past, present, and future. Christmas will always be Christmas. That magical day when we celebrate the Baby of Bethlehem. 

Whether it be in the snow of the Northern Hemisphere or be in the warm summer of the Southern hemisphere, it is a wonderful season of hope, love, peace, and joy. Let’s be prepared in mind, heart, and attitude. Let’s be prepared for whatever coronavirus restrictions we may face. 

This is a wonderful season for each one of us to strive to clear the deck. Remove any unnecessary baggage that has accumulated over the year. Prepare yourself for the baby of Christmas, Jesus. 

Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio 

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Sunday 22 November 2020

NOTICES:

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

Minister on leave: Don is on leave until 6th December. For urgent pastoral matters in his absence, please contact Irene 332 7306.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday 6th December following worship. The purpose of this meeting is to be updated by the Ministry Settlement Board.

Jams, mostly rhubarb based, are available from Sue Saunders. Please contact her on 960 7657 for more information.

Wednesday Walkers 25th November: Meet 9.30am at South Library Carpark for a walk around the area. Coffee at Novel with the opportunity to view the quilts made by migrants on display. All welcome. Sonya 027 2533397.

What’s On This Week:

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: South Library. Sonya 027 2533397.

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.

New Editor required for ‘Messenger’ from 2021: If you are interested please have a chat to Irene.

Webpage – if anyone is interested in managing our webpage, please talk to Irene.

DESPERATELY WANTED: more volunteers for the cleaning roster please. See orange poster on the noticeboard.

Fireside, our St Martins women’s group, is planning our final meeting this year to be an informal Christmassy get-together on Wednesday 25th November from 1.30pm.  Ours is a fairly informal group of women from our congregation and their friends and we welcome other women to join us for any of our meetings.  If you would like to, bring Christmas gifts for adults at Waltham Cottage and/or a small plate for our own afternoon tea.

Enquiries:  Margaret  366 8936.

Working Bee Saturday 5th December 9am-12noon. Please come along and lend a hand. Talk to Peter Mechaelis or Barry Moore for more details.

South Brighton Voices concert “Reflections” Sunday 6th December 2pm at St John’s Anglican Church Woolston. Tickets $20 for adults, $2 for children – available from Lyndsey McKay.

Nature’s Wonders:

FREE lectures at South Library 7.30pm

Thursday 26th November: “Our earth – many life-promoting features”

Thursday 3rd December: “Man’s copies of nature”

All are welcome.

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Waltham Cottage would love to receive gifts again this year to distribute to their clients for Christmas.

We will be collecting these between 29 November – 13 December.

Image result for clipart ChristmasUnwrapped gifts are required for men, women, teenagers, boys & girls. Buy the sort of things you would buy for your own family – items MUST be NEW.

Donations of food welcome also very welcome – please bring these to Church on Sunday 13th December. Wrapping paper also appreciated.

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Sunday 15th November 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service.

The new readers’ & intercessors’ roster is available today – please check to see if there is a copy for you.  

Jams, mostly rhubarb based, are available from Sue Saunders. Please contact her on 960 7657 for more information.

Wednesday Walkers 18th November: Meet 9.30am in Mitre 10 Mega car park at 54 Harewood Rd. We will walk around the nearby area of Papanui returning to the Columbus Coffee café at Mitre 10. All are welcome. Barbara and Alan 021 142 7668

What’s On This Week:

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Papanui. Barbara & Alan 021 142 7668.

Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.30pm Summit Road Society workshop.

Wednesday 7.30pm Session meeting.

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.

Session meets this Wednesday 18th November in the Lounge at 7.30pm.

New Editor required for ‘Messenger’ from 2021: If you are interested please have a chat to Irene.

Webpage – if anyone is interested in managing our webpage, please talk to Irene.

WANTED: more volunteers for the cleaning roster please. See orange poster on the noticeboard.

Quilt Show South Library until 30th November 2020:

Featuring a selection of quilts made by new New Zealanders who

attend the Migrant Quilt Group. For some of the ladies it has been the first time they have ever touched a sewing machine.

This year because we could not meet for several months we don’t have the usual number of quilts so the tutors have added one each to the exhibition.

Waltham Cottage would love to receive gifts again this year to distribute to their clients for Christmas.

We will be collecting these between 29 November – 13 December.

Unwrapped gifts are required for men, women, teenagers, boys & girls. Buy the sort of things you would buy for your own family – items MUST be NEW.

Donations of food welcome also very welcome – please bring these to Church on Sunday 13th December. Wrapping paper also appreciated.

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Sunday 8th November 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service.

Offering: please place your offering in the bowl by the door as you enter the church.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm in the Church Lounge.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to lead the prayers of the people.

Wednesday Walkers 28th October: Meet 9.30am in Cumnor Tce for a wander round Woolston. Coffee at Mitchelli’s in the Tannery. All Welcome. Joan Mac 022 0814088.

What’s On This Week:

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

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Woolston. Joan 337 1648.

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.

Deadline for ‘Messenger’ is THIS Thursday 12th November. Please email any contributions to: anneke.howie@gmail.com

New Editor required for ‘Messenger’ from 2021: If you are interested please have a chat to Irene.

Webpage – if anyone is interested in managing our webpage, please talk to Irene.

The Parish Office will be closed this Friday 13th November (Show Day)

WANTED: more volunteers for the cleaning roster please. See orange poster on the noticeboard.

Quilt Show

Christchurch South Library

Colombo Street,

Beckenham.

3rd November until 30th November 2020

Featuring a selection of quilts made by new New Zealanders who

attend the Migrant Quilt Group. For some of the ladies it has been the first

time they have ever touched a sewing machine.

This year because we could not meet for several months we don’t have the

usual number of quilts so the tutors have added one each to the exhibition.

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Sunday 25th October 2020

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to Rev Don & Jo Fergus and all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service.

Don’s contact details:         donfergus2503@gmail.com

                                                or 0274346642

Anna will not be in the Office this Thursday 29th October.

Wednesday Walkers 28th October: Meet 9.30am near Kilmore Street/Fitzgerald Ave Bridge, opposite Little Poms Café where we will have Coffee and Chat. Janette 021 075 6780. All welcome.

What’s On This Week:

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Avonside. Janette 021 075 6780.

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.

Fireside, our St Martins women’s group, has invited Anna Button to speak to us about the work of Hagar this Wednesday 28th October from 1.30pm.  Ours is a fairly informal group of women from our congregation and their friends and we welcome other women to join us for any of our meetings. If you would like some early information there is a website: hagar.org.nz.  When this was arranged early in the year we decided to give donations to Hagar of a gold coin [or more!] and contributions are welcome. Margaret 366 8936.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. Deadline is Thursday 12th November. Please email any contributions to: anneke.howie@gmail.com

Garage Sale at St Mark’s Anglican Church, cnr Opawa Rd & Vincent Pl on Saturday 7th November 8am-1pm. All are welcome.

Pastoral Visitors’ meeting Monday 2nd November 9.30am in the Lounge.

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