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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Epiphany 2

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Good morning! And what a lovely drop of rain – just what the garden needs!

fruitThis week we are back in the Hall at the Knox Centre for our 10.00am Service of Worship.  The service will be led by Rev Dr Barbara Peddie, and there will be a cup of tea or coffee with the Knox Presbyterian congregation afterwards.

This week is also “fruit week” – Aratupu Pre-School and Nursery reopened on Monday last, and the children are just as keen as ever to get on with life.  Fresh fruit that can be held in little hands as well as cans of fruit are always welcomed by the staff, the children, and their families.

Epiphany 1

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Yes, the New Year 2016 is well under way, and people are starting to return to work – the Connexional Office re-opened this week, and Sue is back in the office at Upper Riccarton next week.

Meanwhile, we will be worshipping with the Knox Presbyterian Congregation this Sunday, in the Knox Church, at 10.00am.

John Wesley SchoolThe children at John Wesley School, Eshowe, in South Africa, will be starting classes for 2016 next week, and if you would like to contribute to the ongoing education of these children, often from families otherwise unable to afford to send them to school, remember there are labelled envelopes available on the table in the Hall nearest the door to the foyer/vestibule – or can you pop a donation in your own envelope, with the words “John Wesley School” on the outside.  Alternatively, donations can be made online – but do make sure you indicate it is for the School.

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

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