Pray for Greymouth

29 candles lit for each of the miners

Lighting the darkness: 29 candles lit for each of the miners

The Greymouth Ministers’ Association have broadcast a request for prayer from churches and people in New Zealand, and around the world.

For the miners who have died.  For the Holy Spirit to come and bring comfort and peace to individuals and families in their grief.

For those who are directly involved in the recovery, for wisdom in their decision making in the way they go about the recovery, support the families, handle the media, and so on. May they be ready to listen, consult and work well together and that they too are supported.

That God’s people will follow the leading of God’s spirit in offering comfort, care and support to those in need.

For the media, that they will be a compassionate and gentle in their quest for information. Not intrusive and invasive. To see the people and not just the story.

Pray for the pastors and clergy of the community, for wisdom in handling the media, sensitivity and compassion in dealing with families and strength for the duration. Pray especially for Rev. Tim Mora, chairperson of the Greymouth Ministers’ Association, and for all the clergy of every denomination who are ministering in the region.

Anglican clergy are:

  • Tim Mora, the Vicar of Cobden-Runanga and Regional Dean of Mawhera;
  • the Revs Marge Tefft and Robin Kingston – Marge is the Vicar of Greymouth and Kumara, and Robin is Assistant Priest of that parish, as well as Archdeacon and Vicar General for the Diocese of Nelson – and
  • John and Dawn Stringer are priests at Reefton and Grey Valley.)

Pray for those struggling emotionally, for those with survivor guilt, unresolved and now re-opened grief from previous mining tragedies and for those providing counselling and comfort.

Little red angels

Robin Kingston, Marge Tefft, Tim Mora

Left to right: Robin Kingston (Archdeacon and Vicar-General), Marge Tefft (Greymouth Vicar), Tim Mora (Cobden-Rununga Vicar)

In the parish of Cobden-Runanga, they’ve got a tradition of pinning little red cardboard angels to their church Christmas trees.

Usually, they do that on the last Sunday before Christmas.

This year, says the vicar, Tim Mora, they’ll be doing that earlier this Advent season.

That’s because the little cardboard red angels always go up to remember loved ones who can’t join their families to celebrate this Christmas Day.

In the past, of course, those little red angels have gone up to remember family members who can’t make it home this Christmas…

But in the parish of Cobden-Runanga this Christmas ‘absent loved ones’ takes on a different meaning.

Read the rest of this touching story here.

Special offer for gardeners

P1010309Beautiful flowers like this clematis may grace your garden if you take advantage of the special offer from Sidedoor for bagged sheep poo.

Sidedoor are raising money for their camp and, at $7 a 20 kg bag, this represents good value, improves organic matter in your garden, as well as doing the Sidedoor kids a good turn.

Best of all, it will be delivered free to your door. Or garden shed.

Don’t delay. Secure your sheep poo now by phoning Patti at the

Angel Tree helps prisoners’ children at Christmas

Angel tree images


Can you imagine what it is like to feel as though no-one cares about you, at a time when the TV is showing shiny new toys or the latest electronic gizmo?

Can you imagine not getting anything from your mother or father because they are in prison at this time and don’t have the means of buying you a gift or two.

That is what it is like for possibly up to 22,000 children in our country at present and, as the prison numbers grow, that number will increase.

The Angel Tree Christmas Gift scheme, run by the Prison Fellowship, has been operating for many years with over 3800 presents delivered last year to some 1550 caregivers’ homes. This year we are aiming far higher and also commencing a scheme to take some children to a camp next July.

Read more about the Angel Tree and how to donate

News items – 5 November 2010

Women’s Breakfast

Saturday 13 November 2010, 8.30 am, in the Community Hall.   We have a speaker with a great message to encourage us and inspire us to come up higher!!  See you there!

Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship International
Men’s Cafe meeting, Saturday, 13 November,  9 – 10.30 am, The Landing, at Homebush.  Speaker Larry Shute. Cost $10, with coffee and muffins.

Foodbank Town-wide Collection
Wednesday, 17 November, 6.30 – 8.30 pm.  Helpers are needed to sort and box goods as they are brought into the Fire Station. They especially need some strong young men to lift the packed boxes. If you can help please ring Maureen on 377 3464.

David Lacey’s Ordination
Wellington Cathedral, 20 November, 2 pm. A bus has been booked (41 seater), leaving at 11 am and returning by 7 pm. Twenty-four have booked and we need another 10 to keep the cost at $20 a seat.

Donations for a Parish Gift for David need to be in by 12 November, please.

Jules Riding Concert
Saturday, 20 November, 7:30 pm. Features music from his latest album, Cataclysm. Cost: Koha.

Movie Night
Would you like to view a movie in an old-time country cinema? Comedy/Drama – Did you hear about the Morgans? Fundraiser for overseas missions. Saturday, 27 November, 4pm and 7pm, maximum of 12 people per session. Names to Christine Ellis 377-5089 or Patti 370 8589 by Friday 26th November.

On The Move –
Friday, 17 and Saturday, 18 December. Please add your name to the lists, for the activities you would like to be part of, at the back of the Church or in the office.  Read about On the Move here.

There will be a meeting for inspiration and training Tuesday evening, 7pm, 30 November. See Steve for more information.
Bible Society Christmas Cards
Are now on sale in the Office, Monday to Friday. They are still $8.00 for a packet of cards. Check out the new designs! Please support this worthy cause.

Angel Tree Appeal
Prison Fellowship NZ is co-ordinating the giftpresents to children (under the age of 16) of prisoners. If you would like to help the details are on the noticeboard with local contact numbers if you require more information.