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.

News this week – 30 October 2010

Restorative Justice – Karen Kemp
This Tuesday evening, 2 November, from  5 pm – 8.30pm (light meal included) St Matthew’s Community Hall. Cost: $20. This ixcellent seminar, hosted by the Archdeaconry, is open to all.

Mens’ Breakfast
6 November, 7:30am in the Hall.

David Lacey’s Ordination
Wellington Cathedral, 2- November, 2.00pm.  A bus has been booked (41 seater), leaving at 11am and returning by 7.00pm. Twenty three 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.

On The Move – Friday 17th and Sat 18th December
Please add your name to the lists at the back of the Church or in the office in the area(s) you would like to be involved.

There will be a meeting for inspiration and training Tuesday evening 7pm, 30 November. More information here, or see Steve.

St Matthew’s Community Gardens
If you know someone who would like to have a plot please see Steve or Mike.

Bible Society Christmas Cards
Now on sale in the Chapel at 8 am, the Church at 10am and 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.

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 27th November 4pm and 7pm, maximum of 12 people per session. Names to Christine Ellis 377 5089 or Patti 370 8589 by Friday 26th November.

News this week – 22 October 2010

St Matthew’s Community Gardens
Only one plot is now vacant following the newspaper article.  Even a community group (seven participants) has joined up.

Bible Society Christmas Cards
are now on sale in the Chapel at 8am, the Church at 10am and the Office Monday to Friday. They are still $8.00 for a packet of 12 cards (no GST increase). Check out the new designs! Please support this worthy cause.

Sunday Morning Prayer for the church
All who want God to bless St Matthew’s are welcome to seek Him and His will for us, 9 am to 10 am in the prayer room. Come for all the time or part of the time. If the room gets too small, let’s rejoice and find a bigger one. Nothing is achieved for God’s kingdom without prayer.

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

Bible Study Group
started 28th September — “The Basics of our Faith”. Tuesdays, 1:30pm, 8 Miller Place, with Anne Cole and Marie O’Hara. All welcome. See Anne or phone 377 1157 for details.

News – 1 October 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.

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.

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.
Chorus
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.
Chorus

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.”
Chorus

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.
Chorus

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

God Bless Us All!

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.

Pentecost – camellias and candles

As we have only one service per month those at St Francis can often miss major festivals. This month we transferred Pentecost a few weeks!

The day was very overcast and all agreed it was an added bonus to the service. Judith had cut beautiful camellia sasanqua flowers which matched perfectly the red, orange and hot pink candles on the altar.

The Paschal candle was processed for the last time, the light passed from it to the Pentecost candle.

As the Gifts of the Spirit were described a votive candle was lit from the large red Pentecost candle and placed into a red glass, until we had all seven gifts – knowledge, understanding, wisdom, reverence, awe, counsel and courage. The lack of light – it was so dark we had to lean toward a window to read our service sheets – made this fabulous little church glow with the warmth that only candles can produce. And if that wasn’t enough, we learned a whole lot of unaccompanied songs and chants – the Spirit surely moved in that place.

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!