Sunday 14th 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 14th October 2018

 Getting Across the Line…. Target $35,000: Only days left to contribute! We’re nearly there. Remember all gifts are tax deductible. 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 this Wednesday 17th October. As at 10th October we have received $31,670 – less than $4000 to go – but happy to receive over subscriptions! Receipts issued in March 2019.

Craft Crawl to Ashburton Thursday 8th November 9.30am. Please could those people going on the trip pay Lyndsey McKay $25 TODAY.

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 Blackler 332 0554 or Joan Scott 338 8700.

 Board of Managers meets this Wednesday 17th October 7.30pm at Merchiston.

 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.

Wednesday Walkers 17th October Meet 9.30am in Clouston St for a saunter around the neighbourhood, then return for morning tea catered by Allison at no.5. {Donations please – funds still being accepted for the church repairs!}. You are welcome to join us for this even if not walking. Fern 332 4725.

Building Report: New windows have been installed. Gib stopping has begun and exterior painting in progress. We have agreed on a solution to stabilising the brick west wall. The kitchen joinery has been finalised and is being constructed. The suspended ceiling is yet to be installed, and the last major job will be installing floor coverings and installing equipment. Outside, the section in front of the office will be sealed and depending on finance we will replace some badly cracked paths, and drainage.

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.

New Parish Phone lists available from the Office.

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.

VSA Quiz Night Wednesday 17th October 7pm at Elmwood Trading Co (Robbies), Normans Rd (railway end). $10 per person. More details from Rob & Barb Meier 379 1474.

Armistice Day A special service of hymns, readings and prayers to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. Sunday 11th November 2pm at St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd. All are welcome.

CWS Disaster Appeal: Please help Indonesians living in Central Sulawesi following their earthquake and tsunami.  Survivors are in desperate need of support to protect them from hunger and disease. Over 1.5 million people have been affected.  2,010 people have lost their lives and 80,000 are displaced.  More than 65,000 houses have been damaged.

Please help by making a donation to  Indonesia Earthquake Tsunami Appeal via the CWS website or phone 0800 74 73 72 to give your supportThank you.