Sunday 23rd April 2023


A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. We thank the Rev Alan Webster for leading today’s service. David Beaumont and friends will be leading worship next Sunday.

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Here’s our Zoom link –

Topic: St Martin’s Sunday Worship. To Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

Wednesday Walkers 26th April: Meet 9.30am near Woodham Park. Coffee at Under the Red Verandah. All welcome. Sonya 027 253 3397.


On 21st May we are going to have a service where we will include all (or as many as possible) your favourite hymns. Chat to or email Irene or Bill to let them know – and maybe include the reason it has become such a favourite one.

Don’t delay – Bill has only so many hours in the day to do his music practice!

Bill Irvine –

Irene Gray –

Movie night “Brassed Off” Saturday 29th April 5.15pm

 “Funny, moving and heart warming” – for Danny it is music that embodies the spirit of the mining community in which he lives. But as the closure of the mines looms large on the horizon, not all the members of the Colliery Brass Band can share his passion. However, attitudes change with the arrival of the gorgeous Gloria and a new wave of enthusiasm sweeps through the band. Gloria’s former classmate Andy is particularly smitten as the band embarks on the battle for the National Championships.

Conflicts soon begin to surface between friends, family, colleagues and lovers. Yet a defiant spirit is re-awoken in the band, leading them on a triumphant journey that will tell their story to the nation.

BYO takeaway tea, hot drinks provided. See Irene for more information.

The Parish Council met recently with the meeting being chaired by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Dan Yeazel. The following points were discussed:-

·         The web page is being reviewed and redeveloped – thanks to Benjamin. Progress, so far, was viewed. Members are reminded that photos and reports and news needs to be checked and updated regularly. Sermons and/or a précis of the morning’s service will be available on the web page from May 2023.

·         The Facebook page is still showing, despite this having been closed two months ago!

·         Zoom – music can now be heard by those who zoom in for the service. Colin is thanked for the exceptional work he has done on fixing some of the technical workings.

·         A new computer has been purchased for the express use of the technical team. This means that the office computer remains solely for Anna to use in the office and Sonya can leave her computer at home for however she wants to use her computer. Special thanks to Sonya for arranging the purchase of the new computer and to Warren for researching it.

·         Menzshed – preparation for the extension is to begin this coming week.

·         ECO Church – part of A Rocha Aotearoa – we are looking at the pros and cons and Warren will provide a presentation to the congregation in a month’s time.

·         MSB – although advertising is underway, Ministers to take services may need to found

Our Interim Moderator is heading away to the United States. His Father died just a year ago and on the occasion of what would have been his parents 70th wedding anniversary, Dan, along with his brothers and sisters will join in a special time to celebrate the lives of their parents and release the ashes of them. Our prayers of safe travel and return go with them.

THIS WEEK AT ST MARTINS                                              

Tuesday 10am              NO South Elder Care (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869

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

Wednesday 9.30am      Walking Group: Woodham Park Sonya 027 253 3397

Thursday 10am             Crafty Crafters (lounge) Jeannette 332 9869

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

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