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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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Sunday 2 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 Hugh Perry for leading our worship this morning.

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 9.30am Port Hills U3A 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 5pm (note new day) Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Thursday 6pm Men’s Group. Contact Rob Connell 384 4320.

Wednesday Walkers 5th August: Meet 9.30am at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd— come up the drive. Parking for about 8 cars. Saunter around St Martins then return for coffee/tea/hot water. If wet it will become a “Talking group” but still happening.  Fern 332 4725.

BINS: Please be very careful when placing items in the Council bins. You can only put CLEAN paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics with code 1,2 or 5 in the yellow bin. Everything else goes in the red bin, and organic waste in the green bin. If in doubt, use the red bin. Contaminated recycling all ends up going to landfill, which is not ideal.

South Elder Care has a vacancy. Do you know anyone who is lonely, or has dementia, or would like some company? We offer a socially active programme. Please speak to Lyndsey 388 1264 or Jeannette 332 9869.

Formation of a Pastoral Visiting Team beginning on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am with morning tea on the Lounge. A six week interactive course for those who would like to be pastoral visitors. An invitation is extended to any Session member who would like to continue visiting and to any members of the congregation who enjoy visiting people. You may have done several courses before but the important part is that we are all on the same page. A group of 8-10 people would be great. A pamphlet is available in the foyer which outlines the course content. Everyone is welcome. Please write your name on the clipboard being circulated this morning, or contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264; email lyndseymckay1@gmail.com

Parish Breakfast Sunday 16th August 8.45am hosted by the Men’s Group – all welcome.

The Men’s Group will meet in the church lounge at 6pm on Thursday 6th August. The speaker will be Angela Kearney who will speak on her experiences with UNICEF. Rob Connell 384 4320.

Church Cleaning: Moonlighters are now no longer in a position to clean the church, so we do need more volunteers please. 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).

ANNUAL REPORTS: Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. Annual Reports are now required from: South Elder Care, Wednesday Walkers, Crafty Crafters, Foot Clinic, Fireside, Men’s Group, Worship committee, Meditation Group. Please email them to the Parish Office before 18th August. Accompanying photos also welcome! The AGM will be held in September.

Cashmere Sings! TODAY 3pm – 4.30pm, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillan Avenue, entry by gold coin donation. An event for all the community: sing popular songs old and new from the Shows, Charts, and Music Halls. Enquiries to 332 7129.

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/

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

  • August 6: Unregulated Capitalism Destroying the Planet (Charles Drace/Jim Consedine)
  • 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)

First Aid course 29th August 9am – 1pm

The Village Papanui are hosting a First Aid course, and there are still a few places available if you would like to update your skills in this area. Cost $75. Please contact Tracey 352 6197 or tracey@villagechurch.nz to book.


 
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.

Come and hear Mike King give a FREE public talk about Normalising the Inner Critic – “that little voice inside our heads that’s constantly second-guessing us.” at The McCombs Performing Arts Centre (Cashmere High) 172 Rose St, TOMORROW at 7pm.

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Sunday 26th July 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 Martin Stewart for leading our worship this morning. Rev Hugh Perry will be with us again next week.

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 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 5pm (note new day) Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Wednesday Walkers 29th July: Meet 9.30am in the Carpark by Sumner Surf Club 9.30am  for walk along the Promenade and Sumner. Coffee will hopefully be at Dotcom.  All welcome Judith Mackay 027 688 1861.

Fireside on Wednesday: Fireside is a church group of women that meets monthly.  We welcome other women to join us whether it is regularly or occasionally.  We are planning to begin meeting in afternoons, beginning on Wednesday 29th July at 1.30pm for a post-lockdown get together and “party” afternoon tea.  A small plate for this would be appreciated.  Enquiries:  Margaret 366 8936.

BINS: Please be very careful when placing items in the Council bins. You can only put CLEAN paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics with code 1,2 or 5 in the yellow bin. Everything else goes in the red bin, and organic waste in the green bin. If in doubt, use the red bin. Contaminated recycling all ends up going to landfill, which is not ideal.

South Elder Care has a vacancy. Do you know anyone who is lonely, or has dementia, or would like some company? We offer a socially active programme. Please speak to Lyndsey 388 1264 or Jeannette 332 9869.

Formation of a Pastoral Visiting Team beginning on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am with morning tea on the Lounge. A six week interactive course for those who would like to be pastoral visitors. An invitation is extended to any Session member who would like to continue visiting and to any members of the congregation who enjoy visiting people. You may have done several courses before but the important part is that we are all on the same page. A group of 8-10 people would be great. A pamphlet is available in the foyer which outlines the course content. Everyone is welcome. Please write your name on the clipboard being circulated this morning, or contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264; email lyndseymckay1@gmail.com

Giving Envelopes: if you are running low, please see Joan Macdonald.

