Season of change

Children climbing a tree

Hi Family

As I spend time around the Diocese it becomes apparent that people are embracing the reality that we are in a season of change.  We are all experiencing the normal sense of anxiety as we venture into the unknown.

For me personally, this has taken the form of working hard to form a Diocesan leadership team to help us navigate in this new environment. Continue reading

On giving up coffee

CupofcoffeeKia ora te whanau

I have been reflecting on giving up coffee around two years ago.  I gave up when I started consuming five or more cups a day, and noticed that I was feeling ‘wired’ most of the day and also had a low level of anxiety through the day.  So I was surprised last week to again feel ‘coffee wired’ and initially thought that Alayne may have been spiking my herbal tea with caffeine!  She assured me that she certainly had not, and the disappointing thing was that I had had no coffee! Continue reading

Holy Week and Easter

Services in Masterton Anglican churches during Holy Week and Easter.

Palm Sunday – 24 March

  • St Matthew’s, 8 am – Eucharist with hymns
  • Church of the Epiphany, 8 am – Eucharist
  • St Matthew’s, 10 am – Contemporary Eucharist
  • St Andrew’s in the Paddock, 10 am – Eucharist with hymns
  • Church of the Epiphany, 10 am – Eucharist
  • St Matthew’s, 7 pm – Behold Your King – hymns and reading for Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week – 25 March

  • St Matthew’s, 12.10 pm – Eucharist

Tuesday in Holy Week – 26 March

  • St Matthew’s, 12.10 pm – Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week – 27 March

Maundy Thursday – 28 March

  • St Matthew’s, 10.30 am – Midweek Eucharist
  • St Matthew’s, 7 pm – Eucharist with Foot washing
  • Church of the Epiphany, 7 pm – Eucharist
  • St Andrew’s in the Paddock, 7 pm – Eucharist

Good Friday – 29 March

  • St Matthew’s, 9 am
  • St Andrew’s in the Paddock, 9 am – Candlelit and Contemplative service
  • Church of the Epiphany – details to be confirmed.

Holy Saturday – 30 March

  • Church of the Epiphany, 8 pm – Easter Vigil Eucharist

Easter Sunday – 31 March

  • St Matthew’s, 8 am – Eucharist with hymns
  • St Alban’s, 9 am – Eucharist with hymns
  • Church of the Epiphany, 9 am – Eucharist
  • St Matthew’s, 10 am – Eucharist with music group
  • St Andrew’s in the Paddock, 10 am – Eucharist for Easter Day

For more information contact the Parish office.

News – March 10, 2013 – Laetare Sunday

Belonging to the Anglican Parish of Masterton

If you are new to the Parish and have not yet been asked to fill in the “Belonging Form” would you please see the Sidesperson(s)/welcomer(s). They will help explain why and how providing your contact details is important for any follow up, should you wish for help in your faith journey.

Parish Annual General Meeting

The Parish AGM is to be held on Sunday 24th March in the St Matthew’s Church Community (Parish) Hall starting at 12noon.
Nominations for Vestry and People’s Warden have now closed.

Annual reports will be available in due course.

Parish Fair

Less than a week to go! Thank you to all those who have volunteered to do some home baking – please see the St Matthew’s Narthex noticeboard for ideas.

We still need lots of items for the White elephant and other stills, also need are some extra volunteers – Please contact the Parish Office if you can help or donate items.

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc, would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Circle of Friends

Those interested in becoming a part of the “Circle of Friends” for released inmates from Rimutaka Prison or Prison Ministry in general . Please contact Vic Gadsby 377 3271 after-hours

Confirmation and Renewals

Bishop Justin will be coming to St Andrew’s in the Paddock on June 9 to confirm candidates from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If anyone else would like to be confirmed or wishes to renew their confirmation vows, please contact Vicar Steve Kimberley or the Reverend Liz Greville.

Join one of the Lenten Studies groups

Each of these studies runs throughout the Season of Lent. Please contact the leader of each group or the Parish Office with any queries.

