Dates for December 2016 & January 2017

Sunday 4 10am Service – Rev Rebecca Connor
Monday 5 10am Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Monday 5 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 7 7.30pm Finance Team
Sunday 11 10am Advent 3 – Rev Martin Dickson
Monday 12 5.15pm Yoga
Sunday 18 9.30am Café Service – Kids Friendly Team –

Advent 4        

Wednesday 21 7.15pm Church Council
Saturday 24 7pm Christmas Eve – Rev Roxy Gahegan
Sunday 25 9.30am Christmas Day @ St Lukes – Rev Mervyn Dine
Sunday 1 9.30am St Aidans – Reflections for the New Year
Sunday 8 9.30am St Lukes – Communion – Rev Peter Norman
Sunday 15 9.30am St Aidans – Rev Jeong Whan Lee from St Lukes
Sunday 22 9.30am St Lukes – Rev Marilyn Welch
Sunday 29 10am St Aidans



Address for St Lukes Methodist Church:

16/20 Greenslade Cres, Northcote


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Duty Rosters – Dec 2016, Jan 2017


  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
Dec 4 Dalia Margaret & Robin Jeanne, Jim, Dalia Isabel
Dec 11 Jeanne Isabel & John Jet Cleaning Isabel
Dec 18 Lynda Cam & Val Pat, Colin Isabel
Dec 24 Robin Isabel & ? Jet Cleaning Isabel
Jan 1 Helene Andre & Robin   Margaret
Jan 15 Bruce Betty & Colin Jet Cleaning Margaret
Jan 29 Nan Robin & Val W   Robin
Feb 5 Rachel Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Robin

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Notices – Dec 2016, Jan 2017

Mary and Joseph

It’s that time of the year again – Mary and Joseph have come to travel around Northcote. If you haven’t got a booking on their itinerary, please contact Lynda; they would love to come for a visit. To give you a taste of their journeys last year, here’s an extract from their diary…..

December 1 – we visited the dive suit repair room and stood on the work bench and were amazed at how many pieces make up a complete wetsuit. At our hosts place, we spent the rest of our visit on the coffee table. We could share in the TV programmes they watched. We enjoyed a programme narrated by David Attenborough where we learnt the clever ways of monkeys. We went to sleep so we didn’t have to watch ‘The Wolfman’ with the 15 yr.old grandson.

December 6 – we attended the 10am service at St Aidans in Northcote – a very busy road led to the very beautiful red brick church building. The theme for the day was Advent 2 – Joy with Hymns …. An enormous Christmas tree had miraculously appeared overnight and the congregation decorated it – lights twinkled at intervals, altogether an awesome sight. Our host, after the service took us to a local supermarket where she bought teabags and red rubbish bags, the uses of these products were a mystery for us. Teabags were explained as being the basis for a common beverage – just add boiling water. How odd, drinking coloured water. Then home for lunch – a home overlooking a native bush reserve with large black birds flying about – Tuis we were told. In the afternoon we visited an elderly lady who was surprised to see us travelling in a gold box which she had discarded last year as unwanted. Claimed by our host, it is now used as our very special ‘home’. We visited a second lady’s home and were able to see an extensive view of Auckland City and the Harbour Bridge which links the North Shore to the main city of Auckland. After a quiet night in, we woke to a beautiful sunny day and were taken to Little Shoal Bay for another view of the city: this time from a very pretty beach with the tide coming in. What a stunning place to live! The local people are very fortunate. This afternoon we shall be taken to our next home. Thank you to our host for a very interesting time.

December 24 – We went to visit two elderly ladies in their rest homes and visited the butcher at Countdown for a chicken. Nearly got saturated when getting out of the car – our hostess put us on the car roof while getting a walker for an elderly person out of the car – and the rain came down…… no umbrella! We were rescued in time….. not wet….. and travelled back to St Aidans ready for the evening service.