The Men’s Group will meet in the church lounge at 6pm on Thursday 6th August. The speaker will be Angela Kearney who will speak on her experiences with UNICEF. Rob Connell 384 4320.

Church Cleaning: Moonlighters are now no longer in a position to clean the church, so we do need more volunteers please. 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 roster on the new noticeboard in the foyer (beside the storage cupboard).

ANNUAL REPORTS: Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. Annual Reports are now required from: South Elder Care, Wednesday Walkers, Crafty Crafters, Foot Clinic, Fireside, Men’s Group, Worship committee, Meditation Group. Please email them to the Parish Office before 18th August. Accompanying photos also welcome! The AGM will be held in September.

Menzshed Update

The electronics workshop in the old Sunday School building is already being used.  It is in need of better heating.  Next door the smoko room (no smoking but lots of tea and coffee) is up and running with regular working bees each Wednesday and Saturday.  About 600 hours of voluntary labour has gone into the complex so far with over 30 men signed up as members.

The structural skirt around the base of the relocated classroom to brace the piles has been completed, and the huge ramp for disabled access and steps to enter this building almost complete.  Nick Wilson has been rewiring the building so it can be used as a woodworking workshop with 3 phase power.  We still have to get sign off from the Fire Engineer after lining the north wall with 40mm fire gib.  Once this sign off is obtained we will ask the CCC to give us a license to occupy.   There have been some very generous donations of equipment and tools for which we are very thankful.

Opening is projected for September but we hope to organise a special preview for church members after church one Sunday in August.

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Sunday 19th July 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 Elliot for leading our worship today. Rev Martin Stewart will be with us next week.

TODAY: Soup & Rolls provided by Session for all – please stay and enjoy a light meal and spend time catching up. Everyone is very 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.

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.

Wednesday Walkers 22nd July: Meet 9.30am at Edge Café, corner of Edgeware Rd and Trafalgar St for a walk around St Albans. Please park in Trafalgar Street. All welcome. Barbara & Alan 0211263801 or 337 6202.

BINS: Please be very careful when placing items in the Council bins. You can only put CLEAN paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics with code 1,2 or 5 in the yellow bin. Everything else goes in the red bin, and organic waste in the green bin. If in doubt, use the red bin. Contaminated recycling all ends up going to landfill, which is not ideal.

Formation of a Pastoral Visiting Team beginning on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am with morning tea on the Lounge. A six week interactive course for those who would like to be pastoral visitors. An invitation is extended to any Session member who would like to continue visiting and to any members of the congregation who enjoy visiting people. You may have done several courses before but the important part is that we are all on the same page. A group of 8-10 people would be great. A pamphlet is available in the foyer which outlines the course content. Everyone is welcome. Please write your name on the clipboard being circulated this morning, or contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264; email lyndseymckay1@gmail.com

ANNUAL REPORTS: Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. Annual Reports are now required from: South Elder Care, Wednesday Walkers, Crafty Crafters, Foot Clinic, Fireside, Men’s Group, Worship committee, Meditation Group. Please email them to the Parish Office before 18th August. Accompanying photos also welcome! The AGM will be held in September.

Fireside will meet on Wednesday 29th July at 1.30pm for a post-lockdown get together in the lounge. All women are very welcome to join us. Contact Margaret  366 8936 for more information.

Keeping safe in Alert Level 1

If you’re sick, stay home. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline for advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap.

Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Stay vigilant. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

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Sunday 12 July 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 today. Rev Chris Elliot will be with us next week.

NEXT SUNDAY: Soup & Rolls provided by Session for all – please stay and enjoy a light meal and spend time catching up.

What’s On This Week:

Monday 1-4pm Foot Clinic. To find out more, talk to Lyndsey 388 1264.

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.

Wednesday Walkers 15th July (rescheduled): Meet 9.30am Air Force Museum Carpark for a walk around the Wigram area. Coffee will be at the Air Force Museum. All Welcome.    Benjamin Elliffe 332 7700.

Formation of a Pastoral Visiting Team beginning on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am with morning tea on the Lounge. A six week interactive course for those who would like to be pastoral visitors. You may have done several courses before but the important part is that we are all on the same page. A group of 8-10 people would be great. A pamphlet is available in the foyer which outlines the course content. Everyone is welcome. Please write your name on the clipboard being circulated this morning, or contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264; email lyndseymckay1@gmail.com

Fireside will meet on Wednesday 29th July at 1.30pm for a post-lockdown get together in the lounge. Other women are very welcome to join us. Contact Margaret  366 8936 for more information.

Gateways Community Scotland

The Gateways community is a fresh expression community. See their story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QhYiuGs5oA

Keeping safe in Alert Level 1

If you’re sick, stay home. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline for advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap.

Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Stay vigilant. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

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