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CAP Money Course:

Get a grip on your finances with CAP Money, a FREE course that helps you manage your money, so you can budget, save and spend well! (NB all your financial details are private to you). This course comes highly recommended by our last year’s Money Course participants.

The course runs for 3 sessions and at this stage we are looking to hear from anyone who might be interested. Dates and times are to be determined.

Please enquire by contacting Sandy Palmer 977 2453 or Joy McIntosh 589 1017.

 

 

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Choir

The choir welcomes new members. Practices are on Thursday at 7.30pm—9pm in the Church.

 

 

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National Church Response to Refugee Crisis

The Presbyterian Church nationally has been asking the government to increase the number of refugees it allows into New Zealand.  To back this up the Moderator, Andrew Norton, has asked all Presbyterian churches to consider supporting refugee families when they come to New Zealand. Knox-St Columba have indicated our willingness to do this and we will let you know more as information comes to hand. In the meantime the Moderator has also provided useful information/advice about ways to help for people who are concerned about the current situation and want to do more.  A copy of his letter with this information in it can be found on this page and Facebook page.
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Small Groups for 2017: All welcome!

Tuesday & Wednesday, Acts29 home groups (students in years 9-13) Tues and Wed  evenings and venue varies. Contact Derek Saumolia  021 101-2409 derek@knoxstc.org.nz

Thursday Young Adults meet weekly 7.30 – 9pm.  Contact Kerry and Jo Logan jo_screech@hotmail.com

Monday Women’s Home Groups  1.15-2.45 Meet weekly in the Knox library. Studying ‘Love, the greatest gift of all’ from Life Guide Bible Studies. Contact Earlene Kempt 938-9356 wkempt@paradise.net.nz

Monday Men’s Home Group 7.30-9pm Meet weekly alternating between bible study and social events. Contact Neil Hearn 977 7469 or neil.hearn@gmail.com

Wednesday 10am (fortnightly) Meets for friendship, Bible study and prayer. Starting a study on Luke on 18th Feb. Contact Viv Ball 589-5868 vivandgeorge@ezysurf.co.nz

Wednesday 11.45-1.15pm (prayer group) Contact Bev Lawson 567-3043

Wednesday 6pm (prayer group – fortnightly). Contact Dorothy Lockyer 577-1110  lock1272@clear.net.nz

Wednesday (1st and 3rd Wed of the month) 7.30pm in the church library. Contact Rubee Yee 027-248-4798 or Barbara Hamilton 027-388-1079

Monday 7-9pm Meets weekly for prayer and bible study. Contact Joy McIntosh 589-1017 jrjak.mcintosh@xtra.co.nz

Thursday 9.30am (DVD led with study guide and weekly homework). Contact Tina Hudson 021 087 33935

Thursday 7pm meet for bible study.  Contact Suzanne Cody dscody1996@gmail.com

Friday 9.30-11am Mum’s home group meet weekly at Fiona’s home for friendship, bible study and prayer. Studying the book of Acts. Young children welcome. Contact Fiona Hearn 977-7469 fiona.hearn@gmail.com

Friday (twice monthly in the evening). Chinese Bible Study.  Contact Wei Mei Bian 027 535 1126

Monday Men’s Small Group on 7.30-9pm. Alternating Bible study with social events. Contact Neil Hearn on 977-7469, 021-254-2037 or neil.hearn@gmail.com

Monday Men’s Home Groups 7.30pm Men’s bible study meet weekly at people’s home. Contact Andrew Stewart 570-1066

Tuesday 12.30-1.30pm Meet weekly for fellowship and prayer as they eat their lunch in the Knox library. Contact Malcolm Sime 568-4126 malcolms@esgasiapacific.com

Wednesday 7.30pm (fortnightly) in the fellowship hall. Contact Peter Ashton 972-9232 ruthash@paradise.net.nz

Wednesday Mixed Home Groups 7.30pm Men and women’s bible study group meet weekly at people’s homes. Contact Frans and Susan Weehuizen 577-0171 weehuizen@inspire.net.nz

Wednesday 7.30pm ‘Faith Explorers’ group. Meet second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Contact Archie Kerr 569 7069.

