Baptism of Kenneth Sushant
We welcome into the family of God our newest member of the parish, Kenneth Sushant. We celebrate this wee child as a blessing to the church, the diocese, and the Anglican Communion. To God be the glory!
"God receives you by baptism into the Church. Child of God, blessed in the Spirit, welcome to the family of Christ".
A NZ Prayer Book, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia.
Visit from the Venerable Carole Hughes
Archdeacon Carole Hughes joined us today (18 March 2018) as we examined the 'grain of wheat' and 'dying is living' from John's gospel.
We talked about all seeds sharing an inherent power to become something far greater than what they are. We all share this dynamic with seeds. If we fall into the ground and die, as a seed does when it is planted, we can become radically greater, and of greater use, than we are now.
To have Archdeacon Carole in our seedbed is a blessing. We all are called to be cultivators of fruitful seeds to be of greater use to others.
Another disciple - 11 March, 2018
Last week was my first Sunday of placement here at St Martin @ St Chads. I wish to give thanks for all the warm welcome you have given me. To God be the glory for allowing this to happen! My name is Litimai Sanegar and I was born and brought up in a Solomon descendant village in Fiji. I was educated at our home school, St Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Naviavia before I moved on to high school at Savusavu, our home town. At the age of nineteen I moved to Suva and studied at St John the Baptist Theological College where I studied and trained for three years. I was ordained a deacon in 2012 and a priest in 2013. I began my ministry with the young people at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva and served as a curate. In 2015 I was sent back to my hometown before I moved here last year to continue my studies.
Since being at St John the Evangelist College in Meadowbank, I have completed my diploma in Christian studies. This year I begin my study at Carey Baptist College where I am doing my Bachelor of Applied Theology. Carey requires me to complete a Reflective Field Education and I have chosen to do that with St Martin @ St Chads. I’m hoping to get out of my comfort zone and learn and discover more about how we as the three tikanga church do our ministry. Being a Tikanga Pasefika, St Martin @ St Chads will prepare me for my future ministry. This is a new journey for me and during this Lenten season I believe it is a time of our spiritual journey together. I would like to encourage us all to let Jesus be the centre of our journey. Let us give thanks to Him for He is good, and His love endures forever. Praise Be to God.
A servant/leader arrives - 25 February, 2018
Jacynthia grew up in Hokianga knowing that "Jesus loved the little children, all the children of the world..." She has been blessed with operating several small businesses, working in transport, entertainment, and local government. Years of study has prepared Jacynthia for the ministry she is called to do today. Jacynthia has served in various capacities in the church and sat on numerous provincial boards, not ever thinking that someday she would be placed in a Diocesan parish.
"Thank you, St Martin @ St Chad’s, for welcoming me to worship, proclaim, and fellowship with you. As we contemplate our servant lives together let us renew our faith that the God who surpasses all understanding, ultimately blesses us. And as we gather together in this time of Lent, let us focus on the ministry of Jesus and how we too are to be Christ-like in letting go of some things and being blessed to be a blessing to others".
Senior Fellowship Service and Christmas Lunch, Wednesday, 16 November
On Wednesday, 16 November, members of the Senior Fellowship gathered in St Martins @ St Chads to celebrate their final Wednesday Eucharist for the year before sharing a Christmas lunch together in the crypt, complete with a Secret Santa gift-giving, and a Christmas Tree. The atmosphere was suitably jolly, and there were lots of treats to go around. In the service we remembered Saint Margaret, the 11th century Queen of Scotland who died on 16 November 1093. Margaret was actually an English princess, from the House of Wessex (displaced by the Danes and then the Normans - the 11th century was a turbulent one for England). She married Malcolm III of Scotland and set an example of Christian living which endeared her to her subjects.
Patronal Festival, Sunday 13 November, 10.30am, 2016
On Sunday 13 November we celebrated our Patronal Festival, as usual, on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of Martin of Tours (11 November). We remembered both St Martin and St Chad at the 10.30am Eucharist, at which we also farewelled The Reverend David Steele who had looked after the Parish as Priest in Charge for a year, and The Reverend Dr Noel Cox who had assisted David over this time. Both are going on to interim priestly ministry, David at Royal Oak and Noel at Warkworth. The Eucharist was followed by a generously-proportioned, shared meal in the Parish Hall. Thanks to the many hands who prepared, served and washed up after this feast. Next Sunday we return to our regular 9.30am Service time.