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Sundays, 6 pm, 75 Te Ore Ore Road

What if… Led by Merv Jones
Mondays, 7 pm, 63 Pownall Street

Big Mamma – Led by Liz Greville
Looking at our connection with the divine through the trials and tribulations of modern thoughts and actions, and exploring how we connect our beliefs and understandings of Christianity in this ever evolving world.
Tuesdays, 5-6pm, Pat’s Place (hall) at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

Portraits of Jesus – Lead by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the BibleWednesday, 3-4pm, St Matthew’s Narthex

Design for Discipleship – Lead by David Cole
Thursdays, 7 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex (Church Reception Area)

Prayer pointers

Especially we pray for;

  • Parish Fair, pray for a great Parish-wide event, good weather and great response from the community.
  • Parish Annual General Meeting on 24 March. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit among us as we nominate and vote for vestry
  • Pray for a new Archbishop of Tikanga Pakeha. The Bishops meet March 18 to discern the new Archbishop. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit that God’s choice is made.
  • Prayers at Parliament will be held in the Grand Hall Parliament Buildings 7:30 pm Thursday,  21 March to pray for our leaders and nation. Please add your prayers for our country at this time.
  • Those struggling through this time of Lent
  • Those considering confirmation in June

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5: 17 (NKJV)

For your diary

March 16 11am – 4pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds
March 30 Parish AGM, 12 noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall
June 9 Confirmation and Renewals at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

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

News – March 3, 2013 – Lent Three

Join one of the Lenten Studies groups

Each of these studies runs throughout the Season of Lent. Please contact the leader of each group or the Parish Office with any queries.

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Sundays, 6 pm, 75 Te Ore Ore Road

Being Disciples – Led by Robin Hercock and Barry Sims
Following on from last year’s Alpha course, this study looks at some encouraging topics straight out of God’s word.

Mondays, 7-9 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall

What if… Led by Merv Jones

Mondays, 7 pm, 63 Pownall Street

Big Mamma – Led by Liz Greville
Looking at our connection with the divine through the trials and tribulations of modern thoughts and actions, and exploring how we connect our beliefs and understandings of Christianity in this ever evolving world.

Tuesdays, 5-6 pm, Pat’s Place (hall) at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Wednesday, 3-4 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex

Design for Discipleship – Led by David Cole
Thursdays, 7 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex (Church Reception Area)

Belonging to the Anglican Parish of Masterton

If you are new to the Parish and have not yet been asked to fill in the “Belonging Form” would you please see the Sidesperson or welcomers. They will help explain why and how providing your contact details is important for any follow up, should you wish for help in your faith journey.

Parish Annual General Meeting

The Parish AGM is to be held on Sunday 24 March in the St Matthew’s Church Community (Parish) Hall starting at 12 noon.
Nominations for Vestry and People’s Warden close on 8 March. Annual reports will be available in due course.

The Parish AGM Nomination form can be found here.

Parish Fair

Less than a fortnight to go! Thank you to all those who have volunteered to do some home baking – please see the St Matthew’s Narthex noticeboard for ideas.

We still need lots of items for the White elephant and other stalls, also need some extra volunteers. Please contact the Parish Office if you can help or donate items.

On March 9 we are selling raffle tickets in four locations around town. Can you spare a couple of hours with a friend to help us out? See contact the Parish office

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc, would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Christopher Hainsworth to play Organ Proms

Acclaimed New Zealand organist Christopher Hainsworth is playing Organ Proms at St Matthew`s on Wednesday, 6 March. Details here.

Kelvin Crombie

Australian author and speaker on Israel in history will be speaking in Masterton on Thursday March 7 at 7:30 pm at St Matthews Church Community Hall.

Circle of Friends

Those interested in becoming a part of the “Circle of Friends” for released inmates from Rimutaka Prison or Prison Ministry in general . Please contact Vic Gadsby, 377 3271, after-hours

Confirmation and Renewals

Bishop Justin will be coming to St Andrew’s in the Paddock on June 9 to confirm candidates from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If anyone else would like to be confirmed or wishes to renew their confirmation vows, please contact Vicar Steve Kimberley or the Reverend Liz Greville.

