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27 May 2018

I was talking to a guy today who represents a well-known para-church organisation.  He was a very pleasant bloke and we had a long chat about all sorts of things to do with what it is to be a local church. It came to the place where we were talking about the friendliness of church […]

Last week, Ministers and their Presbytery Elders from the southern region of our Presbytery met.  We meet together (about 30-40 of us) about every two months.  At these meetings, we look at our own part of the Northern Presbytery (which stretches from Cape Reinga to Te Kauwhata!) because we are the ones living and working […]

6 May 2018

The Parish elders, (not only those elders of the Session of Coles Crescent but also the parish elders from Waiau Pa and Bombay), have been meeting to look at the current structure of our parish so that we can evaluate it in terms of our  needs today.   It was originally put into place, unique amongst […]

24 April 2018

I’ve just finished several hours of research and pondering for the message for this weekend.  You’ll understand why it has taken so long if you look at the passage in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. I feel quite pooped at the moment; my head has had enough of trying to juggle all sorts of thoughts, ideas, contemplating […]

22 April 2018

In my research for last week’s message for 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1, I came across this which I thought was very thought-provoking.  I thought you might think so too. In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I […]

18 March 2018

I’ve just got in from the latest meeting of directors of the Rosehill Medical Centre. I’m not a Director, but I sit in at their meetings as a representative of the Papakura Christian Services Trust as the Medical Centre comes under the covering of that Trust. I generally just sit and listen to what is […]

11 March 2018

In today’s message, I’m going to be mentioning puritans, and in particular one famous one, David Clarkson (1621-1686). So I thought a bit of background might be useful, as they were not far away from our own Presbyterian Church roots, and in fact, were closely associated. So I managed to find, and have copied an […]

4 March 2018

Our Parish District Council met last night (at time of writing) and it was a great meeting.  We only meet 3 or 4 times a year and sometimes, they can be a little too administrative to make them ‘fun’, but last night was good. Now some folks in our church family may wonder who the […]

25 February 2018

I read about this the other day and I thought it was funny. There was a pilot who got on the intercom and said to all the passengers, “Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please? Our guidance system is broken and I don’t have a clue where we’re at right now, but I […]

18 February 2018

The Elders and Team Leaders went on a retreat yesterday.  The sole objective of this one was to evaluate the Team’s ministry; to see if is still working well, could do with some tweaks, or ought to be replaced by something better.  These are the sorts of questions that need to be asked from time-to-time […]