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Thought for the week

Thought For The Week 29 November 2020

I have a plaque that reads “Difficult roads often lead to Beautiful Destinations” It reminded me of my childhood trips on shingle roads, full of potholes on the West Coast and the amazing scenery that is found at the end of these roads,  vibrant lush bush, native birds and the sparkling water of the lakes. […]

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Thought For The Week 22 November 2020

Welcome to our special combined ‘stir up’ service today. It has become our tradition to mark the last Sunday before Advent with a stir up service in which we make a Christmas cake and each give it a stir. I like to think of this as a tangible sign of our combined efforts to live […]

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Thought For The Week 15 November 2020

This week I had the privilege of participating in the Armistice Day service for the South Canterbury RSA.  At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. The RSA have been generous enough to include me in a few of their memorials over the last 9 years that I have […]

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Thought For The Week 08 November 2020

Good morning to you. I have recently spent some time with some young children and that made me think about it is a different life for children in other parts of the world that the Operation Christmas Child boxes will go to. We filled 52 boxes this year and big thank you to all who […]

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Thought For The week 01 November 2020

I’m pleased to be able to let you know that Brent has returned safe and sound from his epic journey around the South Island.  He is currently enjoying some well earned time off and will be back with us from the 9th of November.  You can catch up with his online diary from this time […]

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Thought For The Week 25 October 2020

When you pick up your weekly notices sheet on Sunday mornings and read the list of activities available in our church community each week; I wonder, if like I do, you are amazed at the variety of activities. Eatwell is the activity which I am honoured and well rewarded for being involved in.  This well […]

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Thought For The Week 18 October 2020

Last weekend I had the privilege of going to Hanmer to the Alpine Presbytery retreat.  It’s always good to catch up with people from around the country.  Our retreats really are the heartbeat of our life together as the Alpine Presbytery, where we work out together what it means to be followers of Jesus in […]

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Thought For The Week 11 October 2020

When the Brent’s away, the mice will pray! As many of you will know, Brent is taking some leave over the next four weeks.  During that time he will be embarking upon a 10 day tour of the South Island on his very own, human powered bicycle.  What an exciting adventure!  What a Brave undertaking!  […]

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Thought For The Week 4 October 2020

Welcome to our combined service this morning. Did you know that  Thursday 1st October was the International Day of Older Persons? Our National Moderator offers these thoughts of blessing: I am writing to express great appreciation of our ‘older persons’, our most senior members. We acknowledge the support and help that our older people give […]

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Thought For The Week 27 September 2020

I grew up in a family that loved our pet cats.  Cats are sometimes considered somewhat aloof, but they’re also affectionate, warm and fuzzy. Pets teach us about the wonder of life, the beauty of creation, and the gift of caring for another. Pets teach us to love. And as we learn to love, we […]

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