Christmas & New Year

MASK WEARING: Due to the rising number of community Covid cases, the Parish Council strongly encourages everyone to again wear a mask when attending church services.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2022 (no services here):

St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd

Christmas Eve     11pm (carols from 10.45pm)

Christmas Day              9am

(mask wearing encouraged)

Opawa Community Church, corner Aynsley Tce & Opawa Rd         

Christmas Day              9am

SUNDAYS IN JANUARY 2023 ~ all at 10am:

1st & 8th       here with Beckenham Methodist led by Rev Alan Webster

15th & 22nd at Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave

29th              here as usual with Rev Hugh Perry

On Sunday 1st we will also be joined by Opawa Community Church members.

THE PARISH OFFICE closes at 12 noon on Friday 23rd December, and will re-open on Wednesday 25th January 2023. Anna.

Sunday 8th January – Sue will have jams & marmalades for sale – bring cash!

Informal Wednesday walks – meet South Library 9.30am from 11th January.

Elder Care & Meditation Group resume on Tuesday 17th January.

Crafty Crafters resumes on Thursday 19th January 10am.

Foot Clinic Monday 23rd January 1-4pm.

Here’s our Zoom link for 1 & 8 Jan-

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

Sunday 18th December 2022

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. We thank the Rev Sheena Dickson for leading today’s service.

MASK WEARING: Due to the rising number of community Covid cases, the Parish Council strongly encourages everyone to again wear a mask when attending church services.

Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

THANK YOU from Waltham Cottage for the magnificent contributions everyone donated – thus enabling over 80 parcels to be created and wrapped for some very deserving folk.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2022 (no services here):

St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd

Christmas Eve     11pm (carols from 10.45pm)

Christmas Day              9am

(mask wearing encouraged)

Opawa Community Church, corner Aynsley Tce & Opawa Rd         

Christmas Day              9am

SUNDAYS IN JANUARY 2023 ~ all at 10am:

1st & 8th       here with Beckenham Methodist led by Rev Alan Webster

15th & 22nd at Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave

29th              here as usual with Rev Hugh Perry

On Sunday 1st we will also be joined by Opawa Community Church members.

THE PARISH OFFICE closes at 12 noon on Friday 23rd December, and will re-open on Wednesday 25th January 2023. Anna.

From this week’s Parish Council meeting:

  • This week, Presbytery Council approved Rev Dan Yeazel as the Interim Moderator at St Martins. Dan is a minister in good standing in the PCUSA, but has been in New Zealand for some time serving in the North Island. He is now Christchurch based and is currently working as the Stated Supply Minister at Hurunui.
  • Given the current numbers of COVID in the community, the Parish Council strongly advise that should you feel more comfortable wearing your mask in church, then please do so. Your welfare is our concern too. St Martins is very fortunate to be able to Zoom our services, and if that is an option for you, please use it.
  • On the Executive team, Rob Meier has now retired from his position on the team and Barry Moore will take his place.
  • The St Martins Facebook is to be retired and the web page given an uplift.
  • Given the proximity to schools, day cares and even our own busy church facilities, an application has been made to the CCC regarding lowering the speed limit along St Martins Road.
  • $865 was the collection taken at Don Fergus’s last service and, as was Don and Jo’s wish, was donated to Hagar.
  • World Day of Prayer 2023 – it was decided that St Martins will not have a role in running this. However if members are wanting to engage in a service elsewhere, as and when we know details we will let you know. (3rd March 2023)
  • 1st January 2023 – at our service we will be joined by members from the Opawa Community Church and the Beckenham Methodist. We will need extra folk to help on door and morning tea duties please. See Irene.

Sunday 11th December 2022

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. We thank the Rev Chris Elliot for leading today’s service.

Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

The 2023 morning tea & door duty roster is now available in the foyer.

GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: Thank you to everyone who has donated gifts.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2022 (no services here):

St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd

Christmas Eve               11pm (carols from 10.45pm)

Christmas Day              9am

Opawa Community Church, corner Aynsley Tce & Opawa Rd

Christmas Day              9am

SUNDAYS IN JANUARY 2023 ~ all at 10am:

1st & 8th       here with Beckenham Methodist led by Rev Alan Webster

15th & 22nd at Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave

29th              here as usual with Rev Hugh Perry

On Sunday 1st we will also be joined by Opawa Community Church members.

Carols at Opawa Community Church, Aynsley Tce this Friday 16th  December 6pm. All are welcome.

