Sunday 23 July 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – Thank God it is Winter!

 

 Session Report July

  1. Roll…Updating of the Members Roll is almost complete. We are aware this is an administrative matter that is irksome to some, but any organisation has to keep some sort of list of members.
  2. Name….Session had an interesting discussion about our name ‘St Martins Presbyterian Church’. While the church building is located in the St Martins suburb, most people attending come from wider Christchurch.  We are in fact a Presbyterian presence in South Christchurch.  We came to no conclusions other than keeping the name St Martins and possibly looking for a name that describes what we are about to link with it.  Suggestions are welcome!
  3. Employment matters…. We have adopted a job description for Anna in the office and have prepared an updated contract. The Session will keep accurate account of leave for both our administrator and our minister.
  4. Health and Safety… We are preparing a form for all groups to keep record of any health and safety issues that may arise.
  5. Website…. Our website is one of our most important tools to advertise our presence in the community. (The most powerful is each one of us!) We are going to revamp our website to focus more on telling users simply who we are and what we do.  We will keep information like notices on the site but they will not be on the homepage.  Deborah has offered to train people to access the site to keep it up to date and relevant.
  6. First Two Sundays in October…. The Mineral and Lapidary Club will not be available to meet in. We are looking for alternative venues including a local café, or a visit to a congregation in the country.
  7. Gift of Piano… The Session want to acknowledge the generous gift of the electric piano given by Ken Austin in memory of his mother Joyce, a long time Session member.

 

Building Team Report

We have finally received detailed architectural drawings of the repair of the church.  Some of the key points in the design that we have requested of the architect are:

  • The orientation for worship will be towards the south wall. The middle wall panel with small coloured windows will be shifted to the east giving a plain wall behind the communion table to project images from the data projector.
  • We will introduce a cross on the street facing east wall constructed from the small glass windows to match those on the south wall. This will be back lit to shine at night.
  • The entry doors to the foyer will be fully glazed to allow people to see into the building. We will also increase the size of windows to allow more light and sun into the foyer. The foyer will be carpeted with carpet tiles.
  • Current lights in the church will be retained but will be raised slightly to create less of a factory feel.
  • A good sound system will be installed.
  • To enable better hospitality the kitchen will be enlarged and will include a steriliser.
  • To meet council requirements four toilets will be installed in what was the office.

Going forward, the architect is now going to apply for a consent waiver, more detailed documentation regarding the contract with the building firm will be prepared, and a more detailed costing ascertained.  We will then hopefully present the Church Property Trustees with a contract to be signed and possibly work could begin in mid-September.

 

NoticesA very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Thanks to Lyndsey McKay for leading today’s worship.

Fireside meets this Tuesday 25th July 7.30pm at Allison’s, 5 Clouston St. All women are very welcome. Contact Allison 332 0554 for further details.

 Wednesday Walkers 26th July: Contact Sonya 339 7038 for this week’s destination. All are welcome.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

Congregational Pancake Breakfast NEXT Sunday 30th July 8.45am Some blokes from the congregation are turning on a pancake breakfast on the last Sunday this month.  There will be a starter of muesli, cereal, or porridge (with cream), followed by pancakes and fruit.  The blokes are in training and promise a special effort.  $2 donation or $5 per family.  Be there!

There will be a special service conducted by the Moderator of the Alpine Presbytery at the Mineral and Lapidary Club Hall to induct the Rev Dugald Wilson as minister at St Martins on Sunday August 13th at 3.00pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. 

 People Matter Seminar/Forums “Need not Greed 2017”  Thursdays 5.30 – 7.30pm at Knox Centre, Bealey Ave (doors open from 5pm for drinks/snacks)

July 27th        Land for the Benefit of All

August 3rd    A Living Income for All

Go to ecuactioncanterbury@gmail.com for more information

Brainwave Seminar Wednesday 30th August 10am – 11.30am  Sydenham Community Centre, 25 – 27 Hutcheson Street, Sydenham. For carers of the very young, and grandparents. “What you do can make a difference. Consistent responsive loving care grows great brains”. Free. To register and see more, go to: www.brainwave.org.nz/register

Opening of the Bryndwr building at The Village Church at 365a Ilam Rd
Presbytery and other interested people are warmly invited to attend the official service marking the opening of the new Bryndwr building on the site of the former St Stephen’s Church on Sunday 6th August at 3.00pm. The Very Rev Ray Coster will be preaching.

