Good Friday 10th April 2020

Welcome to this Good Friday service, even though we are not gathered as a community to relive the events of the day so long ago. However, know that each of you is held in the hearts of others; held in God’s love. Take a moment to envisage in your mind’s eye the Communion Table with a plain black cloth across the centre, a single white candle and a chalice tipped on its side.

GREETING: Today we remember a man. A man who had dreams, who had those dreams shattered, who needed time to think and pray, who knew he was likely to die for what he believed. A man of extraordinary religious insight. A man who did die – a cruel death. We Remember… On this day we remember: the betrayal of friendship and its consequences, the casual cruelty of Roman authority and execution, how unreliable others proved to be in a crisis. On this day may we also remember that religious bigotry, cruelty and unreliability are still a part of our everyday lives. On this day, then, may we learn some new ways for living: to not avoid contact with suffering, to not close our eyes in the face of suffering; to not maintain anger or hatred; to not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest, or to impress people; to not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature; as this day we remember. (Adapted – M Dobson, M Morwood, Thich Nhat Hanh)

A Man of Ancient Time and Place (Winchester New WOV 264)

A man of ancient time and place with foreign speech and foreign face, reveals the glory, power and grace of costly, unexpected love.

A rabbi, schooled in Moses’ Law, a male, amending Herod’s flaw, arouses wonder, rage and awe with costly, unexpected love.

By teasing word and healing deed, a leper touched, an outcast freed, he bears the fruit and plants the seed of costly, unexpected love.


The cost we barely can surmise when, lifted up before our eyes, the face of God we recognise in crucified, unfathomed love.

May faith and hope within us grow, the way of Christ to tell and show, and may the Spirit breathe and blow in costly, unexpected love. (© Brian Wren)

OPENING PRAYER In hope, and in longing: we are called to join together. In solidarity with those who struggle: we are called to join together. In resistance to those who dominate: we are called to join together. In memory of Jesus, who lived with compassion: we are called to join together. In memory of all who act with courage: we are called to join together. (Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer – adapted)

Great prophet of pity, subversive in love, unsettle our comfort, divert and remove us from self-interest. Shield us from pride, that we might yet embody the gifts you offer. Raise us up, fit us for service – to care for all who are lonely, or lost in despair. Fit us for service, to care for the reed that is bending, the wick that is burning low. Through grace and persistence, God, help us to grow. From each generation, race, colour or creed, gather us together, united by need. And, God, may we find, in spite of ourselves, that your welcome is kind. AMEN.

The readings for this morning’s service come from Luke 23

Reading 1: The elders of the people and the chief priests and scribes rose, and they brought Jesus before Pilate. They began their accusation by saying, We found this man inciting our people to revolt, opposing payment of tribute to Caesar, and claiming to be Christ, a king. Pilate put to Jesus this question, Are you the king of the Jews? It is you who say it, Jesus replied. Reflection 1: I remember a man who had dreams of what might be: that people would be set free from ideas and images of God that enslaved them, that people would believe that through their everyday acts of human kindness they are intimately connected with the sacred, that people would live in peace, in God’s presence all the days of their lives. I remember a man driven by his dreams.
Silence (count to 10) Reading 2: Pilate then said to the chief priests and the crowds, I find no case against this man. But they persisted, He is inflaming the people with his teaching all over Judea; it has come all the way from Galilee, where he began, down to here.

Reflection 2: I remember a man who had his moments of breakthrough, when it must have seemed his dream was being realised: the times people really listened and responded, the men and women who were prepared to walk with him and support him, times when he spoke better and more convincingly than other times. I remember a man deeply encouraged by his successes. Silence (count to 10)

HYMN: On Friday, When the Sky was Dark (Tune: Belmont WOV 435)

On Friday, when the sky was dark, disciples fled in fright and dazed, through Saturday, they wait the dawn of Sunday’s light.

From dull despair to blazing light, from agony and death, God’s people sought for grace and hope, and for the Spirit’s breath.

