25 November 2017



2016
> The Hope of Christmas
> COMPASSION BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS

2015
> Northern Presbytery Moderator Christmas letter
> ANZAC DAWN REFLECTION
> Freedom of Speech or License to Stereotype?

2014
> Advent Hope and Interns
> 200 Years of New Zealand Christmas
> Prayer of the General Assembly 2014
> The Legal High Trade
> REFLECTION ON A JOURNEY
> Giving up for Lent - A Challenge from our Children

2013
> Christmas in the Graveyard
> FAREWELLS
> Mrs Hunters' Tea Party [Hunters Corner named ]
> PERSPECTIVE
> RISKS - HELP US GROW IN FAITH
> EMBRACING DIFFERENCE
> DOING OUR WORK
> 150years Ė We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Donít Do or Do?
> WATER, WIND and FIRE
> COUNCIL FOR WORLD MISSION at ST JOHNS
> Signs of Spring
> YOUNG, MESSED UP AND ON THE GAME
> REAL WORLD - AND THE HUNGER GAMES
> The Journey to the Cross - An Easter meditation
> Can Jesus Heal Cancer
> CHRISTIAN HERITAGE in PAPATOETOE

2011
> LIGHT ON THE HILL
> LOOKING FORWARD
> GOOD WORDS
> ALCOPOPS and EXCESS DRINKING
> COMPASSION in ACTION
> Christchurch Reports
> Shattered Illusions, Faithful journeys.
> EARTHQUAKE
> The Windows, Images of Faith - Opening Day

2010
> THE CITY CAN NEVER BE THE SAME
> "The Hope that Comes from Faith"
> SPARKING SPARKIES
> ADVERTISING A NON-GOD!

2009
> PRAYING FOR THE COMMUNITY
> DATES THAT COULD DESTROY
> MERCY, JUSTICE AND LIVING IN GOD'S WORLD
> Warmth in the Frost
> GENEROUS GIVING
> Hunter's Corner - A Dilemma of Publiic Space.
> Easter customs to tell the Story
> Our Mother Tongue God is too Small
> Tragedy at Fox Glacier

2008
> THE BIRTH STORIES OF JESUS
> CONNECTING WITH - FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
> WELL If you want it Quiet ......
> Finding Pearls
> Of Winter fuel and things
> Disaster and Relief Work
> Prayer on hearing the News
> Conflict of Interest
> Practical Christian in the community.
> Who are these Christians?

2007
> We still keep singing the Christmas carols
> Getting our pirorities
> Travelling
> Spring flowers shout that life is not dead.!
> Focusing on the task
> Change
> Real Families
> Water - Source of conflict
> Prayer

2006
> Violence and Children
> Faith and Reason
> PEACETIME AND HOPE
> Playdough and PC
> Violence to Children
> Climbing Everest
> Celebrating the Good things
> THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL OF JUDAS
> Focusing on the Essential
> Living with other Faiths
> SuperVolcanoes and other worrying things

2005
> Advent - Saving the Earth Saving its Peoples
> Halloween - The time of the Saints
> Responding to Terror
> Time of Winter
> Noah - a Story of Conservation
> Off the Tracks
> Moving On and Looking Back
> Tsunami Prayers

2004
> Upside Down Christmas
> From Assembly - Dean Drayton address
> In the Community
> Weaving together the threads
> 150 years of History revisited
> July - Faithfulness
> Getting 150 years in perspective -
> Passion -The Film
> Letter From Niue

2003
> Christmas hope
> Maintenance and Mission
> Annual reports June 2002- June 2003
> Who will come to the Party?
> Time to Change
> Unity is Strength
> Prostitution Laws
> Gone Fishing


Minister's Minutes
February 2013

150years Ė We are part of this community

This last year has been celebrated by the Papatoetoe community as its 150th year. During this time virtually all the clubs, schools and organizations , including businesses, churches, temples mosques and various other religious organizations and sports groups have taken part in some way.

The Papatoetoe Historic Society, along with the support of our local Board, have provided the framework for many different events. We started off the celebrations on the first of the year with prayer and worship - a short service at the Pukaki Marae then at St Johns [with its 156 years in this place] and the final event is to say thank you to the organizations and people who have worked to have it happen.

At the beginning I wondered what it might achieve, but it has become clear during the year that all ethnicities and groupings from the newest immigrants to the representatives of the earliest families have become more aware of each other and value one anotherís contribution to the whole community.

We have hosted heritage walks and I have a vivid picture of a group of turbaned Sikhs sitting in the church asking about its beginnings, with their own guide with them. Visiting us usually followed the visit to the temple.
As we walked around Dingwall home and the old orphanage of St Johns [now Manukau Presbyterian Samoan church in Wyllie Road] people learned that the history of Papatoetoe included the care of many children over the years.

I realized how much the churches shaped the beginnings of Papatoetoe. The first library at St Johns Church, the schools started by the churches and Central school among others produced time lines and historic displays as the young people learned more about the community they belong to.

On Anzac Day, Nathan was part of the parade. He found his old marine uniform [yes it still fitted] and carried the flag which the RSA produced with delight when they found they had a Marine who could carry it. There is a whole slice of history there about the war in the Pacific, which had a huge impact on Papatoetoe where the Marines were based, which lies almost forgotten as those who lived through the war years get older.

It was apparent that there has always been diversity in Papatoetoe. Many different waves of immigrants have come and set up their farms, homes and businesses with hopefulness in a new future and are still doing so.

Mission is done within a context and this is our context. When Samuel Baird gave the land for the church and John Mackie arrived from faraway Londonderry, this church community put down their roots. Not just in buildings and a place to worship, but in this community, where the task is and always has been to live out the way of Jesus, and be [along with all the other churches].a sign of Godís presence and love for all people.

May God give us the ability to see and take the opportunities to share the Good news of Jesus in our community.


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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