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Sunday 16 July 2017

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 Sunday 16th July 2017

Hospitality – God’s love made visible

 

Some questions…

  • Was there something in today’s address that surprised, encouraged, unsettled, or intrigued you?
  • Do you ever wonder why you ‘bump’ into people in your daily life? Have you ever experienced these chance encounters as a time when God may be speaking to you?
  • How do you practice hospitality – reaching out to listen to others?
  • Talk with someone else in our congregation about how we might grow our practice of hospitality together

 Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 Parish Lunch Cashmere Club TODAY 12 noon

 TODAY: Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian’s Presbyterian Church, Riccarton, 4pm.

SESSION meets this Wednesday 19th July 7.30pm at Merchiston.

Wednesday Walkers 19th July: Meet 9.45am cnr Tennyson & Colombo Streets. Coffee at Coffee Culture, Beckenham. All Welcome. Janette 332 1240.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 Congregational Pancake Breakfast 30th July 8.45am

Some blokes from the congregation are turning on a pancake breakfast on the last Sunday this month.  There will be a starter of muesli, cereal, or porridge (with cream), followed by pancakes and fruit.  The blokes are in training and promise a special effort.  $2 donation or $5 per family.  Be there!

There will be a special service conducted by the Moderator of the Alpine Presbytery at the Mineral and Lapidary Club Hall to induct the Rev Dugald Wilson as minister at St Martins on Sunday August 13th at 3.00pm, with an afternoon tea to follow. 

 

People Matter Seminar/Forums “Need not Greed 2017”  Thursdays 5.30 – 7.30pm at Knox Centre, Bealey Ave (doors open from 5pm for drinks/snacks)

July 20th        Secure Housing for All

July 27th        Land for the Benefit of All

August 3rd    A Living Income for All

Go to ecuactioncanterbury@gmail.com for more information

Brainwave Seminar Wednesday 30th August 10am – 11.30am 

Sydenham Community Centre, 25 – 27 Hutcheson Street, Sydenham. For carers of the very young, and grandparents. “What you do can make a difference. Consistent responsive loving care grows great brains”. Free. To register and see more, go to: www.brainwave.org.nz/register

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Sunday 9th July 2017 10am – Let us end Word Famine

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

Sunday 9 July 2017

Let us end world famine

Lord’s Prayer: God, lover of us all, most holy one,

help us to respond to you to create what you want for us here

on earth.

Give us today enough for our needs

Forgive our weak and deliberate offences

Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.

Help us to resist evil and to do what is good

For we are yours endowed with your power to make our world whole. Amen.

 

The 10 Commandments of Food and reflection     

  1. Give thanks for the food you eat.
  2. Eat food grown as close as possible to where you live.
  3. Strive for all people to know about and have access to affordable, nutritious food.
  4. Eat mindfully and in moderation. Do not waste food.
  5. Rejoice and share the sacred gift of food with all.
  6. Be grateful to those who grow and prepare food for your table.
  7. Support fair wages for farmworkers, farmers and food workers.
  8. Reduce the environmental damage of land, water and air from food production and the food system.
  9. Protect the biodiversity of seeds, soils, ecosystems and the cultures of food producers.
  10. Support Christian World Service – our church’s own agency and part of a world-wide network – regularly.

Reflection  – What can we do to help the issue of famine in the World

Causes: armed conflict…civil war the greatest reason                                                                 (Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, South Asia…)

            compounded by draught …failed harvests, dependency on 1 or 2 crops only…    

            and failures to develop agriculture & education in rural areas

            extremes of wealth & poverty…lack of just tax system, or adequate regulation of banks,  so that money & security continues to ‘flood up’ (not ‘trickle down’)

OUR Response:

            “Collective global efforts now imperative – we need $4.4bn by July”.

            with sustained, unpolitical humanitarian access …”

 

~ How we use not waste food…                                                                                                     ~ buy locally, or NZ or Fair Trade – avoid monopolies –                                                                  ~ support peace-making / anti-armaments organizations –                                                            ICRC, UN Peace-Keeping, Anti-Nuclear NZ, Amnesty                                                          ~ for emergency rescue, food, shelter:  CWS (and ACT), SCF, UNFAO. UNICEF

~ Intercession: concern/intention /action                                                                                        – “smallest action here can affect across vast distances”

 

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Our thanks to the Worship committee for leading today’s worship.  Your gifts of non perishable food items will be donated to Waltham Cottage to be distributed. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 Parish Lunch Cashmere Club NEXT Sunday 16th July 12 noon There will be a parish luncheon at the Cashmere Club NEXT Sunday at 12noon. Cost: $25 per head. Please add your name to list TODAY. Speak to Allison 332 0554 or Irene 332 7036 for more information.

 Next Sunday 16th July at 4pm
Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian’s Presbyterian Church, Riccarton.

