Sunday 8th July 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.


Sunday 8th July 2018


The Building Team reports that interior colours have been chosen with a light off white for the walls and a dark black for the interior columns.  Carpet tiles will be a dark grey with slight pattern.  We have been advised that the structural steel work has been more complicated than estimated with numerous alterations to the design and costs for the engineering monitoring have increased from the estimated $7500 to a new estimate of $17,000.  Small amounts of soffit containing asbestos have been removed in the foyer.  The builder has also recommended that the sliding doors from the lounge to the exterior should be replaced as they leak and an estimate of cost is being obtained.   The electrical wiring work in the rebuild is being re-costed as we need to reconnect power to the Sunday School rooms and provide more power outlets throughout the church.


The Session have hired Peter Burley to produce a feasibility study of possible activities that we might house in the new church.  We are wanting the building to have significantly more use than in the past and want to explore possible uses that meet our mission of “discerning, modeling, and teaching what makes for true aliveness.”  We have been successful in applying for funding for the total cost of this project from the Alpine Presbytery Mission Fund.   Expected outcomes would be that we will:

  1. More clearly identify needs in the community that fit with our mission
  2. Determine how to develop and utilize our buildings
  3. Develop an operational plan that will ensure activation of (2) including a workable budget

We hope to have a final report by mid September.  This work will hopefully be of assistance in applying for funding from community trusts who will want to see clear evidence that this is a building that will be used to serve the community.  Peter will hopefully give a short update after worship on 5th August and will seek feedback from us at that time.


Parish Breakfast NEXT Sunday 15th July 8.45am. Brought to you by members of Fireside. Come along and enjoy winter warming porridge and other yummy goodies. Gold coin koha appreciated.


Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist. New volunteers always welcome – come along and have a look at what’s involved or speak to Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.


Wednesday Walkers 11th July: Meet at 9.30am in South Library carpark (river end) for a walk around Beckenham led by Benjamin.  Coffee at Novel Cafe.  All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397.


Crafty Crafters meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. New faces always welcome. See Lyndsey McKay for more information.


Parish Midwinter Lunch Sunday 22nd July 12 noon at the Cashmere Club – $24.50 per head. (Please pay on arrival at the venue). If you would like to come, please add your name to the list at the back of the Church, and indicate how many will be attending. We need to know numbers by next Sunday at the latest. Any queries? Speak to Allison 332 0554.


Wool for Waltham Cottage: The knitting club is seeking donations of 8 ply  wool or acrylic for the blankets they are knitting for Nurse Maude Hospice.  Any donations welcome – please pop them in the box at the back of the church. Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.


Waltham Cottage Foodbank:  Please consider adding an extra item or two to your weekly groceries to help fill the Cottage’s larder. Not sure what to buy? Cereals, tinned fruit & fish, pasta, soups and personal hygiene products are always welcome.



Prayer Requests: A book is located in the foyer for anyone to write in prayer requests. If suitable these requests will be actioned in public worship. In making a request please ensure if people are identifiable they have given permission.