The silent waking of the Christ brought all the world to praise, as death was done and life re-born with hope for all our days.

That hope returns with each new year, the prompt for faith’s re-birth and brighter than a thousand suns God’s glory flames on earth!

As new life forces through the earth, the world is sprung with green, and all creation rings again as joy is sung and seen. © Andrew Pratt

Reading 3: When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean. And finding that he came under Herod’s jurisdiction, he passed him over to Herod who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Herod was delighted to see Jesus; he had heard about him and had been wanting for a long time to set eyes on him; he was hoping to see some miracle worked by Jesus. So Herod questioned Jesus at some length, but without getting a reply.
Reflection 3: I remember a man who learned of the cruel death of his cousin. He got into a boat, seeking a lonely place, where he could be with his friends to absorb the shock, to grieve quietly, and to calm the feelings of powerlessness and frustration and fear for his own future. I wonder what he prayed about that night? I wonder what helped him leave that lonely place and go forward to confront life, rather than retreat into isolation and safety? [pause] I remember a man driven by his convictions. Silence (count to 10)

Reading 4: Then Herod, together with his guards, treated Jesus with contempt and made fun of him. Herod put a rich cloak on Jesus, and sent him back to Pilate. And though Herod and Pilate had been enemies before, they were reconciled that same day. Pilate then summoned the chief priests and the leaders and the people. You brought this man before me, Pilate said, as a political agitator. Now I have gone into the matter myself in your presence and found no case against him in respect of all the charges you bring against him. Nor has Herod either, since he has sent him back to us. As you can see, the man has done nothing that deserve death, so I shall have him flogged and then let him go. But altogether they howled, Away with him! Give us Barabbas! Pilate was anxious to set Jesus free and addressed them again, but they shouted back, Crucify, crucify him! Reflection 4: I remember a man whose dream was shattered: who broke down and cried over what could have been, who knew the pain of failure and powerlessness, who knew what it was like to feel broken and terribly alone. I remember someone human like all of us. Silence (count to 10)

Reading 5: Pilate then gave a verdict : their demand was to be granted. Pilate released Barabbas whom they asked for and who had been imprisoned for rioting and murder, and handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they pleased.

Reflection 5: I remember a man who knew he was going to die: who gathered with his friends knowing it was for the last time, who spoke to them about what he really believed, who wanted them to remember him and to keep his dream alive. I remember a testament to love. Music for Reflection or silence


Reading 6: When they reached the place called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the two criminals also, one on the right, the other on the left.

Reflection 6: I remember a man crucified. He was a failure, abandoned by his male friends, taunted, despised, enduring a shameful and agonising death, no consoling or heartfelt presence of his God to help him. I remember a man whose faith in all he believed was tested to the limits.

PRAYER POEM: This Planet of Pain alt. (Bruce Sanguin) Now we open to the story of the Crucified and Risen One, arms stretched out across the chasms of fear, pulling factions into his own broken body, closer to his pierced heart, so that this planet of pain may one day claim as its own the love flowing out from that sacred, broken heart. Yes, pull us in, Spirit of the Living God, into the Heart of our hearts, that we might once and for all lay down our arsenals of fear and take up our tools to build the kin-dom of God for the sake of all creation.

THE CROSS TABLEAU The cross is lifted and held by a man / or 2 men A white cloth (shroud) is placed on the floor (in front of the Communion Table) by 4 women The cross is carried horizontally and placed on the cloth. The prominence of the women at the cross stands in contrast to Jesus’ inner group of disciples. Having the women as witnesses was part of a subversiveness at the heart of Jesus’ approach. Therefore remembering the stories, and remembering the death of innocent, fragile things in the world around us, imagine the 4 women, representing us all, scattering autumn leaves over the cross. They are our witnesses. The Gift of Fragrant Essence Imagine fragrant essence sprinkled over the leaves to remind us of the gift of the unnamed woman who anointed Jesus.
HYMN: Jesus Story – The Role Model (Tune: Kilmarnock WOV 186)

The Jesus story is the one which shows me how to live; this Jesus story is the one that prompts me to forgive.

