Sunday 28 January 2018




Sunday 28th January 2018 10am





A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service. Many thanks to David Beaumont for leading today’s worship.


Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. See Lyndsey McKay if you would like to join the volunteers who provide this service.


Wednesday Walkers: 31st January. Meet 9.30am in Bishopdale Mall carpark in front of New World. Coffee at Café Vivo. All welcome. Please ensure you have adequate sun protection! Sue 960 7657.


Lenten Conversations…

During Lent 2018 there is an opportunity to gather with others to grow in our connection with God and one another.  We will gather every week for 4 weeks (4 sessions of approx. 90 mins, beginning from Monday Feb19th) for tea/coffee and a time to converse and learn with a focus theme.  Groups of up to 8 people will run on Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. (Some people find they can’t make every session). Our focus theme this year is Nurturing Spiritual Practices.  We are going to have some fun experimenting with different ways of connecting with God and discerning God’s voice in our lives.  Sign the sheet on the back table or send Dugald a message.   You are encouraged to invite a friend.

Court Theatre Group Booking: Thursday 5th April 6.30pm “Easy Money” by Roger Hall. Cost $49 per person or $40 with a Community Services Card (photocopy of card details required). The seats selected are easily accessible for those with mobility issues. Numbers attending and money in NAMED envelope to Sue Saunders, or dropped in to the Parish Office, by Sunday 4th March at the latest please. Sign up today!


Do you have an excess in your garden…. Bring the extra produce to church and share it with folk….  As God has been generous with you be generous with others.


Homemade jams, chutneys, sauces etc…

Please let Sue Saunders know what you would like and she will make them on request.


Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. Bring along an unfinished craft, or come and learn a new one! $3 per session. All are welcome. Contact Beverley Hudson 384 7814 for further details.


Fundraiser for St Martins:

Handmade greeting cards for sale. $3 each.  All proceeds to St Martins Building fund.


Session Report…

Mission Discernment Group….(Elizabeth Penwell, Hilary Moore, Jill Grierson, Rob Meier, Warren Pettigrew, Carol Mechaelis, Irene Gray, Gillian Cree, Dugald Wilson) reported on their discussions so far as they work with Helen Clyde-Smith from the Presbytery.  They have been looking at three questions:

  1. What is church?
  2. What is our mission?
  3. What is our context?

These questions do not have easy answers.  For example many see church primarily in terms of what happens on Sunday morning, but this is a very narrow point of view.  Church is about an encounter with Jesus and a commitment to making that encounter a source of life for all.  We notice that most of us struggle to define the mission of the church.  Often we refer to the pastoral mission and the good fellowship we find in church.  We easily forget the very foundation of mission is Jesus and his invitation to discover life in all its fullness.  We neglect the need to nurture the stories of Jesus in people’s hearts and the need to be active in reshaping the values and td ideals of the community we live in to reflect the teaching of Jesus.  We also note that we now live in a very different context to that when many of our church structures and practices were established.  We are working towards making some calls on naming some signposts that might guide us as we move forward into the very fluid world of 2018.


Repair and Rebuild of Church…. Further questions have been asked of the architect by the council consenting team.

Property….thank you to David Hodder for attending to the painting of the church office

Health and safety…. We reaffirmed the importance of the paper trail with any matter of health and safety that is noticed.  We keep a hazard register in the office.


Minister away….Dugald will be on leave from Sunday 28th January until Sunday 11th February.


WANTED: Photographs of Parish events – please email photos to the Office so we can keep a record of what’s happening around the parish.



14th CHCH Boys’ Brigade

Boys’ Brigade is a fun filled Christian based programme for boys aged 5-19 years old.  We operate in three sections: Anchor 5-7 years, Team Adventure 8-10 years and Company Xtreme 11-19 years old.  Activities include crafts, games, camps, outdoor pursuits, leadership training, life skills and lots more. We meet on a Friday night at Beckenham Methodist Church Hall, 52 Martin Ave. New members welcome for 2018. Contact Stephen Gregory 337 2296 for more details or email him