Sunday 2 August 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 Hugh Perry for leading our worship this morning.

What’s On This Week:

Monday 9.30am Pastoral Care training course. Lyndsey 388 1264.

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am Port Hills U3A meeting.

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.

Thursday 6pm Men’s Group. Contact Rob Connell 384 4320.

Wednesday Walkers 5th August: Meet 9.30am at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd— come up the drive. Parking for about 8 cars. Saunter around St Martins then return for coffee/tea/hot water. If wet it will become a “Talking group” but still happening.  Fern 332 4725.

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

Parish Breakfast Sunday 16th August 8.45am hosted by the Men’s Group – all welcome.

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 UPDATED 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.

Cashmere Sings! TODAY 3pm – 4.30pm, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillan Avenue, entry by gold coin donation. An event for all the community: sing popular songs old and new from the Shows, Charts, and Music Halls. Enquiries to 332 7129.

Christchurch Family History Expo 14 – 15 August, 10am – 5pm

Turanga/Central Library. Free. Speakers, workshops, seminars and displays for anyone interested in how and where to build family history. To read more:

EcuAction 2020 Forum Series: Challenging the stuff ups! & offering some solutions
WEA Centre, 59 Gloucester St. 6th, 13th & 27th August, 5.30pm for 6–7.30pm
Programme, with expert presenter/ faith respondent:

  • August 6: Unregulated Capitalism Destroying the Planet (Charles Drace/Jim Consedine)
  • August 13: The Just and Creative Society our Education System Fails (Sue Bagshaw/Jane Higgins)
  • August 27: Land and Water We Could Soon Lose (Paul Broady/Kathleen Gallagher)

The presenter and respondent will make their presentations before the topic is opened up for “Questions, Answers & Comments”. All Welcome. Koha to defray expenses please. Organised by EcuAction, a Canterbury based ecumenical action group, co-hosted by the WEA. Further info from:, or Marilyn (021 061 3940) or (Mary 021 387 088)

First Aid course 29th August 9am – 1pm

The Village Papanui are hosting a First Aid course, and there are still a few places available if you would like to update your skills in this area. Cost $75. Please contact Tracey 352 6197 or to book.

Garage Sale & Garden Tour: St. Andrew’s Church, Blenheim has a Garage Sale on Saturday 12th September and a Garden Tour on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October. If you feel like a break away, it’s not too far to come to sunny Marlborough and you might like to time your trip to fit in with one of these activities. Our Garden Tour is famous for spectacular gardens, wonderful stalls and refreshments when you need them and it only costs $20 pp. Enquiries to Kim at the Church Office 03 578 7119.

Come and hear Mike King give a FREE public talk about Normalising the Inner Critic – “that little voice inside our heads that’s constantly second-guessing us.” at The McCombs Performing Arts Centre (Cashmere High) 172 Rose St, TOMORROW at 7pm.