St Andrew's Chronicle

St Andrew's Chronicle for April 2018

Derek’s Drift

April 2018
As a Scout I had to learn some of the properties of various woods
for use both in building (as in coracles, shelters, pioneering etc.) and
as firewood. There were various ways to remember what burnt well
or didn’t and the last verse of one poem read:
Oak or ash or birch or beech
Larch or spruce or pine
Take your pick, but ash is best
Green or dry 'tis fine.
Really, it’s more a piece of doggerel but the purpose is achieved. As
we approach winter, our wood supply choice is relatively restricted
unless we source our own – mainly gum or pine and perhaps
macrocarpa or manuka. I have some birch from a tree in the garden
which we cut down a couple of years ago but will be buying in some
gum. The birch will burn easily, very hot and fast while the gum will
burn hot and slow.
In Acts 2 we hear of Peter addressing the crowds immediately after
the apostles’ Pentecost experience. Later, in chapter 17, we read of
Paul speaking to the Athenians before their temple “to the Unknown
God.” The Christian faith has never grown as rapidly as during those
first four centuries. There are various reasons for that but the main
communication was verbal; writing worked but fewer people could
read and writing doesn’t make for easy conversation between
reader and author.
Yet the apostles and disciples were lighting spiritual fires, kindling
sparks into flame inside the souls of other individuals. Peter was
answering laughter from the crowds, accusations of, “Look, they’re
drunk.” Although called “Peter’s Sermon” it only took a minute to
deliver and was much more the conversations which followed.
Paul was talking with the people around him who already
worshipped this god but the characteristics were unknown – Paul
explained, briefly, the nature of God and then entered into
conversations to draw in new believers.
In order for our fires to burn we have to start small. Chemicals on a
match-head light kindling or a firelighter which in turn lights
something more substantial and so on – it’s a fire conversation. We
need the fast and easy-burning timber to get things going and then
the hotter, slower choice to really do the work. If we only have the
faster burning wood, we need to keep adding to the fire, it is harder
to control a steady heat and the fire doesn’t stay in for long
unattended. The steadier burning wood takes over and will keep the
heat going, even overnight or longer. However, it is in much greater
danger of going out because we’ve just “left it to it.”
In Christian communities around the world, the flame needs fanning:
fresh, hotter-burning material needs to be added to get things going
again. Then there is a need for sustained burning so that, for a time,
it can be left to it before being revived again.
Easter is an opportunity for the fires of faith to be revived so that it
can be ablaze come Pentecost. Then revived at Advent ready for
Christmas; then in Lent leading to Easter and completing the circle.
In Holy Week we can reflect but not dwell on the events of Good
Friday but then on Sunday we can be fires revived with the joy of
the empty tomb. Even among the ashes there are sparks which
can rekindle the fire. Happy Easter.



1st Reading


2nd Reading


March 30

Good Friday

Is 52: 13

Is 53: 12

Ps 22

Heb 10:


Jn 18: 1-19,


March 31

Holy Saturday

Job 14: 1-14

Ps 31: 1-4


1 Peter 4:


Mt 27: 57-66

April 1

Easter Dawn

Ex 14: 10-31

Ex 15: 20-21

Ps 114

Rom 6: 3-11

Mk16: 1-8

April 1

Easter Day

Acts 10:


Ps 118:

1-2, 14-24

1 Cor 15:


Jn 20: 1-18

April 8

Easter 2

Acts 4: 32-35

Ps 133

1 Jn 1:

1-2: 2

Jn 20:


April 15

Easter 3

Acts 3: 12-19

Ps 4

1 Jn 3: 1-7

Lk 24:


April 22

Easter 4

Acts 4: 5-12

Ps 23

1 Jn 3:


Jn 10: 11-18

April 29

Easter 5

Acts 8 26-40

Ps 22: 25-31

1 Jn 4: 7-21

Jn 15: 1-8

May 6

Easter 6

Acts 10:


Ps 98

1Jn 5: 1-6

Jn 15: 9-17

May 10


Acts 1: 1-11

Ps 47 or

Ps 93

Eph 1: 15-23

Lk 24: 44-53

May 13

Easter 7

Acts 1:

15-17, 21-26

Ps 1

1 Jn 5: 9-13

Jn 17: 6-19

Parish Register

Jemma Heather Ilaisipa Robson 10/3/18
Isabella Rosie Mele Peek 10/3/18

Rest Home Services

You are invited to any of these services. It’s good to have people to
help with hymn books, share the singing and so on.
And the residents really enjoy having others come. Takes about 30 minutes.
Mark these dates now.


11 April

11 am

Maxwell Care



27 April

11 am




9 May

10.30 am

Maxwell Care


Cruisey Church in March                      

Thirteen children and assorted adults attended.
As usual we began with a game and an
explanation of the Theme which was ‘Easter’.
Then we proceeded to make a ‘stained glass’ cross,
gorgeous coloured crepe paper glued onto the transparent backing and outlined with a
black border.
When dry and held to the light it showed up like a
Other crafts were making a folded basket with ‘God loves
Me’ on one side and a handle. This was to hold the crepe paper
flowers we also made, on stems. Because of Shrove Tuesday we
made pikelets, in many and varied shapes, but tasting delicious for
dessert with jam and cream or margarine and sprinkles.
For tea we had mini pizzas made on halved hamburger buns, which
were very popular. Then we enjoyed the afore mentioned pikelets.

Last Month’s Parish Council

 Joy Club (formerly Joy Ministries) is pleased with the new,
portable sound system. This system can be used for Rest
Home services too.
 Parish Council has endorsed the buying of a new printer for
the office. The old one is on it’s last legs and is costing too
much. Thanks to Stephen Plant for sourcing a new one for us.
 Finance committee hope to organise ‘Lunchtime Talks’
through the winter, as they did last year. Suggestions of
speakers would be welcomed and can be made to the office.
 The need for more elders was discussed and will be looked at
in April.
 Since P/C was rather short of numbers, due to four overseas
trips and a dramatic rehearsal! As a result we will reconvene
on Tuesday 27th March to discuss the report from the
Minister’s Settlement Committee. Then a Congregational
meeting will be called.


