Sunday 24th February 2019


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us today. Please stay for a cuppa. Many thanks to Rev Hugh Perry for leading today’s service.

Fireside will meet in the Church, 43 St Martins Rd on Tuesday 26th February at 7.30pm. We plan to move all the equipment back into the new kitchen and put it into cupboards and drawers, so please bring a couple of tea towels and wear oldish clothes. We will also be bringing the new chairs out of the garage and removing the plastic wrapping off them, so a duster might come in handy as well! It could be a slightly dirty evening but will be good to catch up at the beginning of the year. Allison.

Minister’s holidays…. Dugald is on leave until 12th March. If you have need of a minister, please contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264.

Next Sunday’s worship will be led by Rev Nancy Jean Whitehead.

Wednesday Walkers: 27th February. Meet 9.30am outside Under The Red Verandah Café, 502 Worcester St, (cnr Tancred St) for a walk around Avonside. Coffee will be at the Café.  All welcome. Judith 332 1577, or 027 688 1861.

Cleaner: Shortly we will need to appoint a cleaner for the church. If you know of someone 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 9am. Please pay $30 to Lyndsey McKay by 3rd March. Thank You.

From Board of Managers’ meeting held last Wednesday:

*Members felt that the church foyer was a good size for the meeting and after opening the windows, cool air circulated.

*A contractual cleaner is required and, in the meantime, Sue will clean once a week to assess time needed and the job description.

*Fireside will set up the kitchen at this month’s meeting.

*New seats have arrived but without arms to save costs. Cyril is sanding and cleaning some of the older chairs.

*Bike stands are being built.

*The old concrete paths need to be broken up and it was agreedthatthe concrete work would be undertaken by church members.

*All rental properties must meet new insulation standards by 1 July 2019 so we must obtain quotes for the manse to bring it up to standard.

*New advertising signage was agreed for the front of the church using the current triangular framework.

*Health and Safety and usage signs are to be erected to ensure users are safe and leave the premises tidy.

World Day of Prayer Friday 1st March 7.30pm

at Salvation Army, Southampton Street. Everyone iswelcome to attend this ecumenical service.

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

Tomato sauce, 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.