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Church services suspended

Due to the national response to the COVID-19 crisis all church services at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Papanui, have been suspended until further notice. On the instruction of the Bishop of Christchurch the church will be closed until further notice from Tuesday, 24 March 2020, even for personal prayer. It will still be open on the Tuesday for any last minute arrangements,…

A thought for today

I normally believe and proclaim that today is by far the most important day of our lives. After all, it is when we get everything done. It is the one we live in. But who am I to argue with Hollywood legend John Wayne about that? He does make a very good point. The Duke once said “Tomorrow is the most important…

FLY with wings like Eagles?

This was the outside of our front door. It’s a fly. Earlier in the week I left for work and the fly was there. Since then we have had a southerly squall, torrential rain and wind. The next day I went out in the morning. The fly was still there. It had not moved. There is a lesson for us in this.…

These little ones

I decided to raise a political issue today, while we are all safely tucked away in our bubbles. By the time you see me again, you might forgive me for that. Anyone listening to my sermons closely might have noticed that now and then there are political undertones just beneath the surface. Indeed faith cannot be fully separated from politics.               Recently…

Encourage-mint 02.04.2020

Five Ways to Wellbeing There are lots of thoughts about what wellbeing is but let’s agree that it is when we feel contented and at peace with ourselves, others and our God. We can think about physical wellbeing, emotional, mental, family and spiritual wellbeing. The WHO (World Health Organization) has suggested five ways of achieving wellbeing. Giving. This can be giving of…

Encourage-mint 01.04.2020

I have always loved music. From brass bands to Gilbert & Sullivan to Handel’s Messiah to Country & Western to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, etc. I often like to have it up loud—whether via radio, CDs, or online. Alison prefers it not to be too loud ! But we compromise ! Of course, my list also…

Encourage-mint 31.03.2020

A way to pray Our Lord himself gave us a format for prayer in Matthew 6: 9–13. It is an amazing prayer, with every aspect of our lives and needs sown into it. The Lord’s Prayer can be used as a basis for prayerful meditation, and provides a framework for prayer at any time. Try taking each step separately and pondering on…

Tim writes –

By now we are into the second day of staying at home due to the Alert Level 4 response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. I am working from home and slowly setting up the office here. Having previously worked from home, I know that it is not that easy and that I prefer a separate office to go to so that I…

Not cancelled

Great to connect in these times of uncertainty—maybe the wonderful butterfly of good things that emerge from our chrysalis will be a more caring, connected society that actually thinks about each other more. This poem seems to sum it up well: Conversations will not be cancelled. Relationships will not be cancelled.Love will not be cancelled.Songs…