Thursday 7.30pm Meet weekly in Upper Hutt. Currently doing a study on the gospel of Mark. Contact Terry Brown 563-5820 bestfreeman7@gmail.com

Men’s Event – The Armoury, a Christian open men’s group, meets again 7.30pm, Sunday 19 June.  Please feel free to contact Andrew Stewart (andrew.stewart@rioverde.co.nz, 027 270 3698) if you are interested or have any questions about it. Thanks to all those who attended 29 March.

None of these groups suit you? Contact Fiona Hearn 977-7469 tinaandstephenhudson@gmail.com and she will do her best to find a group that is right for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Update from Session

Result Congregational Meeting  As a result of Sunday’s congregational meeting, the following people (in alphabetical order) have been elected as congregational representatives on the Ministry Settlement Board: Andrew Campbell Stokes, David Cody, Sharon McColl, Joseph Schuchmann, Erica Whyte. Please pray for our Lord’s wisdom for these people and the others that make up the Ministry Settlement Board. Please also pass this message on to others you know who might not receive church e-mails. Rob McIntosh Session Clerk

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Office Hours

The office opening hours are:

Monday – Friday          9am — 4.30pm

 

 

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Prayer line

If you have something you would like prayer for, or if you would like to join others in praying, phone the prayer line,  The details on are 569 PRAY or 569 7729.

 

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Prayer Room

A dedicated  space available you use anytime of the day or night to spend with God. A place that is peaceful and relaxed where you can spend time by yourself or with others to pray.

You will need the combination for the key pad to gain entry, so please call the office for the code.

 

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Notice from Session re the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Act

Parliament recently passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Act.  This Act makes clear that marriage is a union of two people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Presbyterian Church, at the General Assembly last year, declared that it upheld ‘the historic Christian understanding of marriage as a loving faithful union of a man and a woman (reflecting the complementarity of male and female created in God’s image), which is grounded in nature and in Scripture, is supremely revealed in Jesus’ teaching about marriage and is given by God for the well-being of human society …’

However, the Assembly did not pass a motion that authorised ministers to conduct only marriage services for the union of a man and woman.

A legal opinion on the new law and the Presbyterian Church and its current Book of Order has been received from the National Church Office.  This has been prepared by the national church’s Book of Order Committee and does have significant status in terms of applying our Church’s disciplinary and other church legal processes.  It affirms that no minister is required to conduct same gender weddings.  It also affirms that since the Presbyterian Church has no regulations prohibiting this, a   minister may express liberty of conscience on this matter.

The session of Knox Church has reaffirmed its understanding that marriage is between a man and woman and our ministers – Wayne Matheson and Doug Pa’u, have affirmed their own personal commitment that marriage is between a man and a    woman.  They will not be available to conduct same gender  weddings.

A pastoral letter from the Moderator has been received this week and is available on the Noticeboard.

Session, having read the legal opinion, believes that consideration given to people from outside the parish wanting to hold wedding services conducted by their own minister in the Knox Church building, needs to be revisited. Currently, if such a request is made, it appears it cannot be refused on the basis of a same gender wedding since this may be in violation of the Human Rights Act.

Session believe that while this may be both inconvenient and disruptive for some, the need to uphold our understanding of marriage is paramount. Until the matter can be clarified to Session’s satisfaction, no new requests for weddings to be conducted by anyone other than our own ministers will be considered.

Session will keep the congregation informed on advice it   receives and the implications of any decisions made. If you want to discuss this further, please contact any  Session member.

 

 

 

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Membership

Are you interested in exploring membership here at Knox?  Please contact the office on 569 9528 and advise your contact details and we will let you know when the next membership series will take place.

 

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