This story tells me of a man who called the outcast ‘Friend’; compassion was the way he lived; his loving knew no end.

When faced with wrong he did not flinch, but struggled for the right; he always lived by what he taught, and would not turn to spite.

He never looked for pers’nal gain, nor empty hollow praise; We look to his integrity to follow in his ways.

This Jesus story is the one which urges us to show in every word and every deed his love lived long ago. (© George Stuart)

Reflection 7 I remember a man of extraordinary religious insight: utterly convinced of the connectedness between human loving and living in God, determined to give people personal authority in their relationship with God, wanting to set people free from fear of the unknown, setting his heart on breaking down barriers between people… We give thanks for the ways in which the life, teaching, and death of Jesus, have set us free. [pause] Jesus provides a glimpse into another this-world reality. His vision is worth exploring. For we are encouraged to celebrate life, to suck the marrow out of existence, to explore, and probe, and experiment, to venture into unchartered seas, without fear of a tyrannical and vindictive God. God does not set limits on our curiosity. (Robert Funk/adapted) Silence

A Litany for Leaving It is almost time for us to leave (this place). As we do so we give ourselves into the hands of God. For –
We believe in God around us, dreamer and sustainer of life. When there was nothing but an ocean of tears, God sighed over the waters and dreamed a small dream: light in the darkness, a small planet in space. We believe in God beside us, Jesus as the Christ, dream made flesh. When hate and fear were raging, when love was beaten down, when hope was nailed and left to die, Christ entered into our deep secret places. We believe in God within us, Spirit who empowers the dream. Who weeps with us in our despair, who breathes on prison doors, never admitting it’s hopeless, always expecting the bars to bend and sway and break forth into blossom. (Based on an Affirmation of Faith by D McRae-McMahon)

So, in hope and faith we affirm that nothing can separate us from the love and source of life – God. The Candle is extinguished

HYMN WORDS: Lift High the Cross

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his glorious name!

Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout! If we are silent, even stones cry out…

Jesus, you wept to see our human strife, teach us compassion for each human life…

Peace was your plea and peace your loving theme let peace be our passport, peace a living dream…

Great is the cost of walking on this road, to follow and suffer with the Son of God…

Worlds to be born and children yet to be come, take up this song into eternity… (© Shirley Murray)

Sunday 23 February 2020

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Today Dugald leads his last service with us as our minister before his retirement after 35 years in the ministry.  Following the service we invite you to join together for a barbeque lunch at 12 noon.  Sausages, meat patties, bread, and drinks will be provided. Dugald will continue to have involvement with MenzShed and the meditation group but the ‘pastoral tie’ will be ended. The Presbytery will be appointing an Interim Minister who will have responsibility for all pastoral matters in the parish.

MenzShed…The woodwork workshop is now placed on piles. MenzShed volunteers will construct a ramp for disabled access and install fire wall lining and a structural skirt around the foundations. The old Sunday School rooms have been lined and rewired and will be used as an electronics workshop. Expect an opening in mid April.

Presbytery News…Charissa Nicol has been appointed as the new chaplain at Rangi Ruru School. Hamish Galloway has been appointed Interim Minister at Cashmere with the resignation of Sylvia Purdie. Hamish will shortly leave Hope Hornby to prepare for his role as Moderator of General Assembly.

Thank you to those who returned blue forms indicating your support for fundraising projects. The finance review team will now co-ordinate teams to promote these projects. Mark your calendars now for a ceilidh on Saturday 25th April.

A dollar a day…and you can have Sunday off!

Fireside is a friendly meeting for women and we welcome others to join us.  This Tuesday 25th February we plan to have a general catch up with each other, discuss plans for this year’s meetings, and enjoy “dessert and coffee” together.  We meet in the church lounge at 7.45pm. Enquiries to Margaret 366 8936.

Wednesday Walkers 26th February: Meet 9.30am at Cracroft shops. Coffee at Silverbacks Café. All welcome. Judy 027 242 7943.

