Sunday 14th February 2021

ASH WEDNESDAY 17th February: You are warmly invited to an ecumenical service at 7.30pm this Wednesday here at St Martins. There will be readings, reflection, prayer and imposition of ashes for those who wish. All are welcome. The service will be led by Rev Dr Don Fergus & Rev Canon Ben Truman, Vicar of the Anglican Parish of Opawa-St Martins.

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service.

Don will be on leave 19 February – 2 March. Please contact Irene for any urgent pastoral matters.

Wednesday Walkers 17th February:  Meet 9.30am outside Meshino’s Café 75 Rutland Street for a St Albans walk. Morning tea at the Café. Looking forward to seeing you. Barbara & Alan McKinnon   021 1263801  or 337 6202

Grand Opening of the MenzShed: THIS Saturday 20th February 10am-2pm. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Gary: stmartinsmenzshed@gmail.com for catering purposes.

Pastoral Team meeting Monday 1st MARCH 9.30am in the foyer. Please let us know if there are any changes. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Elder Care on Tuesdays…we are still looking for volunteers. Can you help once a week, once a fortnight, once a month? Talk to Lyndsey 388 1264.

An Invitation: See Anna before 21 Feb if you would like a ticket:

What’s on This Week:

Monday 9.30am-12noon St Mark’s Elder Care. Therese 337 1225.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

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

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: St Albans. Barbara & Alan 337 6202.

Wednesday 7.30pm Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service.

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

Thursday 1.30pm Sit & Be Fit. Anneke 328 7459.

Thursday 5-7pm Familial Trust Mentor Group. Graeme 020 40923543.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5 March 7pm, Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER (a women led, global, ecumenical movement) Women of the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean have prepared this year’s service. The black and white sandy beaches, coral reefs with coloured fishes, lovely birds, fruits and nuts in the forest, all make the islands a pristine environment but they are vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes.

Women, men and children of all ages are called to ‘Build on a strong foundation’ and live in unity, love and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity like Vanuatu and so many other places around the world.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world; their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.

Finally at a church near you on Friday 5 March 2021 people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Vanuatu. The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa, and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world – through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa some 39 hours later.

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