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19 May From Rev Tom’s Desk

How cool it was to see so many of us at church last Sunday!!  In fact, it was ages after the service before the last of us even left.  I love that sort of fellowship seen and experienced amongst us.  It’s such a great time to catch up with one another and to, as my […]

5 May 2019 From Rev Tom’s Desk

Last night at Bron’s recommendation, Evonne and I watched a documentary/film based on the life of Billy Graham on Netflix.  I had already read Graham’s book called ‘Just as I am’ and it was an amazing read of an amazing person.  But the film was even more amazing because you could hear his comments, those […]

14 April From Tom’s Desk

The other morning, I was thinking about the Easter season that is almost upon us.  This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and of course, the following weekend is Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  While thinking about all of this, and thinking about the content of what I would preach to give it a ‘fresh air’, […]

7 April From Tom’s Desk

Sometimes we can be baldly challenged by a simple comment.  The Very Reverend Andrew Norton (past Moderator of PCANZ) came and led our parish review with the leadership the other day.  He made a simple comment which made me and others prick up our ears.  It is not a comment to condemn or judge, certainly […]

31 March From Tom’s Desk

Last Saturday morning, the Elders and Team Leaders worked with the Very Reverend Andrew Norton working through the raw data from the parish review that was undertaken towards the end of last year.  It sounds like quite a gap between doing the review and facilitating its reflection, but a wee thing called the Christmas Season […]

24 March 2019 From Tom’ Desk

Many years ago, approximately 30 years if I have to think about it, we were a part of a small but friendly church in a semi-rural town in the lower North Island.  After the service on Sunday (only the one service!) we would head into the church hall and have a cup of tea etc […]

Re 15 March 2019 Post from Judy Reynolds

The last two days we have been in Glenorchy at the top of Lake Wakatipu. Yesterday we decided to walk the first leg on the Routeburn Track. A cloudy day and off we went. I love walking through the beech forest listening to the bird song, mainly bell bird and kea, smelling the forest scent […]

15 March 2019 – four days on

Hi folks, It’s been about four days now since the tragedy in Christchurch. Fifty human beings gunned down all for the sake of some single person’s misguided belief system at the least or pure lunacy at the most.  Men, women and children died as they were at their worship.  These were Muslim folks at this […]

15 March 2019 – Christchurch attack

Hi folks, I just wanted to email you all, getting in contact with as many as I can at one time, to ask you pray for those who have been murdered in the evil attack against the people in Christchurch. This is something that as God’s people we must stand against with abhorrence and something […]

17 March 2019 From Tom’s Desk

Next Saturday, the Elders and Team Leaders of First Church, as a part of our next retreat, will be meeting with the facilitation group from Presbytery to go over the results from the parish review that happened last November. The Presbytery group is led by the Very Reverend Andrew Norton who thankfully is a friend […]