Yes, it is that time again. Our major fund raising ventures is booked
for 5 & 6 October. This year we are returning to Blenheim and town
gardens. We have several gardens already on offer but if you know
of one in Blenheim which has taken your eye, speak to Kim in the
Office, Gill, Marion Gardiner Lapu Oliver or Chris Grant.
In the next few weeks it will be time to strike cuttings for our plant
If history is anything to go by, a pleasurable event is anticipated.

I’ve been thinking...

Why do so many not attend Wesley Church?
The Wesley church is comfortable, the car park is available, easy
access, plenty of seating, good sound system, we always get a
warm welcome, yet some simply will not attend, do they say why, I
do not have the answer as I enjoy the services and friendly
welcome, summer or winter.

Why do you hear so many complaints about the Minister not visiting?
This is a question I would like to reply to as I do not understand why
the minister is the only person you turn to in the time of crisis, we
have an elder and church visitors who are there ready to be of help
to us and if you are new and do not know who they are, the church
office will certainly help. If you are lonely why not invite the minister
to your home and give them a welcome place to sit and be still, they
would appreciate the rest.

Why do we get upset when there is a hymn we do not know?
We all enjoy the ‘old’ favourites, remember they were new at one
time, take time to listen to the music and the words and maybe they
will be added to your list of ‘best’. You would be most welcome to
the singing group where you are not required to audition, learn a few
new hymns and be part of a friendly group who would welcome your
presence and on occasions enjoy a chat and a cuppa prior to the
short practise, no one will be upset if you sing an incorrect note and
you will learn to sing to the Lord.

Why do we complain when the Sunday service runs late?
I am concerned that the length of the service is not to be restricted,
why, how many are catching a bus? The Sunday roast will not spoil
if in the oven a little longer, it is a good time to talk to those around
us and say more than ‘how are you’ and not listen to the answer, our
church friends are very important and do have difficult times that will be halved if shared.

Why do children in the church annoy older folk?
Children making a noise in church is another car park topic. I know
that in our day our children sat and were quiet, or so we remember,
it is a sound of the up and coming generation and we all should
welcome their attendance, a smile will be remembered by them long
after they have grown up, they are our future.
Please think of these questions and let the appropriate committee
know your thoughts, they want to please us all, if that is possible,
but cannot without our help and thoughts of the future of our church,
bring your concerns forward and not a topic for the telephone
chatter, we have a lot of good things going on and we must
appreciate them, it is not the church building or the minister the
reason we go to church.

Ann McQuarrie

Fire Alarms

Koos (pronounced Quis) van Staden got to go up in the world when he worked
on the fire alarm set in the church spire.
Did you know the church’s internal doors are lower than the external ones leading to the foyer?
The first scissor lift was too big and the second had to be partially dismantled to fit through the doors!
Here’s hoping his work up there stops the false alarms caused by insects in the alarm sensor.

St. Andrew’s Church Workshops

On Saturday 24th March over 30 people, including 5 from other
churches in Marlborough, came together for fellowship and learning
in a series of workshops. Interspersed as always with fellowship
over tea, coffee and FOOD.
We began with a welcome and a ‘round the circle’ intro from each
person. Then Barry and Clare Ayers led us through “Church
Leadership and the role of an Elder in the Presbyterian Church”.
That was quite scary for some of us! The minister is a Teaching
Elder, answerable to the Elders of the Church, but employed by
Presbytery. Elders are required to lead in whatever roll they are
fitted for – be that Pastoral Care, Worship, Children’s activities, etc.

After morning tea, we broke into two groups – Expressions of
Worship or Child Protection. Expressions of Worship led by Rev.
Derek) looked at what Worship is, “Reverent Honour and Homage
paid to God”. The various elements of worship were listed, and it
was agreed that the absence of any of those elements did not mean
that worship was not happening.
This workshop then split into three smaller units and put together a simple worship service which was
used at the end of the afternoon.
Child Protection (led by Marion Rowe) looked at the law requiring
that all those who work with children should be ‘Police checked’.
This means those who regularly lead kidz@andrews and Cruisey
Church. It does not include casual helpers so long as they have a
‘cleared’ person with them. No-one should be alone with a group of
children, always there should be a minimum of two people. Each
Church must have a Child Protection Policy.

After lunch Marion led us all in Communication and Committees. We
did some exercises in small groups, like planning a house room by
room, but nobody was tasked to fit the rooms together in the plan –
where was the hall and the outside doors? Guess that was a lesson
in looking at the full picture. Then we looked at how we as a church
relate to the area and neighbours who surround our church. We
played a ‘cooperation’ game which proved that under pressure
some of us can’t tell right from left! Was that to make us realise we
need to work together and keep an eye out for those who are
struggling with a task?

This day of workshops and fellowship ended with a short time of
Worship, led by various people. It was agreed that being together,
other than at Sunday Worship, is an important part of building us up
and keeping us encouraged.


Nice Girls Don’t Change The World.
By Lynne Hybels who, with her husband,
started the Willow Creek Community Church in 1975. Nice girls are
taught early that serving God means earning God’s love and
sacrificing oneself to meet the needs of others. Unfortunately after
living a life she though was what God demanded, her husband
wanted, her kids needed, and her church expected, Lynne Hybels
felt utterly lost – both to herself and God.
A short ,beautifully written personal story. Well worth sitting down
with a quiet drink to read.

