Sunday 23 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 23rd September 2018



 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 on October 17th 2018. Receipts will be issued in March 2019, unless requested otherwise. Our treasurer tells us we have received $11,000 this week (grand total $17,100 so far).


NEXT 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! Daylight Saving starts next Sunday too – don’t forget to change your clocks forward.

Our 10am service on Sunday 7th October will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall, 101 Opawa Rd (carpark off Vincent Pl).


 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.

Demographics 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.  Session examined this at its meeting last 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


Session Report

Peter Burley Report … Session has received the Peter Burley report “St Martins Church – Needs and Facility Use Assessment.”   We are exploring the recommendation that we work with a community programme provider to activate full use of the church complex.  Session wishes to see this asset used to bring life to our community.  We are grateful to the Alpine Presbytery Mission Fund for financing this work.

Mission Discernment Group … has presented a report to the session outlining 6 ‘dreams’ for the future.  These dreams which were outlined to the congregation last Sunday will be worked into a updated Mission Plan.  Initially two of the dreams will be more closely examined to look at how they would be implemented.

Ministry review… ministers are required to have a ministry review conducted every three years and the Rev Rob Fergusson will be conducting a review of Dugald’s ministry.

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please join us for morning tea and the AGM after the service. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading today’s service.

FIRESIDE welcomes women to share fellowship at our meetings.  Lyn has very kindly agreed to host us on Tuesday 25th September at 7.30pm. If you wish, please bring a favourite saying or inspirational reading, and you may like to share why it is important to you.  Enquiries: Margaret 366 8936

Wednesday Walkers 26th September: Meet 9.30am at South Library carpark for a walk in the Beckenham area. Coffee at Novel Café.  Janette and Cyril 021 075 6780.

Sound operators…. When we move into the church again we will need someone to be responsible for the operation of sound each Sunday as we will be operating a sound desk that was in the St James Church.  Full training will be given.  At this stage we simply need to establish a team of preferably six people who might be willing to be part of this team.  Speak to Dugald or Warren to register your interest.

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.

 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 today:  Lemon marmalade $4; Grapefruit & Ginger marmalade $5 (by special request!) and Lemon chutney $3 (great with cheese and pork). Also limited pots of lemon honey $5 and sugar free marmalade $4. Many thanks to Sue Saunders!

 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).