Prayer pointers

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 be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

Especially we pray for –

  • Parish Fair;  pray for a great Parish-wide event, good weather and great response from the community.
  • Parish AGM on 24 March. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit among us as we nominate and vote for vestry
  • Pray for a new Archbishop of Tikanga Pakeha. The Bishops meet March 18 to discern the new Archbishop. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit that God’s choice is made.
  • As we walk in Jesus’ steps close to Easter, may we draw closer to Him, to know Him more
  • Those considering confirmation in June

Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live, I will lift up my hands in Your Name. – Psalm 63:3-4 (NKJV)

For your diary

March 6 Chris Hainsworth Organ Concert – St Matthew’s Church
March 9 8.30am – 10.30am, Women’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 16 11am – 4pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds
March 30 Parish AGM, 12 noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall
June 9 Confirmation and Renewals at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

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

This week’s Koinonia is available here

News – February 24, 2013 – Lent Two

Parish Fair

20 days to go! Thank you to all those who have volunteered to do some home baking – we are very grateful! See the narthex noticeboard for a comprehensive list of what we need!

On March 2 and 9 we have some bookings to sell raffle tickets in four locations. Can you spare a couple of hours with a friend to help us out? See Brad McLaren, Michelle Holloway or Jo Bilton.

Vicar’s Blog

The next instalment of A Time of Increase is up on Steve’s new blog:  A time of increase – part 5

You can add your thoughts to Steve’s writing by making a comment at the bottom of the web page. These comments are screened to remove internet nasties and probably won’t appear for an hour or so until the webmaster releases it.

Lenten Studies

Each of these studies has now begun and will run throughout the Season of Lent. Please contact the leader of each group or the Parish Office with any queries.

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Sundays, 6 pm, 75 Te Ore Ore Road

Being Disciples – Led by Robin Hercock and Barry Sims
Following on from last year’s Alpha course, this study looks at some encouraging topics straight out of God’s word.
Mondays, 7-9 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall

What if… Led by Merv Jones
Mondays, 7 pm, 63 Pownall Street

Big Mamma – Led by Liz Greville
Looking at our connection with the divine through the trials and tribulations of modern thoughts and actions, and exploring how we connect our beliefs and understandings of Christianity in this ever evolving world.

Tuesdays, 5-6 pm, Pat’s Place (hall) at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Thursday, 3-4 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex

Design for Discipleship – Led by David Cole
Thursdays, 7 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex (Church Reception Area)

Parish Magazine

The deadline for any articles or items for the next edition of the Parish Magazine has closed, the next editon of the Parish Magazine should be avabile in the next week.

Belonging to the Anglican Parish of Masterton

If you are new to the Parish and have not yet been asked to fill in the “Belonging Form” would you please see the Sidesperson or welcomers. They will help explain why and how providing your contact details is important for any follow up, should you wish for help in your faith journey.

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc., would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Sponsorship

We have an opportunity to send a family on a retreat weekend in April. We need to raise $300 to cover retreat costs. If you can help please see the Parish Office.

Kelvin Crombie

Australian author and speaker on Israel in history will be speaking in Masterton on Thursday March 7 at 7:30 pm at St Matthews Church Hall.

Circle of Friends

Those interested in becoming a part of the “Circle of Friends” for released inmates from Rimutaka Prison or Prison Ministry in general . Please contact Vic Gadsby 377 3271 after-hours

Confirmation and Renewals

Bishop Justin will be coming to St Andrew’s in the Paddock on June 9th to confirm candidates from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If anyone else would like to be confirmed or wishes to renew their confirmation vows, please contact Vicar Steve Kimberley or the Reverend Liz Greville.

World Day of Prayer

Friday, 1 March, hosted by St Patrick’s Church. If you are interested in helping with our Parish contribution to this service, please contact Bev McNeilage or the Parish Office.

Outdoor Adventure Firewood Fundraiser

The going rate for firewood is about $150 for 3 square metres (almost a cord). If you get firewood from the parish, you can make a donation of what you can afford and they’ll even deliver it for you. It’s even cheaper if you pick it up yourself.

