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].

Special meeting tomorrow

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communion - 02Yes – we meet at 10.00am in the Hall at the Knox Centre for a Service of Holy Communion, with Rev Andrew Donaldson.

And, following the Service we will have a special congregational meeting, facilitated by the Very Rev Bruce Hanson, to discuss the proposal to purchase a new pipe organ (from the organ insurance monies) for the new building on the 309 Durham Street site.meeting 2

A finger-food lunch will be provided, and the meeting is expected to conclude no later than 3.00pm.  Bring the discussion papers with you and have your say on this important issue.

Lent 4

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communion - 02This week, the fourth Sunday on our Lenten journey towards Jerusalem and the crucifixion of Jesus, we celebrate Holy Communion with our new Parish Superintendent, Rev Andrew Donaldson.  The time:  10.00am.  The place: the Hall, in the Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Avenue.  Morning tea to follow.

A number of our folk are not well at the moment, and some of them are in hospital – please remember them in your prayers.  And, as we move towards implementing a new (for us) model of inner city ministry, prayers are also sought for the Parish, the Parish Council, and applicants for the Chaplaincy position.

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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