Sunday 3 February 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 3rd February 2019

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

Building Update: The carpark is finally sealed but the City Council is demanding we increase the size of the stormwater outlet to the street. This should not delay compliance but will take a couple of weeks to sort. Exterior painting is now complete, and inside there are a number of small jobs being completed. The building team will be back this week to install the kitchen roller door, out up organ speakers, and do the final tidy up. The practical completion inspection is scheduled for the end of this week (this is the architect’s final inspection).

Shifting organ and other items back into the church – we need a good team of blokes to shift the organ back into the church. Could we try for this Wednesday at 4pm? See Dugald if you can help.

The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday 6th February (Waitangi Day).

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 will now resume on Monday 11th February 1-4pm at Beckenham Methodist Church lounge. Contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 for further details.

Articles are now required for the next ‘Messenger’. The deadline is Friday 22nd February.  Email:

Wednesday Walkers: 6th February Due to Waitangi Day we will meet at Hodder’s 408B Barrington Street at 9.30am along most shaded parts of the cycleways in Spreydon/Addington.  Coffee at Hodder’s where there is no surcharge but donations to Church funds welcome!!

Crafty Crafters: Thursdays 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.

‘It’s Hot! Welcome to the Anthropocene’. Friday March 8th, 7.00-9.30pm, St Ninian’s, 5 Puriri St, Riccarton.

The Rev Dr Clive Pearson will present two lectures exploring the age of humans, i.e. the Anthropocene—an age which signifies the extent to which the human species has affected the planetary Earth systems. First session 7-8pm then half hour break for questions and break. Second session, ‘Believing the Anthropocene’ 8.30-9.20pm.

Good News…. the Presbytery has allocated $32,000 from capital in the St David’s Trust and $18,000 to wind up the Agnes Dick Estate to help meet cost over-runs on our building project.  This is a very generous and helpful gesture for which we are very thankful.

You’re invited to a Presbytery Picnic: Bring along the family and a picnic and join us at the Groynes (entry off Johns Rd) TODAY 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: Mar 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!