Sunday 30th 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 30th September 2018

Worship venue this Sunday: St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru, Merivale Lane 10am. Remember to alter your clocks for Daylight Saving!

 Our 10am service next 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

  • 1 gift of $5,000 and 4 gifts of $1,000 would do it
  • 7 gifts of $1,000, and 10 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 closes on Wednesday 17th October. Receipts will be issued in March 2019, unless requested otherwise.

So far we have received $26,670 – less than $9000 to go – but happy to receive over subscriptions!

Building Report: This week has seen gib being placed so the interior is starting to take shape.  We have had a delay in the foyer area because more steel was required to be welded in to strengthen around the enlarged windows.

Replacement of glazing in the street frontages is in progress.  Seven of the amber glass panels were broken and this glass is no longer obtainable.  We are also installing some low level clear glazing to allow more inside-outside connection.  Louvre windows in the kitchen will be replaced with windows to match the existing.

The mystery of the missing foyer doors has not been solved.  However we have been able to use the doors from the west exit of the foyer with small windows.  These look great.

Painting should begin shortly, we are expecting kitchen joinery to be delivered in mid October, and flooring and ceiling installation completed by the end of October.

Exterior work to place asphalt between the office and the street, and repair of the drains will take place at the end of October.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist Lounge. New volunteers always welcome. Talk to Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more information.

Wednesday Walkers 3rd October: Meet 9.30am in Pentonville Close for a stroll around Westmorland. Coffee at Joan’s 0211442406. All are welcome.

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.

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.

New Sheds: Thank you to Cyril Morris, David Hodder and others who have shifted the garage from next door, cut it in half and built new end walls. We now have new storage areas that will be utilized once the old Sunday School rooms are emptied and the container removed.

 General Assembly is happening this week– 3-7 October in Christchurch. Dugald will be attending. The Opening Service will be held at St Andrew’s College on Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm, and is open to everyone. People are invited to gather for the opening powhiri at 6.45pm, and everyone is welcome to attend. The incoming Moderator, Rev Fakaofo Kaio, will be installed during the service.

Other evening programmes open to the wider church are:

Thursday 4th October, St Andrew’s College Chapel at 7.30pm “Building a Platform for Hope” – A series of stories about re-building churches (not just buildings!) and launching new initiatives over the past few years here in Alpine Presbytery.

Saturday 5th October at St Andrew’s College Chapel at 7.30pm “Going Deeper – Rising Stronger” – A TED Talk / Panel discussion about making changes to the culture of our churches so that we can set a new direction in our relationship with God and each other.

Speakers include: Pastor Amy Page-Whiting, Rev Gary Mauga, Bishop Paul Martin SM

Please note – a koha will be received to bless our keynote speaker.