Sunday 8th August 2021

We have a NEW Zoom link – please use this one and delete any other ones you may have:

You are invited to Sunday worship with the St Martins Presbyterian congregation via Zoom. To join us, just click on the link below:

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158


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

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. Please email them to Anna by THIS Wednesday 11th August. Thank you to those who have already submitted a report.

Parish Council – we have a vacancy with the retirement of Ken Austin. Please see Irene if you are interested.

Wednesday Walkers 11th August:  Meet 9.30amat the back of Portstone Nursery in Smith St for a walk around the area to include the Thistledown Reserve that Tanya Jenkins spoke about when she gave her talk to the Fireside Ladies. Coffee will be at Portstone Café. All welcome – Judith Mackay 332 1577 or 027 688 1861.

NEXT Sunday 15th August we will share in soup & rolls with a Tanzanian twist, following the service, which will focus on Your Sisters Orphanage (donations can be made at the service to support the Orphanage). All are welcome.

Sue has enough jars  – please do not leave any more. Thank you.

Cleaning Roster: Volunteers are URGENTLY required through to the end of October. See the orange notice on the board in the foyer to sign up today!

A date for your diary: Parish Garden Party Saturday 16th October at Merchiston.

St Luke’s Union Church Halswell is celebrating their 60th birthday on Sunday 29th August at 10am – all past members and friends are very welcome to join them.

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: Thistledown Reserve. Judith 332 1577.

Wednesday 7pm Global Voices choir. Nick 027 2255142.

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. Nadine 981 1093.

Friday 6pm Joint Men’s Group/MenzShed evening. Rob 384 4320.

Saturday 2pm SI Ice Skating meeting.

Men’s Group: We do not have an official men’s group meeting this month but there are two combined meetings all men are invited to attend:

  1. Join the MenzShed members THIS Friday 13th August beginning with a pot luck tea as we normally do at 6pm. Dr Mike Osselton will speak on men’s health.
  2. Fireside Group Wednesday 25th August 1.30pm in the church invites you to hear Glen Buckner (see details below)

Any queries, please contact Rob Connell 384 4320.

FIRESIDE Wednesday 25th August, at 1.30 pm in the Church Lounge.

The speaker is Glen Buckner, National Operations Manager, for the Salvation Army Reintegration Service, which assist with helping those on release from prison, with housing, safe and supported transition back into the community. The support focuses on employment, accommodation, education and training, health and wellbeing, skills for life, family and community support.

An invitation is extended to the St Martins Men’s Group, the congregation and anyone interested to hear more about this group’s aims and service. A request for toiletries for both men and women, eg. toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, shavers, etc to go towards the “Welcome Pack” each person receives. Monetary donations also welcome. Fireside Ladies, could you please bring a small plate for afternoon tea.

The Hope Seminar Sunday 19th September 5.00-8.30pm, Transitional Cathedral. Theme “Shalom – Wellbeing & Climate Change” Register at

The Cathedral is hosting a community fundraiser on Saturday 28th August 9am-3pm. $20 to have a stall. Enquiries to