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Christmas 2020 & New Year

Christmas & New Year 2020-21

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after our Sunday services.

Parish Office re-opens Thursday 21st January 9am.

Wednesday Walkers: For details about informal walks over the summer, please contact Sonya 027 2533397.

Christian Meditation Group Resumes Tuesday 12th January 2021 7.15pm. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY @ ST MARTINS

Christmas Eve Service 7.30pm Thursday 24th December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am  Friday 25th December

Sunday 27th December & Sunday 3rd January 10am ~ combined with our Beckenham Methodist friends HERE

Sunday 10th & 17th January 10am ~ combined worship at Beckenham Methodist Church, Malcolm Ave.

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Sunday 20th December 2020

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

Wednesday Walkers: For details about informal walks over the summer, please contact Sonya 027 2533397.

Christian Meditation Group Tuesday 7.15pm last session for 2020 this week. Resumes 12th January 2021. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

I will light candles

Candles of joy, despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch.
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.

-Howard Thurman, The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY @ ST MARTINS

Christmas Eve Service 7.30pm Thursday 24th December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am  Friday 25th December

Sunday 27th December & Sunday 3rd January 10am ~ combined with our Beckenham Methodist friends HERE

Sunday 10th & 17th January 10am ~ combined worship at Beckenham Methodist Church, Malcolm Ave.

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Sunday 13th December 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and the brief congregational meeting after the service to approve the foramtin of a Parish Council.

FOOT CLINIC tomorrow 1-4pm in the Parish Lounge.

Wednesday Walkers: For details about informal walks over the summer, please contact Sonya 027 2533397. This week, we will meet at South Library for a stroll, followed by coffee at Novel café.

What’s On This Week:

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

Monday 6pm MenzShed meeting.

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am Informal Walk South Library. Sonya 027 2533397.

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

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

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated gifts and baking for Waltham Cottage.

Community Carol Singing

Join the Stedfast Brass 6pm Friday 18th December at Opawa Community Church, wet or fine cnr Aynsley Tce and Opawa Rd. Sausage sizzle and drinks for sale from 5.30pm

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY @ ST MARTINS

Christmas Eve Service 7.30pm Thursday 24th December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am  Friday 25th December

Sunday 27th December & Sunday 3rd January 10am ~ combined with our Beckenham Methodist friends HERE

Sunday 10th & 17th January 10am ~ combined worship at Beckenham Methodist Church, Malcolm Ave.

The Parish Office will close at 12 noon on Thursday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 21st January 2021.

Crafty Crafters has finished for the year. It will resume on Thursday 21st January 2021.

A good news story from Joan Macdonald:

My grandson Mark Cox was awarded Dux of Ferndale School this week. This is the base school for many special needs children. Mark has been out at New Brighton for about three, maybe four years, mainly learning life skills. It is not an academic award but we were even prouder when it’s specifically noted by the Principal it’s for his positive attitude and kindness. Mark is 21. I am not sure what is planned for next year but hopeful that he will employed in some way. As a little toddler he came with me to church a number of times. He always made a beeline for David Carmichael’s knobs and buttons of his tape recorder when he used it up near the communion table, or stood on the steps dangling keys and jabbering away in his own lingo. Mark has also earned the Duke of Edinburgh gold medal. He is a lovely young man and we are very proud of his achievements.

Congratulations to Mark from everyone at St Martins – well done!

Some brief points from the Board of Manager’s meeting on Wednesday evening:

  • There will be a fire evacuation drill at a service sometime in January. Are you aware of the quickest way out of the building from where you are right now??
  • The lights in the lounge are to be replaced with brighter ones. This will lift the light level in the lounge to the same level as that in the church.
  • Joan Macdonald reported on the parish finances.
  • If you hear of anyone or any group looking for a meeting space please mention to them that we have spaces for hire.
  • If you have an accident or fall of any sort within the church buildings or precincts please don’t forget to register it with Anna in the church office. This is a health and safety requirement and alerts us to any safety issues that might need to be fixed up. Incident Report forms are in the kitchen with the first aid kit.
  • The Board agreed to ask the congregation to support a request to the Alpine Presbytery to allow us to set up a Parish Council in the place of the existing Session and Board of Managers.
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Sunday 6th December 2020

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

ANOTHER VERY BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will also be held next 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…’

From the Council: There will be NO on-street parking available in St Martins Rd between 8th – 12th December due to road resurfacing works. Traffic management will be in place, with no vehicle entry possible from Burnbrae St. Clouston St will be closed.

Wednesday Walkers 9th December: Meet 9.30am at the Bus Exchange to hunt for penguins throughout the city- contact Sonya 027 2533397 for details. Coffee will be at either Child Sister or Foundation Café at Turanga. All Welcome.

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: Penguin hunt. Sonya 027 2533397.

Wednesday 7.30pm BOM meeting & supper. Peter 332 1846.

Thursday 12noon Crafty Crafters End of Year Lunch. 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.

Earthing or Grounding: have a look at the website

https://heartmdinstitute.com/alternative-medicine/what-is-earthing-or-ground
ing/ to explore this or chat to Ken Austin.

Gifts for Waltham Cottage: We will be collecting these until 13th December. 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 next Sunday. Wrapping paper also appreciated.

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY @ ST MARTINS

Christmas Eve Service 7.30pm Thursday 24th December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am  Friday 25th December

Sunday 27th December & Sunday 3rd January 10am ~ combined with our Beckenham Methodist friends HERE

Sunday 10th & 17th January 10am ~ combinedworship at Beckenham Methodist Church, Malcolm Ave.

The Parish Office will close at 12 noon on Thursday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 21st January 2021.

Community Carol Singing

Join the Stedfast Brass 6pm Friday 18th December

at Opawa Community Church, wet or fine

cnr Aynsley Tce and Opawa Rd

Sausage sizzle and drinks for sale from 5.30pm

The new duties roster for 2021 is now available – please make sure you pick up your copy.

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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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