You’re invited: This year we’re trialling something new at St Mark’s, Opawa with a nativity photo-booth set up in our chapel where families can come, dress up as a character from the Christmas story (Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, sheep, wise (wo)men etc), and take some photos. The space will be open from 3-5pm from the 11-18 December. All are welcome. Rev Ben Truman, Vicar.

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS          

Monday 1-4pm                  Foot Clinic (lounge) Janette 332 1240.

Tuesday 9.30am               South Elder Care lunch Jeannette 332 9869.

Tuesday 7.15pm               Meditation Group (church) Dugald 021 161 7007.

Wednesday 9.30am           Informal Walk Sonya 339 7038.

Wednesday 7.30pm          Parish Council meeting (lounge)

Thursday 10am                 Crafty Crafters (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 12.30pm           Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 077 4065.

Thursday 5.30pm              Familial Trust (whole complex) Vanessa 022 169 6569.

Friday 9.30am                   Sing & Sign (lounge) Becky 022 086 2211.

Sunday 4th December 2022

  • If you remain uncomfortable about being in church where masks are no longer required, use @church via Zoom until you feel confident enough to be in church with or without a mask.
  • If you’re unwell please stay at home, and use @ Church via Zoom.

Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. We thank the Rev Sheena Dickson for leading today’s service.

GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: We invite you to bring along Christmas gifts for Waltham Cottage to distribute to people in need. Next Sunday 11 December is your last opportunity to donate items. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2022: At St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd. 11pm on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass or 9am on Christmas Day. There will be NO services here at St Martins.

The 2023 morning tea & door duty roster is now available in the foyer.

Carols at Opawa Community Church, Aynsley Tce on  Friday 16th  December 6pm. All are welcome.

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS          

Monday 1.30pm                Hillsborough-Heathcote WI (lounge) Jennifer 332 3314.

Tuesday 9.30am               South Elder Care (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869.

Tuesday 7.15pm               Meditation Group (church) Dugald 021 161 7007.

Wednesday 12 noon         Walking Group end of year lunch. Sonya 339 7038.

Wednesday 3pm               Private function (lounge).

Thursday 10am                 Crafty Crafters (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30pm              Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 077 4065.

Thursday 5.30pm              Familial Trust (whole complex) Vanessa 022 169 6569.

Friday 9.30am                   Sing & Sign (lounge) Becky 022 086 2211.

Advent Sunday 27th November 2022

  • If you remain uncomfortable about being in church where masks are no longer required, use @church via Zoom until you feel confident enough to be in church with or without a mask.
  • If you’re unwell please stay at home, and use @ Church via Zoom.

Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. We thank the Rev Chris Elliot for leading today’s service.

There will be a short Congregational meeting following the service today to approve the Parish Profile. Any apologies to Irene please.

Special Christmas ‘Messenger’: TODAY is the deadline for articles to be included. Please email contributions to Charlotte & Sally (hooty@xtra.co.nz).

Wednesday Walkers 30th November: Meet 9.30am at the Te Kuru & Eastman Wetlands carpark 600 Cashmere Road.  Coffee at Urban Cafe in Oderings Cashmere.  All welcome.  Sonya 027 253 3397.

GIFTS FOR WALTHAM COTTAGE: We invite you to bring along Christmas gifts for Waltham Cottage to distribute to people in need. Items must be new, and we require gifts suitable for all ages – men, women, teenagers and children. Please do not wrap them. Donations of wrapping paper also appreciated. Bring any contributions along to church until 11 December and place under the tree. Thank you.

A message from Sue: Peter has some excess tomato, chilli and capsicum seedlings looking for a home. Anyone who wants them should phone before coming round (960 7657).

LOST: Keyring with a few keys and a small red Swiss army pocket knife attached. Please hand in to the Office if you’ve found them.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: This year we have been invited to join our neighbours at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 101 Opawa Rd to celebrate Christmas, either at 11pm on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass or at 9am on Christmas Day. There will be NO services here at St Martins.

A message from Don: Thanks to you all for making last Sunday’s wonderful lunch happen, which I enjoyed greatly despite not feeling the best (and since testing positive for Covid!)

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS          

Tuesday 9.30am               South Elder Care (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869.

Tuesday 7.15pm               Meditation Group (church) Dugald 021 161 7007.

Wednesday 9.30am          Walking Group: Cashmere wetlands Sonya 339 7038.

Thursday 10am                 Crafty Crafters (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869.

Thursday 1.30pm              Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 077 4065.

Thursday 5.30pm              Familial Trust (whole complex) Vanessa 022 169 6569.

Friday 9.30am                   Sing & Sign (lounge) Becky 022 086 2211.