Sunday 27th March 2022

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 today, and many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our service this morning.  

The Golden Rules for worship under “Red Light” setting:

  • If you’re coming to worship in person, you must hold a vaccine pass
  • If you’re sick or feeling unwell, get tested and isolate if you’re required to. Use Zoom on Sundays.
  • If you plan to be in Church, wear a mask that is firmly in place and fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Please continue to wear your mask until seated at morning tea.
  • You must sign in using the app or the paper copy – this is mandatory.

Daylight Saving ends NEXT Sunday 3rd April – please remember to change your clocks!!

Wednesday Walkers 30th March: meet 9.30am at the Bus Exchange for a walk around the city.  Coffee at Child Sister near Margaret Mahy Playground.  All welcome. Sue 960 7657.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage: next Sunday is your final opportunity to bring these along. Many thanks to those who have already donated some Easter treats.

Dates for your diaries:

Movie Night Saturday 30th April 5.15pm  “Fiddler on the Roof”

Parish Breakfast Sunday 1st May 8.30am

Parish Lunch Sunday 3rd July to celebrate our 94th anniversary

The door access code has been changed – please see Anna if you require the new one.

EASTER Services:

14th April 7.30pm           Maundy Thursday service at St Mark’s School Hall

15th April 9.30am           Good Friday Service

17th April 10am              Easter Day Holy Communion

Couplands Hot Cross Buns  – this is a fundraiser for St Mark’s Opawa Building project (which is very nearly finished). $5 for a packet of six. Traditional & chocolate available. See Anna to place an order by this Friday 1 April. Delivery date 13th April. Payment with order appreciated.

Batteries – there is now a container in the foyer for used batteries – bring along any old small batteries that are used for the numerous devices we look at or wear in our ears. Do not dispose of them in the red bin!

 
Fireside meeting Wednesday 30th March in the church lounge from 1.30pm. If we are able to meet it will be informal like last month, just for conversation and to see each other, masked, bringing your own afternoon tea if you would like some, hoping we can actually be outside.  Any women are welcome to join us but it would be a good idea to check first that we are able to meet.  Enquiries:  Margaret  366 8936

Yes, more Easter Eggs for distribution – to bring a smile on the face and sent with our Easter greetings to our elderly. The Pastoral team want your help in distributing Easter eggs and our greetings to older members in our community who are unable to be with us for whatever reasons on a Sunday morning. They may live in a village or in their own homes. We ask if you could bring 1 or 2 wrapped Easter eggs on Sunday 3rd April and place them in the basket provided. We will then organise them for distribution over Easter – they can be collected by you Good Friday morning & Easter Sunday service. We have a list of names of people/addresses for distribution. You may need to leave them in the office at villages as people may be in lockdown. Thank you so much Lyndsey.    

FOUND – a gold coloured key, in the church foyer on Friday 18th March. Is it yours? Contact Anna in the Office.  

A Prayer for Ukraine from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York: God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen
 
 

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS

Monday 9.30am           NO St Mark’s Elder Care Therese 021 2516282.

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am     Walking Group: City. Sue 960 7657.

Wednesday 1.30pm      Fireside meeting (lounge). Margaret 366 8936.

Wednesday 7.30pm     Global Voices (lounge) Nick 027 2255142.

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

Thursday 1.30pm          Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 0774065.

Thursday 5.30-7.30pm Familial Trust mentor group. Vanessa 981 1093.

Friday 10.30am             Sing & Sign (lounge). Rebecca 022 0862211.

Sunday 20th March 2022

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 today.  

The Golden Rules for worship under “Red Light” setting:

  • If you’re coming to worship in person, you must hold a vaccine pass
  • If you’re sick or feeling unwell, get tested and isolate if you’re required to. Use Zoom on Sundays.
  • If you plan to be in Church, wear a mask that is firmly in place and fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Please continue to wear your mask until seated at morning tea.
  • You must sign in using the app or the paper copy – this is mandatory.

Wednesday Walkers 23rd March: meet 9.30am at South Library for a walk around Somerfield and to see the turtles. Coffee at Novel Café. All welcome. Sonya 027 2533397.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage: please consider popping in a couple of Easter treats when you do your groceries over the next few weeks. Any donations gratefully received. Bring them along to church by 3 April. Thank you for your support.

Deadline for ‘Messenger’ articles THIS Friday 25th March– please email any contributions to Charlotte & Sally (hooty@xtra.co.nz).

