Sunday 16th September 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 16th September 2018




NOTICES: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please join us for morning tea after the service. Thank you to the Walking Group for providing this morning’s delicious breakfast!

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of parishioners to be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018,  following morning worship.

Wednesday Walkers 19th September: Meet 9.30am on corner St Martins Rd & Clouston St.

Rich Living is an event exploring Sustainability and Christian Faith

On Friday 28 September, 7.30pm at South West Baptist, a combined churches creative worship service. For all ages and youth-friendly.

Saturday 29 September, a day seminar at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, with a stimulating mix of speakers and workshops. The emphasis is on practical ways that local people and churches can make a difference.

Find out more and register at

Session meeting this Wednesday 19th September 7.30pm at Merchiston.

 Join the Crafty Crafters’ Craft Crawl to Ashburton on Thursday 8th November. The bus will depart from Beckenham Methodist Church at 9.30am, returning approx. 4.00-4.30pm. Cost for travel is $25. Please see Lyndsey McKay if you would like to come along.

Preserves for sale next Sunday: Lemon marmalade $4; Grapefruit & Ginger marmalade $5 (by special request!) and Lemon chutney $3 (great with cheese and pork). Enquiries: Sue Saunders 960 7657.

 Plants 4 U @ Rakaia Saturday 29th  September 9.00am – 1.00pm, at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Main Road, Rakaia (by the two big trees).

Volunteers still needed for General Assembly (3-7 Oct). If you can help, please email Abi or Liz:

 Keep Active at South West Baptist Church. $4 per 60 minute session. Mondays 9.30 or 11am & Thursdays 1pm. Email for details.

 Time and Space/s Concert: Sunday 30th September 7.30pm, Knox Church, 28 Bealey Ave. The Knox Singers Chorus (Daniel Cooper, Director) bring you Arvo Part’s “Salve Regina” & “Missa Brevis in D” by Benjamin Britten. Entry $20/$25.


PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 30th September, we will join St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru, Merivale Lane, for worship at 10am. Treat yourself to a service led by Rev Chris Elliot, and enjoy the pipe organ!

Our service on Sunday 7th October will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd (carpark off Vincent Pl).





Getting Across the Line…. Target $35,000

  • 7 gifts of $5,000 would do it
  • 3 gifts of $5,000 and 20 gifts of $1,000 would do it
  • 3 gifts of $5,000, 10 gifts of $1,000, and 100 gifts of $200 would do it

Gifts can be made by cheque to St Martins Presbyterian Church and given to our treasurer Joan Macdonald or with a bank transfer with “Newbuild” in the Particulars and your name in the Reference Box to the St Martins Presbyterian Church:  ANZ    06-0829-0201306-050

This special fundraising project will close at on October 17th 2018. Receipts will be issued in March 2019, unless requested otherwise. Our treasurer tells us we have received $4500 this week (grand total $6100 so far).




Some Key Points from Peter Burley’s Report to Utilise the Church Complex

Demand for activities/Facilities

There does not appear to be a shortage of meeting spaces in the St Martins area and demand for meeting space is LOW

There are no men’s shed activities in the area.

Physical exercise activities for older adults is not well catered for.

There are a good number of community groups but there would appear to be demand for targeted hobby, craft, and arts groups focussed on older adults.


In area close to church there is a greater number of older adults (St Martins, Opawa, Beckenham.)

Going forward there will be many more people in the early retirement phase.  This group will be interested in activities that improve health and well being.  There will be more people in the pre and early retirement mixing work and ‘play’.

There will also be a need for activities for young families.

Activating the Complex

Peter suggests a number of potential partners for the delivery of activities in the complex.   He recommends we partner with a community services partner to run activities in the new church complex, and has made recommendations about who we might partner with.  The session will examine this at its meeting this week.

Peter recommends we target three areas:

Men’s shed/hobbies located in the old SS rooms

Wellness programmes particularly for the gold card generation

Young parents’ programme