Launch of CWS Christmas Appeal

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advent 1Tomorrow morning at 10.00am, we join with the Knox Presbyterian Congregation to celebrate the first Sunday in Advent and the launch of the 70th CWS Christmas Appeal.  We will also share in a Service of Holy Communion.  Then, after all that, we will have morning tea in the lounge.

And – this morning we received a letter of gratitude from Loreen McDonald, Principal at John Wesley School, Eshowe, South Africa, thanking us for our donation to their Bursary Fund, which “was put in place to help learners who might not have the financial means to continue with their education at John Wesley School. Many of our beneficiaries are orphans, or come from families that have been impacted by the harsh economic times we find ourselves in.”

She included this recent photos of some of their Grade 4 boys on an overnight outing to the Mtunzini “Twinstreams” Forest, the oldest environmental education centre in KwaZula-Natal –

John Wesley School - Grade 4 boys

Sun 1 Nov

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communion - 02The first Sunday of another month, and we will meet in the Hall at the Knox Centre at 10.00am for a Service of Holy Communion, to be led by Rev Dr Mary Caygill. Following the Service, we will meet in the Hall with our cups of tea and coffee for an update on what is happening regarding planning for future ministry and the 309 Durham Street building project. Join us – either in person or in prayer – as we continue to move forward into being part of the life of this re-emerging city of Christchurch …

Annual Congregational Meeting

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ACMYes, tomorrow, as part of our Service of Worship, we will be having our Annual Congregational Meeting, at 10.00am, in the Hall at the Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Avenue.  As well as all the reports from the usual suspects (Presbyter, Stewards, Treasurer and Group facilitators) there will also be a new Parish Directory available.  Following the service there will be a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge, with the congregations from Knox Presbyterian and St Luke’s Anglican Churches.

World Methodist Council – Statement on 295th Mass-Shooting in the U.S. This Year

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The World Methodist Council notes with sadness and regret the fatal mass-shooting which occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, USA, on October 1, killing 10 and injuring seven. Echoing the words of U.S. President Barack Obama, we are frustrated by how “routine” these shootings have become. According to the crowd-sourced, this is the 295th mass-shooting in the United States this year (the site reports another mass-shooting occurred the same day in Florida), and the 45th shooting to have taken place at a school according to Everytown for Gun Safety website.

General Secretary Ivan Abrahams responded to the news by saying “I grieve with the families of those who have lost their loved ones in yet another senseless slaying at the hands of a gunman. It is unconscionable that there have been 45 shootings at schools in the U.S. alone and yet the government and media seem to be ambivalent.” Bishop Grant Hagiya who oversees the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church stated, “My heart aches, and my prayers go out to all of those who were killed or injured. Let us call upon the power of God to heal and comfort during this challenging time.”

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