Newsletter 20 August

1 IN 100 NEW ZEALANDERS ARE HOMELESS
JOIN US TO LAMENT THE HOUSING CRISIS
There are five ‘Services of Lament’ taking place across the region on Sunday 27 August.  The services are being held on empty Housing New Zealand land.  This is an opportunity to mark our sorrow at our society’s failure to ensure all New Zealanders have a home.  Lament is a centuries-old practice to acknowledge grief as one step towards healing and restoration.  The venues are:
27-33 Strathmore Ave, 3 pm— a short service including stories, songs and reflection, followed by afternoon tea.  Bring a plate to share.
Lower Hutt Cambridge Tce, opp railway station, 10 am . Bring Gumboots.
Porirua, cnr Ixion Lane and Castor crescent, 12 pm. Bring pikelets to share.
Palmerston Nth, Raleigh St, Awapuni, 2 pm .
Wellington Cathedral. Art installation launch and lament service, 4 pm.

Special General Meeting
The SGM was held yesterday, 20 August after the close of the 9 am service and resumed again after the close of the 10.30 am service.  The meeting sought approval for the expenditure on strengthening St Matthias, Makara and to agreement to funding of the next stage of design work for the Community Connection Point.

Intermediate Camp
28-29 October at St Johns, Feilding.  Cost only $17.  A great action packed 24-hour camp of activities and active learning, for years 7, 8 and 9-ish around the lower North Island.  Accommodation will be Marae-style (on the floor) in the Church/hall.  We will travel together in packs, competing and working as a group.  The leaders (ratio of 1—4) will travel through the 24 hours with you. Brochures and registration forms available in the Gathering Area.  For information, Chris Casey 027 472 1057 or intermediatecamp.eventbrite.co.nz

Parish Dinner
You are invited to our Parish dinner on 26 August at 6.00pm. There will be tables and games for children. 
Monday 9 am is the final cut-off for RSVPs so either sign up on the clipboards today or email Zoё in the Parish office.  

Love n Stitches
Meet 2nd Saturday of each month 1.30—4 pm in the Office kitchen.  They are currently making knitted rugs and teddy bears but would love to do more and with more people.  Everybody is welcome who can or wants to learn to knit, crochet.  Just bring a good sense of humour and caring for others.  For more info phone contact Janet Wilson
476 7327 or Jenny Spiers 938 7716

Perspectives of Pilgrimage
John Davidson has recently published a book of poetry entitled Perspectives of Pilgrimage.  It is entirely religious-themed and reflects John’s experiences in the Anglican Church.  The 56 poems are a mixture of the serious and humorous.  John is happy to sign copies.  The cost is $20 and copies can be ordered by emailing john.davidson@vuw.ac.nz

 

 

Newsletter 13 August

Family Fish n Chip Night
Have a night off cooking and come and join us for a Family F&C dinner, Friday, 18 August.  Arrive anytime from 5.30 pm.  If you are going to be later than 6 pm bring your own takeaways and join in (so you are not eating cold food!)  Please text your order to Kate on 0211245471 by the night before (17th) and let us know how many fish/hot dogs your family might eat and we will have it ready to go!  Payment by Koha.  Feel free to BYO beer/wine too.  Stay as long or short as you like, games and bouncy castle will be available for kids to enjoy…

Intermediate Camp.
28-29 October at St Johns, Feilding.  Cost only $17.  A great action packed 24-hour camp of activities and active learning, for years 7, 8 and 9-ish around the lower North Island.  Accommodation will be Marae-style (on the floor) in the Church/hall.  We will travel together in packs, competing and working as a group.  The leaders (ratio of 1—4) will travel through the 24 hours with you. Brochures and registration forms available in the Gathering Area.  More information contact Chris Casey 027 472 1057 or intermediatecamp.eventbrite.co.nz

Perspectives of Pilgrimage
John Davidson has recently published a book of poetry entitled Perspectives of Pilgrimage.  It is entirely religious-themed and reflects John’s experiences in the Anglican Church.  The 56 poems are a mixture of the serious and humorous.  John is happy to sign copies.  The cost is $20 and copies can be ordered by emailing john.davidson@vuw.ac.nz

Parish Dinner
You are invited to our Parish dinner on 26 August at 6.00pm. There will be tables and games for children.  Sign up on the clipboard at church today or RVSP to Zoё in the office.

Children’s Toys, Books or Games
There are two refugee families arriving next week with girls aged 4, 6 and 8 years.  If anyone has suitable unwanted toys/books/board games or craft items,  in good condition, please contact Judy and Mike Scrivener 970 3069 to arrange for them to be picked up on Monday.

Opportunities to Help
We need someone to change the altar hangings as the church calendar changes.  Another person to oversee the gathering area kitchen.  You will need tact, the ability to organise, willingness to clean and you will get the last word on how the space runs!  Contact Zoё for more information.

