Sunday 13th October 2019


A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Walking Festival….A walk along the Heathcote Opawaho Oxbow.  Leaves 107 Rutherford Street at 2pm TODAY with interesting speakers along the way. Finishing approx. 4.30pm.

Spring Fair: St Anne’s Anglican Church, 7 Wilsons Rd,  THIS Saturday 19th October from 8.30am – 12 noon

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other”.

Board of Managers meets Wednesday 16th October 7.30pm in the foyer. A key issue for discussion is our finances.

“Make a habit to tell people ‘thank you’.”

Faith Forum: Tonight at Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church, 5 Downing St, 5.00-7.30pm there will be a forum on exploring what has been happening with new proposed legislation on Euthanasia and Abortion.  Speakers will include Rev Dr John Fox, Anglican priest, and Bruce Logan Public Policy Analyst.  Koha to cover expenses.

Assisted Dying….local churches are offering an opportunity to learn more about this important legislation at 7.00pm on Sunday 10th November at Opawa Baptist Church.  More details coming.

Singing Group…. meets 9.15am sharp on the first and third Sundays. On Sunday 20th October we’ll learn an African song “God’s Kingdom It Will Come”.  

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?”

St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru has decided to close as a separate parish of the PCANZ. Some of the activities will continue under the umbrella of The Village Presbyterian Church and a monthly church service will be held at St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru.

There will be a closing church service, on Sunday 27th October, at 10am entitled “Endings and Beginnings” to be followed by morning tea in the Te Koraha building. Visitors are welcome. RSVP to the church office 355 6601 please.  

Meditation Group: Tuesdays 7.00-7.45pm in the church. You’re welcome to ‘come and try’.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”. (Cicero)

Crafty Crafters: Meets on Thursdays in the Church lounge 10am-12noon. $3 per session.

Wednesday Walkers 16th Oct: Meet 9.30am at 24 Tavender St, Woolston. Dugald will take us along the Heathcote River to Radley Park, the Roimata Food Commons, and the Laura Kent Reserve and hopefully newly opened Connal Reserve. Coffee will be back at Dugald & Janet’s.  All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397

On Sunday 27th October you are invited to bike to church as part of Biketober. No longer able to bike safely?   Walk or ride share.

Interfaith Prayers for World Peace….  this Sunday 2pm at the Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens.  16 faith groups will be participating.  This event coincides with the annual international week of Prayer for World Peace.

MenzShed…the new classroom block has been delivered to site, but it has no foundation. This is because the building had to be shifted in the school holidays, but we do not have consents and approvals from council for our foundation design. It will also need considerable work before it can be used, but we are very grateful to Laings who delivered the building free of charge.

Presbytery Council News….

The Presbytery Council meets monthly to handle the business of the Presbytery.  This month they:

  • Approved appointment of Nancy Jean Whitehead on half time stated supply to St Albans United.
  • Appointed the following to the St Martins Ministry Settlement Board (MSB) – Dave Theyers (con), Alison Bishop, and Rev Darryl Tempero.
  • Approved grants from the Alpine Mission Fund to – John Knox Church Rangiora for $750,000 to aid the new build of their church with a strong community facing emphasis, The Village Church for $70,000 for a children and family worker, St Martins for $22,000 for the establishment of the Menzshed.
  • Endorsed the closure of the St Andrews at Rangi Ruru congregation.
  • Endorsed the induction of Rev Johanna Warren at the new Hakatere Parish (formerly St James and St Paul’s) in Ashburton.
  • Noted the retirement of Rev Bob Reid at St Kentigern’s.
  • Set up a Code of Ethics Training Workshop for ministers and elders to be held Wed 23rd Oct.
  • Approved terms of call for a new senior minister at Hope Church.

Plantarama & Book Sale at Cashmere Presbyterian Sat 19th Oct 10am-1pm. Plants and garden knick-knacks; Quality second hand books for all the family; sausage sizzle.

Presbyterian Support Upper South Island – Notice of 110th Annual Meeting Thursday 24 October 2019 at 5pm at Te K?nuka, the Seminar room of our new office, Te Korowai – The Home of PSUSI, 44 Bealey Ave. Drinks and canapés between 5pm and 6pm, during which time staff will be available to take guests on a short tour of our new home, Te Korowai. The Annual Meeting will commence at 6pm.