Wednesday Walkers 12th July: Meet 9.45am in Simeon St on the corner of Meadowville Ave for a walk around east Spreydon. Coffee at Café Mosaic in Barrington Mall. All welcome. Keith & Marilyn 960 2484.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

No Excuse Sunday scheduled for Sunday 16th July has been postponed.

If you have a suggestion to be the next Moderator of the Assembly of the PCANZ, please let Irene know before 12th July.

 Parish Pancake Breakfast 30th July 8.45am (please note corrected date)

Inner-city churches (along with EcuAction) have organised their 4th series of Seminar-Forums, beginning late in July.
To hear Professor Shamubeel Eaqub speak on Secure Housing for All, there is a seminar planned for Thursday 27th July at the Knox Church Centre at 5.30pm.

Luther +500   The Relevance of the Reformation
A one day conference will be hosted at Hope Church, Hornby on Saturday August 26th from 9.30am till 2.30pm.
It will look at the relevance of the Reformation 500 years on with guest speakers Stuart Lange and Pauline Simonsen.
A koha for attendance. Free lunch for those who register!
Register with Peter@followers.org.nz

From Alpine Presbytery newsletter:

Dugald’s Induction will be on Sunday 13th August 3pm at the CMLC Hall.

Add this date to your diaries!

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Sunday 2 July 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

Notices:

NEXT Sunday 9th July: Theme “How can we help world famine?” The worship committee would like each member of the congregation to bring along a non perishable item of food to be brought up as part of the offering. These gifts will go to Waltham Cottage to be distributed.

Wednesday Walkers 5th July: Meet 9.45am in Hansens Lane, by Countdown Supermarket, for a walk in the area. Coffee will be at van Dams, round the corner in Riccarton Road.  All welcome.  Judith 332 1577.

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

No Excuse Sunday scheduled for Sunday 16th July has been postponed. On July 16th we are planning a Parish Lunch instead. Dugald.

Men’s Group Thursday 6th July. Meet at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, for a shared finger food tea at 5.45pm. Our speaker will be Peter Saunders about his impressions of Scotland. Queries to Tony 332 0554.

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

If you have a suggestion to be the next Moderator of the Assembly of the PCANZ, please let Irene know before 12th July.

Parish Lunch Cashmere Club Sunday 16th July 12 noon

There will be a parish luncheon at the Cashmere Club on Sunday 16th July at 12noon.

The cost will be $25 per head. Please add your name to list TODAY.

Speak to Allison 332 0554 or Irene 332 7036 for more information.

For Your Diary…
Sunday 16th July at 4pm
Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian’s Presbyterian Church, Riccarton.  Yvonne has been called for a two year term.

Inner-city churches (along with EcuAction) have organised their 4th series of Seminar-Forums, beginning late in July.
To hear Professor Shamubeel Eaqub speak on Secure Housing for All, there is a seminar planned for Thursday 27th July at the Knox Church Centre at 5.30pm.

Parish Pancake Breakfast 20th August 8.45am

Luther +500   The Relevance of the Reformation
A one day conference will be hosted at Hope Church, Hornby on Saturday August 26th from 9.30am till 2.30pm.
It will look at the relevance of the Reformation 500 years on with guest speakers Stuart Lange and Pauline Simonsen.
A koha for attendance. Free lunch for those who register!
Register with Peter@followers.org.nz

Digital Piano We have received a wonderful gift of a new digital piano from one of our members Ken Austin.  Ken has donated this piano in memory of his mother Joyce, who was a long time member and Elder of both St David’s and St Martins congregations.  She loved music, and we trust this piano will enhance our worship and encourage others to join our valuable musicians team.  While the digital piano plays like a ‘normal’ piano it also has a limited number of other settings like a pipe organ.  Because it is digital we can also enhance the sound level and play it through the sound system.

Thank you Ken!

Help….we need a simple dust cover made for the new digital piano.  See Dugald for instructions.

We have a new sign at the office to let people know when we are in residence.  Office hours are Wednesday- Friday mornings.

To reflect on….

 What is the one thought or idea from today’s address that caught your attention, challenged, disturbed, encouraged, or helped you?

 What can we learn from Team NZ and their message that we kept testing to keep learning? 

 How do you see God?  Is God the judge who wants you to be perfect or is God more interested in your growth and in leading you to discover life in all its fullness?

 How do you think your life is a blessing to others?  If you can tell someone else why you think their life is a blessing?…..

