Sunday 8 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) There are two important things to remember…

Do not panic! Be properly informed.

* Take all reasonable steps to keep yourself and others safe.

From PCANZ Council of Assembly:

COVID-19 is rapidly developing into a global health crisis. Its impact here in Aotearoa New Zealand, and across the globe, is changing daily.

We encourage everyone to remain compliant with health and safety procedures, avoid unnecessary exposure, and act responsibly to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

We recommend we all follow advice given by the Ministry of Health (see updates at

The Assembly Office will work hard to keep up-to-date with the best practice for churches as things continue to develop in Aotearoa New Zealand; and they will keep us informed accordingly.

In times like these, we are reminded that: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” (Ps. 46: 1-2).

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. Many thanks to Craig Fairhall for leading today’s worship.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW in the lounge 1-4pm.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage – all donations gratefully received.

Anna will not be in the Office this Thursday.

Book Sale Saturday 21st March 9am – 1pm at St Mark’s Anglican Church 101 Opawa Rd.

Singing Group meets next Sunday at 9.15am.

Wednesday Walkers 11th March: Meet 9.30am in Simeon Street near the Barrington Mall Carpark, for a walk around Spreydon. There is the option of having coffee at Whareora House Life at 8 Athelstan Streetat 10.30am prior to the Power of Attorney meeting.

Mark your calendars now for a ceilidh on Saturday 25th April. More details soon.

Thank You….. Janet and Dugald say a huge Thank You to the congregation of St Martins for the very generous appreciation gift of a new tramping pack for Dugald and a monetary gift following Dugald’s retirement.  The pack will get a trial run shortly.   We were thrilled to receive a photo book with numerous messages and will value this reminder of being part of the precious St Martins Presbyterian Church community.   Go well with God.

Crafty Crafters Trip

Please be ready at the church at 8.30am on Thursday to board the bus.

BOOKS – to fit on to the bookcase for folk to purchase (at a very reasonable price), read, return (if you want to) and buy another.

Perhaps you have some good quality books – whatever their genre – that are surplus to your requirements – feel free to bring them along or drop them into the office so that we might put them on the bookshelf so that others might share the enjoyment you have had with them. Thank you.

A dollar a day…and you can have Sunday off!

Meditation Group: meets in the lounge every Tuesday from 7.00-7.45pm. We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God. 

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St Martins Presbyterian Twilight Fair –

Friday 3rd April – 4pm through until 6.30pm.

See Peter Mechaelis, Barbara & Rob Meier, Lyndsey McKay, Sue Saunders.

Dog Visiting Service

This new visiting service by Age Concern Canterbury is designed to assist in the reduction of loneliness and isolation for elderly Christchurch people living in their own home, by having a visit from a volunteer and pet dog.Those interested in a visit, and also those interested in becoming a dog visitor volunteer can ring Beverley Mason 366 0903.

National Remembrance Service North Hagley Park on Sunday March 15 at 3pm. The service, Ko T?tou, T?tou We Are One, will be jointly led by the local Muslim community, Christchurch City Council, the Government and Ng?i T??huriri as mana whenua.

It will be an opportunity for people to come together in unity, to show compassion, love and support for all our communities, and the value we place on being an inclusive and diverse country. 

It is a chance to acknowledge the unity shown in ?tautahi-Christchurch, New Zealand and the world in response to the tragedy, and to express appreciation for the responders and all those who helped and to stand in solidarity with the bereaved, injured and all those affected.

Hot Cross Buns are available.  $5 for a packet of 6 (Traditional or chocolate). Money with order please. See Anna in the Office for details. This is a fundraiser for Opawa-St Martins Anglican Parish.