Dates for your diaries:

Movie Night Saturday 30th April 5.15pm  “Fiddler on the Roof”

Parish Breakfast Sunday 1st May 8.30am

Parish Lunch Sunday 3rd July to celebrate our 94th anniversary

The door access code has been changed – please see Anna if you require the new one.

EASTER Services:

14th April 7.30pm           Maundy Thursday service at St Mark’s School Hall

15th April 9.30am           Good Friday Service

17th April 10am              Easter Day Holy Communion

Couplands Hot Cross Buns  – this is a fundraiser for St Mark’s Opawa Building project (which is very nearly finished). $5 for a packet of six. Traditional & chocolate available. See Anna to place an order by 1 April. Delivery date 13th April. Payment with order appreciated.

Batteries – there is now a container in the foyer for used batteries – bring along any old small batteries that are used for the numerous devices we look at or wear in our ears. Do not dispose of them in the red bin!

Presbytery Autumn Gathering will be held on Zoom on Saturday 26th March from 9.30am—12noon. Documents regarding any items for vote will be circulated in advance, and voting will be conducted via email.
Anyone is welcome to attend, however we do ask that you register to access the Zoom link. There will be opportunities to connect in smaller breakout rooms. A timetable for the morning will be made available closer to the time. alpine.infoodle.com/f/AutumnGathering2022  
Fireside will now be on Wednesday 30th March 1.30pm.
 

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS

Monday 9.30am           NO St Mark’s Elder Care Therese 021 2516282.

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am     Walking Group: Somerfield. Sonya 027 2533397.

Wednesday 7.30pm     Global Voices (lounge) Nick 027 2255142.

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

Thursday 1.30pm          Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 0774065.

Thursday 5.30-7.30pm Familial Trust mentor group. Vanessa 981 1093.

Friday 10.30am             Sing & Sign (lounge). Rebecca 022 0862211.

Sunday 13th March 2022

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 today.  

The Golden Rules for worship under “Red Light” setting:

  • If you’re coming to worship in person, you must hold a vaccine pass
  • If you’re sick or feeling unwell, get tested and isolate if you’re required to. Use Zoom on Sundays.
  • If you plan to be in Church, wear a mask that is firmly in place and fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Please continue to wear your mask until seated at morning tea.
  • You must sign in using the app or the paper copy – this is mandatory.

Wednesday Walkers 16th March: for those not going on the bus trip, meet at South Library 9.30am. Coffee at Novel Café. Sue 960 7657.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage: please consider popping in a couple of Easter treats when you do your groceries over the next few weeks. Any donations gratefully received. Bring them along to church by 3 April. Thank you for your support.

Articles are now being sought for the next ‘Messenger’ – please email any contributions to Charlotte & Sally (hooty@xtra.co.nz) before Friday 25th March. Thank you.

Dates for your diaries:

Movie Night Saturday 30th April 5.15pm  “Fiddler on the Roof”

Parish Breakfast Sunday 1st May 8.30am

Parish Lunch Sunday 3rd July to celebrate our 94th anniversary

EASTER Services:

14th April 7.30pm           Maundy Thursday service at St Mark’s School Hall

15th April 9.30am           Good Friday Service

17th April 10am              Easter Day Holy Communion

Couplands Hot Cross Buns  – this is a fundraiser for St Mark’s Opawa Building project (which is very nearly finished). $5 for a packet of six. Traditional & chocolate available. See Anna to place an order by 1 April. Delivery date 13th April. Payment with order appreciated.

Batteries – there is now a container in the foyer for used batteries – bring along any old small batteries that are used for the numerous devices we look at or wear in our ears. Do not dispose of them in the red bin!

Presbytery Autumn Gathering will be held on Zoom on Saturday 26th March from 9.30am—12noon. Documents regarding any items for vote will be circulated in advance, and voting will be conducted via email.

Anyone is welcome to attend, however we do ask that you register to access the Zoom link. There will be opportunities to connect in smaller breakout rooms.

A timetable for the morning will be made available closer to the time.

Register here: alpine.infoodle.com/f/AutumnGathering2022  
 
 

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS

Monday 9.30am           NO St Mark’s Elder Care Therese 021 2516282.

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am     Walking Group: South Library. Sue 960 7657.

Wednesday 7.30pm     Global Voices (lounge) Nick 027 2255142.

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

Thursday 1.30pm          Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 0774065.

Thursday 5.30-7.30pm Familial Trust mentor group. Vanessa 981 1093.