Dinner Club

The next dinner club outing will be in mid-January 2017. Those who have participate in the past will receive an email with details.

To reserve your seat please contact Dale – 418 3793 or text 021 02345 087, or email

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Correspondence – Dec 2016, Jan 2017

The Giant’s House

On our recent trip one of our ports of call was Akaroa, a charming village which is normally home to 700 people but usually flooded with visitors and holiday makers. We had decided not to do the road trip to Christchurch but to make our way to The Giant’s House, which had been recommended to us by a friend. What a delight this proved to be – it was one of the highlights of our holiday!

The house was built in 1880 by the first BNZ bank manager in Akaroa and was given its name because of its size and its situation high up on a hill. It now belongs to Josie Martin, a very talented artist and gardener, who has lived there for 20 years.

Josie has training in Horticulture and Art and she visualised transforming the house and garden with her skills. When she started digging for the garden, she found shards of lovely old china. She started off by making a mosaic at the front step and from there it just grew and grew.

Today it is listed as a Garden of National Significance in New Zealand and quite rightly so. Josie has made not only a beautiful flower garden but also a garden of fantastical delights with her mosaic installations. She first makes the sculptures with reinforcing steel and concrete and then decorates them with mosaics. As the brochure says, they are: “surreal, whimsical and flamboyant, organic and eccentric”. She has given full rein to her wonderful imagination with many colourful human figures, including one of the mime Marcel Marceau. There is also a grand piano with the lid open to reveal a garden of small cactus inside!

There are interesting mosaic patterns on the surface of all the walks which wind between the sculptures and the flower beds. Josie is an artist of note and has travelled extensively overseas, most recently to Japan. There is a small gallery displaying some of her newest paintings which are beautiful and bright and have been inspired by the Japanese writing. She is also a superior ceramicist and her newest creations show the Japanese influence.

If ever you are in the vicinity of Akaroa, make sure that you don’t miss this delightful treasure. Its playful, creative and vibrant view of the world will lift your spirits and stay with you forever.



Letter from America – America’s Great Storm

Hello, from your American Kiwi,

We hope this finds our ‘family” there doing well; we do enjoy the St. Aidan’s newsletter sent by Ralph, and also occasional emails or letters from our friends “on the shore.”

Well, friends, we assume that the news about the election here yesterday has been well publicized in New Zealand. This has been a year-long episode, and we are all quite glad it is over; except for the result.

The fact is, we are in shock; to say we are disappointed does not adequately describe how we feel. We are beyond disbelief that such a turn of events could happen in our country.

You all may remember that Jean and I are not of the kind of thinking that has resulted in this presidential result.

We are admirers and supporters of Hillary Clinton, and we looked forward to having her as our first woman president. (How about her youngest grandchild named Aidan, not exactly a common first name?)

This ‘maniac’ who had a resounding victory has no more business being our leader than some tyrant out of the past.

His temperament, personal character, business practices, and policies are totally wrong for any governmental leader, and we cannot understand how so many Americans bought his line.

It is the belief of many of us that he drew upon the underlying racism and sexism in the hearts and minds of many Americans; a shameful aspect of American society. If he manages to fulfill some of his ideas (and promises) there will be turmoil in our nation and elsewhere.

So, we ask for your prayers for this great country that has been so blessed in its 240 year history.

I must admit that right now, being in New Zealand sounds like a wonderful escape from what I surmise will be some terrible actions in America under the new leadership. But, alas, I am sure this is fanciful thinking on my part.

Just felt a need to share these rather unpleasant thoughts with our friends “down under.”

Our love and best to you all.

John and Jean


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Jobs Wanted – Dec 2016, Jan 2017

Jobs Wanted
Edmund and two mates are offering their energies during school holidays to provide manual labour to members of the congregation.   They are available for tasks like firewood splitting, garden tidy-ups and basic maintenance around the house.   Contact Edmund on 480 9450.

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