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  • 22 to 28 November 2015

    Letter from Hugh

    This Sunday we welcome the Rev Nancy Jean Whitehead after the service to talk about my performance as a Presbyterian Minister and as well as those who she sent forms to, she is happy to talk to any members of the congregation.  As for last week it truly was ‘a week of it.’

  • 29 November to 5 December 2015

    Letter from Hugh

    This is the first Sunday of Advent when we begin our journey to Christmas through our lectionary readings.  Alongside we follow stories of the work Christian World Service does on our behalf, which reminds us that walking with Christ is about transforming the world by transforming lives.

  • 6 to 12 December 2015

     

    Letter from Hugh

    The second Sunday in Advent and Christmas now has a real inevitability about it.  The retail world is in overdrive while others suggest we stop calling it Christmas because non Christians might feel excluded.

    I am not a Buddhist or Hindu, but I have been made to feel welcome at both the celebration of Buddha’s birthday and the Diwali festival.  There are also other religious and cultural festivals celebrated publicly in New Zealand, and most of us don’t feel excluded from them, or are offended by them.

  • 13 to 19 November 2015

     

    Letter from Hugh

    This Sunday we are holding our traditional readings and carols service in the morning, for a number of reasons.  We focussed on the ecumenical nine lessons and carols at Christ the King, which was a great success and a number of our people attended.  Recent attendances at our own carol evenings have been declining.  We are also operating in temporary premises and using volunteers for our music.  All of which means that we run out of time and people for extra seasonal events as everyone gets caught up in pre-Christmas events. 

  • 20 to 26 December 2015

    Letter from Hugh

  • 24 to 30 January 2016

    Letter from Hugh

    This first week back is still in that strange time when most activities have also taken a break and the year is slowing getting under way. Wednesday was the first meeting with the builders and architects for the year and although with the cladding on the building there is not much visible progress, we were informed they are now working on the inside lining.

    Wednesday evening was the first Presbytery Property and Finance meeting for the year and as usual there was a great quantity of paper to wade through. The benefit of the enlarged Presbytery is that business from some of the smaller areas is dealt with by people not directly involved.  The bad news is that there is a lot more business for Presbytery committees to deal with.

  • 31 January to 6 February 2016

    Letter from Hugh

    After getting so involved with parish activities in December that I forgot our Diana Isaac service, I made contact with the activity people at Diana Isaac about the viability of our monthly service.  It is a very long time since I have had more than three people attend the service and on numerous occasions nobody has attended.  As well as the preparation involved it takes me away from our weekly Bible study group.  Therefore it was mutually agreed I would stop going for a while and then review the position later in the year.  There are a lot of activities at Diana Isaac and I know that a number of Presbyterians who are resident there go to their own church Bible study on a Wednesday morning.  When I first led worship there the nursing staff used to bring people from the hospital, but that has stopped and indeed some of those people who were keen to come became too frail to do so.

  • 7 to 13 February

    7 to 13 February 2016

    Letter from Hugh

    It is hard to know where the previous week ended and last week began.          On Saturday I met with Frank Paine’s family in the morning and attended the opening of Christchurch North in the afternoon. Last Sunday was the start of Breakfast Church for the year and there was a great turnout at the 10am service. We then moved on to a barbeque at Chris and Helen Clayton’s place, which was a very pleasant early afternoon for those who attended. On Monday I alternated between procrastination and preparing the funeral service and then I was ready to start the new week.

  • 15 to 20 February 2016

    Letter from Hugh

    This Sunday I am at Cashmere Presbyterian to take part in welcoming the Rev Silvia Purdie who will be working 80% time in the parish for a year in an arrangement Presbyterians call ‘Stated Supply.’  That simply means supplying ministry for a stated time.  During this time the parish is still technically vacant and the task of the Settlement Board and the Interim Moderator continue.  As Stated Supply is an appointment made by the Session or Parish Council and approved by the Presbytery, there is no special Presbytery service to mark its beginning. However, as this appointment involves the longest term available under Presbyterian rules, Silvia felt that some recognition of the position was appropriate and as interim moderator I need to be part of it.  Silvia has come to Christchurch because her husband the Rev Chris Purdie is a military chaplain on transfer to Burnham.

  • 21 to 27 February 2016

    21 to 27 February 2016

     

    Letter from Hugh

  • 28 February 2016 to 5 March 2016

  • 28 February 2016 to 5 March 2016

     

    Letter from Hugh

  • 6 to 12 March 2016

    Letter from Hugh

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