WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.
Sunday 5 February 2017
You are the salt of the earth…
After Worship…we will watch part two of “Te Rongopai”. Last week we learned about the setting up of the first Mission Station at Oihi in the Bay of Islands in 1814. Three missionary families, the Kendalls, the Halls, and the Kings, (and later the Hansens), lived under the watchful eye of local Maori. They were tough years and there was little in the way of obvious result. In today’s session (about 20 mins) we learn of a new Mission Station being set up at Paihia under the leadership of Henry Williams. He put more emphasis on learning the Maori language and with the development of a written alphabet for Maori and the arrival of a printing press the scriptures were translated. Maori themselves spread the gospel with an amazing effect. By 1850 over 60% of Maori had adopted Christianity.
During Lent there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another. We will gather every second week for 8 weeks (4 sessions of approx. 90 mins) for tea/coffee and a time to listen and converse with a focus theme. Focus themes are God, Compassion, Spiritual Practices, the Cross. High levels of Bible knowledge are not expected, and all sorts will be accepted and respected! If you want to get to know others at church and God better, log in to one of the groups (Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons) by signing the sheet on the back table or by sending Dugald a message (see contact details above)
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning, Please stay for morning tea after the service.
Name Tags… Session asks that everyone wears a name tag at worship and is organising a board on which these can be stored. Name tags helps us all identify each other. If you need a new name tag please talk with Sonya. (if you don’t know who she is, look at name tags!)
Wednesday Walkers 8th Feb: Meet 9.30am in Vernon Tce. Park near 6B. Coffee at Barbara & Alan’s with koha to church building fund. All welcome.
From the ‘Messenger’ Editorial Team: Articles and photos are needed NOW for the next issue – deadline is February 21st. Sincere thanks go to all who have contributed to past editions and please if you have more ideas keep them coming too. All contributions welcome – please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3. New faces always welcome. Beverley 384 7814.
Please fill out an information form… We want to update our rolls and contact details. To this end could all members and anyone wishing to be on the St Martin’s roll please fill in a single page information form available at worship or from your elder. Information to be collected includes: name and contact details, an emergency contact, and whether you wish to be a full member, an associate member, or simply on the pastoral list. Information forms can be returned to The Minister, Irene Gray (Session Clerk), or to the church office (shortly to be relocated to 43 St Martins Road).