NOTICES: 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.
Next Sunday: Focus on Waltham Cottage – bring something for the foodbank.
MenzShed at St Martins: meets again TOMORROW at 7.15pm to talk further.
Wednesday Walkers 3rd July: Meet 9.45am at the corner of Mary and Horner Sts in Papanui for a walk round the area followed by coffee at The Coffee Club at the Papanui end of Northlands Mall. Alan and Barbara 021 142 766
Crafty Crafters: Meets on Thursdays in the Church lounge 10am-12noon. $3 per session. Contact Lyndsey 388 1264 for more information.
Men’s Group will meet on Thursday 4th July at 6pm in the Church Lounge for a shared tea. The speakers for the evening are Peter Mechaelis and Ken Bye from Christchurch Community Patrol. All men welcome. For further details contact Tony Blackler – 332 0554.
Anna will not be in the Office this Thursday morning 4th July.
Parish Breakfast NEXT Sunday 7th July at 8.45am, hosted by members of Fireside. Gold coin koha appreciated.
Movie Night THIS 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 tea, drinks provided. Movie screens 6.15 – 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.
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.
Elder Care…Good News – The funding application to Manchester Unity Lodge for approx. $11,000 to run our Elder Care programme has been successful. This also includes funding to purchase a defibrillator for the church. We are very grateful to Manchester Unity for their support of this great programme.
Please remember Rev Tom Campbell (former minister at St James’) in your prayers.