What Vestry did in September

This is a summary of the decisions made at the last vestry meeting on 16 September 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 the Vinods’ place.

Ben reported on his annual feedback review with the Diocese. This included feedback from four different people, including Teri. He reported that the feedback session had gone well and was very affirming of his role. There were two matters noted for consideration. One was having an ongoing spiritual director. Ben has selected Rev Mark Johnson (Chaplain at Victoria University) to fill this role. The other was putting specific time aside for his family. It was agreed that he would prioritise Saturdays for time with his family and only do necessary parish work on that day.

Ben noted that the church is now entering a new phase of growth and development. This requires rethinking how the church is led and managed to make the best of people’s gifts and talents.  It involves having a larger leadership group with clearer delegations. Ben asked all Vestry members to email him with ideas of how things can progress and what things should be led by Ben and what should be done by others.

The accounts were discussed and a revised budget for the remainder of the year presented. There were no major variances in the revised budget from that set at the AGM. Alan commented that offertories to August were still lagging somewhat behind budget. It was hoped that the recent stewardship campaign would result in further increases in September and October. It was also noted that the only fundraising that has been organised is the fair. This is something we need to look at for early 2015.

John reported on the fair planning.  There was discussion on finalising the details of the Bishop’s medals. The timing and cost of the Bell Tower strengthening was confirmed.

The next vestry meeting is on 21 October, hosted by Sudharshini.

Parish notices – 12 October 2014

Mission Boxes collection this month!

Time for Mission Boxes to be brought in! You can bring your boxes to church for collec-tion or you can ring Claire Hunter on 4788568 to organise collection with her. Thank you!

Bell Tower Strengthening: 29th Sept—10th October 2014

Thank you for your patience with the strengthening. I am sure we all appreciate that this has been completed!

The Wellington City Mission 2014 presents: “FRESH FROM THE MISSION”

A Recipe Book with contributions from Wellington Chefs and Food Writers – $20 a copy

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MISSION FOR FAMILIES!

The books will be at the church on Thursday and Sunday or please contact Jane Watts 499-3807

PARISH FAIR: COUNTING DOWN!

NEXT SATURDAY!
Onslow College, Saturday 18 October, 10.00am

KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING!

  • Stalls this year include: Baking, Books, CD’s, Electrical Goods, Glitz & Glamour, Jams & Preserves, Jewelry, Kitchen Goods, Knitting, Linen, Plants, Morning Teas, Pictures & Mirrors, Raffles, Sausage Sizzle, Sewing, Sweets…so if you have things to donate, please do!
  • Helpers needed for loading the truck with fair goods on Friday 17th October – 4 to 6pm
  • Speak to John Sissons, 478-5824, to find out how else you can help!

Readings and Prayers – 12 October 2014

Sentence:

“I would feed you with the finest bread, and satisfy you with honey from the rock.”
Psalm 81:16

Collect:
Living host, call us together,
call us to eat and drink with you.
Grant that by your body and your blood
we may be drawn to each other and to you.
Amen

Sunday and Thursday Morning Bible Readings:

Ordinary Time 25: 

Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

Today we pray for:

  • Justin Lester and Helen Ritchie
  • Teachers and students at St Brigid’s and Onslow College
  • The women of New Zealand and around the world who provide endless support for overseas mission.
  • The Church of the Province of West Africa The Most Revd Dr Solomon Tilewa Johnson Primate & Metropolitan, CPWA; Archbishop of Internal province of West Africa and Bishop of Gambia
  • Lower Hutt: Peter Benge (Helen) and Jean Malcolm
  • Bishop’s Discernment Panel: Clerical: Henry Resink and Jennie Sim Lay: Peter Croft, Sue Fordyce, Jan Gosnell and Mark Rainer
  • Those who have asked for our prayers and those who have died.

Parish notices – 5 October 2014

A special thank you to all of our dedicated Youth Leaders for another successful term of Kid’s Church and Friday Youth!

Thank you to Teri, Chris and Adam for leading our next generation this term! From glitter grace jars being created in Kid’s Church to tackling life’s big issues on Friday evenings, we have had some wonderful feedback on how your work in our community is thriving! Thank you! Please note that Kid’s Church with Teri and her merry band of helpers will resume on Sunday 19th October at the 10am service, with Chris Nimmo leading our youngsters at the same time. Exciting Friday’s Youth Group resumes on Friday 17th October at 7pm in the hall. Join us for some more fun and adventure next term!

Bell Tower Strengthening: 29th Sept—10th October 2014

The church building will be closed for the duration of this time: all church ser-vices will be taking place in the church HALL until work is complete.

PARISH FAIR: COUNTING DOWN!

2 weeks to go!
Onslow College, Saturday 18 October, 10.00am

KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING!

