Yes, 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.
October 10, 2015
October 4, 2015
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 ShootingTracker.com, 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.”
September 19, 2015
One thing about living in Christchurch is that overlap between late winter and early spring – is it spring, yet, or, is it still winter …? But – the days are lengthening and signs of new life are all around.
And tomorrow we meet again at 10.00am in the Hall at the Knox Centre, to celebrate the Sky in our Service of Worship for the third Sunday in this Season of Creation. There is also an invitation to bring some fruit for small hands – to be delivered to Aratupu Pre-School and Nursery on Monday.
September 10, 2015
A message from David Bush, General Secretary, Methodist Church of New Zealand:
Council of Conference heard this morning about the impact on young people in foster care who when they reach the age of 17 are ‘on their own’. Please share this with your congregations and go on-line and sign the petition yourself. Why? Just think for a moment would you ask your children to leave home at 17 with no possibility of coming back. These young men and women are ‘our kids too’. They deserve the same respect we give to those who live under our roof.
Please help raise the age of foster care from 17 to 21.
Council of Conference has heard of the work of the agencies around the country who have created an online petition asking the Government to raise the age of leaving foster care.
Currently in NZ, young people leave care on their 17th birthday. While most teenagers their age are worrying about things like homework, these young people are scrambling to find a place to live and how to support themselves. Our staff see the worst possible outcome for many of these young people – with no support networks, and nowhere to go, many teenagers become homeless before their 18th birthday.
With the current review of CYF [Child, Youth and Family], this is the perfect opportunity to ask the Government to raise the age of support from 17 to 21. We have collaborated with Youthline, Child Poverty Action Group, Wesley Community Action, Christchurch Methodist Mission, Dingwall Trust and ActionStation to create this petition.
I would be incredibly grateful if you could sign and share this petition with your workplace and your wider networks.
Thanks very much,
Rev David Bush
Methodist Church of New Zealand
P O Box 931
64 3 3666049