25 September 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
September 2004

In the Community

Dear Everybody

Dr Allan Davidson in his speech at the 150th celebrations mentioned that
"Public worship Sunday by Sunday is the glue which holds together the life of a parish. But the parish also has a public face through the men and women who day by day live out their discipleship in the world. ?.. As well as the many activities within the parish people have been involved in witness beyond it. The Dingwall Home and Friendship House, to mention just two examples, are places where people from this parish have given lively expression to their faith.
How do you begin to measure the impact which a parish has on the life of people? How do you calculate the influence of what happens on Sunday on what people do on Monday and the rest of the week in their work, their family, their recreation?"


To reply to Allan?s question is probably impossible and only God really knows the effect of the people of this parish on our community. .Love cannot be measured, integrity weighed or truth counted.

From the earliest times people from this parish have built and maintained the community. They been involved in education, starting with the building and staffing of the first school. Many members of the present congregation gave and still give service to School boards and PTA?s , how could one estimate the impact of those people?s service in the community?
Some of our people are Justice?s of the Peace, an unpaid task in which it is necessary to be available to the public who need their services. It makes a difference to have someone who can be trusted and can give good guidance when you are seeking help for documentation, especially if you are a new immigrant feeling your way through the strange customs of your new land. Who can measure the impact of a friendly face at a time of stress?
Those who help in Youth groups, scouts guides, the Brigades, touch the lives of many young people. On Wednesday at the 150th lunch I heard a wonderful story about a 17 year old whose name was being written on the banner of memory for those who have gone before us. Many had given up on her before she came to Dingwell and met one of our church families. Before her tragic death she had changed from a frightened defensive girl into a young woman who was making good choices for her life. this had taught the family concerned never to give up on anyone. How many more young people, many of whom you will never hear about, did the people of this parish touch with caring love, and in turn were challenged in their own attitudes?

As the hoardings arise round the city and we are reminded that local body elections are about to take place. I see a familiar face which appears in the congregation of St Johns.. Politicians are public people, so I asked Ian about his role in the council.. Ian McGechie, has served his community, first on the Papatoetoe City Council and since 1989, for fifteen years, he has been on the Manukau City Council and at present chairs the Council?s Transport Committee as well as being involved in a number of other community bodies. Why is Ian on the Council? He feels he can make a difference when Council policies are being made which involve health, safety and a community which cares about how young people grow and develop. Policies well made make a huge difference to our daily lives and to the way in which the community can relate .

We are not called to be an isolated group keeping itself pure, Jesus calls us to follow him into the streets, workplaces and shopping areas of our City. To be responsible citizens, responding to our community by being the salt, making things tastier, bringing life and colour, being the yeast where one little bit changes the whole loaf.
By the grace of God this parish has been doing that for 150 years, seen and unseen, and in faith we continue to follow Jesus into a very different community to that of 150 years ago. May God bless you on your journey.
Margaret Anne Low
[Copies of Dr Allan Davidson?s speech and of Rev Sharon Ensor?s sermon are on our website, or phone the office and ask for a copy to be left out for you]


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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