Newsletter 20 August

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

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