Sunday 23rd June 2019


A very warm welcome to you all this morning. After the service please come through to the Lounge for a cuppa and a time to talk. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.

MenzShed at St Martins: meets again on Monday July 1st at 7.15pm to talk further.

Fireside:  Women are very welcome to join us at any meeting whether they come just occasionally or regularly.   Fireside is “the women’s group” of our church which meets on the last Tuesday evening of each month.   We plan to meet at 7.45pm on Tuesday 25th June in the Church Lounge at 43 St Martins Rd.  Please note this changed time.  Sandra Knight will tell us about her work at Hearing Excellence. Enquiries: ph Margaret 366 8936.

Wednesday Walkers 26th June: Meet 9.45am at South Library. Coffee at Novel. Sonya.

Crafty Crafters: Meets on Thursdays in the Church lounge 10am-12noon. $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey 388 1264 for more information.

Our next Parish Breakfast is on Sunday 7th July at 8.45am, hosted by members of Fireside. Gold coin koha appreciated.

South Brighton Voices present “From Bach to Boogie” TODAY 2pm HERE. Tickets $15. Come along and support the first concert in the church!

Movie Night Saturday July 6th screening “Green Book” (R18). Set in 1962 this film is inspired by the true story of a tour of deep south USA by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley, and his driver. It is a moving story of the power of friendship. Gather at 5.45pm at church – BYO takeaway tea, drinks provided. Movie starts at 6.15pm and finishes at 8.30pm.

Meditation Group…. Meets on Tuesday evenings in the lounge (or church) at 7.00-7.45pm.  We touch base to encourage each other in our meditation practice.  Some are experienced and some are just starting.  We have a short simple teaching time before sitting in silence for 20 mins together in the practice of meditation.  Meditation is a prayer of transformation.  We are not asking God for things, just being still and in the silence God transforms us. Many people who practice meditation report better health and more authentic living.   New meditators are welcome.  Talk to Dugald if you are interested.

Managers’ Report

Finances…We have received our final account from Simon Construction for approx. $40,000 incl GST and can report that we have capital to pay this.  This will leave approx. $50,000 in our bank for ongoing expenses.  We also are expecting a GST refund of $20,000+.

We are now in a position to look at our financial operating in a ‘normal’ environment without construction costs.  It seems very clear that we will not be able to sustain full-time ministry going forward, and even our current 2/3rds position may not be sustainable without increases in income.    We will have a fuller report in two months’ time.  

Insurance…. Buildings have been re-valued by a registered valuer.  We have decided toinsure the church, the community room, and offices for Replacement Value: church $2.206mil, community room $350,000, offices $107,000.  We have however not insured these buildings for Natural Disaster ie earthquake and flooding, because our budget is so tight, and excesses for this insurance are high (approx $140,000).    We have insured the contents as follows: church $90,000 offices $12,000, with no cover for natural Disaster.  The manse is insured for replacement value in the event of Material Damage and Natural Disaster  with the following amounts: building $672,000, contents $30,000.

Compliance….  We are required to engage an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) to regularly monitor fire safety and other matters with our church complex.  This will cost us approx. $1000.00 per annum.    

Concreting and Landscaping around church…constructing a path with a fence to the community room is underway.  A deck will be built outside the lounge.

The grassed area behind the church has been levelled.  We will now obtain more soil to fill low areas.

Shelving in foyer store… Cubby hole units (floor to ceiling) approx. 400hx600wx 600d to be installed in the lockable storeroom in the foyer.  These can be used by groups using the facility. 

Community Rooms… The proposal to house a menzshed is still under investigation but with huge interest this space is probably too small.  It may be useful for an electronics workshop.  

Container….  The container has been shifted (free of charge) by Simons. 

Security fencing…. Will be sold on TradeMe

Heater in foyer… a heater has been installed in the foyer.  It is controlled by a one hour time switch labelled ‘heater’ located to the left as you enter from outside.   Please leave switches next to the heater in the ‘on’ position.