Sunday 7th July 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 chat.

Many thanks to the Fireside ladies for hosting this morning’s breakfast.

Next week at worship we will look at the challenge of plastic in our community.  It is the older members of our society that can lead the way on this issue because you can remember a world without plastic.   Why not practice the St Martins Plastic Pledge for July?

The St Martins Plastics Pledge:

  1. I will responsibly recycle all I can, whenever I can.
  2. I will regularly use multi-use bags when I go shopping.
  3. I will try to reduce the use plastic bags and plastic trays used to     package food by using reusable containers.
  4. I will use a re-usable mug and refuse plastic straws when I go to cafes, etc
  5. I will try to buy unwrapped ‘loose’ locally grown vegetables/fruit whenever practical, rather than those wrapped in plastic or plastic nets.
  6. I will tell others about my commitment to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

Wednesday Walkers 10th July: Meet 9.45am in the carpark of the Air Force Museum, Wigram. Benjamin will lead a walk around the area.  Coffee will be at the Museum Café.  All welcome. 

Charlotte Houston 332 7700.

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

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.

NZ Garden Bird Survey

Today is the last day to complete a survey of birds in your garden.  All you have to do is sit for an hour and count the maximum number of each species you see at any moment within the hour.  Google NZ Garden Bird Survey for details from Landcare Research.

Men’s Group…enjoyed an excellent talk on our local Community Watch group (which Peter Mechaelis is part of) last Thursday.  Next gathering on Thursday 1st August at 6.00pm when Warren Pettigrew will talk about some of the projects he’s been working on at Dynamic Controls.  Share the word with blokes you know.

Metro Cards now available at Beckenham Service Centre: Monday to Friday, 9am – 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. ID required for card purchase.

Winnie Bagoes Pizza Night Fundraiser for Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish Sunday 28th July 5.30pm. Tickets $30 adults, $15 children. See Anna in you’re interested

Staying Safe – Confident Driving for Mature Drivers

Various venues, classroom based programme, cost $10 includes lunch and workbook for future reference, no tests, certificate of attendance. Time: 9.30am – 2.45pm. Contact Age Concern Canterbury on 366 0903 for bookings.

The Big Chill Saturday 13 July, 123pm, Linwood Park. Action sports on wheels, bouncy castles, face painting, fairies, free sausage sizzle and more. If wet, at Eastgate library.

Social Connection – Age Concern Canterbury

The Social Connection team, along with over 500 volunteers can help older people stay connected in their communities, including individualised advice, regular social outings, and weekly visits.

To access, phone 366 0903 or go to . For visiting service or individualised support and advice ask for Emma or Liz – for social outings ask for Katie or Debbie.