From Pastor Tom’s Desk (Page 5)

From Rev Toms Desk Jan 29

In a couple of weeks time, I am going to teach a short, 5-week series based on the 5 goals that we have as a part of our vision statement.  I am doing this as a  reminder to us all of the direction in which we have chosen to head, and to also give everyone […]

22 January 2017

I find the beginning of a new year as I start back at work always daunting.  It’s like the whole year stretches out ahead and if you think of it all at once, it can be a little overwhelming.  But little by little, step by step, we can move through the year doing whatever is […]

18 December 2016

Our Preschool had their presentation day last Wednesday.  It’s the end of year ‘do’ that celebrates the children and acknowledges the staff and the parents.  It’s always a time of much photo-taking with parents squeezing past each other at various times as they make memories of their children as they grow up. It’s a lovely […]

11 December 2016

The Christmas season is meant to be sweet, or so the media and advertisers tell us, but for many folks, it is a time of increased pressure and stress.  I for one feel the rise in stress as well as we approach Christmas, because just like everyone else, I am not just a Minister but […]

27 November 2016

Assembly is over and done with.  It wasn’t the worst I’ve attended but it sure wasn’t the best.  I’ve come home emotionally drained and physically tired, even as I write this on Wednesday and even after having my day off on Monday.  There were some great times of missional input, but there were also times […]

06 November 2016

On the 2nd of November, a national group to which I belong had their  latest one-day regional conference, in Tauranga.  People from a whole host of places from Whakatane, Te Puke,  Rotorua, Hawera and Auckland were there.  The group is called City by City and was founded by a guy who you may remember because […]

30 October 2016

Our final Presbytery meeting for the year is this coming Saturday as I write this.  It’ll be yesterday on Sunday. Confused yet? You should be! ☺ There are only four such meetings a year now, following the seasons, hence this one is the Spring meeting.  They go for a whole day although sometimes the Friday […]

23 October 2016

Like every Minister in the PCANZ, I have a Supervisor.  Her role is to be a sounding board outside of the church but also to offer guidance and coaching, in her case, from a Christian perspective. One thing she’s been onto me about over the last two months has been to do with my own […]

16 October 2016

By the time you read this, we will have taken some morning tea over to the Fire Station across the road.  As I mentioned last Sunday, we want to do this simply to thank the fire-fighters for being there for our community.  It’s an easy thing to do, but hopefully it will have meant a […]

09 October 2016

General Assembly is closer now than it was last week.  Takes a genius to figure that one out eh? The White Papers, all the material that covers every report, every notice of motion, pages of standing orders, and all sorts of other stuff that will either be discussed, agreed upon, or just used to seemingly […]