The Inside Column 3/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 03, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

I hope you all had a good break over the Christmas holidays, with plenty of fun and family time. I had a very good break with lots of fishing and family activities.

Well, we have started a New Year and at this time of the year I always think of what is ahead of us in the coming months and where will we be in a year’s time. Are we doing what God wants us to be doing? Are we growing spiritually?

With these thoughts in mind we will be looking over the next couple of weeks at mission and church. We will be using Hebrews as our text. Both Greta and I had the opportunity to visit a couple of other churches over the holidays and saw how they did things. This made me ask a couple of questions about what it means to be a church and why we do the things we do at church.

So as we look through Hebrews I would like to challenge you to think about what church means to you where you might see yourself in your Christian walk in a year’s time, will you have grown deeper in your relationship with God through Prayer, Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship?

Bishop Richard is ministering at both services on Sunday 17 February. Victoria Askin will be starting with us on the same day. Victoria is in her second year at BTC studying for a Theological Degree, and will be working with us as a worship intern and will also be helping Jonathan with the youth. Having a intern is a great way for us to support the Bible Collage, and a great way for Victoria to gain experience working for a church. I know we will give her a really warm welcome and make her feel at home here.

Marianne James takes up the role of Rest Homes Pastoral Care Chaplaincy at the end of this month. Please pray for both Marianne and Margaret Hackston and their work in this ministry.

For your information we have rented out the Vicarage to a Christian family. Please respect their privacy. They do not have keys to the church and the gate adjacent to the church foyer is locked.
If you need access to the church outside of office hours please contact David during office hours to arrange for a key.

Yours in Christ

Philip

Ash Wednesday 2013

Posted in: Events- Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

Ash Wednesday Services:

Ash Wednesday Quiet Day

Wednesday 13 February
8.00am to 5.00pm

A day of Prayer and fasting for our Diocese, held at the Cathedral. The day will be divided into hour slots, each led by the parishes of this area.
There will be a communion service at 12.00 midday, led by Bishop Richard, with the imposition of ashes.

All are warmly invited to join together at the Cathedral for all or a part of the day.

Ash Wednesday Service

7.00pm

Combined Stoke Catholic, Anglican and Methodist Service

At St Francis of Assisi Church
196 Songer St
Stoke

The Inside Column 27/1

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jan 27, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

I hope you all had a good break over the Christmas holidays, with plenty of fun and family time. I had a very good break with lots of fishing and activities with the family. Thank you to everyone that helped with the running of the church over the last four Sundays. I hear that Marianne and Jonathan both did great jobs leading and preaching, so a big thank you to them.

Well, we have started a New Year and at this time of the year I always think of what is ahead of us in the coming months and where will we be in a year’s time. Are we doing what God wants us to be doing? Are we growing spiritually?

With these thoughts in mind we will be looking over the next couple of weeks at mission and church. We will be using Hebrews as our text. Both Greta and I had the opportunity to visit a couple of other churches over the holidays and saw how they did things. This made me ask a couple of questions about what it means to be a church and why we do the things we do at church.

So as we look through Hebrews over the next couple of weeks I would like to challenge you to think about what church means to you. Why do you give up your Sunday mornings and what has God called you to this year?

Bishop Richard is ministering at both services on Sunday 18 February. Victoria Askin will be starting with us on the same day. Victoria is in her second year at BTC studying for a Theological Degree, and will be working with us as a worship intern and will also be helping Jonathan with the youth. Having a intern is a great way for us to support the Bible Collage, and a great way for Victoria to gain experience working for a church. I know we will give her a really warm welcome and make her feel at home here.

Marianne James takes up the role of Rest Homes Pastoral Care Chaplaincy in February. Please pray for this ministry.

For your information we have rented out the Vicarage to a Christian family. Please respect their privacy. They do not have keys to the church and the gate adjacent to the church foyer is locked.
If you need access to the church outside of office hours please contact David during office hours to arrange for a key.

Yours in Christ

Philip

New Year Service Times

Posted in: General- Dec 30, 2012 No Comments

 

Wednesday 2 January 2013 New Year’s Holiday

10.30am – No Service in Chapel

 

Sunday 6 January 2013

9.30am – New Zealand Prayer Book Service

 

Wednesday 9 January 2013

10.30am – Reflective Service in Chapel

 

Sunday 13 January 2013

9.30am – NZ Prayer Book Service

 

Wednesday 16 January 2013

10.30am – Reflective Service in Chapel

 

Sunday 20 January 2013

8.30am – NZ Prayer Book Service
9.45am Contemporary Worship

 

The Inside Column 23/12

Posted in: The Inside Column- Dec 23, 2012 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to our Christingle Service. If you are visiting us this morning we invite you to stay after the service for a tea or coffee and Christmas cake.

Well what a busy week it has been for me. Why do things always get flat out as Christmas gets closer?

On Monday we had a working bee at the vicarage with a great team of people doing an amazing job of cleaning up the grounds. It is remarkable what a team of people can achieve when we all working together. Also a big thank you to the ladies that brought the morning tea, it  really hit the spot.

Tuesday night was Shine – or should I say Rain! – Not that it stopped us having a great night after we moved into the church. John Phillips and his brilliant team started the night of with a bang with some great children’s songs, and then we had the carols led by the Nelson Social Brass Band. There was sausages for all and a lolly scramble to finish off the evening. The real highlight to me was that there was a lot of non-church people here and we were able to share God’s word and a short talk on what Christmas really means. We might never see what God will do in these people’s lives, but we pray that some seeds where planted and through the power of the Holy Spirit they will grow.

 

Today we celebrate Christmas in a different way as we hand out the Christingles. “What is a Christingle?” you may ask. The Christingle consists of:

  • an orange representing the world; God created the world,
  • a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus. He came in to this world to pay the price for the things we do wrong, so we may know God through him. Jesus coming in to this world, his death on the cross and his resurrection, changed history for ever.
  • Dried fruits on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the four seasons and the fruits of the earth
  • The lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world  bringing good news and great joy to the world.

 

May God bless you all this Christmas

 

Yours in Christ

Philip