The Inside Column 21/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 21, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

Yvonne McLean will be speaking to us today about Hospital Chaplains, and the vital role they play. Hospital Chaplains have long played a vital support role in public hospitals throughout New Zealand. When faced with hardship or loss, many people find it difficult to talk to their loved ones, or to cope alone, and Hospital Chaplains are there to listen and to help.

Regardless of a person’s religious or spiritual beliefs, they seek to comfort those in need whenever they can. Life can take many twists and turns, and we never truly know what might be around the corner. The annual Hospital Chaplaincy Appeal Week is from this Sunday 23 September to Sunday 30 September.

The theme of this year’s appeal is “When Loneliness Takes Over” which anyone can experience, when health declines or accidents happen and life changes are forced upon us, it is then that Hospital Chaplains can provide much needed support for patients, their relatives and hospital staff. Donation slips are in the foyer.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had  envelopes available for people to donate to new chairs for the church. There are several good reasons for having Chairs over the pews, the main one being that the space becomes a lot more flexible in how we can use it, enabling us to set up according to the requirements of    various groups. And of course, there is the added benefit of increased seating comfort! If you would like to buy a chair that would be amazing but we all so know that a lot of people are on a fixed budget and coming up with one hundred might be asking for too much, so if you would like to make a smaller donation that is fine as well. We would like to get 100 chairs to start with, we have already been given enough to buy 36 chairs. Donations are tax deductible.

I will be going away for a couple of weeks from Wednesday 24 September until to Tuesday 7 October. My younger brother is getting married in Hamilton, so we are taking the family up to see the family and spend some time travelling around the North Island. If there is an urgent need Jonathan will be on call and Eric will also be available.

David our Parish Administrator has new working Hours. The Church office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Friday 1.30pm to 5.30pm.


Yours in Christ




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