08 Jan 2017

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epiphanyThis week we meet with the Knox Presbyterian congregation in the Knox Church, at 10.00am.  The Service of Worship will be lead by Rev Andrew Donaldson, and the preacher will be Rev Prince Devanandan, a Sri Lankan with an Anglican background who is the current President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa.

baptism-of-jesus-02The picture on the right is of Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River – the location for the Baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Jesus].

Social Justice/Public Questions

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social-justice-aIf you are interested in meeting with a group of like-minded people to look at issues of social justice, there will be a pot luck lunch after church on Sunday 4 December so folk can introduce themselves and talk about what a Social Justice Committee might do.  Starting time, 11.45am – finish around 2.00pm.  Bring some finger food to share, and, if you would like to, send any comment or suggestions ahead of the meeting to convenor Daniela by email.

Join us on Sunday

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welcome_new_members-01Communion016It will be a busy Sunday at Durham Street Methodist Church this week.  At 10.00am we will welcome five new members, add one to the Cradle Roll, and then celebrate Holy Communion, with Rev Andrew Donaldson as celebrant.

annual-congregational-meeting-01After a brief break for morning tea, we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting, with a look at all the reports for last year and the election of Parish Councillors for the coming year.  Then, we will break for a light lunch, and this will be followed by a visit from the architects and a look at the revised Building Concept Plan.

cup-of-tea-and-biscuit-01And – don’t forget to bring your copy of the Annual Reports, which was distributed throughout the past week, and any questions or comments you may have regarding the life of the Parish.

Fruit Sunday this Sunday

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mandarins-01Yes, it’s that time of the month again when we gather up fruit for the children at Aratupu Pre-School and Nursery – fresh fruit not too big for little hands, or canned fruit (does this come in spring water or syrup? – Clear fruit juice would be the thing, I think!  Not too much added sugar.)

Just as a by-your-by – did you know that Rob Ferguson has a blog at Streets?  Interesting musings and even whole sermons appear there from time to time – and they are well worth the read.

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