  • Stalls this year include: Baking, Books, CD’s, Electrical Goods, Glitz & Glamour, Jams & Preserves, Jewelry, Kitchen Goods, Knitting, Linen, Plants, Morning Teas, Pictures & Mirrors, Raffles, Sausage Sizzle, Sewing, Sweets…so if you have things to donate, please do!
  • Please do leave your old TVs and clothing out of your delivery though.
  • We need help getting the donated goods to the Fair venue and off-loaded once there.
  • Speak to John Sissons, 478-5824, to find out how else you can help!

Parish notices – 28 September 2014

A special thank you to all of our dedicated Youth Leaders for another successful term of Kid’s Church and Friday Youth!

Thank you to Teri, Chris and Adam for leading our next generation this term! From glitter grace jars being created in Kid’s Church to tackling life’s big issues on Friday evenings, we have had some wonderful feedback on how your work in our community is thriving! Thank you! Please note that Kid’s Church with Teri and her merry band of helpers will resume on Sunday 19th October at the 10am service, with Chris Nimmo leading our youngsters at the same time. Exciting Friday’s Youth Group resumes on Friday 17th October at 7pm in the hall. Join us for some more fun and adventure next term!

AAW Meeting: Thurs 2nd October 2014

Ladies, it is that time again! All women are welcome to join us and invite friends!
This week: Rod and Anne Stainer from Churton Park Church are coming to talk about their recent visit to Azerbaijan, Armenia/Caucasus and Georgia. Johnsonville Uniting Church Women’s Group have been invited to attend as well. Chat to Toni Finkle for more information about this interesting evening!

Bishop Service: Sunday 5th October 2014 at 9:15am

We are very excited about next week’s service: do come along at 9:15am to meet Bishop Justin! Only one service: 9:15am!
Please put your baking hats on for this and bring with you a plate to share!

Bell Tower Strengthening: 29th Sept—10th October 2014

The church building will be closed for the duration of this time: all church ser-vices will be taking place in the church HALL until work is complete.

Christmas Shoeboxes need filling again!

As many of you are aware, we have a wonderful gift to give this Christmas: a Shoebox filled with treats for a child who is in need: please sign up at the back of the church: the boxes are here for you to collect too! If you have any questions, chat to John or Margaret Sissons!

PARISH FAIR: COUNTING DOWN!

3 weeks to go!
Onslow College, Saturday 18 October, 10.00am

KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING!

  • Stalls this year include: Baking, Books, CD’s, Electrical Goods, Glitz & Glamour, Jams & Preserves, Jewelry, Kitchen Goods, Knitting, Linen, Plants, Morning Teas, Pictures & Mirrors, Raffles, Sausage Sizzle, Sewing, Sweets…so if you have things to donate, please do!
  • Please do leave your old TVs and clothing out of your delivery though.
  • Speak to John Sissons, 478-5824, to find out how else you can help!

Readings and Prayers – 28 September 2014

Sentence:

Happy are those whose helper is the God of Jacob; whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, who keeps a promise for ever. Psalm 146:5,6

Collect:
We pray you, Jesus, take the old water,
our busy, conscientious lives,
and turn them into gospel wine,
that everyone may see your life and thirst.
Amen

Sunday and Thursday Morning Bible Readings:

Ordinary Time 25: 

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Philippians 2:1-13
Psalm 25: 1-9
Matthew 21:23-32

Today we pray for:

  • Our new government elect!
  • Teachers and students at Raroa Normal Intermediate and Newlands Intermediate.
  • Gonville: Denise Keen (Bryan) and John Hancox (Margaret)
  • The Episcopal Church: The Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop of TEC
  • the Church in Melanesia. Initially part of the Church of the Province of New Zealand, the Anglican Church of Melanesia became a separate province in 1975. It takes in the Republic of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.
  • Those who have asked for our prayers and those who have died.

Kids’ Church Update – September 2014

Dear parents, families, and caregivers,

This term we have been talking about Being Friends with Jesus. Please ask your child what they have been discovering – they have some amazing thoughts and ideas!

One of the things we have been talking about this term is about listening to Jesus through reading the bible. If any families don’t have a good children’s bible, please come and have a chat to me. I have some extra copies I would be happy for you to have.

The next month will be a little different from usual…

Coming up over the holidays

Sept 21st Kids Video (Teri is away).

Sept 28th PET SERVICE! Fun for all the family including the furry ones!

Oct 5th Confirmation Service with Bishop Justin. Activities provided for the kids in the Hunter Lounge.

Oct 12th Kids Activities or a Video.

Saturday Oct 18th Church Fair at Onslow College

Oct 19th New Term starts! Come and see what we will be exploring at Kids Church this term!

