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17 February 2019 From Rev Tom’s Desk

This Sunday (today) we have the blessing of being able to ordain and induct Andrew into the role of being Youth Pastor.  This is no small thing in his life nor in the life of this church fellowship.  Being a Pastor is a calling from God to enter into a specific area of ministry and […]

3 February 2019

Wherever we are on our Christian walk, whatever our age and circumstances, we are on a journey.  We walk with God through the many ups and downs with which we are faced in this life, either as clear-headed or even sometimes, a bit muddled because we can’t quite see a way through at that moment. […]

27 January 2019

In the busyness of December at the end of last year, my mum had another fall, was put into hospital and there diagnosed with moderate to serious dementia.  She was put into a home because she could not return to her own home, and as you can    imagine, she was extremely unhappy about it all.  […]

2 December 2018

The concept of ‘love’ these days is increasingly dumbed-down until it is hardly recognisable.  The love shared between friends or family, particularly between spouses, was always, meant to be something very special in its own place but now it’s often just a euphemism as people spout out the word ‘love’ as they jump from one […]

25 November 2018

Last night at our monthly Session meeting, one of the key pieces of business on the agenda was the data gained from the recent parish review which has been sent to us by the coordinator of the process.  Overall, the data that we’ve just begun to look at shows a very healthy church which meets […]

18 November 2018

There was an interesting devotion from David Jeremiah as he was writing about pride and he incorporated a quote from Charles Stanley.  Stanley said “Each morning, the enemy lays out his landmines in our lives.  If we are not discerning we will fall prey to his tactics.  The landmine of pride can tear a gaping […]

4 November 2018

FROM REV TOM’S DESK I was talking to someone the other day and the nature of being a Minister in a church came up. This coming December, I will actually pass my 26th year of being a nationally ordained Minister in the PCANZ so I’ve been around for a while fulfilling this calling that God […]

28 October 2018

FROM REV TOM’S DESK   At the moment, the parish is undergoing a Presbytery review of us as a church.  Many years ago the Presbyteries across NZ used to have what were called quinquennial visitations, meaning they happened every five years.  In my 26 years of ministry in a parish, I’ve been seconded onto heaps […]

21 October 2018

During these last two weeks of holiday, purely coincidentally, the gun club I belong to hosted the Auckland Provincial Shoot.  The only bigger event would be the Nationals.  I spent quite a bit of time in the first week doing working bees at the field making sure the lawns were up to standard for such […]

16 September 2018

FROM PASTOR TOM’S DESK It was a busy day for us all last Sunday.  Speaking for myself, I had     communion in the first service which is an important sacrament to share, then Anna’s commissioning in the second service, followed by soup and buns together followed by the two baptisms at 1pm.  A short time at […]