Ash Wednesday services 26th February – an invitation to join our neighbours at St Mark’s 10am in the lounge 101 Opawa Rd or 7.30pm at St Mark’s School 33 Cholmondeley Ave. All are welcome.

National Remembrance Service Sunday 15th March in North Hagley Park.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces very welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

World Day of Prayer Friday 6th March 7pm at Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave. A service prepared by Zimbabwe with the theme “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk”.  All are welcome.

Court Theatre Group Booking:

“Lysander’s Aunty” Friday 17th April 7.30pm Tickets $54 or $42 Add your names to the clipboard please, and money to Sue Saunders by next Sunday.

Craft Crawl Thursday 12th March Kaiapoi-Rangiora area. Leaving from the church at 8.30am for optional 10am sailing on the “River Queen” (cost for this is $20 payable on the day) or explore Kaiapoi. On to Rangiora 11.30am for lunch and shopping, back home by 3pm. Bus cost approx. $25. Please let Lyndsey McKay know by 29th Feb if you would like to join us.

Meditation Group: meets in the CHURCH this Tuesday from 7.00-7.45pm. We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God.

Singing Group   1st & 3rd Sunday at 9.15am.


Board of Managers’ Report February:

  • Peter Mechaelis is our new chairperson.  Sue Saunders continues as our secretary.  
  • The following areas of responsibility have been allocated:

Buildings: Warren Pettigrew and David Hodder; Grounds: David Hodder

Social: Elizabeth Hawker; Fundraising: Ken Austin

Finance: Joan Macdonald and Barry Moore; Health and Safety: Warren Pettigrew

  • The ground improvements following the rebuild have now been completed.  A big thank you to Keith, Rob, David, Cyril, Barry, Dugald, and others who have removed concrete, laid new concrete paths, installed decking, gates, and fences, and levelled ground and sown new grass.  This has been a big job, but the grounds look great!
  • Handrails will be installed to aid stepping off the deck.
  • Blinds will be installed in the lounge – thanks to the Fireside Group for funding this!
  • The corrugated iron roof over the toilets will be replaced with help from the menzshed possibly in April.  When completed we will have no new maintenance issues to attend to for some years.
  • We now have a Facebook Page – please visit it, add your like, and share it with a friend.  Thanks Ken and Sonya.
  • The consent to locate the Menzshed on site has been granted and piling is imminent.  We have however used up most of the $22,000 we received from the Alpine Mission fund for this project with the Council charging $8,500 to process the consent (we have applied for a rebate) and consultant reports costing $9,400.   Piling will cost $4,000. 
  • Finance:  Accounts for the last two months show income of $22,634 and expenditure of $17,178.  For the year to date we have income of $78,713 and expenditure of $78,469 (excluding menzshed grant and costs). We are very thankful to those who have increased their giving.
  • Charitable Giving Tax Credit – we will be inviting all members to consider donating their Charitable Giving Tax Credit (which can be applied for from March 31st) to the church.  The Managers team and minister have all indicated they will support this request.  If we all committed to this, there would be a very significant bonus in our income.  Talk to our treasurer Joan Macdonald for more information.
  • A defibrillator has been installed in the foyer. This has been purchased through a grant from the Manchester Unity Trust Fund.

Sunday 9 February 2020

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

Farewell Luncheon

On Sunday 23rd February Dugald will lead his last service with us as our minister before his retirement after 35 years in the ministry.  Following the service we invite you to join together for a barbeque lunch.  Sausages, meat patties, bread, and drinks will be provided, and if you are able bring a salad to share.  Those not bringing a salad may like to donate a gold coin to help cover costs. 

Many thanks to the Session members for hosting this morning’s parish breakfast.

Board of Managers meets this Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm in the foyer.

Working Bee Saturday 15th February 9am. Come and help! Likely jobs will include: window cleaning, gardening, shifting of soil from behind the sheds.