 

Meditate… after a few minutes silence complete this sentence as your prayer: “Living God, it’s not too late for you and I to have a go at…………

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Sunday 25th June 2017 10am

WHILE OUR CHURCH BUILDING IS REPAIRED WE ARE MEETING EACH SUNDAY AT THE MINERAL & LAPIDARY CLUB 11O WALTHAM RD (NEXT TO WALTHAM SCHOOL) AT 10AM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME YOU.

 

Sunday 25th June 2017

Pentecost 3

 

Call to Worship:

There’s a call to follow…

We are here because in some way we have responded to that call

There’s a call to worship

We are here to respond to that call as well

There’s a call to live lives after the model of Jesus

We are here to honour that

There’s a call to examine ourselves in the light of what we read about Jesus

We do that in company with fellow travellers, companions on the way

There’s a call to examine all calls that are made on our resources: the calls of advertisers, of economists, of pollsters, of hucksters and illusionists, the delusioned and the passionately wrong, the self-centred and the greedily inflamed

We do that using the gifts of discernment present in the gathered community of Jesus

There’s a call to be wise

There’s a call to be loving

There’s a call to be open

There’s a call to minister grace

We respond to that call: together in heart, in mind, and in voice.

 

Benediction:

As we walk out into the day that remains to us

May what we need to remember stay close

As we wake tomorrow to a new week

May the deep purposes of our hearts carry us faithfully

As we live, and breathe, and have our being

May we be confident in your grace,

assured of your love and empowered by hope.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Building Report

Our architect is currently working on detailed drawings for the strengthening of the church.

We have been looking seriously at an alternative proposal for the strengthening but have decided to progress with the solution proposed by Structex.

We hope to have detailed architectural drawings prepared by the end of this month. A review of cost will then be undertaken.

We will aim to have a question and answer session after worship on Sunday 2nd July to update everyone.

Notices:

A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Our thanks to Rev Alan Webster for leading today’s worship. Please stay for morning tea after the service.

 

On Sunday 9th July – The Worship Committee will lead Worship with the theme “How can we help World Famine?”  

We would like each member of the congregation to bring along a non perishable item of food to be bought up as part of the offering.  These gifts will go to Waltham Cottage to be distributed to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Many thanks.

 

Fireside meets this Tuesday 27th June 7.30pm at Lyn’s. All women are very welcome. Talk to Sonya 339 7038 for more information.

 

Wednesday Walkers 28th June: Meet 9.45am in Cargo Bar carpark in far right area nearest railway line for a walk along the newly opened cycleway and back through the streets of Addingtown Centre. Cuppa & chat at Bean Scene café. All welcome. Sonya 027 2533397.

 

Crafty Crafters Thursdays 10am-12 noon at Beckenham Methodist. $3 per session. Bring along your own craft project, or learn a new skill! Contact Beverley 384 7814 for further details.

 

No Excuse Sunday scheduled for Sunday 16th July has been postponed. On July 16th we are planning a Parish Lunch instead. Dugald.

 

Men’s Group Thursday 6th July. Meet at Merchiston, 75 St Martins Rd, for a shared finger food tea at 5.45pm. Our speaker will be Peter Saunders about his impressions of Scotland. Queries to Tony 332 0554

 

Te Whare Roopu o Oterepu – Waltham Community Cottage – Job Vacancy

Seeking applications for the position of Community Wellbeing Coordinator. The work is part-time four days per week, Monday to Thursday. To receive a job description or enquire further, email: tewhare@walthamcottage.com  Applications close midday, Thursday 29th June.

 

Due to illness Rev Andrew Norton will not be able to fulfil his nomination to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCANZ. If you have a suggestion to be the next Moderator, please communicate this with Irene, our Session Clerk, before 12th July.

 

TONIGHT Sunday 25th June at 5pm
Evensong at the Transitional Cathedral Hear visiting Professor Christopher Holmes speaking on “Who is Jesus Really?” followed by an informal seminar over refreshments.

For Your Diary…
Sunday 16th July at 4pm
Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian’s Presbyterian Church, Riccarton.  Yvonne has been called for a two year term.

 

Inner-city churches (along with EcuAction) have organised their 4th series of Seminar-Forums, beginning late in July.
To hear Professor Shamubeel Eaqub speak on Secure Housing for All, there is a seminar planned for Thursday 27th July at the Knox Church Centre at 5.30pm.

 

Parish Lunch Cashmere Club

Sunday 16th July 12 noon

 

There will be a parish luncheon at the Cashmere Club on Sunday 16th July at 12noon.

The cost will be $25 per head. Please add your name to list TODAY.

This is always a fun occasion and an opportunity to relax and chat to parish members over a meal.

We hope that you will be able to attend.

Speak to Allison 332 0554 or Irene 332 7036 for more information.

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