St Andrew’s: Calendar & Contacts

Special this Month
Thursday 5th Joy Club 5pm
Tuesday 17th Parish Council 7.30pm
Thursday 19th Afternoon Tea Service 2.30pm
Saturday 21st Cruisey Church 5pm
Every Thursday Coffee, Craft & Chat Group 9.30am
Regular Services
Sunday 1st April 10am All Age Service
Sunday 8th April 10am Communion Sunday
Sunday 15th April 10am Morning Service
Sunday 22nd April 10am Morning Service
Sunday 29th April 10am Morning Service

Interim Moderator Rev Derek Harding 577 8816
Parish Clerk Raewyn Buchanan 578 4576
Deputy Parish Clerk Jane Heywood 578 1327
Envelope Secretary Gail Dodson 570 5542
Parish Office 5 Henry Street 578 7119
Monday to Friday, 9 am - noon



St Andrew's Chronicle for March 2018

Growing in Christian faith, love and action we responsibly and joyfully care for God’s earth and all people.

Derek’s Drift
March 2018
As many of you will know, I am quite a fan of two particular literary
series – the Hobbit stories of J.R.R.Tolkein and the Harry Potter
novels by J.K. Rowling. I find in them useful phrases, glimmers of
ideas which can apply in life. This month as we continue our Parish
Journey toward a new minister, I thought back over where we have
been, how the parish has (and hasn’t) changed and I picked out
three Harry Potter quotations. In fact they are little gems delivered
by Professor Dumbledore, the head of Harry’s school, Hogwarts.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget
to live.”
To dream is essential and dreams help us
make sense of the world around us. They fill
us with excitement and hope but if we
concentrate on them too hard, we lose focus.
Then our dreams instead turn into nightmares
and suffocate us because they have bound us
rather than liberated us.
“It is our choices that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.”
You may recognise this as I used it once in a
Sunday address at St Andrew's. The letters of the New Testament in
particular remind us that the material things we’ve grasped as
though they were life-jackets, are actually straitjackets that stop us
seeing that our character, individually or as a Parish, our personality
and the enjoyment we get from life is based on our choices.
However, my final chosen Dumbledore quotation is, I think,
particularly relevant to us just now.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only
remembers to turn on the light.”
It is, indeed, an easy thing to forget to turn on the metaphorical light.
We struggle with our fear for the future and we tend to infect those
around us with our fear instead of being hopeful. Around us are
incredible people who can bring light into our dark places, but we
have to listen to them and open our eyes to see the light they bring.
Every moment sees us on the brink of the future, which in the
twinkling of an eye arrives and becomes our present, waiting for the
next future moment to arrive in its turn. Struggling with life and the
pressures of circumstance, we must search for the glimmers of hope
that can illuminate our hearts.

Progress Update — Employ Temporary Part Time Minister

In October, after requests from the congregation, Parish Council
voted to employ a part time fixed term ‘’Minister‘’ to fill our ministry
vacancy until a long term solution was found. This position was to
be forward thinking person to help the parish to move to change.
The brief was that this position was to be filled relatively quickly. A
local person maybe the most affordable option.
I was nominated to co-ordinate and to form a committee to make a
recommendation back to Parish council for this position. A
committee was invited made up from a cross section of members of
the parish and met for the first time in December. On the committee
was myself (Stephen Plant), Nel Hoek, John Buchanan, Chris Elder
and Mary Smith.
One if the first discussion points was should we advertise the
position (which could take some time) or approach a number of
possible candidates, interview them, then make a recommendation
to parish council. The decision was to approach possible candidates
locally and enquire of Presbytery if there were any other known
people who might qualify.
Currently we are well advanced into this process and hoping to have
a recommendation back to Parish Council soon.
If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Stephen Plant

Rest Home Services
You are invited to any of these services. It’s good to have people to
help with hymn books, share the singing and so on. And the
residents really enjoy having others come. Takes about 30 minutes.
Mark these dates now.

Thursday, 22 March 11 am



Friday, 23 March 11 am



Wednesday, 28 March
10.30 am




‘Abram’s daughters’ by Beverly Lewis. The
first book is called ‘The Covenant’ where
we are introduced to an Amish family and
their way of life. Rumschpringe, is an allowed time in the teenagers
life where they are allowed to explore a bit of the worldly life, but not
too worldly, before they make their baptismal commitment to the
church and the ways of the church after which life is quite ordered.
The three novels in the series follows the lives of a few families who
are heavily affected by the outcome of particularly one girl’s time of
rumshpringe. Besides being a both sad and lovely story I have
enjoyed learning more of the ways of the Amish and been
challenged about my own ‘willingness’ to commit thoughts and
problems to the Lord. Not quite ready to become an Amish wife
‘The Englisher’ another novel by Beverly Lewis
written about the life of an Amish woman who
has a passion for doing art which is not
endorsed by the church. This novel also
explores friendships with “Englishers’ (not of
the church) and the impacts and outcomes of
this. Again a lovely story and the opportunity
to understand another form of faith.

Cruisey Church in February
We began the year on 17th Feb with a
Harvest Theme. You may have noticed the
large scarecrow in the church foyer! This
was created by the children with great
enthusiasm. We hope it may remain there
until Harvest Festival on 4th March.
Activities included making Autumn leaves
and stringing them in garlands to hang about
the scarecrow. There was also a placemat to make with a garden
background and a prayer on it. These were then laminated to make
them practical to use as a placemat.
After the Cruisey Service in the church 12 children and their
attendant adults and helpers sat down to eat ‘fill your own
hamburgers’, followed by fresh fruit kebabs. Our next Cruisey
Church will be on Saturday 17th March, 5pm at the Hall and the
theme will be Easter.

