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 – 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 2009

PRAYING FOR THE COMMUNITY

If you wander around the activities in our community centre it is surprising what is happening.
Take the other day. Upstairs, Hanneke , the drawing and painting tutor, had an enthusiastic class painting in watercolours. What were they doing? There were beautifully illustrated "big books" being made for a primary school class where Hanneke goes to teach. Each student has chosen one of the books put forward by the teachers at that school and produced a big version which the teachers can use when reading to a class. They are using their talents to help teach children to read and freeing the teachers from producing resources, to having more time to use them.
The painters benefit by finding they learnt a lot about illustrating children's books and using watercolours and the schools and children benefit by having really good resources and hopefully helped some children to enjoy learning to read and entering the adventure which books and stories can bring.

Downstairs, a group is meeting in the café. They are learning to speak English so that they can be part of this new country they have come to settle in. Some are refugees, fleeing from war, exiled from their own lands, others come from choice looking for a better future. They need to be able to tell their stories and hear those of their neighbours to be part of the community.

The Aged Concern course comes pouring out, chatting excitedly. These ones who know how to spell now need to unlearn as they grasp the art of texting. People who want to communicate with their grandchildren and now each other, and the young people who are buddying them look equally pleased.

The following day a group is meeting for Bible study , not just from our congregation but representing a number of other churches and some who have none. Reflecting on the old stories and sharing the way this impacts on our daily lives and give us hope for the future. Later there is communion in the church and people stay to a shared lunch.

The sounds of children echo through the building as the mothers and children spend time relating and having fun in the music and movement class. Meanwhile the op shop helpers are busy talking to some of the "regulars " and sorting out the clothes that people give for sale and the church office hums along quietly and efficiently administering the parish.
In the evenings, along with the other courses running, you will hear Spanish being spoken, see the AA meeting, and our church monthly leaders' meetings taking place, while there is music from the church as our various singers practice, If you read the annual reports you will see the range of people and organizations we give encouragement and practical help to carry out their tasks.

And none of this could happen without the congregation of this parish. Those who gather in worship and seek to discover how God works through us. We share our resources willingly to enable others in many ways, but we must not forget that our greatest treasure is that of the good news of God's love for humanity in Jesus. It is vitally important that we all keep the people who use our centre, those who are part of the activities and those whom they reach, in our prayers. Ask for them that they be blessed by God and come to know and give thanks for God's love in their lives and trust God to honour our prayers. [You can use the annual reports as a help for praying for ourselves, our parish and for those who we connect with and are sent to]
Timothy 1-3The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live.[from the Message version]

May God bless you as we look toward Christmas


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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