Sunday 22 November 2020
We are back to TWO services again at 8.am and 9.30 am. Please do join us!
Here is this week's newsletter.
Please always feel free to speak to Kay if you want prayer or a conversation. There will be Prayer Ministry at the back of the Church.
We welcome our Vicar Kay back from a well deserved and earned break this week! Welcome back Kay!
Reign of Christ: This Sunday is the last Sunday in the church year and is known as both “Reign of Christ” and “Christ the King”. The church seasons, celebrations and holy days through the last year culminate today in an acknowledgement of the cosmic significance of Christ. The Reign of Christ was added to the church calendar in the twentieth century by the Roman Catholic Church. All of our Scripture readings today link around this theme. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Church Year B. We will move from a focus on Matthew’s gospel to a focus on Mark.
Advent will be celebrated at both morning services next Sunday 29 November. As it is a fifth Sunday we will have a shared morning tea between the services at 9am in the lounge. Please bring a plate to share as you are able.
Shann’s Farewell Do – to celebrate Shann's many years of Ministry and SERVICE here in our Parish, and her decision to retire as Assistant Priest - in the hall 6pm next Saturday 28 November. Please bring a plate to share. Shann asks people to wear something from your country of origin.. Please bring a Plate!
Duty Rosters for November, December and January have been emailed out and also are available in the foyer and are on our website. You can view 8am Roster here. You can view the 9.30 am Roster here. Thank you to our liturgists, readers, chalice bearers, prayers, ushers, greeters, morning tea servers, musicians, power point operators, children’s teachers and flower arrangers and gardeners. You are truly appreciated!
Freewill Offering: Issuing envelopes has traditionally been in November and May, but Covid-19 has intervened this year and many Parishioners have changed their giving to Direct Credit /Automatic Payment. Due to cost of envelopes and that we rely on Clive Craig to go to the Bank every week we would really appreciate you considering making the change to Direct Credit/Automatic banking.
St John’s Anglican Church - Westpac Mairangi Bay- 030180 0002723-00
Giving envelopes are in the foyer. Thank you all for your continued generous support.
Beth Wilmott and Lorraine Buck
A Christmas Craft table is in the kitchen/meeting room if you wish to purchase gifts. There are also still plants for sale.
IMPORTANT Being mindful of Covid-19, please be aware not everyone will be ready to shake hands or hug as we share the peace. We will queue from the centre aisle to share the bread and wine at the eucharist – a reminder though that having only one element is sufficient. Please make sure you have scanned the QR code or signed the Contact Tracing Register in the foyer, and use the supplied hand sanitizer.
ANGLICAN TRUST for Women and Children CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2020 How can you help? You can help by dropping off new UNWRAPPED presents for children to the church foyer before the end of November: Join in spreading the Christmas spirit this year! Or you can make monetary donations via their website - www.atwc.org.nz Thank you to everyone who gives so generously to make Christmas extra special for the children.
Ukulele Group ‘koha’ concert in the hall 6 pm Saturday 21 November – all welcome!
Community Workshopin the hall 7pm Wednesday 25 November. Centennial Bush Society, Restore Hibiscus Bays and Million Waters are working together to raise funds to restore the streams of Campbells Bay. Come along and find out more.
Advent Procession– From Darkness to Light – Holy Trinity Cathedral 8:30pm Sunday 29 November.
Children’s Nativity Story/Play - here 5pm Sunday 6 December – young people are invited to dress up and tell the Nativity story. Contact Shann with questions or to tell her you are coming 021 7485780 or email email@example.com
Looking ahead to Christmas 2020:
“Come to the Quiet”- in church for an hour 8.30-9.30pm on Friday night 18 December. Nobody speaks – there is quiet Christmas music playing, and ameditation sheet for anyone who wants one. People can drop in for 5minutes or stay the whole hour.
Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols - 7pm Tuesday 22 December in church – followed by refreshments at the end of the service in the lounge
Family Christmas Eve service – 5pm Thursday 24 December – come along and join the chaos of excited children, tired parents and the joy of joining in singing lively carols and hearing again the story of Jesus’ birth.
Midnight Mass service – 11:30pm Thursday 24 December - carol singing starts and service follows.
Christmas Day services – 8am and 9:30am services Friday 25 December