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 – We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Don’t 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
November 2008

CONNECTING WITH - FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Papatoetoe is full of families. The census figures show that the age range in Papatoetoe is fairly evenly spread from babies to the very old giving an average age of 31 years for our area. This means we have much of the accumulated wisdom and experience about living and loving within our congregation to share with young families. .

One of the ways in which we are trying to provide a service to the families in our own neighbourhood is by offering parenting courses which can help them in bringing up their children. . We support Parent Trust in their programmes in our buildings and at present this parish is also working in partnership with Presbyterian Support Family Works team and Aorere College to run an Incredible Years course for parents . This course is available at St Johns at a much more modest rate than at other places, making it affordable for those who want to use it. Children brought up by parents who have an understanding of their needs have a much better chance of being able to grow and develop well. Often giving parents confidence to be parents and encouragement when things are difficult makes a huge difference to them and their children in the long term.

Another small way we are also seeking to provide help and encouragement and linking with people in our neighbourhood who want help is by being mentors to families in need under the umbrella of Fresh Perspective. Margie Vincent came to speak to the congregational meeting to give us a feel of what it is about. Their website reads as follows.
" Parents,You’re Not Alone! Fresh Perspective is a subsidiary service of the Open Home Foundation. It has been established to assist families with children under the age of 17 who are experiencing a variety of difficulties. It aims to assist families before issues facing them become serious or gives follow up support after some intensive work with other agencies.
Everybody needs a little help at some time in their lives. This is especially true for parents and caregivers raising young families. Whether it is learning about managing a child’s behaviour and providing boundaries, feeding the family well on a weekly budget, managing challenging family situations, connecting with others in the community or just needing someone to talk to" ……this is where we at St Johns come in.

People who contact Fresh Perspective from all over New Zealand are put in touch with the liaison person from the Christian church which is nearest. Fresh Perspective provides the backup monitoring or deals with cases which may turn out to be more that just befriending. FP also provides training for all the people who may be mentors and gives ongoing supervision and help to the Liaison person/s.. Fresh Perspective contacts the liaison person in the parish who matches the family or parent with a suitable mentor. In some cases it may be some help with budgeting that is needed, another time to listen to a mother with a new baby. This is a one to one service, done quietly and a mentor would only mentor one family at a time. This gives us a ability to connect with those who want help and to share the years of accumulated parenting experience of the congregation within the context of our Christian faith..

We will be asking if as many of you as possible, even if you never intend to do any mentoring yourself and no matter what age you are, to attend the first training course in February on Saturday 15th and Sunday afternoon 16th 2009 at St Johns. If you know that you can be a friend to one family or a parent if you are asked, it is essential you do the course. For the rest of you who attend, you will be rewarded by learning more about this project and gain understanding about what we are doing. You will be able to explain what we can offer to others.. So please give serious consideration to penciling these dates into your 2009 diary now.
We are inviting St Martins and St Andrews Otahuhu to join with us in this low key, but hopefully effective way of loving the families in our neighbourhood.
Remember that we never know what opportunities are waiting for us if we start to use the God given gifts we each have to share.
May God bless you and give you joy
Margaret Anne Low



Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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