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

St Francis’ AGM report

Members of Bideford congregation sitting round table, holding meeting
Bideford AGM at Judith’s

After our service on Sunday we convened for our AGM and morning tea, at Judith’s, where as always we were handsomely treated to a wonderful morning tea.

Although our numbers were down it made for a very amiable meeting, giving us the opportunity not only to cover a range of topics in good depth, but to vote absent people into positions of responsibility!

Plans were discussed as to the next phase of cleaning and restoring this fabulous little church. Monies for this being ‘earned’ by weddings and burial plots.

A good discussion was held about how we could provide pastoral care for locals and how new comers to the district could be welcomed.

Services with a special theme were suggested and these will now be talked through and diaried into the monthly services we hold.

Being on the Masterton Parish website was another topic raised with the realities of poor internet connections in this part of the Wairarapa.

Full of scones, raspberry jam and coffee the meeting finished with farewells to the duckshooters who had wandered through, the new puppy Marge and to our affable hostess. Wonderful.

P.S. Who took the minutes?

Autumn at St Francis, Bideford

Parishioners sit round table
Bideford parishioners sit round Judith’s table for the AGM
Spider's web with dew on it
Spider’s web, with dew, at Bideford Church
Spider's web, wet with dew
Spider’s web (2) from Bideford Church
Layer of mist covering rows of grapevines, Bideford
Mist over vineyard, Bideford.
Grapevines visible from Bideford Church
Grapevines near Bideford Church

Liz Greville took these lovely autumn scenes at St Francis, Bideford, where she took the monthly service.

Liz writes:

The AGM!  We endured fresh coffee, fabulous homemade raspberry jam and cream on warm scones – gosh life is difficult!