Flower Roster

Is there anyone who would like to take a turn on Church flowers
during the year? The number of people on our roster now means
that artificial flowers will have to be used more frequently, so any
extra help will be greatly appreciated.
A big thanks to Ruth Bell, Elizabeth Winter and Joy Brehaut for their
contribution over the years.
Please notify Kim at the office or Anne 5786269 if you are able to

St Andrew’s: Calendar & Contacts

Special this Month
Thursday 1st Joy Club 5pm
(note change of name from Joy Ministeries)
Tuesday 13th Property Committee 7.30pm
Thursday 15th Afternoon Tea Service 2.30pm
Saturday 17th Cruisey Church 5pm
Tuesday 20th Parish Council 7.30pm
Every Thursday Coffee, Craft & Chat Group 9.30am
Regular Services
Sunday 4th March 10am All Age Service
Harvest Festival
Sunday 11th March 10am Communion Sunday
Sunday 18th March 10am Morning Service
Sunday 25th March 10am Morning Service
Sunday 1st April 10am All Age Service

Interim Moderator Rev Derek Harding 577 8816
Parish Clerk Raewyn Buchanan 578 4576
Deputy Parish Clerk Jane Heywood 578 1327
Envelope Secretary Gail Dodson 570 5542
Parish Office 5 Henry Street 578 7119
Monday to Friday, 9 am - noon


St Andrew's Chronicle for February 2018

Growing in Christian faith, love and action we responsibly and joyfully care for God’s earth and all people.

Derek’s Drift

Welcome to the first Chronicle of the new year and I wish you every good blessing, recognising that for some this period may have offered its own challenges.

It’s time, too, to thank Rose for her time as editor and to welcome and to encourage Mary as she moves into the editor’s rôle.

The Chronicle isn’t only a means for me to write a page (and a bit) each month                 

 nor is it a vehicle only for the Parish Council to feedback to the Parish. It is a parish magazine and the editor needs people to engage with passing her information and potential articles for publication.

It’s easy; contact Mary or the office with your ideas and comments.

As we get closer to being able to welcome a new minister, it’s time to take a fresh look  at how we can get the best from whoever is selected and also how that person can get the best from us. 

Getting ready is not something that parishes have traditionally had to do but, with the hugely increased work demands on the minister and their available time falling to less than full-time, it is vital that we consider how best to move forward and become capable of discerning the future to which we need to apply ministry.

Some parishes have worked to recognise that they have a strong-enough local base to be able to drive forward without a minister at all

(one example in Alpine Presbytery is near Timaru, another outside Alpine would be Riverton Union Parish with whom I have worked previously). Others have recognised that they need a minister as a resource to prepare them for their longer-term future and,

with Stephen Plant coordinating, it is to that which the panel are progressing. One of the factors which they will consider is, of course, how we can fund the minister.
It is interesting to follow in the first chapters of Mark (as we have in the last month’s readings) how Jesus plans and builds his forthcoming ministry.

He gathers followers who can be taught and can share in the load; he cares for people; he teaches in the Synagogue.
I like the song we sing from time to time, “I am the Church, You are the Church, We are the Church together,” which reminds us that the Church is a people not a place.
Yet if we have a need for a new roof, we would anticipate willing donations, some quite considerable. Likewise, if we are to be a Church of People we need to fund the minister. The cost of putting on a new roof to the hall would fund a half-time minister for a couple of years or more. What we have been saving can then be used to help us grow a people-centred ministry without being afraid of the cost.

Whatever this year brings, we can be certain that we have exciting times ahead.

Your New Editor

Hello. My name is Mary Smith née Rasmussen. I’ve been attending St. Andrew’s whenever I’ve lived in Blenheim as my parents Noeline & Theo Rasmussen began doing so in the mid 1970s. You may have met me doing stall or welcoming duty.

I’m 57 years old and work part time at Guyton’s fish shop. My daughter lives in Wellington with her partner Jeremy & is a librarian at the National Library.

I am keen to receive any items or information from you for the Chronicle, please email your contributions to Kim in the church office,,



1st Reading


2nd Reading


4 February 13B

Epiphany 5

Is 40:21-31

Ps 130

Rom 8:  6-11

Jn 11:  1-45

11 February 14B


Is 50:  4-9a

Ps 118:  1-2, 19-29

Phil 2:  5-11

Mt 21:  1-11


14 February 18B

Ash Wednesday

Is 42:  1-9

Ps 36:  5-11

Heb 9:  11-15

Jn 12:  1-11

February 18

Lent 1 19B

Is 49:  1-7

Ps 71:  1-14

1 Cor 1:


Jn 12:  20-36

February 25

Lent 2 20B

Is 50:  4-9a

Ps 70

Heb 12:  1-3

Jn 13:  21-32

March 4

Lent 3 21B

Ex 12:  1-4

(5-10), 11-14

Ps 116:  1-2,


1 Cor 11:  

Jn 13:  1-17


March 11

Lent 4 22B

Is 52:  13-53:


Ps 22

Heb 10:  16-25

Jn 18:  1-19:  42

March 18

Lent 5 23B

Job 14:  1-14

Ps 31:  1-4


1 Peter 4:  1-8

Mt 27:  57-66

March 25

Lent 6 24B

Palm Sunday

Ex 14:  10-31;

15:  20-21

Ps 114

Rom 6:  3-11

Mt 28:  1-10

Rest Home Services

You are invited to any of these services. It’s good to have people to help with hymn books, share the singing and so on.

And the residents really enjoy having others come. Takes about 30 minutes.

Mark these dates now.


8 Feb

11 am


David Clode


9 Feb

11 am


Marion Rowe


21 Feb

11 am

Maxwell Care

David Clode

Book Review

I have recently had a bit of extra time to read plus have been given some wonderful novels that once read I will review and place in our church library.

The following book is already in our library and is called A World Awakens, Te Puawai o te Ao.

Many of you will be familiar with the author Nick Thomson, a doctor who has worked in the mission field.