Articles are now required for the next edition of the ‘Messenger’.  Email contributions to Anneke: anneke.howie@gmail.com before  Friday 21st February. Many thanks.

Wednesday Walkers 12th February: Meet 9.30am in the Carpark between Halswell Library and The Old Vicarage, for a walk around Halswell. Coffee at The Old Vicarage.  All Welcome.  Barbara and Alan 021 126 3801

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces very welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

Sermons…most of Dugald’s sermons are available on line from our website.

World Day of Prayer Friday 6th March 7pm at Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Ave. A service prepared by Zimbabwe with the theme “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk”.  All are welcome.

Meditation Group: Every Tuesday a group meets here from 7.00-7.45pm to meditate together.  We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God.  For 20 minutes we sit in silence.  In silence you soon discover your mind is far from still, and is dancing all over the place.  However we use a mantra to keep gently refocusing.  In the stillness God is at work transforming us and helping us become more authentically ourselves. 

If you would like to try Christian meditation, join us on Tuesday evenings. Meditation is not only good for your soul, but helps relieve stress and anxiety, and has been shown to be very beneficial for your health.

Fundraising Ideas: We had a very good forum with a large number of ideas suggested for fundraising. Please return the blue form to the silver box in the foyer by next Sunday.

Singing Group will next meet at 9.15am on 16th February.


Foyer Store Room …. the north storeroom in the foyer is now locked. If you need a key, please contact Anna in the office. 

Court Theatre Group Booking:

“Lysander’s Aunty” Friday 17th April 7.30pm

‘In this radical comedy, Lysander and Hermia, the lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, run away to the forest…but things take a sharp turn along the way that lands them in the lap of Lysander’s unconventional, untraditional and very Kiwi Aunty. The world of Shakespeare is lovingly turned upside down as the highbrow meets the down-to-earth in this wonderfully quirky comedy’.

Tickets $54 or $42 with copy of Community Services Card. Add your names to the clipboard please, and money to Sue Saunders by Sunday 1st March.

National Remembrance Service for 15 March

To be held on the afternoon of Sunday 15 March in North Hagley Park. The programme is being put together with input from those most affected by the attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The service will be led by the local Muslim Community, Christchurch City Council, the Government, and mana whenua Ngai Tahuriri. Further details pending.


The Gentle Revolution – Emerging Green Churches of Europe
Sunday 16th February 4pm – 5.30pm @ The Chapel of the Waves (corner Collingwood St and Union St, New Brighton)

Mark Gibson, the minister of two East Christchurch parishes, recently visited Eco and Green churches in Scotland, England and Denmark. Hundreds of mostly small local churches are transforming their life in response to the global ecological and climate crisis. Come and hear some wonderful stories. Could Aotearoa NZ evolve our own Green Church? Entry by koha.

Thanks to the concreting team Keith, Rob, David, Graeme, Dugald who have nearly finished all the concreting after the rebuild.

Peggy Cree has donated a bench seat for people to sit in quietness. It will be situated in a new garden area on the northwest corner of the building with a tree in memory of Vivienne Sinclair placed nearby.

Sunday 2nd February 2020

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

We give thanks for Shirley Murray…In today’s service we sing three hymns written by Shirley Murray who died this week in Wellington. Colin Gibson, who worked with Shirley on many hymns, wrote:

Our community has lost a brave bright soul, a distinctive prophetic voice and New Zealand’s finest religious poet. Her work is known, admired, and sung throughout the Christian world. Her hymns and songs will be her legacy for many years to come; her latest volume (published by Hope) reached her a short time before her death.
In one of her poems, Shirley wrote:
Something beautiful for God,

in my seeing,

in my being,

something beautiful for God

let the Spirit make of me.
Something meaningful and true,

in my living

and believing,

something meaningful and true,

something beautiful and new.

I think we can all agree that her wish was fulfilled.

Over the next week read Matt chapters 5-7. What questions come to you? Discuss with someone else a teaching that stands out for you. What does it mean for your life?

