Sunday 14 August 2022

Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship

To Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning.

The Golden Rules under the “Orange Light” setting:

  • If you’re sick or feeling unwell, get tested and isolate if you’re required to. Use Zoom on Sundays.
  • In Church, please 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. If you are uncomfortable about joining in morning tea please know that it is perfectly fine to not stay.

We welcome Megan Waddington, Community Relations Advisor from Presbyterian Support this morning.

Next Sunday’s reading is: Luke 14:1-24

On Sunday 28th August, our service will focus on Your Sisters Orphanage in Tanzania – led by Rob & Barb Meier. All are welcome.

Wednesday Walkers 17th August: for those not going on Whareora bus trip, meet 9.30am at South Library. Coffee at Novel Café. All are welcome.

If you don’t wish to receive the Alpine Presbytery newsletter via email, please let Anna know. Don’t unsubscribe to the Presbytery office.

John Gillies, well known Christchurch artist and one of our regular Sunday Zoomers, has offered a rare opportunity to attend a ‘masterclass’ in painting at St Martins. If you’re interested put Friday 14 October in your diary. The class will run from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

John will demonstrate his painting techniques and offer the opportunity for participants in 2 groups of 6 people to create a canvas under his guidance.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see how John creates his paintings that are sought after by an international clientele.

We will limit this event to 12 people and there will be a charge of $25 per person which will be John’s gift to the parish.

Some of you may know John from contact with him in hospital!  He graduated MB, ChB in 1972 and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1981, becoming Clinical Director of respiratory medicine for the Canterbury District Health Board. He established the New Zealand Association of Artist Doctors in 1989. 

John was born in Christchurch and educated at St. Andrew’s College. He studied figure drawing under sculptor Tom Taylor. An early interest in portrait painting was followed by a similar interest in landscape painting. John developed a special technique in the use of the palette knife in order to bring a unique texture and definition to both portrait and landscape painting.

Two years after his open heart surgery in 2006, John retired to become a full time artist. During his first year of retirement, John produced his first book, “In My Chair” which featured 64 portraits of Cantabrians, including his wife, Jenny and their four children.

John’s interest in Skippers Canyon was ignited during a visit on his honeymoon but it wasn’t until 40 years later that he started to collect, over the next decade, the landscape paintings and sketches which feature in his second book due for publication later this year. In this publication, “Skippers Canyon – History, Art and Adventure”, John devotes a chapter to his palette knife painting technique which readily identify his work.

Art awards won by John include the Telecom Art Award, highly commended in 1992, the New Zealand Wearable Art Award, creative excellence in 1988 and the Montana World of Wearable Art Award, section winner, 2005.

If you would like to attend this wonderful event register with Anna or Don no later than Sunday 02 October.


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: Beckenham. Sonya 027 253 3397.

Wednesday 7.30pm           Parish Council meeting (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 981 1093.

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