Have a Grow makes the headlines

Community garden workers

Left to right: Steve Kimberley, Leah McFarlane, Mike Arcus; right from back: Bev McNeilage, Dana Wishnowsky and Craig Bayliss

St Matthew’s Have a Grow community gardening project featured on the front page of this week’s Wairarapa Midweek.

The Have a Grow project started in 2009 with the aim of teaching families or groups how to sustain a viable home vegetable garden.

With a $6,000 grant from the Wairarapa Families Anglican Trust, eight 3m x 7m garden plots have now been set up behind the Parish Hall and each participant is mentored to produce their own demonstration garden, with all the garden tools and equipment provided. Participants commit to 12 months supervised weekly maintenance of a provided plot.

At the end of 12 months the project offers to set up raised gardens in their own homes and continues to mentor them for a further 12 months.

If you know of families or individuals who might benefit, get in touch with Steve (06) 370-8589.

Thanks to Kerri Bowling and Wairarapa Midweek for writing about the project and for the photograph.

Faith-based prison

Man looking at cross

The 60-bed faith unit at Rimutaka Prison opened in 2003 and is a partnership between the Department of Corrections and Prison Fellowship New Zealand.

The unit provides an opportunity for inmates to explore the Christian faith, and to surround themselves with Christian support on release.


Three men sitting in prison yard

The interdenominational programme was developed with representatives of the mainstream Christian denominations and the spiritual transformation focuses on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Trained Christian mentors work on a one to-one basis with the prisoners eight months before they leave the prison, and for up to two years after they are released.

The mentors are supported by their church, which undertakes to provide the offender and their family with moral and spiritual support after release.

This approach empowers offenders and volunteers alike to take responsibility for restoring personal, family and community relationships.


Te Ara Pono (Prison Cursillo)

Te Ara Pono (TAP) is a specially-designed prison Cursillo, based around an intensive four-day in-prison course, which is itself based on the normal Cursillo Three Days programme.

Cursillistas with a calling to prison ministry run the course in the Faith Unit each November.

Two Cursillistas within the St Matthew’s 10 am congregation are involved with this initiative.

(Te Ara Pono means the Way of Faith)

Target Programme

Our Vestry is currently considering the Target Programme, which gives parishes the resources they need to accept, coach, encourage and hold accountable released prisoners and assist their families.  This is a big step for the parish and it will discussed in full during the Vestry Planning Day, on 16 October.

Parishioners can be involved directly by supporting and assisting released prisoners and their families, or indirectly by providing clothing, food and household items, and by supporting those who are directly involved with prayer.

Further reading

If you have any questions, or are interested in becoming involved, ask Vicar Steve Kimberley, who also has videos and other information.


Is this a record?

Yellow chrysanthemums
Yellow chrysanthemums

How long do flowers usually last in a vase? A week? Two weeks? Perhaps three if the weather is cool?

Brenda Oldfield is one of the St Matthew’s flower ladies. On Saturday, July 10, she started her winter rostered duty by providing two colourful arrangements, situated each side of the central Cross.

Yellow chrysanthemums were the focal point among the background greenery and brightened the winter Sundays for the next two weeks.

The yellow colour was just right for a wedding on July 17 and only some titivating was needed for the big day.

Yet, as other flower ladies worked through their rostered fortnights, July became August and still the chrysanthemums remained bright and fresh.

Over the weeks, white flowers were added to the vases, greenery came and went, the white flowers curled up their petals and drooped – but Brenda’s chrysanthemums held up their golden heads all through July and August and into September.

Wendy Falloon was finally compelled to remove them on Saturday September 18, nine, yes nine weeks after Brenda had set them in place.

No doubt the winter season helped them last, but even so, there must have been something special that Brenda did or said to them as she arranged them on that day in early July!

Flower ladies of St Matthew’s: Your tasks lovingly done are seen and appreciated. Whether the small arrangement in the Chapel or the two larger ones below the Cross, they are a delight to the eye and often a talking point as they are are admired.

Thank you!


Vicar Steve adds: My father, when referring to work ethics, always stressed the importance of doing even the little things right.

The ministry of the Church rides on the back of a lot of unsung and often unnoticed ministries. The Flower roster is on of those. Yet it sends a compelling message on behalf of everyone. We care about our place of worship as we care about the people God calls us to shepherd.

Jesus loves me – for older folk

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song,
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

God Bless Us All!

Three-Day Prayer and Fast Call

What would God have us do?

I invite anyone, especially those associated with the St. Matthew’s 10 am service, to join me (in your own capacity) to seek God’s way forward to develop the service and wider ministry of this particular congregation.

It will begin 7pm on Monday, 4 October, and conclude at 9 pm on Thursday, 7 October, for those who wish to fast (Daniel)

The Church will be open for prayer from 7 am till 9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with an evening Eucharist at 7.30pm each day.

Reflective prayers, music and DVDs will be available during this time and a “GOD BOX” will be on the communion table to put in any individual prayer insights.


Our awesome privilege

Bible in Schools
Travelling out to Wainuioru school every Tuesday morning to teach bible in Schools, I find a huge challenge.

I am truly amazed how gracious God is as He gives me the right words to say at the right time.

It is a real thrill and a pleasure to tell these children about God, and

for some, it is the first time they have heard anything about Him. Their amazement at the things we tell them is very encouraging.