Farewell Luncheon

On Sunday 23rd February Dugald will lead his last service with us as our minister before his retirement after 35 years in the ministry.  Following the service Dugald and Janet invite you to join with them for a barbeque lunch.  Sausages, meat patties, bread, and drinks will be provided, and if you are able bring a salad to share.  Those not bringing a salad may like to donate a gold coin to help cover costs. 




PARISH BREAKFAST next Sunday 9th  February 8.45am, hosted by Session. Come along and enjoy cereal, fruit & muffins. Gold coin donation appreciated.

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday (Waitangi Day).

Working Bee Saturday 15th February 9am. Come and help!

Articles are now required for the next edition of the ‘Messenger’.  Email contributions to Anneke: anneke.howie@gmail.com before  Friday 21st February. Many thanks.

Meditation Group: Every Tuesday a group meets here from 7.00-7.45pm to meditate together.  We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God.  For 20 minutes we sit in silence.  In silence you soon discover your mind is far from still, and is dancing all over the place.  However we use a mantra to keep gently refocusing.  In the stillness God is at work transforming us and helping us become more authentically ourselves. 

If you would like to try Christian meditation, join us on Tuesday evenings. Meditation is not only good for your soul, but helps relieve stress and anxiety, and has been shown to be very beneficial for your health.

Fundraising Ideas: We had a very good forum last week with a large number of ideas suggested for fundraising. This week you will receive a blue form asking if you would commit to making an idea happen. Please fill this out with your name and return to the silver box in the foyer.

Singing Group will next meet at 9.15am on 16th February.

Foyer Store Room …. the north storeroom in the foyer (currently with foot clinic, craft group and Elder Care gear in it) is now locked. If you need a key, please contact Anna in the office. 

Wednesday Walkers 5th February: Meet 9.30am in Hawford Rd by Opawa Café carpark for a walk around Opawa/St Martins. Coffee at Opawa Café. All welcome. Joan Mac 022 081 4088.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces very welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264. No session this week 6 Feb.

Decking…  Cyril Morris has recently stained the deck outside the lounge to complete this project.  We say a very big thank you to Cyril  for this great addition to our complex.

You are invited to the Induction of Beckenham Methodist’s new minister TODAY at 2pm.

Sermons…most of Dugald’s sermons are available on line from our website.

Court Theatre Group Booking:

“Lysander’s Aunty” Friday 17th April 7.30pm

‘In this radical comedy, Lysander and Hermia, the lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, run away to the forest…but things take a sharp turn along the way that lands them in the lap of Lysander’s unconventional, untraditional and very Kiwi Aunty. The world of Shakespeare is lovingly turned upside down as the highbrow meets the down-to-earth in this wonderfully quirky comedy’.

Tickets $54 or $42 with copy of Community Services Card. Add your names to the clipboard please, and money to Sue Saunders by Sunday 1st March.

The Gentle Revolution – Emerging Green Churches of Europe
Sunday 16th February 4pm – 5.30pm @ The Chapel of the Waves (corner Collingwood St and Union St, New Brighton)

Mark Gibson, the minister of two East Christchurch parishes, recently visited Eco and Green churches in Scotland, England and Denmark. Hundreds of mostly small local churches are transforming their life in response to the global ecological and climate crisis. Come and hear these wonderful stories. Could Aotearoa NZ evolve our own Green Church movement?

Entry by koha for the work of the Centre. All welcome.




Session Report:

  • Pastoral Care…a small task group has been set up to review our system of Pastoral Care.
  • Ministry Settlement Board…has met and is progressing the work of developing a Parish Profile.
  • Presbytery has not as yet been able to appoint an Interim Moderator for our parish.
  • We have agreed to seek to appoint a minister on Stated Supply for 3-6 months. We will approach Presbytery to see who might be available.
  • We noted that we have our own Facebook page. If you use Facebook please connect with the page (St Martins Presbyterian Community Church) and recommend it to friends.

Sunday 26 January 2020

NOTICES:

A very warm welcome to you all this morning. Please come through to the Lounge after the service for a cuppa and a time to talk.

