Sunday 12th November 2017



 Sunday 12 November 2017 “Uncanny Day”

Celebrating Te Whare Roopu o Oteropo Waltham Community Cottage

 We are a community of people who are bearers of hope

A hope that we might work together

in true community.

A hope that we might share the unconditional love

of Christ with people along the way

A hope that we might make a difference

in our wider community,

alleviating the struggle for some within

their daily lives.

May the life of Christ be our guide…


 About Waltham Community Cottage

“A vibrant place of hope and connection, standing tall, reaching all”

We are located at 201 Hastings St East and we offer support for vulnerable people in the community. Some of the services  we offer are: health and wellbeing support, exercise classes, free community lunch, depression support network, advocacy and crisis support. The cottage is a space which enables people to realise their potential and increase the opportunities for themselves and their families.

St Martins has supported the Cottage for many years – currently Lyndsey McKay is chair of the Trust, and Adrienne Carmichael is the Community Development Facilitator. Each week, the congregation brings along food donations for the Food Bank, and also donates presents at Christmas.

If you want to find out more, pop in and say hello. We are open Monday – Wednesday 9am – 3pm & Thursday 9am – 1pm. Go to: for more information or give us a call on 942 2173.


We are a community, a source of love, laughter and sharer of tears. We are a people prepared to take risks, working together,

that one day this world will be a place, where people can live in peace, justice and freedom.

This is our hope, this is our faith, that we dare to believe, always and in spite of everything, in God’s power to transform. Iona Community


Notices: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Thanks to Lyndsey McKay and Adrienne Carmichael for sharing the work of Waltham Cottage.

 Parish Breakfast NEXT Sunday 19th November 8.45am. Gold coin donation appreciated.

Thank you to the people who supported the Bacon Fundraiser. The total of $500.13 was raised.

 The Parish Office will be closed this Friday 17th November (Show Day).

 Wednesday Walkers 15th November: meet 9.30am in Quaifes Rd to the left of Murphy’s Rd for a walk through to the Pettigrew’s garden, then a countryside walk or retrace our steps back to Longhurst Estate! Coffee at Allwood Café. All welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397

Session meets this Wednesday 15th November 7.30pm at Merchiston.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

Articles are required NOW for the next ‘Messenger’ please. Deadline 24th November. Email contributions to:

Tanzanian Lunches Sunday 26th November. 12 noon. Please sign up TODAY if you would like to take part. Cost $5 per person. Donations also welcome to support Your Sisters. See Barbara Meier for details.

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with a Ceilidh and the Incredible Ceilidh Band. Saturday 25th November 7.30-10.00pm at Opawa Community Church Hall. $10 adults, $2 children and a plate for supper please. Tickets available NOW from Irene.

 Advance Notice: Christmas Cake Stall Sunday 3rd December following worship – an opportunity for you to purchase your Christmas baking.

 Waltham Gifts – there will be a gift box at Church from November 26th – 10th December inclusive for gifts for Waltham Cottage. Gifts for men, women, teenagers and children are required please – NEW items only. Suggestions: all toiletries, clothes, sun hats, games, toys, books, sweets – in fact all the things that you would like to receive. Edible gifts also welcome, along with wrapping paper. Please DO NOT wrap your gifts.

 Fundraiser for St Martins: Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund. They will be at church on Sundays on back table. Please see Janette Morris if you would like something personal made. eg significant birthday.

This coming Tuesday, 14th November, is the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that affected many communities on the upper east coast of the South Island.

In our Presbytery region the parishes of Amuri, Hurunui, Kaikoura and Awatere were most significantly affected. Since then Presbytery has tracked with these parishes to monitor well-being of ministers and people alike and significant grants have been made from the EQ Relief Fund to support people in their time of need.

That support is still continuing today.

We invite you to continue to uphold in prayer those affected by this natural disaster. Pray that the churches in that region can continue to bring hope and healing to those affected and also find encouragement for their own people as they face the future.

(from Alpine Presbytery Newsletter)