The Redevelopment has begun!! Some hoardings are up and the people in hard hats are on site. There is movement in the building and I would have to say just a little chaos is finding its way of challenging people.
Create in you mind a mental picture – adventures in the night!!
The access to the kitchen from outside is blocked if you go out the door there is a 2 metre high fence and no exit.
Late last night after the property and maintenance team had their monthly meeting. Graham Mathieson diligently checked that the front door of the Centre was locked before doing what he normally does – go out the kitchen and lock the door behind him. So he locked the door behind him and went to go to his car but he met the 2 metre high fence. He had no key to re-enter and no mobile. Everyone had gone home. It was dark and blowing a gale.
In the presence of no one, Graham then scaled the 2 metre high fence. Thankfully, Graham arrived home safely and no damage was done. Not many could do the gazelle leap that Graham did.
In future, we will have signs up. Please double check everyone where you enter and where you need to exit. And it will change each week.
Pray for Mothers who parent alone. Pray for Fathers who parent alone. Pray for their children.
“These are some comments that come to me from solo parents. “I don’t recognize myself sometimes because I don’t like what I say or do. There is no break, no downtime when you parent alone. You become so fixated on doing the best job you can and making up for the lack of there not being ‘two of you’ that then the joy of living fades from the house or apartment.
The other issue can be money. There is one wage and you don’t want your children to be disadvantaged because you are a solo parent. You start trying too hard to be all things.“
What I do know is that in terms of achievement, service to the community, and being loving, successful parents later on, does not weight more toward those children who have two parents in the home. What is the powerful, positive influence, is the significant reliable relationships and the ability of the child to use their resilience and inner resources.
I simply want to encourage you whether there are two parents or one parent in the house. Share some joy with your child(ren); believe in their ability to cope and to do things for themselves. Bend the rules a little – and share some of your achievements with them –the little ones. The day you just had is not only about what the child did and achieved but about what you did and achieved.
Jesus shared himself – with his friends and family. His lasting greatness was when he was most vulnerable – willing to love whatever the cost.
This Saturday the Watoto Childrens’ choir will be in concert at our Centre at 6pm.
Watoto Children's Choir is an African children choir based in Kampala, Uganda, at Watoto Church. It is composed of about twenty-two children from Uganda. They give an outstanding concert and they have come once before to us and there was not a chair left empty in the Church and outside as well. There is no charge just a request to give a free will offering. Their CDs will be available and we will host the children for afternoon tea and the evening meal just prior to the concert.
Frann Sawtell is the Co-ordinator so please contact her if you can help.
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Supernova!!! THANK YOU AMY and thank you to the young people and the army of helpers. Three shows of Supernova last weekend. This was a wonderful message and presented very well. The combination of singing, solos, live music, and video diaries was masterful and I think quite outstanding for a local suburban church with limited resources.
The fact that every part of it was original is also a great achievement. Thank you Amy Gulvin. We intend to do more with Supernova – and will soon unfold that.
Special visitor this Sunday Morning – our incoming National church leader.
This Sunday the Moderator Elect, Rev Andrew Norton, (the person who is going to be the national leader of our Presbyterian Church for two years commencing in October.) Rev Andrew Norton is coming to bring a greeting and to talk about the upcoming Assembly which is the national business and missional meeting of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand held every two years. This is to be held at St Kentigern College in Auckland in October this year. The Assembly lasts for a week and all the evenings are open to the community. I am hoping that as many of you as possible will take advantage of these public evenings - they promise to be inspiring and informative. The Business sessions for Ministers and Elders who are Commissioners are held during the day.
I will be a Commissioner this year. In 2012, Isabella Tedcastle was our Commissioner.
In recent years a lot of our business meetings have been caught up with debating issues like homosexuality, leadership of people who aren’t married but living together, and now there is the debate about same sex marriage. What the Moderator Elect is asking of the church is that we leave these thing alone for now and focus on our mission and on communicating with our communities and not keep debating things that just divide the church and divide families. He is asking Ministers and their people to give the debates a rest. Actually, I decided to do that a long time ago and I confess that sometimes I have not informed you of all the different arguments that face the church.
Andrew Norton will speak for 5 minutes at both services this Sunday July 13th Also it is his chance to meet St Heliers. It is a pity that it is the middle Sunday of the school holidays in winter.
Come and meet him via his greeting and hear what he has to say. St Heliers has a lot of gifted people in the areas of leadership, mission, service and working with people. We probably should assist more in helping other churches in our Presbyterian family.
In the near future I will set out more details of the Inspiring Mission Conference which is in Assembly Week. Please pray for the General Assembly AND the Inspiring Mission Conference. It is open to the whole church to inspire and equip in mission.
SUNDAY JULY 27TH 10.30am - the Farewell to Johnston Hall and Thanksgiving for the life of Johnston Hall - just two and half weeks away. One service only with lunch for everyone.
Have you received a letter of invitation? I hope so. If not email me please. firstname.lastname@example.org. or Margaret Mathieson email@example.com
Could you RSVP this week? This is one event that I am asking you to commit to come. it will be a grand occasion.
Giving thanks for the past together will help us prepare for the future.
I am excited.
Finally – A long time ago 75 years a large gathering of people thanked God for the past and opened Johnston hall. They did well. Now it is our turn.
My love and gratitude to you