Who makes a good Christian (28 June 2015)

We have two recordings from the service for you today. Ben interviewed one of our new parishioners – Gini Keane. She is a retired priest and now hospital chaplain. She shared her experience of being God’s helper in Wellington Hospital.  I suggest you listen to her and then read today’s gospel:

Mark 5:21-43

Glenn preached the sermon today, in which he posed the question of who would make a good Christian. The answer may surprise you.

The other readings for today were:

Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15;2:23-24
Psalm 30
Lamentations 3:22-33

 

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Working as a hospital chaplain

Sermon 28 June 2015

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Job Description for Parish Administrator

To facilitate the ministry life of the parish by providing excellent admin support to the Vicar and other ministry leaders.

To facilitate good communication within the parish and with the community.

Core roles

  • Be the hub for communication in the parish
  • Respond to phone and email enquiries
  • Create weekly newsletter and data show for worship services
  • Update the parish website
  • Manage hall hiring, including scheduling booking and month-end billing
  • In consultation with the vicar, develop projects to enhance communication and ministry in the parish (eg: welcome packs, advertising etc…)
  • Perform the various admin roles of photocopying and paper supply/maintenance co-ordination, church supply purchases, key registers, CCLI reporting, parish statistics (for annual Diocesan reporting) and quarterly church rosters.

The successful applicant will:

  • Have good computer skills (specifically with Microsoft Word, Excel & Publisher
  • Be able to work well on their own, alongside the vicar and as part of a developing ministry team
  • Show initiative and creativity in communicating the life of the parish both to parishioners and the wider community
  • Show initiative and creativity in creating admin systems that benefit the life and ministry of the parish
  • Be warm and personable with good people and communication skills as the parish’s first point of contact for the community.

The role at present is for 9 hours a week, and it would be ideal for that to be spread across 3 mornings a week.  These hours may be flexible though for the right candidate.

26 June, 2015

 

Growing God’s Kingdom (Sermon 14 June 2015)

Today Ben reflected on the wonderful growth we have had in our church and the things we can do to help grow God’s Kingdom.  The gospel reading for today was Mark 4:26-34.  The words for the song can be found here – Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective). (pdf download).

 

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Growing God’s Kingdom

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Sermon 7 June 2015

Today James Vinod preached on Mark 3:20-35.

 

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Sermon 7 June 2015

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What is trinity? (Sermon 31 May 2015)

For Trinity Sunday, Glenn Peoples preached on the understanding of the Trinity and not taking John 3:16 for granted.

The readings for this week – referred to in the sermon – were:

Isaiah 6:1-8,
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17

If you are interested, the full text of the Athanasian Creed can be found here

 

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Trinity Sunday

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Pentecost (Sermon 24 May 2015)

Today is Pentecost and Ben preaches about the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early church.

The readings for this week – referred to in the sermon – were:

Acts 1:3 – 2:18
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 14:11-17

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Pentecost – 24 May 2015

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Discernment – how to make good decisions (Sermon 17 May 2015)

We have started to record sermons again.  This week Ben preached about discernment and making good decisions.  He refers to the five S’s:

  1. Scripture
  2. Spirit
  3. Saints
  4. Sense
  5. Sircumstances.

The words for the song at the end are:

I want to walk with you,
For you guide me every step of the way.

The readings for this week – referred to in the sermon – were:

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
Romans 11:33-12.3
John 14:25-27 and 16:12-14

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Sermon 17 May 2015

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Proposed rebuild of the northern end of the hall

Consultative Process

Before we start the process of rebuilding of the back (northern end) of the hall, we want to make sure as many parishioners as possible know of the proposal and have a chance to tell us their ideas. We will be talking about the changes as a parish, and the Property Group will be seeking comment from parishioners and other interested parties, until 11 May.

The process

On four Sundays—29 March and 5, 12 and 19 April—there will be an announcement of the proposal and the documents associated with it in the pew sheet. This explanation of the process will be included as an insert in the pew sheet on 29 March, and there will be copies of it available for people to take from the back of the church at any time during the consultation process.

Other documents at the back of the church are: Rebuild proposal, Time lines, Rebuild concept plan, and a list of Property Group members. If you can’t find copies in the church, you can ask any member of the Property Group for a copy.

We will email a copy of all these documents to parishioners whose email addresses we have on our roll during the week of 6 April.

