Sunday 15th 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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

NOTICES:

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

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

Wednesday Walkers 18th August:  Meet 9.30amat the Beach Café car park on the corner of Beach Rd and Broadpark Rd, North New Brighton for a walk round the Waimairi Beach area before having coffee at the Beach Café. Barbara & Alan 021 142 7668.

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.

What’s on This Week:

Monday 9.30am-12noon St Mark’s Elder Care. Therese 337 1225.

Monday 1-4pm Foot Clinic. Judith 332 1577.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Waimairi Beach. Barbara & Alan.

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.

Thursday 7.30pm Parish Council meeting.

Men’s Group: We do not have an official men’s group meeting this month but all men are invited to attend the Fireside Group meeting on Wednesday 25th August 1.30pm in the church (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 www.arocha.org.nz

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

From our friends at Waltham Cottage: Thank you so much for inviting Laura & I to talk at your Sunday morning service on 18th July. It was wonderful to share about the activities at the Cottage especially as the St Martins Presbyterian congregation do so much for the Cottage community…your continued support is greatly appreciated. Cheryl Batwell & Laura Gardener.

Charter for Compassion

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

The Charter for Compassion (2009) is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, The Charter calls on us to activate the Golden Rule around the world.

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81508696154?pwd=cnErZFM5VG5OQVhsZkxYc0dxOHdvUT09

Meeting ID: 815 0869 6154
Passcode: 712158

NOTICES:

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 www.arocha.org.nz

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

Sunday 1st August 2021

Sunday 1st August 2021

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89442072163?pwd=TnlabEtIM1kvTTV6eWUwRUdNN0lkQT09

Meeting ID: 894 4207 2163

Passcode: 756050                                   

NOTICES:

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 Wednesday 11th August. Thank you.

Wednesday Walkers 4th August:  Meet 9.30amand park near the corner of Ruskin & Barrie Streets, Sydenham. We drive to the café at Nazareth Village, and can use the carpark opposite the main building.  All welcome. Gaynor 337 0611.

On 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.

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!

Want a fun night out? Come along to the Court Jesters at St Mark’s School Hall, 33 Cholmondeley Ave in Saturday 14th August 7.30pm. Tickets $27 available now from courttheatre.org.nz/stmarks. Cash bar, refreshments and raffle tickets from 6.30pm. A fundraiser for St Mark’s Parish & School. R18.

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

Cashmere Sings! Sunday 8 August 2.30pm at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 MacMillan Ave. An event for the whole community: to join in singing popular songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Entry by donation ($5 suggested – includes afternoon tea).

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.

Monday 1-3pm Hillsborough-Heathcote WI. Jennifer 332 3314.

Tuesday 10am – 2pm South Elder Care. Jeannette 332 9869.

Tuesday 7.15pm Christian Meditation Group. Contact Dugald 380 5024.

Wednesday 9.30am Walking Group: Sydenham. Gaynor 337 0611.

Wednesday 9.30am Port Hills U3A. Anneke 328 7459.

Wednesday 7.30pm 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.

Sunday 25th July 2021

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89442072163?pwd=TnlabEtIM1kvTTV6eWUwRUdNN0lkQT09

Meeting ID: 894 4207 2163

Passcode: 756050                                   

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service. Many thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading our worship this morning.

Don is on leave until 31st July. Please contact Irene Gray, Parish Clerk 332 7306 if you require urgent pastoral assistance.

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. Please email them to Anna by Wednesday 11th August. Thank you.

Wednesday Walkers 28th July:  Meet 9.30am at Milieu Cafe in 117 Wrights Rd for a walk around Middleton with Gerert and Thea. All welcome. Sonya 027 2533397.

Fireside: The Fireside group invite women to join them for a Treasure Hunt at Merchiston 75 St Martins Rd on Wednesday 28th July, 1.30pm. Contact Fern 332 4725. All women are very welcome. 

A new date: On 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) ******Please note change of date. All are welcome.**********

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!

Movie Night Saturday 31st July – FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS

A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Bring along your tea at 5.15pm, koha appreciated. Irene 332 7306.

Want another fun night out? Come along to the Court Jesters at St Mark’s School Hall, 33 Cholmondeley Ave in Saturday 14th August 7.30pm. Tickets $27 available now from courttheatre.org.nz/stmarks. Cash bar, refreshments and raffle tickets from 6.30pm. A fundraiser for St Mark’s Parish & School. R18.

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: Middleton. Sonya 027 2533397.

Wednesday 1.30pm Fireside @ Merchiston. Fern 332 4725.

Wednesday 7.30pm 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 NO Familial Trust mentor group. Nadine 981 1093.

Saturday 31st 5.15pm Movie Night. Irene 332 7306.

Sunday 18th July 2021

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89442072163?pwd=TnlabEtIM1kvTTV6eWUwRUdNN0lkQT09

Meeting ID: 894 4207 2163

Passcode: 756050                                   

From Parish Council meeting on Thursday 15th July:

  • Attendance at Sunday services has increased.
  • Zoom – remember to Zoom in when you can’t be here on a Sunday.
  • Garden Party at 16th October at Merchiston.
  • Kitchen roof has now been fully repaired thanks to the MenzShed.
  • AGM will be on 19th September – annual reports to Anna by 11th August
  • Next Parish Council meeting 19th August.
  • MenzShed have 60+ members, mostly retired, now meet on Monday as well as Wednesday & Saturday. Lots of community projects on the go. A desire to build an extension for metalwork has been proposed. Conversations and planning continue in liaison with the Parish Council.
  • Christmas Twilight Market Friday 10 December: any bright ideas  – please talk to Irene or Anna. This will be a joint fundraiser with St Mark’s Opawa.

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to all who worship here today. Please stay for a cuppa and conversation after the service. Many thanks to Rev Lyndsey McKay for leading our worship this morning, and to Cheryl & Laura from Waltham Community Cottage. Next Sunday’s service will be led by Rev Alan Webster.

Don is on leave until 31st July. Please contact Irene Gray, Parish Clerk 332 7306 if you require urgent pastoral assistance.

ANNUAL REPORTS are now due. Please email them to Anna by Wednesday 11th August. Thank you.

South Elder Care invite you to a Scottish Country Dancing morning this Tuesday 10.30am-12noon in the Church. All are most welcome to come and watch or participate!

Wednesday Walkers 21st July:  Meet 9.30am at the Airforce Museum carpark for a walk around Wigram. Coffee at Museum café. Benjamin 332 7700.

A new date: On 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) ******Please note change of date. All are welcome.**********

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!

Movie Night Saturday 31st July – details next week.

Want a fun night out? Come along to the Court Jesters at St Mark’s School Hall, 33 Cholmondeley Ave in Saturday 14th August 7.30pm. Tickets $27 available now from courttheatre.org.nz/stmarks. Cash bar, refreshments and raffle tickets from 6.30pm. A fundraiser for St Mark’s Parish & School. R18.

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: Benjamin 332 7700.

Wednesday 7.30pm 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 NO Familial Trust mentor group. Nadine 981 1093.