In his words Nick set out to ‘put some of the narratives ( mythology of creation) that are tapu to Maori into the medium of English verse, … and to make these important stories of the tipuna more meaningful to at least some of my Pakeha fellows’.

I feel he certainly achieved that and the beautifully written words which are illustrated by his wife Heather, are easily read and give good insight as to the story of creation as retold by Maori and inter-weave so much with the stories we have grown up with.

I note that the proceeds from the sale of the book went towards Turakina Maori Girl’s College.

Well worth taking some time to read

Cruisey Church

Cruisey Church finished 2017 with a happy event and a sad event. We had a great wind-up at Pollard Park with games using equipment from Sport Marlborough followed by a BBQ tea.

The sad bit was saying goodbye to Rachael Pottinger as our Cruisey Church co-ordinator.

But Cruisey Church will continue with a team of helpers, which will include Rachael when she is able.
The church acknowledged and thanked Rachael at our morning Service on Sunday 10th December.

So in 2018 Cruisey Church kicks off with meeting at the hall for our first programme on Saturday 17th February.

Children bring a friend and any adults who feel like lending a hand come and see what we do and we’ll put you on our helpers’ roster.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Parish Register


17 December 2017 Laura Susan Benny


30 December 2017 Joyce Marian Avery

5 January 2018 Ross James Holdaway

9 January 2018 Evelyn Amelia Pattie

Life’s wee lessons

I recently required to help from a professional and when trying to make contact noted that the phone was being transferred to some kind of answering machine or service but after several rings stopped. It was not of huge inconvenience as there was another service I was able to access, however once the situation resolved I did mention the incident to the initial person when I saw him socially. This was not a complaint as I had my needs met but I both like this person and respect him professionally and want to see his business succeed so felt I should pass on my findings so he could correct the situation.

Recently I was reflecting upon this and thought how much it is like church. So often comments are made about what is not working but I feel they are not passed on to a source that can address it. I do not see this as complaining but rather if we don’t know what is not working we cannot attempt to fix it. Yes, there are other churches that I could go to, to have my needs met but I want to see ours succeed.

On taking a funeral recently I noticed our Hopes/Dreams and Wishes box in the foyer. There were no notes in it. I am not sure if that means they have been collected or if there were none there to start with. I know that during my time on Parish Council and Worship Committee it was very rare to have anything presented with requests or suggestions. As we move forward can I encourage you to think of my story and contribute your thoughts.

- Marion Rowe


Interim Moderator Rev Derek Harding 577 8816

Parish Clerk Raewyn Buchanan 578 4576

Deputy Parish Clerk Jane Heywood 578 1327

Envelope Secretary Gail Dodson 570 5542

Parish Office 5 Henry Street 578 7119

Monday to Friday, 9 am - noon




St Andrew’s: Calendar & Contacts

Special this Month


Thursday 1st Joy Club Picnic 5pm

(note change of name from Joy Ministeries)

Tuesday 13th Property Committee 7.30pm

Thursday 15th Afternoon Tea Service 2.30pm

Saturday 17th Cruisey Church 5pm

Tuesday 20th Parish Council 7.30pm


Thursday 1st Joy Club 5pm

Every Thursday Coffee and Chat Group 9.30am

Regular Services

Sunday 4th Feb 10am All Age Service

Sharaine and Derek

Sunday 11th Feb 10am Morning Service Led By

Worship Committee

Sunday 18th Feb 10am Morning Service

Sunday 25th Feb 10am Morning Service

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St Andrew's Chronicle for September 2017

Growing in Christian faith, love and action we responsibly and joyfully care for God’s earth and all people.


Which question is it correct to ask, “How many books were written by John?” or, “How many books are attributed to have been written by John?”1

They are not the same question although for some people they may be seen as the same. At a recent service I described a little about myself and my rôle in the Parish and I used the term, “Interim Minister,” where

I should have said, “Interim Moderator.” This was a terminological

inexactitude – my use of terms was not correct – as I am not serving the Parish as your minister but as your moderator.

I apologise for my having confused the terms. In some other

denominations (not only Anglican) there is no such thing as a moderator. They use the term interim minister to describe a person who is only

serving during a period where there is a vacancy for a Parish Minister, the person is a minister for the interim period. A minister is not the rôle which I am fulfilling. As your Interim Moderator I have three key duties;

1. to ensure that the Word is still preached (not necessarily by doing it myself) weekly,

2. to ensure that the elders continue to lead through Parish Council, and

3. to bring the Parish to discern God’s Mission for them and the form of ministry best suited to achieve that work.

I am local and have training, skills and background which can be used for the work of the Parish, consequently I have been involved more closely in the life of the Parish than would usually be expected of an Interim

Moderator. Whether I am called Moderator or Minister doesn’t change that.

Just recently someone said to me in the context of the style of something we were doing, “Ah, but you’re Anglican.”

I responded, “You know, you may not be as Presbyterian as you think.” Sometimes the terms we use can themselves confuse our thinking & expectations. Nowhere is that more obvious than when we label ourselves in some way. What we call ourselves can set us apart and excludes some vague “them” because “they” are not “us”.

At St Andrew’s, exclusiveness is not the context in which we work. In terms of Christian service there is no “them” because we define ourselves to be completely inclusive. We are a

Presbyterian denomination; we are governed and led in our Christian Mission by “presbyters,” an old word which simply means elders. We declare our core identity as, “Growing in Christian faith, love and action, we responsibly and joyfully care for God’s earth and all people.” As a vision it is a testament to past eldership, it is for the existing Parish to continue to live our identity so that there is a future who can take over that responsibility and joy. It will be Presbyterian because that’s how we work; it will not be the same “we” then as now but it will be Christian.





