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.

Parish Three-day Prayer and Fast

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel:

“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”   And God granted his request (1 Chron. 4:10).

Jesus taught us to pray, among other things, ‘Give us today our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:11).

Our first concern should be for God’s glory, His kingdom and His will.

But it is not wrong to ask for God’s blessing, presence, protection and healing as well. A theme for the Prayer and Fast that I believe may help stimulate our minds into hearing God’s current/future call on us as individuals and as a Parish is; What is my neighbour’s name?

This is a parish-wide call, but individuals may respond as you feel led.

St Matthew’s Church will be opened each morning (the first of four “daily offices” of prayer) at 6.00am, the  second “daily Office” is at noon, the third at 5.00pm and the fourth Daily office begins at 8pm.

On Thursday evening the fourth “Daily Office“ will be at 7pm and will begin with communion and conclude with worship.

I encourage groups to form/meet during this time, and the place/time for prayer can suit the individual.

During the course of the three days the God Box will be available on the main altar in St Matthew’s Church Chancel for any written words individuals may hear God calling the Parish to.

Let us prepare and come together from 6am, September 20th to 8pm, September 22nd, and seek the future ministry needs for Parish and the means to make it happen.

Types of prayer/ meditations and fasting will be outlined in further notices.

Prayer and fast outcomes: the God Box


There was no one theme but the following is an edited summary:

  • Bathe everything in Prayer first – teach on corporate prayer
  • Continue to be “Real.”
  • Put past negative comments of previous parishioners behind us.
  • Seek Holiness, for those who are not Holy will not see the new things God is doing.
  • Encourage forward with the passion we once had.
  • Discover the joy of evangelism.

Vicar’s comments

These are all encouraging and positive discernments for us all.

I personally sense these words confirm a general call for individually developing deeper personal relationships with Jesus.  God blesses our efforts only when they’re done “For His name’s sake.”

Also, I was encouraged by a number who are finding the discipline of praying and fasting are not only helpful but personally exciting and desire to do it more regularly.      God is good all the time…



Three-Day Prayer and Fast Call

What would God have us do?

I invite anyone, especially those associated with the St. Matthew’s 10 am service, to join me (in your own capacity) to seek God’s way forward to develop the service and wider ministry of this particular congregation.

It will begin 7pm on Monday, 4 October, and conclude at 9 pm on Thursday, 7 October, for those who wish to fast (Daniel)

The Church will be open for prayer from 7 am till 9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with an evening Eucharist at 7.30pm each day.

Reflective prayers, music and DVDs will be available during this time and a “GOD BOX” will be on the communion table to put in any individual prayer insights.