Sunday 16 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 16th December 2018

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

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.

Carol Singing at Opawa Community Church, cnr Opawa Rd & Aynsley Tce TODAY 5pm with Stedfast Brass. BYO seat/rug. Light refreshments available to purchase.

 Wednesday Walkers: Informal walks will leave from South Library 19th December, 9th & 23rd January at 9.30am. On 16th January: Meet 9.30am at Bus Exchange for walk to Otakaro Orchard and talk by Peter Wells, Permiculture Designer.  Contact Sue Saunders 960 7657.

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


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 Parish Office closes on Friday 21st  December and will re-open on Wednesday 16th January.

Good News Story…. The old lights from the church have been donated to an electrician from Papanui Baptist who will utilize them in one of the charitable projects he is working on.

Costs of our Church Repair: We have received the latest update of costs and it isn’t good news.  We contracted with Simon Construction to undertake the repairs and strengthening with a price of $830,000 (GST incl).  The latest update of costs shows we have nearly 60 variations to the contract and costs for these are $230,000.  Approximately half of the costs are attributable to extra work required to install the steel reinforcing.  Rewiring the building has cost approx. $40,000, new stacker doors $15,000, and plaster repairs $16,000.  In the last few days we have been faced with extra costs of replacement damaged ceiling tiles $4,000, extra connection to street storm water $5,000, seismic bracing to be installed for heaters $5,000.  These are not luxury add ons, but essential work that will have to be done to get a Certificate of Compliance.

We believe we have approx. $300,000 left to complete payment for the repair work on the building.   Funds currently available amount to $155,000, but we also have a GST return due in January of approx. $90,000.  That still leaves a shortfall of approx $55,000.  There will be a further GST refund due in July 2019 which may total $40,000+ but obviously we will have accounts to be paid before then.  We are still working to clarify this situation, but feel you all need to be informed of the situation we are facing.

Board of Managers and Building team


Other Matters from the Board of Managers

We will erect a fence between the church and the old manse….

The insulation in the manse roof will need to be topped up before July 2019.

Work completed this week at the church….

  1. Ceiling insulation has been placed and installation of ceiling tiles begun. The heaters have to be seismically restrained.
  2. Vinyl is laid in the kitchen and bathroom. Sanding of the floor in the church and lounge is complete. Carpet tiles will be laid this week.
  3. We think the sliding doors can be raised by 10mm which will mean they are easy to slide.
  4. The final plumbing fit out will occur this week.

Post Christmas there will be a small amount of work to be completed in the upstairs store and the chip sealing of the car park will be completed.  With the Christmas shut down of 3 weeks it will be the end of January before Simon’s complete their work.  Practical completion will therefore be early February and then we will wait for a Code of Compliance Certificate.  We expect to be able to use the building sometime in March 2019.

There will be considerable amounts of work then required in the grounds including landscaping and the laying of concrete paths.