The Anglican Parish of Johnsonville

St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu

Parish notices – 2 March 2014

St John’s and St John’s Villas Trust Annual General Meetings

The Villas Trust AGM and parish AGM will be on Sunday, 16 March at 10.15am, after a com-bined service starting at 9.15. Please join us in planning for the future of the parish. Also please consider being a member of Vestry and/or nominating someone you think would do a good job on Vestry. Nominations should be given to Ben by Sunday, 2 March.

Friendship Lunch

Our first Friendship Lunch of 2014 will be on Tuesday, 4 March at 12 noon. All are welcome. If you need help with transport, please contact Katie in the office, 973-1729.

This Year’s Lenten Study

For Lent this year as a parish we are looking to deepen our understanding of discipleship.

A fantastic resource has become available, developed here in New Zealand through the Diocese of Christchurch, which draws spiritual and intellectual insights from Matthew’s Gospel (the Gospel for the current lectionary year).

Being Disciples: Through Lent with Matthew will run for six weeks on Thursdays in the church hall starting at 7.30pm on 13 March and will be led by our vicar Ben. The six illustrated studies are:

  • The joy and terror of being called (Matthew 4:18-22)
  • Disciples in crisis (Matthew 8:23-27)
  • Disciples in mission (Matthew 10:37-42)
  • When the going gets tough (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • Disciples in community (Matthew 18:10-22)
  • Disciples in the making (Matthew 28:16-20)

There is no cost in taking part, but for catering and planning purposes please sign up on the clipboard on the back table at church or email the office.

Volunteers needed

We are looking for people who can help with the following things in the parish:

  • mainly music, in the kitchen especially but we’d also welcome people want to do other things, some Wednesday mornings
  • reader at 8.30am service, once a month
  • welcomers at 8.30am service, once a month
  • morning tea at 8.30 service, once a month
  •  welcomers at 10.00am service, about once a month
  • running the data show at the 10am service, about once a month
  • cleaning the hall about once a month with others, generally on a Monday
  • cleaning the church about once every six weeks with others, on a Friday or Saturday

If you can help with any of these things, please speak to Katie in the church office or contact Pam, 232-2138.

New roster

If you do not yet have a roster for March/April/May, please pick one up from the back of the church. If there is not a named copy for you, please take one of the spare copies and tell Katie.

AAW notices

Thursday, 6 March—St John’s AAW monthly meeting: a day outing to the Film Archive in Taranaki Street to see  a special screening on the Northern Suburbs,  followed by a light tea meal (provided by the committee) at Christine Gibbons’ home, 20 Cranwell Street, Churton Park.  Car pooling from  St. Johns promptly at 3.45 p.m.,  films 4.30–5.30 p.m.  Cost $10 per person.  All welcome.  Please ring Margaret Smith, 938-7915, if you are coming.  Drivers may also need a small contribution towards parking costs.

Friday, 7 March—World Day of Prayer. Ecumenical service , 10am, at the Brethren Chapel, Broderick Road, Johnsonville., followed by light lunch. Theme is “Streams in the De-sert” (based on Egypt). Offertory towards special women’s projects. All welcome.

Alpha marriage course

The Marriage Course is very practical, giving any married couple the tools to build a strong and healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. Over eight evenings spent together couples talk about important issues that can get swept under the carpet in the rush of daily life. Privacy as a couple is always respected. There is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else. The setting is welcoming, relaxed and non-threatening.

St Michael’s, Newlands will run the marriage course starting on Wednesday, 5 March. Contact Rev Jennie Sim,  (021) 151-4862 or

Side by Side Mentors

A Side-by-Side Mentor is an everyday person wanting to help young families by walking alongside them, offering support, encouragement and a listening ear. It is suitable for those already working with families or who would like to work in a family ministry role. In-terested? Come along to an information evening on 6 March 7.30-9pm at the Anglican Centre, 18 Eccleston Hill (off Hill St), Thorndon. Pick up a brochure from the back of the church. Talk to Ailsa or Pratibha.

 Diocesan picnic/hui

Every person in the Parish is invited to come along on Saturday 8 March and take part in our Diocesan Hui. We’ll be talking about our three main themes for 2014: Discipleship, Biculturalism and Child Poverty.

  • We’ll celebrate and worship as a Diocesan family.
  • We’ll support the Anglican Missions Board and hear from Reverend Mike Hawke, the charismatic Church Support Officer from AMB.
  • We’ll picnic together in our Cathedral because our Cathedral is the Mother Church of our Diocese.

It will be a fun day for all the family, young and old.



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