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10 March 2019 From Tom’s Desk

Warrick, Andrew and I were just sharing afternoon tea when I decided to regale them with an account of something that happened to me recently. I decided to finally vacuum out my SUV and so one evening I got all the necessaries together and got on with the job.  By the end of it, the […]

3 March 2019

Last night the Preschool Governance Board met.  This is the Board that has complete oversight of the Preschool in terms of its staffing, curriculum and so on.  It is made up of three representatives from Preschool and four from First Church.  Day-to-day decisions are made primarily by the staff, especially the Head Teacher, but the […]

24 February 2019 From Rev Tom’s Desk

Towards the end of last year, quite a few members of the church fellowship, chosen randomly to participate, took part in a review of our parish as a whole and of First Church and Waiau Pa separately.  The results came out later in December right before Christmas and are now in the next stage of […]

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 […]