Sunday 15 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 22nd 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 $10,000. The electrical wiring work in the rebuild is being re-costed as we need to reconnect power to the Sunday School rooms and provide significantly more power outlets throughout the church. The extra cost will be approximately $20,000. We are grateful for the recent allocation from the Presbytery of $66,000!

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.

 Thank you to the Fireside members for this morning’s delicious breakfast!

Parish Midwinter Lunch NEXT Sunday 22nd July 12 noon at the Cashmere Club – $24.50 per head. (Please pay on arrival at the venue). Last chance to sign up TODAY!

 Wednesday Walkers 18th July: Meet at 9.30am in Mary Muller Drive (off Chapmans Rd) for a walk around Hillsborough. Coffee at Castle Rock Café. All welcome. Anneke 328 7459.

Session meets this Wednesday 18th July 7.30pm at Joan Mac’s.

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

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.

Dementia and Loss: Tuesday 17th July, 10.30am to noon. Dementia Canterbury (Unit 3, 49 Sit William Pickering Drive, Burnside – behind “Café 43 Degrees”). With dementia comes change and loss – both for the person diagnosed, and for families. Experienced Social Worker Elizabeth Hamilton will outline some of the changes and losses for family members and how to live with, and through them. There will be time for questions. This seminar is specifically for family members and friends currently supporting a person with dementia. 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.

Register online:  to attend these FREE Seminars. Everyone is welcome! Contact Dementia Canterbury for more information 379 2590.


Family Quiz Night at St Anne’s Sunday 26th August 5pm. $10 adults, $2 kids. Details next week!