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
June 2012

YOUNG, MESSED UP AND ON THE GAME

We live in a dynamic and diverse place. The people of Papatoetoe have joined together to celebrate their 150 years, there have been street parades and functions held by many different clubs and groups where both new and old Papatoeians have worked together. It is a community well representative of New Zealand.

So I was disappointed to learn this week that the street workers, a new batch, are again plying their trade at Hunters corner. The worst feature of this, is that of the 41 there last Saturday night, seventeen were under age transvestites.

What is wrong with our society that children are being encouraged to be on the streets by the adults who exploit them? We cannot blame governments or agencies for this. There is something deeply wrong with human hearts and ethics that there is a demand, right here in our patch, which gives rise to the trade in teenagers for sexual gratification. Along with these youngsters come known criminals and they cause immense distress to the local residents and shopkeepers with the noise, debris and threatening behaviour.

The Local Board is working hard on improving lighting and making the areas open so we have a safe neighbourhood - and we do live in a safe neighbourhood. At the church, our fences have obviously made a difference as we have not had to pick up the items that were there every Sunday morning, a few years ago.

We do not fence off our front door for we are here for all people - if you see any underage street workers, DO something for them. Immediately phone 111 or 3010101 and report underage street workers and they will receive the initial help they need. They are at risk, physically, mentally and spiritually, from the drug dealers, their clients and those who exploit them for money. Some have been brought here far away from their homes by those who seek to use them..

Also let us pray for our neighbourhood - the people around us - all of them and especially these young people - that they come to know the real love of God in their lives. . And that we recognise God at work in our lives and where we are being prompted to act as a congregation here in Papatoetoe.

May God protect you from harm, Christ give you peace and the Spirit stir us into life.


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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