Sunday 17 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.


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

Please Note: The Office telephone is still not working, but the e-mail is up and running. If you need to contact the Office urgently and do not have online access, Anna’s cellphone is : 0274332687

Minister’s holidays…. Dugald will is on leave for three weeks. If you have need of a minister, please contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.

Next Sunday’s worship will be led by Rev Hugh Perry.

Sound Operators: We are hoping Shipley’s will give a run down on the new sound system tomorrow (Monday) possibly at 9am.

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

Wednesday Walkers: 20th February. Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd at Opawa Mall side entrance for a walk around the Opawa area followed by coffee at Opawa Café. All welcome.  Joan Scott 021 144 2406.

Board of Managers meeting this Wednesday 20th February 7.30pm in the church foyer.

Cleaner: Shortly we will need to appoint a cleaner to clean the church. If you know of a goodlocal person please talk with one of the Managers.

Preparing for Entry: We now have keypad entry points to the church. Old keys will not work, and anyone needing access to the church will need to get the keypad number from the office.  Because this number needs to be kept confidential you are asked to sign a confidentiality statement.  This means we can keep an accurate list of those who know the number.

Please return all old keys to the Office.

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.

Crafty Crafters Bus Trip to Geraldine Thursday 21st March. Members of the congregation are invited to join us for a day out. Expressions of interest to Lyndsey McKay please. The cost will depend on the number of people who come.

Jams, Chutneys & Relishes for Sale (most $4):

Tomato relish, redcurrant & onion relish, plum & apple chutney; peach jelly, redcurrant jelly; Jams: hawea plum, greengage, raspberry, apricot, rhubarb & pineapple; Marmalades: lemon, orange & whisky, grapefruit, lemon & orange; $5: grapefruit, grapefruit & ginger.

If you have a favourite, place an order with Sue Saunders next Sunday 24th Feb – available to purchase 3rd & 10th March.  Cash sales only!

‘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.

Town Hall Open Days

Saturday 23 February and Sunday 24 February, 12 noon – 6 pm, 86 – 95 Kilmore Street. The mayor will officially re-open the Town Hall at noon on 23 February, and people will be able to tour the Douglas Lilburn auditorium, the Avon Room that was Boaters Restaurant, and the Victoria and Limes Rooms. The James Hay Theatre will re-open in April, and August is the completion date for all restoration work.

From Barry Ayres, Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery on Tasman District Fires

For the past week we have been monitoring the crisis in the Tasman area with the ongoing fires. We are keeping in touch with the churches in that area in case there are needs that we can help with.

Could I please remind you to: (and you will most likely already be doing this!) 
* keep the people in the Tasman area in your churches’ prayers – this is a very anxious situation for all concerned and a demanding time for all the emergency workers who are obviously doing a fantastic job in very demanding conditions;

* with the imminent plan to place restrictions on the use of water in the district there will no doubt be added pressure to local business and rural sectors;

* consider how your church could provide appropriate help  – I have had an inquiry or two and some have asked about sending food, etc. Our experience shows that in the main the best practical support is finance. Local people can then turn that into food or whatever may best help them. A good principle before sending any help is to ask what is most needed. The people at the scene will know best.

Donations can be made to the Tasman District Mayoral Relief Fund or to Alpine Presbytery and we will pass those donations on for you. The Alpine bank account is 06 0197 0399931 00 (please indicate whom the donation is from so that we can receipt you)


We continue to pray for the people of the Tasman region and indeed people in many parts of NZ as the fire-risk increases this summer.