From our Finance Review Team:

Our recent request for people to review giving has resulted in increased pledges of nearly $13,000 per year.  We are very encouraged by this response and say a very big THANK YOU to you all.

Today after worship we’ll have a forum to discern ideas for fundraising in the year ahead. We are especially keen to find projects that will involve the wider community.   

Please start planning to donate you Charitable Giving Tax rebate back to your church.  More detail on this will come in March from the Board of Managers.

Do you know someone looking to hire an auditorium or lounge space for meetings or for an exercise class.  Tell them about our spaces and direct them to our website where they can find more details.

Court Theatre Group Booking:

“Lysander’s Aunty” Friday 17th April 7.30pm

‘In this radical comedy, Lysander and Hermia, the lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, run away to the forest…but things take a sharp turn along the way that lands them in the lap of Lysander’s unconventional, untraditional and very Kiwi Aunty. The world of Shakespeare is lovingly turned upside down as the highbrow meets the down-to-earth in this wonderfully quirky comedy’.

Tickets $54 or $42 with copy of Community Services Card. Add your names to the clipboard please, and money to Sue Saunders by Sunday 1st March.

New Sunday Readers’ Roster available today – please check to see if there is a copy for you.

You are invited to the Induction of Beckenham Methodist’s new minister on Sunday 2nd February at 2pm.

Meditation Group: Every Tuesday a group meets here from 7.00-7.45pm to meditate together.  We are learners who are following an ancient Christian practice of being still with God.  For 20 minutes we sit in silence.  In silence you soon discover your mind is far from still, and is dancing all over the place.  However we use a mantra to keep gently refocusing.  In the stillness God is at work transforming us and helping us become more authentically ourselves. 

If you would like to try Christian meditation, join us on Tuesday evenings. Meditation is not only good for your soul, but helps relieve stress and anxiety, and has been shown to be very beneficial for your health.

WANTED: The Elder Care group needs drivers who are able to drop clients off at 10am and return to take them home at 2.30pm each Tuesday. Please talk to Lyndsey McKay 388 1264 if you can help.

Foot Clinic TOMORROW 1-4pm in the Lounge.

Singing Group will meet again at 9.15am on 2nd & 16th February

Foyer Store Room …. the north storeroom in the foyer (currently with foot clinic, craft group and Elder Care gear in it) will be kept locked from the beginning of February.  If you need a key, please contact Anna in the office. 

“Unofficial” Wednesday walk 29th January: Meet 9.30am at Oderings for a stroll around Spreydon. Coffee at Kowhai Café. All are welcome. Sonya 339 7038.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am – 12 noon. $3 per session. New faces very welcome. Lyndsey 388 1264.

The Gentle Revolution – Emerging Green Churches of Europe
Sunday 16th February 4pm – 5.30pm @ The Chapel of the Waves (corner Collingwood St and Union St, New Brighton)

Mark Gibson, the minister of two East Christchurch parishes, recently visited Eco and Green churches in Scotland, England and Denmark. Hundreds of mostly small local churches are transforming their life in response to the global ecological and climate crisis. One church has slashed its carbon footprint by two-thirds, at another over a hundred people cycle to worship every Sunday. The Green Church movement in Denmark is transforming church graveyards into bio-diversity hotspots. Come and hear these wonderful stories, and many more. Could Aotearoa NZ evolve our own Green Church movement?

Entry by koha for the work of the Centre. All welcome.







Session Report:

  • Pastoral Care…a small task group has been set up to review our system of Pastoral Care.
  • Ministry Settlement Board…has met and is progressing the work of developing a Parish Profile.
  • Presbytery has not as yet been able to appoint an Interim Moderator for our parish.
  • We have agreed to seek to appoint a minister on Stated Supply for 3-6 months. We will approach Presbytery to see who might be available.
  • We noted that we have our own Facebook page. If you use Facebook please connect with the page (St Martins Presbyterian Community Church) and recommend it to friends.