Sunday 27th January 2019

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 27th January 2019


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa after the service.

We are now on Facebook – what we need is for everyone to visit the St Martins Presbyterian Community Church page and “like” it. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your grandchildren!

Foot Clinic has been cancelled this month, and will resume on Monday 11th March at 43 St Martins Rd. If any clients need their feet seen to in the interim, please phone Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 and this can be arranged.

Wednesday Walkers: 30th January Meet 9.30am at South Library for a walk in the shade of the trees, followed by coffee at Novel Café. If you wish to join us for coffee, please note that if it is hot our walk maybe shortened as it was this week. All are welcome. Sonya.

Building Progress:The carpet is all laid. Kitchen benchtops have been completed.

Windows in the toilet have yet to be tinted with one way film. The control desk for sound and lighting is in place but final wiring yet to be completed. Touch up painting yet to be completed. A small amount of electrical work yet to be completed.

Carpark seal will be completed early this week and soil placed in the front garden.

An application for code of compliance will be lodged this week

Practical completion and final clean will be in about 10 days’ time.

There will still be much work to be done landscaping outside, repairing concrete paths, fitting out storage areas, curtaining, etc

Crafty Crafters resumes this Thursday 31st January 10am-12 noon at 43 St Martins Rd. New faces are always welcome. Bring along an unfinished craft item, or learn a new skill. Cost $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for more information.

Multi-Cultural Festival Saturday 9th February, 11am – 3pm, Linwood Community Arts Centre, Doris Lusk Reserve, corner Stanmore Rd and Worcester St. A free event to celebrate diversity with a multi-cultural feast of food, activities, song, dance, music and art from around the globe.

Volunteers in Parks:Interested in helping maintain and enhance city greenspaces? For online information and contacts go to gardens/volunteer-in-parks/.

You’re invited to a Presbytery Picnic: Bring along the family and a picnic and join us at the Groynes (entry off Johns Rd) on Sunday 3rd February from 11.30am. All welcome.

Session Notes….from meeting on January 23rd

Financial Matters…. Some members of Session met with representatives of the Presbytery concerning our immediate shortfall of $50,000 to complete the building.  We presented a report of what has happened with cost over runs and the Presbytery representatives have indicated strong support.  We are progressing some avenues which may meet the shortfall in full.

We have indicated to the Presbytery that with loss of income from capital savings our ongoing financial situation is finely balanced.

We have asked the Presbytery to approve reducing the housing allowance paid to our minister from a full allowance to 2/3rds to help balance our books.

Ministry Review….A review of Dugald’s ministry has been conducted by the presbytery and has affirmed his work.  Some goals have been set to guide the next 15 months as Dugald transitions into retirement.  These include: completing the transition back into the church, increasing interaction with the community and the community usage of the church complex,  initiating a meditation group, developing the governance and visioning role of the Session, encouraging hospitality and conversation.

Parish Breakfasts…we will continue to hold these every two months with groups responsible as follows: March 17th Session, May 12th Men’s Group, July 7th Fireside, Sept 15th Walking Group, Nov 3rd Worship.

Gathering Events… we are looking at possible gathering events once we are back into the church complex….winter movie evenings (tea and movie), weekly morning tea with a focus on the sermon from the previous week,  flag 500 evening, board game evening…. It may be that you have a bright idea or an event you would help organise.  Talk to a Session member!