St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
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.
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.
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:
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.
We are looking for people who can help with the following things in the parish:
If you can help with any of these things, please speak to Katie in the church office or contact Pam, 232-2138.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
It will be a fun day for all the family, young and old.