Sunday 7 June 2020

South Elder Care has resumed on Tuesdays.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm. New helpers always welcome.

Crafty Crafters is back!! Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. Thursdays 10am – 12 noon in the Parish Lounge. $3 per session.

Talk to Lyndsey McKay for more information about any of these groups.

Contact Tracing: If you are on the church premises you MUST fill in the contact tracing form. Groups using the facilities may record their own details and then email a copy to Anna at the parish office.

Sunday Service continues to be posted on our website: ( Many thanks to Rev Anne Stewart and the team from Village Presbyterian Church for making this available to the people of St Martins.

Moderator’s live streaming of devotions every Sunday at 9am.

Combined meeting of Session & Board of Managers: Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm on the Lounge.

Cleaning Roster: volunteers urgently required please – email the Office if you can help! This is important. Having the building open for use is conditional on regular cleaning.

Wednesday Walkers 10th June: Meet 9.30am Hawford Road by Opawa Café carpark for a walk around Opawa.  Coffee at Opawa Café. All welcome.  Joan Mac 022 081 4088.

Sit & Be Fit resumes this Thursday 11th June 1.30pm. For more information, talk to Anneke

Meditation Group meets each Tuesday in the Parish Lounge from 7.15-8pm. New members welcome. Contact Dugald 380 5024 for more details.

Our Elder Care group celebrated 5 years last Tuesday as they re-opened after lockdown. The volunteers were presented with certificates by the eldest member of the group. A celebratory morning tea was held, and members’ partners were invited to share in this.

The Garage Series

This week we visit Wellington and Timaru. Both a bit longer than usual with more people, and some great questions

Episode #9: Wayne and Gordon from Wellington: 
Episode #10: Helen, Brent and Rory from Timaru (sorry about the video quality, but the audio is loud and clear):

See previous episodes on the Alpine Presbytery YouTube channel:

See the source imageUnite Against Covid-19: The Golden Rules for Alert Level 1

If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.

Wash your hands regularly with soap.

Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.

Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.

Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

what to do about elder abuseThe UN has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Key facts

  • Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
  • Rates of abuse may be higher for older people living in institutions than in the community.
  • Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.
  • Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
  • The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.