Community of St Martin @ St Chad's

Anglican Parish of Sandringham and Mt Roskill

A 90th birthday with Mrs Raine Archer - blessings and may you have many more

Rev'd Peni Silikiwale

The parish is extremely blessed to have Rev'd Peni join us this year as a placement from St John's College and Carey Baptist College where he is a student. 

Rev'd Peni is joined each week by Makalesi and their two children.  

Rev'd Peni Silikiwale - celebrating the Eucharist



Congratulations to George & Soshamma on their 39th Anniversary of marriage. 

They managed to keep this under the radar and caught us by surprise!

We'll be ready next year though! Many blessings to you both.








2019 we welcome you

Blessed to attend midnight services in the parish hall and church with the Cook Island Community Church and the Samoan Presbyterians. May we share many more great things in this new year together.    

Thursdays in Black Campaign


In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence. We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.

Thursdays in Black grew out of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998), in which the stories of rape as a weapon of war, gender injustice, abuse, violence, and many tragedies that grow outward from such violence became all the more visible. But what also became visible was women’s resilience, agency and personal efforts to resist such violations.

Congratulations on your 60th Wedding Anniversay



 Dorothy and Frank Bartley

Dorothy and Frank Bartley met at a dancing class in 1949 when they were 15 years old and eventually married after a courtship that lasted nine years. Dorothy was a qualified nurse at Greenlane Hospital and Frank had just finished University and had a job but little else apart from self professed 'prospects' and an Austin 7.  

The wedding was performed by Canon Austin-Charles then Vicar of St Aidan's in Remuera Road. The reception was at the Cliff Trillo's 'Mandalay' located in a large two storey house on the west side of Remuera Village.  

They have four children - Fluer, George, Roseanne, and John. They have been hugely blessed with children who have given them eleven grandchildren.  

In 1972 Frank was offered a job in a team of engineers and surveyors in South Sumatra. It was during their time abroad they realised how lucky they were to be born in New Zealand and eventually returned. Following continued careers in nursing, engineering, mining, and plunket, both Dorothy and Frank now enjoy a life of retirement. They fellowship with the St Martin at St Chad's family and we are extremely blessed to have celebrated this milestone of 60 years of marriage with them. Love and congratulations to you both!!.



Loving God and Creator of all good things, in the beginning you made man and woman, so that they might enter a communion of life and love. We thank you for the grace and blessings you have given this couple, our dear friends Dorothy and Frank, who now celebrate 60 years of marriage. We rejoice the day when they joined together as partners in life and we thank you for being with them on their daily journey together. Increase their sense of belonging to each other, just as Jesus says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  So, they are no longer two, but one.”  (Matthew 19:5,6 NIV) 

We thank you that you have freely given Dorothy and Frank your presence, strength, help and hope. Fill them with a continuing love, forgiveness, patience and trust. Guide them with the light of your word where it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.” 

Increase their sense of companionship and grant them the ability to laugh at their mistakes, and the means to share the simple pleasures of life together. Surround them with good friends and neighbours.  Protect their home and provide for their needs. Guard their health.  And may they enjoy many more anniversaries together.

And now we pray God’s blessings upon Dorothy and Frank in their 60th year of marriage. May God’s infinite goodness and mercy continue to bless you, and your union. May the Lord, with his favour look upon you, and grant you with continued happiness and joy along the way. May the Father who created you, the Son who redeems you, and the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, preserve and keep you both, all the rest of your days together. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Walking in gratitude...

What a transformation! Making our Crypt safer with new lino and mending of the carpet joins. Good food, good company, in a safe environment.

Out with the old and in with the new!

A blessing to have this much awaited item that will bring about much joy and happiness! Pop in and sing along with us.  

Pouhere Partnerships

What a blessing to welcome Tikanga Pasifeka to the parish on this Pouhere Sunday. Rev Litimai Sanegar presided and Fr Jeke Maikali preached.

The Māori Parish Priest, Rev Jacynthia Murphy was delighted to invite our Polynesian brother and sisters to join our Pākehā Parish. This makes it an authentic and true three tikanga church in action! To God be the glory!

Bula vinaka, Mālō 'aupito, kia ora!  

Pouhere pressure...

Blessed to preach this Pouhere Sunday at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland. An excerpt from that sermon goes:

It’s been 25 years since the birth of the Pouhere. 25 years of agreement, that we are different. 25 years of tino rangatiratanga or self-determination. 25 years of contextual mission and ministry. 25 years of celebrating a three tikanga church. How do you think we are doing? Is it working? Is it what we wanted it to be when we dreamed it up in 1992? Does it promise something more in the future? And if so, what? What can we expect in the next 25 years? More of the same? Something different? 

It has been my experience, in the past 20 years, that by all accounts each tikanga are doing their own thing, in their own way. Rarely do we worship together, or share our pulpits. We haven’t learnt 3T hymns… and could never competently deliver services in 3T languages. Some do better than others and some are, let’s say, less willing. So, what does Pouhere Sunday 2018 poke us to do?    

Sing to the Lord a new song, Isaiah says, his praises from the end of the earth! Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice! 

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

Rev'd Litimai Sanegar

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. 

Litimai Sanegar   

A servant/leader arrives - 25 February, 2018

Vicar's Warden Di Boyd-Bell, welcomes the Rev'd Jacynthia Murphy to St Martin @ St Chad's - 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". 

Where two or three gather... Samoan, Cook Island, & St Martin @ St Chad's together - 25 February 2018

The Congregation gathers to celebrate the First Eucharist of Easter, 2017

Seasons for Growth High Tea




High Tea at St Martin's in St Chad's, Saturday, 10 December 2016

Senior Fellowship Service and Christmas Lunch, Wednesday, 16 November

St Margaret, 'The Pearl of Scotland.' Stained glass window in Edinburgh Castle.

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

The Chancel, ready for the  Patronal Festival

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.