Keep yourself warm this winter – and help our Outdoor Adventure Group – by getting your firewood from them. Contact the Parish Office if you’re interested.

Prayer pointers

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 be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

Especially we pray for –

  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Parish Fair, Pray for a great Parish wide event, good weather and great response from the community.
  • Parish AGM on 24 March. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit among us as we nominate and vote for vestry
  • Those struggling through this time of Lent
  • The new preschool Atrium children as they begin their faith journeys
  • Those considering confirmation in June

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. – Phil 4:6 (NKJV)

For your diary

March 2 7.30am – 9.30am, Men’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 2 10 am -12 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall—Matt’s Place
March 6 Chris Hainsworth Organ Concert – St Matthew’s Church
March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds
March 30 Parish AGM, 12 noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall
June 9 Confirmation and Renewals at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

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

This week’s Koinonia is available here

Bishop’s Letter: February 2013

Bishop Justin Duckworth
Bishop Justin Duckworth

Kia ora koutou katoa

Greetings

What a stunning summer!

Our family has had a great holiday, a few of our highlights were tramping the northern circuit around Mt Ngauruhoe, resting at Omori and attending New Wine at El Rancho with hundreds of other Anglicans. However the holidays are dwindling into the background now as the Diocese moves forward into the adventures that God has for us in 2013 and beyond.

I was deeply impacted as I read the end of Psalm 77 (The message translation) in the morning office;

“Ocean saw you in action, God,
saw you and trembled with fear;
Deep Ocean was scared to death.
Clouds belched buckets of rain,
Sky exploded with thunder,
your arrows flashing this way and that.
From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
Lightning exposed the world,
Earth reeled and rocked.
You strode right through Ocean,
walked straight through roaring Ocean,
but nobody saw you come or go.”

What resonated with me was the sense of the overwhelming chaos that threatens us, whether it’s global, national or even Diocese. We/I often feel out of control surrounded by many overwhelming obstacles. Yet God walks through unhindered! The problem is “but nobody saw you come or go”. God is active in our chaos, however, the writer of Psalm 77 does not assume that we will ever be able to recognise God’s transformative work in our world. At this time in history I have confidence that God is at work, I pray though that we/I will have eyes to recognise it. We are called always to be a courageous people of faith.

Where ever Jenny and I visit in the Diocese we constantly come away saying they are amazing people. We are so impressed by the courageous signs of hope that are happening around our Diocese despite the surrounding chaos. To mention a few;

  • The completely renewed vicarage at Raetihi and the installation of the Reverend Sam Bate as a Missioner. The courage shown by the parish of Ruapehu is inspirational and the generosity of the wider Diocese in time and money is legendary.
  • The new Diploma programme starting in a few weeks has over 40 participants from across the Diocese.
  • Sending two new young adults to St John’s
  • The service at Marton where the wider Parish gathered along with the year 9 students from Nga Tawa
  • The installation of The Reverend Ellie Sanderson at the parish of Eastbourne, the welcome of the Parishioners and the huge sense of call that Ellie feels to be part of the family of the Diocese of Wellington.
  • Young clergy and family retreat, over 75 family members came to Ngatiawa to strengthen relationships across the Diocese family

My personal favourite Kingdom moment came when I was just about to address a public rally and felt relatively alone and anxious about my contribution. Just then a beneficiary came up to me and said

“God has said that I should come up and pray for you, as what you are doing today is difficult.”

Then this saint quietly prayed that I would have wisdom and courage, then he just disappeared again into the crowd.

I am always impacted that of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus, only one returned to Jesus to say thanks. We, as a Diocese, need to start the year by saying thank you to God for our life together, it is a challenging and rich life, it is the abundant life!

Family, I would ask you to uphold a couple of matters in prayer in this next month.

  1. The nominators are getting into the final stages in our discerning of a new Dean. Pray that God will guide us in this important task.
  2. The Tikanga Pakeha Bishops are meeting on the 18th of March to discern a new Archbishop for Tikanga Pakeha. I would ask that Parishes pray on the 17th in their services and parishioners remember us in their prayers on the 18th.

Thank you, family.

Blessings

+Justin