Sunday 23rd November 2014 9am

Celebrating our Volunteers


Today we come to recognise and honour those who give of themselves, that our neighbourhoods and city (and world), may be enriched and strengthened.
In worship, we focus on God’s love shown through people,
as they serve their communities; and we give thanks for their
gift of themselves. May we hear the voice of God, challenging
us all with the task of making his love a tangible reality.

HYMN: Take Up The Song (Tune: Chilton Foliat WOV 530)
Take up the song, and sing the praise of God,
who gave the world its skies and lands and seas,
then formed the fish and creatures of the earth;
our God be praised for wondrous gifts like these!

Take up the song, and sing the praise of God,
who gave the power of choice to humankind,
that we might heal the earth through servanthood,
and so find joy in all that God designed.

Take up the song, and sing the praise of God;
with music make both earth and heaven ring,
for God is good and loves all he has made;
so now to him all thanks and praises bring! © Selak Publishing (CH 4)



HYMN: The Church is Wherever God’s People are Praising
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
singing God’s goodness for joy on this day.
The Church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.

The Church is wherever God’s people are helping
caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The Church is wherever God’s people are sharing
the words of the Bible in gift and in deed. © W. Jenkins
(Adapted by permission of John Knox Press (VU) )


READINGS: Psalm 100 June Service
Matthew 25: 31-46 Warren Pettigrew

Introduction and Volunteers’ Reflections

HYMN: Christ be our Light
Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.
Christ, be our light…

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea following the service.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Tanzanian Lunch for ‘Your Sisters’ Orphanage last week. We have raised $400!

WEDNESDAY WALKERS 26th November: Ph Joan 338 8700 for destination.

CARING & SHARING: ‘The dancers are ready – as is the piper and a good Ceilidh will be had on WEDNESDAY 26th November 2014 – 2pm in the Beckenham Methodist Lounge. Wear your tartan, bring some ‘Scottish fare’ to enjoy with your cup of tea – let’s celebrate St Andrew’s Day (officially on the 30th November) in style. Bring your friends, family – whoever – you’re all welcome.’ Irene 332 7306.

CRAFTY CRAFTERS Thursdays 10am – 12noon in the lounge at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Beverley 332 7786.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Wed & Thurs 9am-12noon & Fri 9-11am. 332 6192 or email, or pop in to 7 Wilsons Rd.

FOOTCARE CLINIC: Monday 8th December 1-4pm. Volunteers to assist are always welcome. On the job training provided. Lyndsey 388 1264.

FESTIVAL 200 Sunday 7th December 6pm in the Horncastle Arena. Christians from all over the city are gathering to worship and give thanks for the 200th anniversary of the gospel in our nation. Tickets $6 adults, $4 children from Ticketek.

HORSE MANURE available now – $3 a bag. Lindsay 981 1587.

THIS WEEK’S HUB REPORT is displayed on the wall in the Lounge.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Mon 24th Deirdre; Tue 25th Aescleah; Wed 26th Pat; Thu 27th Tony; Fri 28th Martin.


We will be once again collecting gifts for Waltham Cottage – for men, women, boys, girls and teenagers. All the gifts that you would like to receive. There will be a box at the Church from Advent Sunday (30th November) through until 14th December for you to put your gifts in.

Please DO NOT wrap the gifts as the staff at the Cottage like to choose appropriate gifts for each person. Gifts of wrapping paper are also acceptable along with Christmas baking.

Thank you for helping to make someone else’s Christmas a happy one.

Hub Activities for the week 23rd – 30th November 2014

St Martin’s Presbyterian Church
All events at Beckenham Methodist, 83 Malcolm Ave, unless otherwise stated
Sun 23 Nov 9am Morning Worship
Wed 26 Nov 9.30am Walking Group. Call Joan 338 8700 for destination
2pm Caring & Sharing – a ceilidh for St Andrew’s Day. Irene 332 7306.
Thu 27 Nov 10am-12noon Crafty Crafters. $3. Beverley 332 7786.
Sun 30 Nov 9am Morning Worship.

St James’ Presbyterian Church
Tue 25 Nov Little Kids music in hall lounge
7.30pm Parish Council meets.
Fri 28 Nov Friday Kids
Sun 30 Nov 5.30pm Ecumenical Advent Service at Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Sat 6th Dec 7.30pm Christmas with the Plainsmen – Transitional Cathedral.

Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church
Mondays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi. Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls. Pat 353 0265
Tuesdays: 10.00 am mainly music @ Hoon Hay. Eleanor 960 4824
Wednesdays: 8.00 – 11.00am Vege Co-op. Shilo 338 3943
10.00 am Craft Group. Linda 322 4437
7.00 pm Scottish Country Dancing. David 322 7954
7.30 pm Parish Council meets
Thursdays: 9.30 am & 10.40am Tai Chi in lounge contact Brian 338 6228
7.30 pm Spreydon Indoor Bowls in hall. Pat 353 0265
Fridays: 7.00 pm LIFT – Youth programme. Matt 027 389 0000
5.00 pm Messy Church in hall
Saturdays: 9.00am – 12.00pm Ballet Group. Suzie 338 1017

Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church
Sun 23 Nov 11.30am Healing Service
Mon 24 Nov 9.30am Pre-School Music Group. Emma 332 2965
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes
Wed 26 Nov 10.00am Forum – discuss last Sunday’s Readings. All Welcome
7pm Choir Practice
Thurs 27 Nov 10.30am Prayer Group. Barbara 332 8668
7.00pm Christchurch South Parents Centre Classes