From Pastor Tom’s Desk

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 […]

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 […]

9 September 2018

This month, for one reason or another, is one of the busiest so far this year.  It seems like everything has suddenly come together with all sorts of meetings and events happening.  Some of the evening meetings are fairly usual but there is one that the First Church elders will need to work through concerning […]

26 August 2018

FROM REV TOM’S DESK A couple of days ago, some of us from First Church went over to    Whangamata to attend Jack Foster’s funeral.  Some of you won’t know who the heck I’m talking about, but Jack was here at First Church  for five years leading up to my becoming the Minister here in 2002.  […]

12 August 2018

This week, the team looking for another Youth Pastor will be interviewing the first of two candidates that we think are worth talking to at this stage.  We’ve had a few inquiries this time round including some about whom we’ve been left wondering, ‘why did they even bother?’ or ‘they’ve got to be kidding!’  We […]

5 August 2018

I found this the other day which I thought you might enjoy. A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their  professions was the best and the discussion turned to which was the      oldest. The surgeon said, “Eve was made from Adam’s rib, and that, of course, was a surgical procedure. Obviously, […]

8 July 2018

Evonne and I are going away for a couple of weeks driving around the lower North Island in parts we haven’t traveled before.  They’re about the only places we haven’t visited yet in NZ so we’re looking forward to it.  It’s a great country where we are, but having lived in a variety of NZ […]