Thank you for sharing your kids with us this term

Teri Johnson-Frow
970-3003
teri_ben@hotmail.com

Download the PDF:

Kids Church news Sept 2014

Parish notices – 21 September 2014

Ben and Teri away

Ben and Teri have taken time away this week for study and Synod duties. In case of emergency please contact the wardens: Alan (vwarden@johnsonvilleanglicans.org.nz), Katie (pwarden@johnsonvilleanglicans.org.nz), or Angie in the office (office@johnsonvilleanglicans.co.nz).

Are you available for only two hours a month?

We really need some more volunteers to assist in the Op Shop. If you have two hours on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday OR Saturday free, and are keen to help, please chat to Katie. Thank you! It isn’t a difficult job, it just requires some lovely smiling faces and willingness to commit.

Festival Singers: Mozart vs Salieri, 21 September

Join us at our next performance in the church at 2:30pm on Sunday 21st September 2014. See poster in church entrance for more info.

Men’s Group Meeting, Friday 26 September, 6pm

Please come and join us for a great evening of food and entertainment, and hear what our guest speaker has to talk to us about!

Time to bring your pets to church! NEXT WEEK!

Get your pets groomed…NEXT WEEK they come to be shown off at church! Diarise the 28th September! What you need to bring: Your pet!

Christmas Shoeboxes need filling again!

As many of you are aware, we have a wonderful gift to give this Christmas: a Shoebox filled with treats for a child who is in need: please sign up at the back of the church: the boxes are here for you to collect too! If you have any questions, chat to John or Margaret Sissons!

Welcoming Sunday Newcomer’s Lunch: last week.

Thank you so much to Ravi and Sudharshini for such a welcoming lunch last week! Not to mention delicious! The kids had such fun too! For those newcomers who couldn’t make it, keep a lookout for the next one, and invite some friends to join you!

Confirmations

With Bishop Justin visiting on Sunday, 5th October, we have the opportunity to hold confirmations in the parish. If you would like to be confirmed at this wonderful occasion in the parish please let our vicar Ben know.  We will also be honouring a number of our members with Bishop’s Medals.

 

PARISH FAIR: COUNTING DOWN!

4 weeks to go!
Onslow College, Saturday 18 October, 10.00am

KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING!

  • Grocery items, jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, handbags and scarves, marmalades, cans of food, books, magazines…you name it, we want it!
  • Please note we are NOT taking TVs and clothing.
  • Speak to John Sissons, 478-5824, to find out how else you can help!

Readings and Prayers – 21 September 2014

Sentence:

“Your throne O Lord has stood firm from of old; from all eternity you are God. Mightier than the noise of great waters; mightier than the waves of the sea; so the Lord on high is mighty” Psalm 93:3,5

Collect:
God, you have given us a lodging in this world
but not an abiding city.
Help us, as a pilgrim people, to endure hardness,
knowing that at the end of our journey
Christ has prepared a place for us.
Amen

Sunday and Thursday Morning Bible Readings:

Ordinary Time 25: 

Jonah 3:10-4:11
Philippians 1:21-30,
Psalm  145:1-8,
Matthew 20:1-16

Today we pray for:

  • All who are involved in the current election!
  • Teachers and students at Onslow College and West Park Primary
  • St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
  • the Province of South East Asia. It is made up of the Diocese of Singapore, West Ma-laysia, Sabah and Kuching.
  • The Church of the Province of Uganda The Most Revd Stanley Ntagali Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala
  • Those who have asked for our prayers and those who have died.

What Vestry did in August

This is a summary of the decisions made at the last vestry meeting on 19 August 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 John Sissons’ place.

Ben talked about how we are reaching a church community size where we need to expand the number of people involved in leadership. We have to be more proactive about delegation and ensuring there are people who can provide backup on each duty. We now have several potential preachers in the congregation and Ben will be inviting them to preach on a regular basis. The youth ministry and music teams are going well. Attendance has been increasing, particularly by children.

It was agreed, to complete the stewardship campaign, that we would send a letter out to everyone on the parish roll inviting them to come along to upcoming activities and events. This would be more worthwhile than approaching them for donations. (That letter went out with Roundabout.)

It was noted that Wendie and Jonn Ayley had gone to England and would bring back Rob’s body to New Zealand in early September. There would be a funeral service for Rob at St Johns. (The service was held on 11 September).

Katie presented a request for providing more storage in the hall to meet the needs of regular hall users. It was agreed to purchase two flatpack cupboards, subject to agreement from the Property Goup. (The Property Group agreed and the cupboards have been bought).

The main topic of discussion was the Holy Trinity, Ohariu restoration project.  A tender had been sent out to three builders for the work and all had responded. Warren and Alan had selected a preferred company, which Vestry agreed to. Funding for the project is starting to come in and applications are being made for further funding.  Warren and Alan will discuss the phasing of the project with the builder.

Katie reported on plans to start mainly music in the Valley Hall in term 4. Initially it will run as a sub-group of St Johns. If it is successful, it will be set up as a separate session after that.

The next vestry meeting is on September 16th, hosted by Prathiba.