Save ‘Praise Be’

Praise Be to be taken off the air. Greetings to all churches/congregations. As the past Chairperson of Churches Broadcasting Commission, I was approached to send an email to all the possible Church contacts from our old database. You might have heard that Praise Be is being taken off the air. This is a real shame as it was great publicity for church and school choirs, congregations around the country and a lot of older people in particular enjoy this programme as it’s often their only access to support their faith. In the past Churches Broadcasting Commission would have dealt with this (and did several years ago when the same issue arose). This group is in recess now. We are encouraging all the churches/parishioners to write to TVNZ and complain about their lack of consultation with churches/parishes/retirement villages/the wider public in making this decision. Please pass this message onto all your synods/parishes and the wider community.
Trish Moseley Taylor (past Chairperson of Churches Broadcasting Commission)

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Annual reports

Yes, it’s that time again. If possible could these be sent as an attachment and emailed to the church office.

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Bring and Buy

12th June – Asher Hall – 9.45

Can you help? Each year the Methodist and Presbyterian Women have a project to assist some special groups that need help. This year the portion is based on the Philippines where recovery from the Typhoon 2015 is ongoing. Read more about this in your June newsletter. So please come along with items for the stall, if you can, and some money in your purses for the buying of some cakes, biscuits, loaves, jams etc. We look forward to your assistance in this mission of the church

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Bible Study

During the winter (starting with the evening study group on June 8th at 7.30 pm in the Arnold McConnochie room, and the morning study on June 15th in the church lounge at 10.30 am).

We will be studying Bible passages by “praying with your imagination”. This is a way of reading short gospel passages in which Jesus is active. This is one of the Ignatian Spiritual exercises and can be a refreshing way to discover who Jesus is in our lives. The first passage we study will be the story of Zacchaeus. Then it will be up to you to choose! Morning and evening study groups will study the same four passages during June and July. I hope that even if it is a little while since you were part of a Bible study group, you might enjoy coming along for these four sessions. Each session is “stand alone” so don’t worry if you cannot come to all of them.

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Easter Services

The temporary closure of our sanctuary buildings and an existing booking for Asher Hall means that there will be some changes to our Easter Services (note this replaces information in the March newsletter).

  • Maundy Thursday 24 March Combined service with Trinity Methodist at Trinity 7.00pm
  • Good Friday 25 March Walk of Witness all together beginning at St Patrick’s at 9.30am, continuing to Trinity, St Paul’s and ending at the Cathedral at around 10 30am. Please feel free to join the walk at any point, or drive if you prefer. There will be a short time of worship at each point along the way.
  • Easter Day Sunday 27 March Combined service with Trinity Methodist at Trinity at 10.00am. There will be no first service on Easter Sunday.
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