Special General Meeting
Notice is given of a information evening on 16 August, 7.30 pm at St Mary’s church, preceding a Special General Meeting.  The SGM will open on Sunday 20 August after the close of the 9 am service and resume again after the close of the 10.30 am service.  The meeting will seek approval for the expenditure on strengthening St Matthias, Makara and to agree the funding of the next stage of design work for the Community Connection Point.

Support Eva
Our family member Elizabeth Brittain’s great niece Eva has been suffering for some years now with cancer.  She is just 18 but has had to endure much.  We are taking an offering to help cover the costs of further treatment.  Envelopes are available today, or drop it in to the office this week.  Please keep Eva and her family in your prayers.

 

 

Newsletter 6 August

Special General Meeting
Notice is given of a information evening on 16 August, 7.30 pm at St Mary’s church, preceding a Special General Meeting.  The SGM will open on Sunday 20 August after the close of the 9 am service and resume again after the close of the 10.30 am service.  The meeting will seek approval for the expenditure on strengthening St Matthias, Makara and to agree the funding of the next stage of design work for the Community Connection Point..

Support Eva
Our family member Elizabeth Brittain’s great niece Eva has been suffering for some years now with cancer.  She is just 18 but has had to endure much.  We are taking an offering to help cover the costs of further treatment.  Envelopes are available today, or drop it in to the office this week.  Please keep Eva and her family in your prayers.

Opportunities to Help
There are many different people who serve our church in so many different ways behind the scenes.  We are looking for two more spots to be filled.  One person to change the altar hangings as the church calendar changes.  Another person to oversee the gathering area kitchen.  You will need tact, the ability to organise, willingness to clean and you will get the last word on how the space runs!  Contact Zoё for more information.

The Forgiveness Workshop
Forgiveness, when it is properly understood and applied, helps to heal people’s wounds and positively changes our relationships and lives.  The workshop will be run by Dr Phil Halstead who created the Forgiveness Matters Course.  Phil is a lecturer at Carey Baptist College and heads up the pastoral care at St Augustine’s Anglican church.  Saturday 12 August, 2—5:15 pm.  For information contact Zoë.

Parish Dinner
Our Parish dinner is 26 August at 6.00pm. There will be tables and games for children.  Sign up on the clipboard at church today or RVSP to Zoё in the office.

Intermediate Camp
28-29 October at St Johns, Feilding.  Cost only $17.  A great action packed 24-hour camp of activities and active learning, for years 7, 8 and 9-ish around the lower North Island.  Includes two hours swimming, night games, competitions, food, and of course, some sleep.  Accommodation will be Marae-style (on the floor) in the Church/hall.  We will travel together in packs, competing and working as a group.  The leaders (ratio of 1—4) will travel through the 24 hours with you. Brochures and registration forms available in the Gathering Area.  More information contact Chris Casey 027 472 1057 or intermediatecamp.eventbrite.co.nz

Family Fish n Chip Night
Have a night off cooking and come and join us for a Family F&C dinner, Friday, 18 August.  Arrive anytime from 5.30 pm.  If you are going to be later than 6 pm bring your own takeaways and join in (so you are not eating cold food!)  Please text your order to Kate on 0211245471 by the night before (17th) and let us know how many fish/hot dogs your family might eat and we will have it ready to go!  Payment by Koha.  Feel free to BYO beer/wine too.  Stay as long or short as you like, games and bouncy castle will be available for kids to enjoy…

 

Newsletter 30 July

Samuel Marsden Open Morning
You and your daughter (or Preschool son) are invited to the Marsden School Karori Open Morning, Friday 18 August, 8.45 am and 12 pm. This is a good opportunity to see the school in action and learn about the programmes and opportunities for your child.  Enrolments are open.

Afternoon Fellowship
Wednesday, 2nd August, 1.30 p.m. in the Prayer Room, with Tabatha, SMASH Manager.

Volunteer Opportunity!
Parent Help is a not for profit organisation aimed at helping parents build resilient and positive families/whanau through a free parenting helpline, affordable parenting courses and counselling services.  They need volunteers for a street appeal, Wednesday 20 September.  Call 802 5767 or admin@parenthelp.org.nz

Organ Recital
Our own David Trott is giving an organ recital on Tuesday 1 August at 12.15 in Old St Paul’s. Why don’t you pop along and support him.

 

Foodbank Donations
Each week we collect food for the City Mission Foodbank.  City Missioner, Tric Malcolm wrote to thank us for the $2,715.00 worth of donations from April 16—March 17.  There is a basket at the back of the church.  Bring a non perishable food item from your pantry and contribute to our collective donation. Your generosity helps the City Mission to help those in need to regain independence and self worth.  Keep it up!

Opportunities to Help
There are many different people who serve our church in so many different ways behind the scenes.  We are looking for two more spots to be filled: 
One person to change the altar hangings as the church calendar changes. 
Another person to oversee the gathering area kitchen.  You will need tact, the ability to organise, willingness to clean and you will get the last word on how the space runs!  Contact Zoё for more information.

Parish Dinner
The new date for our Parish dinner is 26 August.  Put this in your diaries. More information about our family gathering coming soon.