Sunday 9th December 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 9th December 2018

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

Thank you to everyone who has brought Christmas Gifts for Waltham Cottage.

 Minister has led you astray…. some members of the Session have raised concerns about using the church without full sign off from the City Council.  I doubt this will happen before February with the big Christmas shutdown and therefore I need to withdraw my promise to lead services in the church for Christmas.  I also advertised an opening service on 27th January.  This will not be the case.  We need to expect that an opening service will be in March at a date yet to be determined.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist Lounge.

 Wednesday Walkers 12th December: We will carpool leaving Christchurch at 10am and drive out to Lincoln where we will do all or part of the Historic Walk.  Lunch is booked for 11.30am at The Flaming Rabbit. Please make sure Janette or Sonya know if you are coming. This is the last official walk for 2018.

NEXT Sunday 16th December – All Age Service… we’ll be building mangers, making stars, decorating angel biscuits, and creating beauty out of junk. There will be conversations, interaction, and creativity as we draw closer to Christmas together. Bring your children and grandchildren.

2019 morning tea and door duty roster now available – please pick up your copy.

 Session meets Wednesday 12th December 7pm at Merchiston, followed by Board of Managers at 8pm. Please bring a plate for supper.

CWS Christmas Appeal: bring envelopes back to church any Sunday until January 20th.

South Elder Care Vacancy – we are looking for a couple of men to work with our increasing number of male clients, alongside David Hodder on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. We would like someone who enjoys the company of men, prepared to take part in active games – table tennis, darts, quoits, walking etc… We resume on 15th January 2019. Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.


Christmas Eve 24th  December 7pm

Christmas Day 25th  December 9.30am

NB: Now to be held at CMLC, 110 Waltham Rd

Sunday 30th  December 10am at Beckenham Methodist

Sunday 6th  January 10am CMLC

Sunday 13th  January 10am at Beckenham Methodist

 ‘The pressures of Christmas can be particularly hard on those who are working in and dealing day by day with those in our community who struggle everyday with life, let alone

Christmas time and the extra issues it can bring – the daily basics of food on the table, monetary worries, health and addiction.

A request to please include in your prayers those NGO’s and all the staff in organisations who work so tirelessly to ensure that everyone in our community is treasured and nurtured at this Christmas time.’

Carol Singing at Opawa Community Church, cnr Opawa Rd & Aynsley Tce, Sunday 16th December 5pm with Steadfast Brass. BYO seat/rug. Light refreshments available to purchase.

Building News: The external scaffolding is gone, and we believe all extra structural work is finished. Vinyl is laid in the kitchen and stainless benchtops have been installed. Interior painting is almost complete. Ceiling tiles and insulation should be installed this week. Concreting the drive has been delayed by weather but should happen this week.

Our issues with the Fire Engineer appear to be resolving without too much extra work and cost.

We are required to put extra gib in the upstairs store and in the stairwell.

So far there have been 57 major variations to the contract for this job, most of which have been from the structural engineer.

FREE tomato and capsicum plants available from Peter Saunders. Must be picked up by end of Sunday 9th, or they’ll be compost!