I trust that God will nurture these small seeds that are being planted.
Denise Arcus

Bible in Schools – is it worth it?
I think so. When you consider that in a class of 26-plus, you may get two or three children who know something of God and Jesus – one young boy asked if Mary (Merry) Christmas was Jesus’ Mother. Yes, we do need to get the message out there. And when not many children come to church what better than to take the message to school.

The lessons are Biblical and encompass Jesus’ teachings and values.

We need to look on it as seed sowing and pray that the seed will take root, grow and flourish for Jesus.
June Whitehead

Bible in Schools – a joy

Teaching Bible in Schools is not only a joy but a real privilege.

I wasn’t at all sure at first if I could do it, but felt God was calling me, so in His strength I was willing to give it a go.

After 27 years I am not tired of it, it is so enjoyable to spend time with the children each week and to get to know them.

It truly is a real priviledge to have this opportunity to teach children about God and his son Jesus, and to teach them to pray.
Christine Ellis

Please support us in prayer:

  • Denise and June at Wainuioru, Tuesday 9 – 9:30
  • June and Christine at Lakeview 12:00 – 12:30
  • Also please pray for the Lunchtime club at Lakeview 12:30 – 1:30 Mondays – Helpers are always needed.

Changes to 10 am service

Music Group at 10 am service

Last Sunday, 5 September, a few minor changes were incorporated into the 10 o’clock service at St Matthew’s, changes which are intended to streamline and improve the flow of the service.

The most noticeable alterations were to the order of the songs.

The format until now has been:

Pre-service song as people are gathering (mostly in the Narthex!)
Children’s song
Notices, birthdays, prayers
Two praise songs
Readings, sermon
Reflective song
Offering song
Final song

On Sunday the offertory was moved forward and slotted in front of the two praise songs, which left the reflective song leading straight into the Great Thanksgiving. This dispensed with the jarring disruption of quiet worship as the offering was taken up before moving into the Eucharist.

Congregants were also encouraged to move forward for Communion during the singing of the Lord’s Prayer, rather than waiting until it had finished.

And the music group has been instructed to start the pre-service song a few minutes before 10am instead of waiting until people have moved from the Narthex into the Nave.

To encourage the people in the Narthex to enter the main body of the church, welcomers will hand outKoinonias at the final set of doors instead of at the doors between the outer Foyer and Narthex.

These and any other proposed changes are to be flexible and provide the platform for the service to move into ministry, etc as the Holy Spirit moves and dictates.

Bishop launches appeal for Christchurch Diocese

The Bishop of Wellington has launched an appeal to assist the Diocese of Christchurch in its ministry, care and support to its people and parishes and communities affected by the significant earthquake which hit Christchurch and the surrounding communities early on Saturday morning.

Donations can be made to

“Bishops Emergency Appeal”,
Anglican Centre,
P O Box 12046,
Wellington 6144,

or via our own parish, who will forward the money on to us.  Cheques should be written out to “Diocese of Wellington – Bishop’s Emergency Appeal”.  All donations will qualify as ‘Charitable Donations’ and receipts and acknowledgement to those donations will be made.

The Bishop and the Administrator will liaise closely with the Bishop and Diocese of Christchurch to ensure that such donations reach the coal face of need and will assist people in what will be the long process of rebuilding their lives, homes and communities.

Above all, uphold the people of Christchurch and surrounding districts, and all the emergency personnel assisting them, in your prayers.

This week’s news – 3 September 2010

David Lacey’s Ordination – 2 pm, 20 November.
Please indicate on the sheet in the back of St Matthews or ring or email Patti if you are a starter for a bus so it can be booked. Contributions for a Parish gift to David can be made to the Office.

Stewardship Envelopes, October 2010 – March 2011
Now at the back of the Church and Chapel and at the country churches.
Please take yours.

Seniors’ Lunch
The next luncheon will be held on 9 September 2010, at 12 noon in the hall, following the 10:30am Thursday morning service. Numbers are required for catering purposes. Please let us know by 7 September. If you require transport please let us know when you ring in.   Contact: Hugh Le Seelleur 377 1196, Trevor Mills 378 8938, or Patti at the Parish Office 370 8589.

Womens’ Breakfast – Saturday, 11 September, in the Hall. A good time to chat, chew and consider what God is doing in our lives. We have a testimony that will encourage and inspire us.   See you there!

Ministry Exploration Evening – 8 September, St Mary’s, Fancourt Street, Karori.
A Ministry Exploration Evening to allow people wishing to explore a possible call to ordained ministry to have up-to-date information on the Diocesan processes involved.

  • What is the Diaconate?
  • The Priesthood?
  • Pioneer Ministry?
  • How can I fully fulfil my role as a Lay Person?
  • If I am selected for ordination what training will I need to Pursue?

For any further information contact Reverend Canon Kate Carey-Smith, Bishop’s Ministry Chaplain atminchap@win.ang.org.nz or Archdeacon Tony Gerritsen, Ministry Educator, at gerritsen@inspire.net.nz

St Matthew’s Community Gardens
Preparations are well on the way for adding four more plots to the project.

Kitchen Fundraiser, Friday, 12 November,  7-9 pm
A night for the ladies (and the men!)  Read more here

Parish Prayer Warriors
If you are interested in praying through Parish issues over the next few months, meet in the Prayer Room, before the 10am service, at 9:30am.