Newsletter 13-Apr-2014

“Palm Sunday”
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm 118: 19-29

Please join us in worship on:
Maundy Thursday: 7pm in the Church on April 17th
Good Friday: 9:30 am in the Church on April 18th


Sunday Worship: 20 April 2014
Theme: “Easter Day”
Focus Scripture: John 21:1-18
Other Readings: Psalm: 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43


Prayer Points:- Please pray for: George Morrison with more recent complications from his surgery; Ray Chisholm with his illness; Dorothy Sinclair with her recovery after ankle surgery. Jeannine’s uncle with cancer treatment continuing this week.




If anyone is willing to help with the Maundy Thursday or Good Friday Service please let me know, I’d appreciate it. Thanks Lorraine


Preparing Ourselves for Easter
1 Worship Services:-This year we have incorporated into Sunday worship a liturgy designed to help prepare ourselves for Easter. We move through the season of Lent with black Lenten candles and each week we have extinguished a candle so our light is slowly fading into darkness as did Jesus’ life. On Good Friday the Christ candle will be extinguished as we recall Jesus death and suffering, to be relit on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the risen Christ and the transforming power of God.
The weekly liturgy offers a short time for personal reflection, followed by the extinguishing of a candle before we pray together. The Christian Education Team prays that this will be a time of blessing and spiritual renewal for you.


2 Lenten Worship Focus:- At the front of the worship room is our Lenten display that is added to each week. It began with an attempting to remind us of a beach, sand, shells and drift-wood leading our eye to the deeper blue of the horizon. As Island people we do not live in deserts, in wilderness’s that for instance enable us to quickly identify with Jesus desert wilderness experience or the more traditional Church Lenten language. We do have the wild expanse of the ocean, the freedom of the beach, the wave and wind scatterings along the shore… The prayerful hope is that we walk towards Easter mindful of the call of these six weeks to deliberately examine our inner self the image of the wilderness of our sea will provide a place for spiritual engagement between God and self. Coats, cloaks and palm branches are added this week to remind us of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem …


Men's Group:- The group is now meeting on Monday nights (7.00 – 9.00 pm) at 1/57 Mellons Bay Rd. We meet for a chat, a cup of tea or coffee, prayer and bible study. We are beginning the year with an exciting study of Book of Acts. Any new members are welcome. If you have any queries, please contact Bob Williamson, Ian Dittmer or Alan Vickers.


Website Serving Rosters Access:- We have put the monthly rosters on the web site, please contact Jeannine for login details to access them


Mainly Music Team:- would like to share that Grace Corbett has stepped down from leading Mainly Music after 7 years. She has accepted part-time employment which precludes her from being available for us. We want to say THANK YOU to her – it has been a fantastic time of fun and sharing the Gospel with a pinch of worry for flavour ☺. Go well Grace and return soon please. So we have a prayer request for a new member of the MMTeam – and just maybe a new presenter please.


Real Life:- This Sunday night (13th April) John Cowan's guest will be former Miss Universe and businesswoman, Lorraine Downes


AGE CONCERN - Money Matters, is the 3rd session in the seminar series “Navigating the Health System” being held on Tuesday April 15th at Howick Presbyterian Church, 11 Vincent St, Howick from 10am – 12.30pm. Staff from BNZ Security and Fraud Division will cover financial abuse and fraud amongst older people, and a speaker from Senior Services (formerly WINZ) will be covering entitlements and how to access them. Morning tea included. No cost but donations always welcome. Bookings essential – to secure your place, ring the Age Concern office on 279 4331 ext 800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..