MISSION NEWS – ITEMS REQUIRED FOR FOODBANK: Now that Mission services are back in Aldersgate we can restart our weekly offering of items for the foodbank. Given that this service is now being re-established the offering of any basic items will be of assistance. The basket for gifts offered will be part of our regular offering again each Sunday using the basket which Charles and Kitty Kirton gave to us before they left for South Africa.

CHOIR PRACTICE: Wednesdays at 7.45pm Meeting Room 3. New members welcome. Please contact Wallace Woodley (tel 358 4209) if you would like to join the choir.

LIFE WITH THE PIANO: Copies are still available from Reception (or Wallace) for $20 each. Profits go to the Church Rebuilding Fund.

ROSTERS: There are vacancies during March for assistance with all areas of the Service. Please remember there are new categories for assisting with set-up and tidy. If you can help in any area please add your name to the rosters available on the table. Thank you for helping.

DONATIONS: Donations of food and/or good quality bedding, clothing or curtains are still welcome. Since the earthquake we have been working in partnership with the Anglican City Mission who is sharing their storage space with us. Therefore, donations can either be dropped off at 309 Durham Street or direct to the City Mission at 275 Hereford Street which ever is more convenient for you. Thank you for your support.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: On Monday 21st February at 6pm The Very Rev Peter Beck, Dean of Christchurch will lead the first meeting this year at Goodbye Blue Monday, entitled ‘It’s all about us – rebuilding the memory of community’. In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Canterbury, we’re exploring the reconstruction of our city, and rebuilding the communities within it in a creative way. Christian theology is concerned with what it takes to keep human life human and things which dehumanise us. We will consider what it takes to rebuild resilient communities together. For further information contact phone 3537882 or mob 021 654445 or e-mail dean@christchurchcathedral.co.nz

MESSY OLMPICS 2011: On Friday 25th February, from 5pm – 8pm we hold the first event for the year and we would help all tweens (Year 6 – 10, approx 11 – 14year olds) in your Parish/Youth Group. This will be held at Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, Cnr of Yaldhurst Road and Brake Street, Church Corner.

This will be a fun social event full of lotsa ‘Messy Olympic’ events!!! So come in clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in!!! We will be having a good ‘ol Fish’n’Chip tea at around 7pm. Cost $3.

For further information or questions please contact Siu Williams-Lemi, Regional Youth Co-ordinator, phone mob 022 632-6140 csisyouth@gmail.com

JOURNEY’S END WORKING BEE: On Saturday 26th February from 9am there is an opportunity for you to put something into the Methodist District’s campsite at Journey’s End.  Work includes painting, grounds maintenance and assorted odd jobs!  If you are interested contact Barry Harkness (ph. 327 7841, em. harknessab@xtra.co.nz) for further details – or just turn up on the day.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICES: On Friday 4th March at 12.15pm a service will be held in the Salvation Army, Cnr Durham St and Chester St West entitled “How many loaves have you?”. All Welcome. There are also other locations throughout the city. Updated information about venues is available for you on the table in the foyer.

IN THE AVENUES OF BARRHILL: Saturday, 5th March – A Day with Thomas Merton (Cistercian monk) on the Canterbury Plains.

10am Coach departs from Our Lady of Victories RC Church Main South Road, Sockburn, and returns by 5pm. Everyone Welcome!
Cost: $20.00 – pay on the day. Bring your own lunch and a folding chair. Tea and coffee provided. Car travellers please register as below.

Registration/information: phone 3797 227 or 3390 349 or email: rjschmack@xtra.co.nz by Tuesday 1st March.

SMETHURST TRUST FUND: [Administered by the Methodist Women’s Fellowship] For those seeking assistance for continuing study in 2011, now is the time to apply. The closing date for the first round of grants for 2011 is 20th March. The Application Form and the Information Leaflet are available on the MWF link on the Connexional website http://www.methodist.org.nz. or your local MWF, or your Presbyter. The grants committee asks that you take care in reading and completing the application forms. Applications must be on the current form 2011. Gloria Zanders – Convenor, 15 Goodall St, Hamilton 3204 Ph: 07 847 9641/ Email gjz@xtra.co.nz

HELENA GOLDIE HOSPITAL APPEAL: The focus of the Mission & Ecumenical for 2011 is to provide housing for the hospital chaplain. At present she lives in a staff house. Before new staff can be appointed a house needs to be available. The appeal leaflets are available today.

CARPARKING: During the week the car parking behind the Methodist Mission building is to be used only for the Mission staff. The protective fencing now in place has restricted parking, all of which is needed for the Mission and/or those contract workers working within the church. During the evening and weekend extra car parking is available for Parish members. If you do need urgent parking as a parish member please let Mary Caygill know as there is always a possibility that a car park might be available for a short period of time in the parsonage driveway – as long as Mary knows this has been arranged.

BULLETIN NOTICES: Any notices you wish to be included please send these through directly to either Caroline or Margery in Mission Reception Ph 366 6745.

PARISH OFFICE is now located upstairs in Aldersgate in the old Board Room. Mary Caygill (Presbyter) is there during the week unless she is out and about. To make phone contact either ring the Mission Reception Ph 366 6745 or the direct number to the Parish Office is Ph 353 4699.

MEN’S GROUP: Saturday February 26th at 1.30 p.m. Governors Bay Walk

Meet at car parking in Jetty Road downhill from She Cafe We plan to walk for about 2 hours and then retire to the cafe for refreshments.

All men welcome. Please contact me by email living@actrix.co.nz or phone 332 6282 if coming Howard Livingstone.