1 Five; one gospel, three letters and the last New Testament book, “The Revelation of John,” were attributed to the one John but single authorship has been questioned and is now widely considered to be unlikely

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Lectionary The following readings are set down for the next few weeks in a lectionary used by the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in New Zealand. In St Andrew’s we normally follow the lectionary except when other readings are required for special circumstances. You may wish to follow the readings even if you are unable to attend services.




1st Reading


2nd Reading



3 September

Pentecost 13

Ex 3:  1-15

Ps 105:  1-6,

23-26, 45b

Rom 12:  9-21

Mt 16: 21-28

10 September

Ex 12:  1-14

Ps 149

Rom 13:  8-14

Mt 18:  15-20

17 September

Ex 14:  19-31

Ps 114

Rom 14:  1-12

Mt 18:  21-35

24 September

Ex 16:  2-15

Ps 105:  1-6,


Phil 1:  21-30

Mt 20:  1-16

1 October

Ex 17:  1-7

Ps 78:  1-4,


Phil 2:  1-13

Mt 21:  23-32

8 October

Pentecost 18

Ex 20:  1-4, 
7-9, 12-20

Ps 19

Phil 3:  4b-14

Mt 21:  33-46


Mt 21: 33-46




The Commission for Financial Capability is holding a free public seminar on Thursday, 28 September at 10.30am to midday at

St Mary’s Community Centre, 61 Maxwell Road, Blenheim.

This seminar will be of interest to anyone thinking of living in a

retirement village (and their support people, family). We discuss, neutrally and objectively, some of the personal, legal and financial matters in making the decision to become a village resident or not.

See the notice on the board regarding registration.




Do we have one within our church or our internal

processes/ minds?

I have recently joined Rotary and we have a four way test --

* Is it the truth?

* Is it fair to all concerned?

* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

As the Annual General Meeting comes due I wonder how we will measure what our reports will contain and what matters we may raise under general business.

Much work has gone into the Mission Discernment Process and numbers attending have fluctuated as have levels of support to the process. The process has been designed so that we as a Parish have a chance to say where we feel we are being called to put action into serving God and how we as a people see this fitting in with the gospel in our community.

Our statement of identity reads:

“Growing in Christian faith, love and action, we

responsibly and joyfully care for God’s earth and all


I understand God’s command as going forth in love spreading God’s word through whatever gifts he has given us, thus

advancing His kingdom.

Can I issue a challenge as we head towards our AGM that we think about how our words, whether written or said, fit in with God’s vision for us and His church.


Marion Rowe





Last month we celebrated the people of the world with games, activities, craft and laughter. The evening started with a

rowdy game from Brazil called Luta de Gallo, Fighting Rooster. There was lots of laughter and excitement when the

other person's 'tail' was snatched! In the hall, we made biscuits from Switzerland, pinata's from

Mexico and Indian American head wear. We also made friendship sticks and puzzle pieces, which we slotted

together to show we are all connected and fit together.


In church we shared the book 'God's Dream', written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu which spoke about us being all God's people, no matter our background, race, hair colour or traditions. I shared the example of eggs as they can be

different colours on the outside, but when broken, are

exactly the same on the inside.

It was lovely to step back and observe the families working together, children working on their craft with parents

assisting and giving praise. It was also pleasing to see many parents connecting and chatting, catching up about events and sharing ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Cruisey Church on 16th September.



Sunday, 24 September 2pm

Church of Nativity

Door sales $10

Stay for a cuppa and a cookie after the show. Gold coin donation appreciated.





Yes, there always seems so many requests for people to fill roles and as a fellow parishioner and councillor I do ask that you give prayerful consideration to what God maybe calling you for.

In addition to the committee roles there are so many ways you could serve your church and I would love to hear from anyone who may consider the following:

J Do you feel you could adopt a noticeboard and keep it up to date, appealing or even challenging?

J Would there be someone out there willing to make the main picture window in the foyer a sight for visitors to pause and see what we are doing or what the children have been doing or even a regular differing bible scenario?

J Could you possibly be the care taker of our sales cabinet and rearrange the contents in an appealing manner or display them upright following wee earthquakes. You would not need to make the material, just be the “shopkeeper.”

J Maybe you have a gift of making our new lounge area

appealing with furniture layout, some plants, posters etc.

J Perhaps you could adopt one room in our hall and make it so welcoming that there will be a waiting list of people wanting to book it.

J Are you an avid reader? Could you do regular book reviews from our library thus promoting it’s use and even giving us suggestions of which books to ‘retire’ out of service and ideas for new ones.

There are so many ways to help, please do consider one of the above or speak to a member of Parish Council as to other ways you could help.

Many thanks


Marion Rowe





In Genesis we find this account of our creation; Genesis 1.26.

Then God said ‘and now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us ‘ …. So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them and said “have many children, so that your descendants will live over all the earth and bring it under their control.”

Somewhere along the way since, we have almost certainly lost sight of the fact that we all are created in the likeness of God. We automatically think we are superior to others.

Take us out of our temperate climate and drop us in the hot steamy jungles of the Amazon for example and how would we fare?

Take someone adapted to an extremely cold, harsh environment and drop them in our paradise and they too would be out of place and flounder about.

Those who insist that if you are not white skinned you are nothing need to have their blindfolds removed and realise that there is a place for everyone in this wonderful, wide world.

We need one another, no one race is an island to itself. Like it or not, we are all interdependent.

As the Psalmist said “how pleasing it must be to God when his children learn how to work and live together in unity”.

What a truly wonderful place the world will be when we focus our efforts and energies on thing s which are the greater good of society in general and give benefit to everyone equally.

We can set the example for others to follow; we can accept others as our equals and celebrate their achievements with them.

Let us abandon those notions and ideas that lead to others being put down or discredited; let us remove the blinkers that limit our vision and throw away the blindfolds that would lead us into false ways.

Let us learn how to work and live together in God’s world in unity in His name.


To read the full address contact John on or phone 578-4576.





May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the

Love that has been given to you . . . .


