Pentecost Sunday 20th May 2018

While our Church Building is Repaired we are meeting each Sunday at The Mineral & Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Rd (next to Waltham School) at 10am.

We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you.


Pentecost 20th May 2018


Session Report:

Homeshare Plus…because Presbyterian Support is withdrawing from this project we have applied to Manchester Unity for funding. The project will be renamed South Elder Care (SEC).

Website Upgrade…Session thanks Deborah for the work that has gone into this.

Your Sisters Orphanage…Rob & Barb Meier will head away shortly to spend time at this project in Tanzania. The generosity of a member of the congregation means they will be able to fund equipment and materials they will need while there.

Thank You…to the Rev Lyndsey McKay who has led numerous services of worship over the past few years. Lyndsey is taking a break from this ministry.

Use of church building…Session is currently considering a proposal to hire outside help to propose uses for our church complex that fit our mission and would see the buildings fully utilised.


Thank you to the Men’s Group for hosting this morning’s Parish Breakfast.

 Wednesday Walkers: 23rd May. (rescheduled from last week) Jean Turvey will lead us on walk around Kaiapoi, with coffee at Rivertown Café. We will carpool from the city – please meet/park at the Wesley Church, cnr Peraki & Fuller Streets. All are welcome. Sonya 027 2533397.

Mission Discernment Group meets this Wednesday 23rd May in the Parish Office at 7.30pm.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Fireside Women’s Group: Tuesday 29th May (please note change of date) at 7.30pm. All women are very welcome to join us at Joan Mac’s. Jill Grierson’s daughter Erin has kindly agreed to come and speak about her work in mental health.  Enquiries Margaret 366 8936.

South Brighton Voices invite you to their concert on Sunday 27th May 2pm at Opawa Community Church. Door sales $15. Lyndsey 388 1264.

 Ramadan 2018: Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a time for fasting, peace, and reflection on the Divine. Each lunar month is 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new crescent moon. This year Ramadan began on Thursday 17 May or Friday 18 May if the moon was not sighted. This is a month of compassion and generosity, including towards those needing food, shelter and support, and the Ramadan fast is in solidarity with those who often go without. The end of Ramadan is the culmination of the Muslim calendar – marked by the annual festival of Eid, held over three days. To find out more:

 Dementia Canterbury Seminars: Each month Dementia Canterbury runs FREE Community Education Seminars. These seminars are designed for families and wh?nau supporting someone with dementia.  Bookings are essential as places are limited to 30 participants. Contact Dementia Canterbury for more information on these education seminars (03 379 2590, freephone 0800 444 776 or email:

Thank you to those who pulled nails and put in new screws in the church roof on Saturday. About 1800 new galvanized screws were installed!

 Do you ever wish to catch up with a sermon? Sermons are now available on our website They may not be exactly what’s said, but you should get the message! Feel free to respond with your thoughts.

The notices are also posted to the website so you can catch up with them even when you lose your hard copy.

 Invocation to the Spirit by Shirley Murray

From the waiting comes the sign, come, Holy Spirit, come;

from the Presence comes the peace, come, Holy Spirit, come;

from the silence comes the song, come, Holy Spirit, come;

and be to us in truth, the sign, the peace, the song.


In the burning is the fire, come, Holy Spirit, come;

in the spending is the gift, come, Holy Spirit, come;

in the breaking is the life, come, Holy Spirit, come;

and be to us in faith, the fire, the gift, the life.