News – January 19, 2013 – Epiphany 2

The Wedding at Cana

This Sunday’s Gospel reading, from John 2:11, tells the story of the wedding at Cana.  The wine had run out, but when Jesus’ mother anxiously pointed this out to Jesus, he told her not to worry.  Then he told the servants to fill six stone water jars with water and to take a sample of the contents to the chief steward, who said: “Usually the best wine is drunk first, but you have kept the best wine until now.”  The Gospel goes on to say this first miracle “revealed his glory,”  while outwardly Jesus appeared an ordinary man.

Parish Fair BBQ requirements

Meat patties, hamburger buns, lettuce, tomatoes, frankfurters, long buns, mustard, tomato sauce, onions, bread, sausages, carnival drinks, tube ice blocks, baking, Nescafe sachet packets—we need all this AND MORE, see St Matthew’s Narthex noticeboard for a comprehensive list of needs.

ISORA – new group for 13-18 year olds

ISORA, a new group for 13-18 year olds, gets underway on Sunday, 3 February, a joint initiative by Kat Sprowson, Gareth Palmer and the Vicar.

We’ll hang with KidZ UnlimiteD for a time of praise and worship and then head off into the common room for an age-appropriate study!

It will meet every Sunday, except during School Holidays.

See Kat Sprowson or Gareth Palmer for details.


We have 30 tonnes of pine log ends – donated by JNL – for fundraising and to warm your home.  Cut firewood is now available on a donation basis.

You fill your trailer, or we deliver, and you make a donation you can afford. (Proceeds are for equipment and camping costs). Start placing your winter orders with the Parish office.

Prayer for Israel

This afternoon tea and prayer meeting is open to all who are especially interested in meeting with others to reflect on recent and current events, and God’s word regarding Israel, and to pray for specific requests made by those in ministry with Arabs and Jewish people in Israel.

Mailouts such as ‘Prayer For Israel’ and others are circulated before the meeting where possible.

If you are interested or know someone who is, you are welcome at 147 Black Rock Road at 2.30 on the 5 February, or any subsequent first Tuesday of the month. This is open to people from all churches.

2013 Lenten Study Groups

An opportunity to gather in small groups for just 6-8 weeks to study and discuss the Bible; mostly on the Easter theme.

The eight-week study “John in Lent” is available from the office but other studies can be used.

Existing group leaders and or home group hosts please advise the Vicar of your intentions so participants can register. Please see the Vicar if you would like to be considered to host or lead a group.

When does my group start?

Many of our activities have taken a break over the holiday period.  Check the schedule  for starting dates for groups and country churches for the new year.

For your diary

 February 2 10 am-12 pm, Community Hall – Matt’s Place.
 February 16 3 pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 2 10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds


If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

Prayer pointers

Pray for

  • As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may discern God’s will for us as a church family.
  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Please pray for Edwin and those who are ill as they recuperate and get well.

“Your mercy O Lord, is in the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”” Psalm 36:5 (NKJV)

Koinonia – January 20, 2013

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