May you be content knowing that you are a child of God . . . .

Let this presence settle into your bones,

and allow your soul the freedom to Sing, dance, praise and love.


It is there for each and every one of us.


St Teresa of Avila



St Andrew’s: Calendar & Contacts


Special this Month

Thursday, 7th Joy Ministries 5pm

Tuesday, 12th Property Meeting 7.30pm

Saturday, 16th Cruisey Church 5pm

Tuesday, 19th Parish Council 7.30pm

Wednesday, 20th Fashion Central Fundraiser 6pm

Thursday, 21st Afternoon Tea Service 2.30pm



Thursday, 5th Joy Ministries 5pm


Friday 6th-Saturday 7th Garden Tour 10am-4pm


Regular Services Sundays Mornings 10am

3rd September All Age Worship - Sharaine Steenberg

10th September Communion - Derek Harding

17th September Marion Rowe

Annual General Meeting

24th September Hilary Smith

1st October All Age Worship - Derek & Sharaine

World Communion Sunday

Combined with Wesley at St Andrew’s

Regular Events

Thursdays Craft and Chat Group, 10.00 am



Interim Moderator Rev Derek Harding 577-8816

Parish Clerk Raewyn Buchanan 578-4576

Deputy Parish Clerk Jane Heywood 5781327

Envelope Secretary Gail Dodson 570-5542

Parish Office 5 Henry Street 578-7119

Monday to Friday, 9 am -- noon




St Andrew's Chronicle for June 2017

Derek’s Drift

If I thought last month’s deadline came round quickly, this month
seems to have been even faster. Perhaps I should un-retire though I
seriously doubt if that would change very much. Perhaps I need to
reconsider entirely my way of managing my time.

Not only do we need to manage time but also resources and how we
go about deciding who should do what and why it should be that
person. When we’ve made those decisions, we need to then work out
how we expect that person to divide their time – it used to be that
being a minister was literally 365/24/7 and ministers would come back
off leave to take a funeral or even take a service if there was no-one
available to take it instead. Some of that thinking, though not so
austere, still exists in our understanding of what we expect of our

Sometimes a minister arrives expecting to find an active and vibrant
parish (because that’s what they were told about) only to discover that
nobody comes forward, so the minister starts to fill the gaps and soon
ends up doing everything. Partly that’s because of an unwillingness to
let things slide but also, when life is stressful, it creates less tension to
do it oneself than leave it to others. As a Parish, we’ve certainly
slipped into the low-participation bracket. Traditionally, except the
readings and perhaps the prayers, the minister does it all on a
Sunday and that carries over to the way the Monday to Saturday
ministry goes.

That’s what is meant by “being in a rut.” Although from time to time we
can pop out of the rut, the wheels turn more easily and the
direction is largely predetermined when we fall back into it.

If the Parish decides it wants to get out of the rut and look to
developing itself to be ready to accept a new permanent
minister, perhaps the first step is to consider Intensional
Transitional Ministry. This is a short-term ministry (perhaps
2 years) with a specific minister (full or part time) whose role is
to facilitate reaching specified goals within the time frame to
enable us to be ready for a permanent settled ministry.

An alternative view is as I outlined in two recent sermons. We
can imagine ourselves on a bridge to nowhere. We can move
and exist very happily while we’re on the bridge and we have
this lovely view of what’s around us but we lack the ability to get
off the bridge to go to those places. Maybe we need a Travel
Agent to get us off the bridge and to a destination so that then
we can have a Tour Guide who will share the following journey
with us.

Whatever the future, we can be sure if it’s like the past it is
doomed; so it will be different and maybe very different. That’s
exciting and encouraging and we all have a part to play. Paul
wrote in Romans 12:4 and in 1 Corinthians 12:12 that the Body
of Christ is made up of many parts – us – and we are each vital
to the whole. We’re committed to going on a journey for God, we
need to decide where God wants us to go and with whom.
Everything that is St Andrew's
and the wonderful and exceptional ministries
that are carried out in God's name
throughout the parish by so many people,
I value absolutely.
I sought to encourage additional help to empower the Sunday parish,
to engage with those who have skills and talents
but who are cautious about sharing them at our Sunday worship and Sunday ministries.
We have amazing Monday to Saturday ministries
which I meant to expand into our Sunday worship ministries, too.




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Parish Register

Funerals: d. 26.4.17 Roger Ivan Smart

d. 3.5.17 Wayne George McFarlane

D. 5.5.17 Paul Robert Chauval



Part 18: Curates’ Antics.

As for incumbents’ views of their parishioners, these differed wildly
over the years, and in doing so add illuminating evidence about
the long history of village life.

In the late 18th century, for example, the jovial curate of
Lastingham, on the edge of the wild North York moors, was so
intimate with his parishioners that he got his young wife to take on
the tenancy of the Blacksmiths Arms and played his violin and
danced there on Sunday evenings. When this came to the atten-
tion of the authorities the curate, Rev. Jeremiah Carter, mounted a
spirited defence – his stipend of only twenty pounds a year
needed supplementing for his family to survive he told the
Archdeacon, and the pub tenancy was a convenient solution. As
for revelry his flock often had to travel miles across the moors and
his playing the fiddle and leading a dance distracted them from
‘heavy‘ drinking and bad conversation.

The Archdeacon was convinced and his disciplinary action was

From “The English Village” by Martin Wainwright.

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Winter Speaker Series

The first of the planned series on 26 May saw about thirty-five
people enjoying a soup and roll lunch following an interesting talk
by Margaret Western of the migrant centre. Next meeting is on 7
July and the speaker will be local historian Barry Holdaway.


