From Pastor Tom’s Desk

9 June 2019 From Rev Tom’s Desk

In 2009, I took some of my study leave at the time and used it to look at the rates of depression and/or burnout being suffered by clergy across many denominations. I had become aware of the increasing impact of it as an illness on those who have been called into ministry.  It has been […]

19 May From Rev Tom’s Desk

How cool it was to see so many of us at church last Sunday!!  In fact, it was ages after the service before the last of us even left.  I love that sort of fellowship seen and experienced amongst us.  It’s such a great time to catch up with one another and to, as my […]

5 May 2019 From Rev Tom’s Desk

Last night at Bron’s recommendation, Evonne and I watched a documentary/film based on the life of Billy Graham on Netflix.  I had already read Graham’s book called ‘Just as I am’ and it was an amazing read of an amazing person.  But the film was even more amazing because you could hear his comments, those […]

14 April From Tom’s Desk

The other morning, I was thinking about the Easter season that is almost upon us.  This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and of course, the following weekend is Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  While thinking about all of this, and thinking about the content of what I would preach to give it a ‘fresh air’, […]

7 April From Tom’s Desk

Sometimes we can be baldly challenged by a simple comment.  The Very Reverend Andrew Norton (past Moderator of PCANZ) came and led our parish review with the leadership the other day.  He made a simple comment which made me and others prick up our ears.  It is not a comment to condemn or judge, certainly […]

24 March 2019 From Tom’ Desk

Many years ago, approximately 30 years if I have to think about it, we were a part of a small but friendly church in a semi-rural town in the lower North Island.  After the service on Sunday (only the one service!) we would head into the church hall and have a cup of tea etc […]

17 March 2019 From Tom’s Desk

Next Saturday, the Elders and Team Leaders of First Church, as a part of our next retreat, will be meeting with the facilitation group from Presbytery to go over the results from the parish review that happened last November. The Presbytery group is led by the Very Reverend Andrew Norton who thankfully is a friend […]

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.  […]

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 […]