At each Sunday morning church service, Property Group members will remind parishioners that the documents are available and encourage them to take copies. If you would like to see what the current state of the rooms is or look at the plans while you are actually in the room, you are encouraged to go over to the Villas Trust Lounge, Villas Trust kitchen, and Ezee Meals room; if you would like someone to help you or discuss the plans, ask the Property Group member who has spoken at the service you are attending. If you are not able to do this after a service, you can come in during parish office hours on your own or contact Brian Hartley, 232-2138, and he will make arrangements for you.

The Property Group will send a representative to any parish group that wants a further explanation or a walk-through of the plans. Plans have already been made for Beris Butler to brief the AAW at their May meeting and for someone to brief the Men’s Group. If you would like a member of the Property Group to come talk to your group, please contact Brian Hartley.

Property Group members are available to go over the proposal with anyone, and are happy to do this on site or at another convenient venue.

Giving feedback

We encourage you to let us know of your thoughts about the rebuild. You can have your say in three ways.

Property Group members you speak to will be taking account of your comments as the rebuild goes forward.

You can use the form below to provide feedback to the Property Group.

You can also email your comments to any member of the Property Group.

There is a form for written submissions ab the back of the church. You can fill it out and mail it to any Property Group member at the addresses provided, post it to the parish at PO Box 13-253, Johnsonville 6440, or leave it at the back of the church, addressed to Property Group.

What Vestry did in November and December

This is a summary of the decisions made at the vestry meetings in November and December 2014.  If you have any questions about these matters or questions for Vestry, feel free to talk with the wardens or any of the members of vestry.

The November meeting was held at Don’s place.

There was further discussion of the Church of England report “From Anecdote to Evidence” and how it applies to our parish.

John  reported on the outcomes of the parish fair. Vestry thanked him for his work in achieving a successful fair.  The work undertaken in pastoral care and welcoming was discussed and efforts of people doing this was supported.

The plans for restoration of Holy Trinity, Ohariu were discussed. It was agreed that a Special General Meeting be held on 14 December to approve expenditure of up to $105,000,  on the condition that work only be undertaken as funding is secured.

The December meeting was held at Warren’s place, in Ohariu Valley.

Ben reported that James Vinod has been ordained in Wellington Cathedral and issued a license as Assistant Priest in the Parish of Johnsonville. This is a non-stipendiary position.

Ben also reported that the 10.00am service fundraising for Shanuki to travel to Cambodia had raised about $400, which demonstrates the support and generosity of the parish.

Alan reported that there had been a further increase in offertories and if the trends continues we will break even in the New Year.

Don reported from the Property Committee. Two manual fire alarms and associated equipment have been installed in the Church to comply with building regulations. The final inspection of the Bell Tower is being organised, after which an application will be made for a Code of Compliance Certificate. Alan reported that the WCC Heritage Fund has approved a grant of $8,000 for the Bell Tower strengthening.

The next meeting of vestry was held on 19th February at Alan’s place.

What Vestry did in October

This is a summary of the decisions made at the vestry meeting on 21 October 2014.  If you have any questions about these matters or questions for Vestry, feel free to talk with the wardens or any of the members of vestry.

The meeting was held at Sudharshini’s place.

Ben used his report to discuss the publication from the Church of England “From Anecdote to Evidence”. The report found that the following are linked to growing churches

  1. Good leadership
  2. Clear Mission and Purpose
  3. Willingness to self reflect, to change and adapt
  4. Involvement of lay members
  5. Being intentional in prioritising growth
  6. Being intentional in chosen style of worship
  7. Being intentional in nurturing disciples

From Synod, Ben reported that there is a growing awareness of the change in cultural environment – that the church  can no longer wait until people come in the doors but that it must take a more missional approach – it is no longer the church of the 1960’s. We should not be in maintenance mode but a change in the role of the church in society and in the community.  Our parish goals are well in line with these findings, namely:

  • To sustain and grow our church family, increasing our active membership by at least 40% and attracting more young families
  • To build our Christian witness within the community of Johnsonville
  • To reach out in service to the community in need

Ben will be preaching on the findings of the report and how they apply to our parish.

In the finance report it was noted that for once offertory was exceeding the revised budget, although still a little short of the original AGM budget.  The stewardship committee were thanked for their efforts.  Summarised accounts will be placed in the November Roundabout, along with a thank you to the parish from the stewardship committee.

John reported a good outcome from the fair. Profits were lower than previous years.  However, there was good outreach to the community and things went very smoothly. It was noted that there would be an article in the Independent Herald as well.

Vestry agreed to revised fees for weddings, bringing us in line with other parishes.

There was a report on the completion of the bell tower strengthening. Vestry thanked Lisa and Darren for disposal of the old metal cabinets.

The next vestry meeting is on 18 November, hosted by Don.