At Last Month’s Parish Council

• The meeting on 10 May had fewer people attending but was
considered successful with some useful developments.
• Joy Ministries‘ regular service is arranged by David Clode
who also coordinates transport. The meal is supervised by
Jane Heywood, and Dickie Willemsen and Christine Koppert
are hostesses.
• Cruisey Church continues to have a successful monthly event
organised by Rachael Pottinger with assistance from Marion
Rowe and several other volunteers.
• Afternoon Tea service is taken monthly by John Buchanan.
Food is organised by Jane Heywood and Nel Hoek, transport
by Noeline Rasmussen with help from Pat Cromarty and
Caryl Simpson.
• A grant of $1,500 towards heating costs was received from
The Blue Door Trust.
• A Health and Safety document was received from a member
of St Andrew’s Hamilton. A letter of thanks to be sent.
• A letter of thanks also to go to Robert and Lynda Montgomery
who, for many years, have typed out the hymns used at St
Andrews for use in services. There is now a considerable
library available.
• A letter has been sent from the Finance Committee to the
Church Property Trustees concerning the regulations about
ownership of assets and suggesting points for consideration.

Next meeting 13 June

Rest Home Services

You are invited to any of these services. It’s good to have people to
help with hymn books, share the singing and so on. And the
residents really enjoy having others come. Takes about 30 minutes.
Mark these dates now.

June Preacher Home Time

Tuesday, 6th Ashwood 2pm
Wednesday, 14th David Maxwell Care 11am
Friday, 23rd Marion Aberleigh 11am


Many of the islands of Vanuatu are struggling with the after-
math of the recent cyclone. The destruction is heartbreaking
and the clean-up is going to take a long time. To assist
those of our congregation whose homes are facing the
devastation, Parish Council has agreed to a retiring offer-
ing on Sunday 11 June to help. Also, donations, in a
marked envelope, can be placed in the offering at any time
and can also be handed in to the office where you can ask
Kim for a receipt if you require one.


Our third Sewing Bee for the year will be on Saturday 24th June in
Room 6, from 9.30am to 3pm or any part thereof. As always
lunch will be provided.

You do not need to be an expert sewer, as we need people to cut
out, hand sew, iron etc. If you have any bright ideas we can sew
or craft, let us know or come and share at our sewing bee. Bring
your sewing machine if you would like to, or come ready to cut out
or do hand sewing. A pair of scissors would be handy.

Please make a note of this date and we hope to see you there.


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Lectionary The following readings are set down for the next few weeks in a
lectionary used by the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in New
Zealand. In St Andrew’s we normally follow the lectionary except when other
readings are required for special circumstances. You may wish to follow the
readings even if you are unable to attend services.


1st Reading


2nd Reading



4 June


Acts 2:  1-21

Ps 104:  24-34


1 Cor 12:


Jn 20:  19-23

11 June


Gen 1:  1-2: 4a

Ps 8

2 Cor 13:


Mt 28:  16-20

18 June

Pentecost  2

Gen 18:  1-15

(21:  1-7)

Ps 116:  1-2,


Rom 5:  1-8

Mt 9:  35-10: 8 (9-23)

25 June


Gen 21:  8-21

Ps 86:  1-10,


Rom 6:  1b-11

Mt 10:  24-29

2 July

Gen 22:  1-14

Ps 13

Rom 6:  12-23

Mt 10:  40-42

9 July

Pentecost 5

Gen 24:  34-38

42-49, 58-67

Ps 45:  10-17

Rom 7: 15-25a

Mt 11:  16-19,




On Sunday afternoon 21st May 25 people passed through the hall to
play a game of Raging Rhino’s, Uno, Connect 4, Triominos, Rumi
cub, Snap or The Amazing Moa Hunt. There was also a very serious
game of 500 going on between the Rudd/Willis girls and the Rudd/
Willis boys. A large cheer finally announced that the girls were the

A scrumptious afternoon tea (provided by the Pastoral Care, Mission
and Fellowship committee) was enjoyed along with the fun and
fellowship between all the generations who attended. WATCH THIS
SPACE - we might just hold a repeat later in the winter.


This month we celebrated many women in
the Bible. We started by playing hopscotch
with biblical names, talking and sharing the
stories, before moving into the hall for craft.
Here we made beautiful woven Moses
baskets, designed peg dolls and created
Hannah and her praying hands. We
also worked on creating a well and women
for the church window display.

Derek spoke to us about how many of the women in the Bible
showed persistence when praying to God and Jesus. Many didn't
always receive what they asked for straight away, but they kept
praying. He spoke to us about the importance of being persistent
even in difficult times. There was lots of laughter and singing
within the church.

Many thanks to all those who help make our evening so
successful by helping with crafts, preparing dinner and to our
visitors. It was a lovely evening shared together.

Please join us next month, June the 17th, where we will be
celebrating Matariki and the stars.

St Andrew’s: Calendar & Contacts Special this Month Thursday 1st Joy Ministries Tuesday 13th Property Committee 7.30pm Thursday 16th Afternoon Tea Service 2.30pm Marlborough Music Society Concert 6pm Thursday 17th Cruisey Church 5pm Tuesday 20th Parish Council 7.30pm Saturday 24th Sewing Bee 9.30am Thursday 6th Joy Ministries 5pm July Friday 7th Winter Speaker Lunch Series 12 noon Regular Services Sundays Morning Worship 10am with 4 June Rev. Derek Harding 11 June Rev. Ian Crumpton 18 June Rev. Ian Crumpton 25 June John Buchanan 2 July July Pastoral Care, Mission & Fellowship Committee Regular Events Thursdays Coffee, Craft and Chat Group, 9,30 am Contacts Interim Moderator Rev Derek Harding 577-8816 Parish Clerk Raewyn Buchanan 578-4576 Deputy Parish Clerk Jane Heywood 5781327 Envelope Secretary Gail Dodson 570-5542 Parish Office 5 Henry Street 578-7119 Monday to Friday, 9 am -- noon Email: Website:









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