Sunday 7th October 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 7th October 2018

Worship venue this Sunday: St Mark’s Church Hall, cnr Opawa Rd & Vincent Pl


Getting Across the Line…. Target $35,000: Final 10 days to contribute!

1 gift of $5,000 and 1 gift of $1,000 would do it. 4 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. As at 3rd October we have received $29,670 – less than $6000 to go – but happy to receive over subscriptions!

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please join us for morning tea after the service.

Next week we meet again back at the Mineral & Lapidary Club on Sunday at 10am.

Craft Crawl to Ashburton Thursday 8th November 9.30am. Please could those people who indicated they would like to join the Crafty Crafters pay Lyndsey McKay $25 next Sunday 14th October.

Rosters for Door Duty and Morning Tea 2019 will be drawn up at the beginning of November. If you would like to add your name, or remove it, please contact Allison  332 0554 or Joan 338 8700.

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.

Parish Phone List has been updated. If you would like a copy, please contact the Anna at the Parish Office.

Funding Applications….We have applied to numerous trusts and foundations for support in fitting out the church complex.  So far we have received $5000 from the Jansen Trust for a dishwasher,  $3500 from Presbyterian Development Society for a new data projector and $1000 from the Mainland Trust to purchase 8 folding café tables.  We are very grateful to these organisations for their support.  Our target for applications is $25,000, but it may take some time to reach this.  We acknowledge with thanks the work of Gill Blackler in applying for funds.  Her experience and energy has been invaluable.

Working with Risingholme Community Centre… the Session has agreed to a key recommendation in Peter Burley’s report that we invite Risingholme to lead classes in our church and community hub.  We have met with the Director and are setting up a Memorandum of Understanding to enable us to work together.  We anticipate small steps to begin with as we set up a working relationship.  We are also exploring the possibility of setting up a Menz Shed or similar in the old Sunday School Rooms.    We would love to have the facilities well utilized and have the opportunity to connect with people from the wider community.

Wednesday Walkers 10th October Meet 9.30am at the Beckenham Service Centre and Library for a walk around the area to be led by Benjamin. We should also be able to view the Refugee & Migrant Quilt display at the Library after we have had our coffee at Novel.  All welcome. Judith & Benjamin 332 1577.

Building Report: We are working to resolve issues raised by the structural engineer on the west wall. Of concern to us is that these issues around securing the brickwork have not been raised previously and will require some newly finished construction to be removed. In the meantime painters have begun work and gib stopping begins shortly.

General Assembly meeting in Christchurch….The Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio has been installed as the Moderator. His message to the church is “Don’t neglect the relationship with God and with each other.”

Other business to come before the Assembly will include re-ordering the national church body, a recommendation to reject the current euthanasia bill, and a recommendation to adopt the Accra Declaration – from the Alliance of Reformed churches rejecting neo-liberal economics.

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.

CWS Appeal: Please help Indonesians living in Central Sulawesi following their earthquake and tsunami.  Survivors are in desperate need of support.

More than 1.5 million people have been affected.  1,407 people have lost their lives and 70,821 displaced.  65,733 houses have been damaged.  These figures are expected to rise.

We need to get help to the survivors now and protect them from hunger and disease.

This double disaster has caused so much damage. Please help by making a donation to  Indonesia Earthquake Tsunami Appeal via re CWS website or phone 0800 74 73 72 to give you supportThank you.