Sunday 26 November 2017



 Sunday 26 November 2017: Overseas Mission – ‘Your Sister’s Orphanage’ in Tanzania


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

Prayer Request Book: Requests for prayer may be made through the office, minister, or by filling in a request in a book that will be available at worship.  The request for prayers will be included in our corporate prayers on Sunday and available to others to include in their prayers.  Ideally the person or persons at the centre of the request should be aware of this and give their approval to use a Christian name.  Further, it is helpful if those prayed for indicate specifically what they would like the congregation to pray for.

 Tanzanian Lunches TODAY 12 noon. Cost $5 per person. Donations also welcome to support Your Sisters.

Christmas Cake Stall NEXT Sunday 3rd December following worship – an opportunity for you to purchase your Christmas baking. Sue’s fabulous jams and pickles will also be available. Bring cash!

 Wednesday Walkers 29th November: meet 9.30am cnr Bowenvale & Wedgwood Aves, with coffee to follow at Gaynor & Roger’s 46d Bowenvale Ave. All are welcome to join us.

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.

Waltham Gifts – there is a gift box at Church until 10th December 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.

Opawa St Martins Anglican Parish Fair THIS Saturday 2nd December 8.30am at St Anne’s site, cnr Wilsons & Centaurus Rds.

 PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 24th December, there is one service only at 7pm.

Christmas & January Services will be combined with Beckenham Methodist.

Christmas Day 9.30am at BMC

Sunday 31st Dec here at the MLC

Sunday Jan 7th at BMC

Sunday Jan 14th here at MLC.

Risingholme Singers and the Cantabile Singers (formerly the Cashmere Singers) bring you a concert which will include a Christmas Cantata on Sunday 3rd  December 3pm in the Chinese Methodist Church, cnr Rugby St and Papanui Rd. Ticket sales at the door.  Enquiries to John Shanks.

The St Albans Community Choir & New Brighton Silver Band
bring you Unusual Carols from Around the World TODAY 5pm, St Paul’s Anglican Church, 3 Harewood Rd. Admission by donation – which will go to support a local charity. A light supper will follow the concert.

Your Sisters Orphanage, Kisongo, Tanzania, East Africa: Your Sisters Orphanage was established in 2011 by an American woman, Libby Bailey, her partner Frank Mollel, and his Masai family.  It is divided into three parts, each complementing the other:

Creative Community Programme (CCP)This programme was implemented to provide the women of Kisongo village area a means towards economic self-sufficiency. There are about 20 women who sew together at the Orphanage and make lovely bags, aprons and children’s clothes. These items are sold in safari lodges and shops and in the USA. Some of the money goes towards running costs of the Orphanage, but most goes to the women  themselves.

Orphanage for Girls: The ‘Your Sisters’ orphanage is a sanctuary for young girls who have been orphaned or abandoned. It is their home, where they receive love, nurturing care and support in a family environment. They ensure each child receives nutritious meals and clean water, and comfortable shelter. Clothing, health care, and access to quality education are also very important provisions.

Volunteer & Travel Groups: Supporters from around the world come to visit the Orphanage, and several volunteer and travel opportunities have been developed. Volunteers can come and take part in a programme with the orphans, or the women; and combine this with a climb up Kilimanjaro or relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Tanzania has a population of over 40 million, and nearly 90% of Tanzanians struggle to survive on less than $1.50 a day.  To find out more about Your Sisters, speak to Barbara & Rob Meier, who have been there and will be visiting again in 2018.

St Martins has committed to support the Orphanage as part of our Mission Outreach. Donations are very welcome. Go to the website to make a donation with your credit card.