Sunday 26th July 2020

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and a chat after the service. Many thanks to Rev Martin Stewart for leading our worship this morning. Rev Hugh Perry will be with us again next week.

What’s On This Week:

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 1.30pm Fireside Women’s Group. Margaret 366 8936.

Thursday 10am – 12 noon Crafty Crafters. Bring along your own craft items or learn a new skill. $3 per session. Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30 – 2.30pm Sit & Keep Fit. See Anneke for more information.

Thursday 5pm (note new day) Familial Trust. Graeme 021 365 433.

Wednesday Walkers 29th July: Meet 9.30am in the Carpark by Sumner Surf Club 9.30am  for walk along the Promenade and Sumner. Coffee will hopefully be at Dotcom.  All welcome Judith Mackay 027 688 1861.

Fireside on Wednesday: Fireside is a church group of women that meets monthly.  We welcome other women to join us whether it is regularly or occasionally.  We are planning to begin meeting in afternoons, beginning on Wednesday 29th July at 1.30pm for a post-lockdown get together and “party” afternoon tea.  A small plate for this would be appreciated.  Enquiries:  Margaret 366 8936.

BINS: Please be very careful when placing items in the Council bins. You can only put CLEAN paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics with code 1,2 or 5 in the yellow bin. Everything else goes in the red bin, and organic waste in the green bin. If in doubt, use the red bin. Contaminated recycling all ends up going to landfill, which is not ideal.

South Elder Care has a vacancy. Do you know anyone who is lonely, or has dementia, or would like some company? We offer a socially active programme. Please speak to Lyndsey 388 1264 or Jeannette 332 9869.

Formation of a Pastoral Visiting Team beginning on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am with morning tea on the Lounge. A six week interactive course for those who would like to be pastoral visitors. An invitation is extended to any Session member who would like to continue visiting and to any members of the congregation who enjoy visiting people. You may have done several courses before but the important part is that we are all on the same page. A group of 8-10 people would be great. A pamphlet is available in the foyer which outlines the course content. Everyone is welcome. Please write your name on the clipboard being circulated this morning, or contact Lyndsey McKay 388 1264; email

Giving Envelopes: if you are running low, please see Joan Macdonald.

The Men’s Group will meet in the church lounge at 6pm on Thursday 6th August. The speaker will be Angela Kearney who will speak on her experiences with UNICEF. Rob Connell 384 4320.

Church Cleaning: Moonlighters are now no longer in a position to clean the church, so we do need more volunteers please. Due to a change in the days the place is hired, it would be helpful if the premises could be cleaned on a Friday or Saturday if possible. See the roster on the new noticeboard in the foyer (beside the storage cupboard).

ANNUAL REPORTS: Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. Annual Reports are now required from: South Elder Care, Wednesday Walkers, Crafty Crafters, Foot Clinic, Fireside, Men’s Group, Worship committee, Meditation Group. Please email them to the Parish Office before 18th August. Accompanying photos also welcome! The AGM will be held in September.

Menzshed Update

The electronics workshop in the old Sunday School building is already being used.  It is in need of better heating.  Next door the smoko room (no smoking but lots of tea and coffee) is up and running with regular working bees each Wednesday and Saturday.  About 600 hours of voluntary labour has gone into the complex so far with over 30 men signed up as members.

The structural skirt around the base of the relocated classroom to brace the piles has been completed, and the huge ramp for disabled access and steps to enter this building almost complete.  Nick Wilson has been rewiring the building so it can be used as a woodworking workshop with 3 phase power.  We still have to get sign off from the Fire Engineer after lining the north wall with 40mm fire gib.  Once this sign off is obtained we will ask the CCC to give us a license to occupy.   There have been some very generous donations of equipment and tools for which we are very thankful.

Opening is projected for September but we hope to organise a special preview for church members after church one Sunday in August.