Friday 10.30am             Sing & Sign (lounge). Rebecca 022 0862211.

From the Moderator:

Last week we opened our fridge to find some cupcakes with a note from our 4-year-old neighbour Liam, “We love you Hamish and Anne!”. We were out, our doors were unlocked, and Liam claimed ‘neighbourly fridge rights’ (there have been other times when he has come in looking for chocolate!). And so, last night I harvested blackberries, apples, pears, peaches, and grapes from our garden and handed them over the fence to Liam’s mum. In the same spirit, earlier in the year, they did a big pick of our raspberries, made jam, and sent a jar back across the fence.

And then there are a group of elderly Chinese folk in our neighbourhood who wander past each night. I have taken to giving them fruit from the abundance of our harvest. It seems to me they are humbled and thankful for the connection even more than the food. Now, they always look in and wave as they pass by.

What warmth that comes with this sort of neighbourhood. In Otautahi Christchurch, we learnt about this in the wake of the earthquakes when we saw a massive rise in neighbourly connection. And after the Mosque attacks, our Muslim friends reported neighbours who had previously been strangers reaching out hands of support and friendship.

It seems to me that this is deeply inline with core Christian values. The Christian church has a rich tradition of gathering around food. There is obviously the magnificent gracious love and acceptance of the Lord’s Supper. But I am also thinking of the meals shared by the early Christians in various places around the Roman Empire. They were revolutionary and winsome in the way Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female were welcomed and included!

These are examples from then and now of the core Christian value of being a good neighbour. I absolutely endorse Neighbours Day 2022!

Right Rev Hamish Galloway Moderator Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ moderator@presbyterian.org.nz

Kai Connections is the theme for Neighbours Day 2022. A common denominator amongst all communities in Aotearoa is how kai (food) brings us together. During March, Neighbours Day Aotearoa has free online sessions based around making and sharing kai.

Sunday 6th March 2022

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 today.  

The Golden Rules for worship under “Red Light” setting:

  • If you’re coming to worship in person, you must hold a vaccine pass
  • If you’re sick or feeling unwell, get tested and isolate if you’re required to. Use Zoom on Sundays.
  • If you plan to be in Church, wear a mask that is firmly in place and fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Please continue to wear your mask until seated at morning tea.
  • You must sign in using the app or the paper copy – this is mandatory.

Foot Clinic scheduled for Monday 7th March has been cancelled. The next session will be on 11th April.  Lyndsey.

Wednesday Walkers  9th March: Please meet 9.30am at the Mona Vale carpark for a walk in the area. Coffee at Water Drop Café, Buddhist Temple, where there is an embroidery display. All welcome. Marilyn 027 363 1642.

Easter Eggs for Waltham Cottage: please consider popping in a couple of Easter treats when you do your groceries over the next few weeks. Any donations gratefully received. Bring them along to church by 3 April. Thank you for your support.

 
 
 

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS

Monday 9.30am                NO St Mark’s Elder Care Therese 021 2516282.

Monday 1-4pm                  NO Foot Clinic (lounge)

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

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

Wednesday 9.30am          Walking Group: Cashmere. Joan 338 8700.

Wednesday 7.30pm          Global Voices (lounge) Nick 027 2255142.

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

Thursday 1.30pm              Sit & Be Fit(church) Anneke 021 0774065.

Thursday 5.30-7.30pm      Familial Trust mentor group. Vanessa 981 1093.

Friday 10.30am                 Sing & Sign (lounge). Rebecca 022 0862211.

Call for Lenten Prayers for Ukraine: During the past week, Hamish Galloway – Moderator of the General Assembly – met with the leaders of the New Zealand Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches in releasing a press statement on the terrible crisis in Ukraine.

The statement is as follows: 

Across the globe people are horrified by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.  In a region that learnt the devastating lessons of war last century, the pattern has the tragic possibility of repeating. It flies in the face of much of the progress in peaceful coexistence that Europe has made in recent decades.  

Once again, on European soil, we see the rights and wellbeing of millions of ordinary people trampled on by an aggressive and entitled leader. It also flies in the face of the Jesus-values of peace-making. In this instance, those values call us to stand against violence and stand with the oppressed.  

Those values call for de-escalation and peace talks.  They call for humility and kindness.  As Christians we stand in solidarity with the vast chorus of voices calling for the aggression to end and the peaceful solutions to begin.

In this troubled time, this is a great example of Christian solidarity.