Sunday 21st 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 21st October 2018

 NOTICES: A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please join us for morning tea after the service. Many thanks to Trevor Crew for leading this morning’s worship.

Getting Across the Line…. We made it! A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this fundraising campaign. Receipts will be issued in March 2019. This week we received $6000, culminating in a grand total of $37,670.

Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight hour working day in New Zealand. Around 1900 parades were held followed by picnics and sports events to celebrate the importance of good working conditions. For most it is now just another holiday.

Managers’ Report: Our thanks to Cyril Morris and David Hodder for completing work to transform a garage into two sheds on our property for storage purposes.

Our insurance bill for $10,000 has been paid.

Approval given to explore using the old Bible Class rooms at the rear of the property as a MenzShed.

Judith Mackay was thanked for her service to the Board of Managers and as the secretary.

We are keeping our eyes and ears open for a possible person to undertake cleaning duties in the refurbished church.  We will need to appoint someone early in the new year.


Building News….

Scaffolding around the front of the building has been removed as exterior painting has been completed.  The new sliding door in the west wall has been installed and broken windows have been replaced.  There is still unplanned strengthening work to be completed on the west wall (furthest wall from the street) demanded by the engineer which means gib lining in the new bathroom cannot be completed.   This hold up will mean planned opening on the 25th Nov will need to be delayed until December 9th or 16th.

In the coming week the construction containers will be moved from the front of the property to allow work to begin on sealing the area in front of the church office.

Inside the work of installing plaster moulds around each of the small windows is now complete and gib stopping almost finished.  Work to install the hanging ceiling will commence this week and interior painting will get underway.  Kitchen joinery has been delayed because the plans as drawn were inaccurate and need to be altered but the architect has been away.

We now have a clearer picture of the cost of the over 30 variations demanded by the engineer.  We estimate costs have increased by over $100,000 due to this extra work.  We have of course expressed our displeasure at this situation.

Dugald has produced an estimated budget going forward which indicates that we still face costs of $413,000 (GST incl) and currently we have approx. $420,000 in available funds.  We will receive a large GST return (hopefully about $70,000) in January 2019.


Global Voices invite you to their concert on Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm at Elmwood Auditorium. Tickets $25 or $12 for children – available from Anna in the Office.

Singalong Messiah with the Jubilate Singers Sunday 18th November 2pm at the Transitional Cathedral. Tickets $25/$20 unwaged. Door sales available (cash only).

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.

Wednesday Walkers 24th October Meet 9.30am at Janette’s 62 Frankleigh St for a stroll in Spreydon, and return there for coffee. All are welcome.

Crafty Crafters meets every Thursday 10am – 12 noon at Beckenham Methodist Church. New faces always welcome.

Our next Parish Breakfast is on Sunday 11th November at 8.45am, hosted by the Worship committee. Details to follow.

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.

St Mark’s Avonhead Twilight Fair, 150 Withells Rd on Friday 2 November 5 – 7pm. Bargains galore, children’s activities, plenty of food for tea. Plant stall opens at 11am. 10% of net proceeds to be donated to St Luke’s Centre.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. Email contributions to: please before Thursday 15th November.

All Saints Memorial Service: Once a year on a Sunday close to All Saints Day we remember in particular people close to us who have died in the past year.  We do this by remembering their names and placing a lit candle on the communion table.  There is also an opportunity for people to remember all those who are gathered in God’s eternal embrace by lighting your own candle of remembrance.

This year we will celebrate memorial Sunday on November 11th and you are invited to forward any names of those close who have died in the past year to Anna in the office that you would appreciate being named in the service.

Parihaka Day: In the lead-up to this year’s Parihaka Day on 5th November  the documentary T?tarakihi: the Children of Parihaka will be screened in Christchurch. This film is not commercially available and can only be viewed in arrangement with presenters from Parihaka. It is an incredible story and one that all New Zealanders should know something about. Suitable for children/general admission. Entry is free/koha.

Screenings are at:

Hope Presbyterian Church, Sat 27th Oct @ 7pm (Aymes Road, Hornby). Presenter Maata Wharehoka. Register (optional) to assure a seat at

or Canterbury Film Society, Sun 4th Nov @ 2pm (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet?, Montreal Street). Presenter Whakaarahia Tairawhiti-Kukutai. No reservations; first-come-first-served. Doors open at 1.30pm.