From Pastor Tom’s Desk

17 June 2018

The Youth Pastor selection team have continued to meet several times over the last few months, continuing to do all due diligence so that we find just the right person for our church as a whole and specifically of course, our youth.  We have shared with each other often enough just how weighty the whole […]

3 June 2018

On the desktop of my computer, I’ve just set a photo as my background.  It’s a photo of a landscape that I took while fishing for trout (not catching I might add) on the western edge of Lake Hawea in Central Otago.  In the foreground from the boat, you can see beautiful blue water, edged […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

11 February 2018

This week, our Bible Study group, alongside others started looking at the parts of the Alpha course. I first did Alpha about twenty years ago while I was the Minister at Tapanui in West Otago.  It hadn’t been done before in that church, so it took a huge amount of effort to be trained, go […]

4 February 2018

Here’s some fun with some basic maths, cause basic maths is all I can do these days! Lol In a day, there are 1440 minutes to use up.  Of that, 480, or 8 hours is used for sleep.  About 8 hours or another 480 minutes is used for work which leaves a further 8 hours […]