Dates for February 2017

Sunday 5


Service – Dr Greg Morgan

Monday 6



Wednesday 8


Finance Team

Sunday 12


Rev Martin Dickson

Monday 13


Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Monday 13



Wednesday 15


Church Council

Saturday 18

Dinner Club

Sunday 19


Café Service – Kids Friendly Team –

Monday 20



Sunday 26


Rev Martin Dickson

Monday 27




Friday 3


World Day of Prayer

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Notices – February 2017

Dinner Club

The next dinner club will be Saturday18 February 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


World Day of Prayer

Friday 3 March 2017

Commencing at 10.30am

Baptist Church, Greenslade Crescent, Northcote

Followed by shared lunch

Readers for the service are needed – please see Margaret for details


Telephone Directory changes

Gerald de Ruyter – Room 438 Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village, 2 Rangatira Road, Birkenhead, Ph 4818660

Paul Sieberhagen – email – all other details remain the same.


A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”
His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?
The son replied, “I do know!”
“Okay,” said his father. “What does the Bible mean?”
“That’s easy, Daddy…” the young boy replied excitedly,” It stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.’


A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”
When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”


There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.

“Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.

“Only the Ten Commandments.” answered the lady.

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Grace Notes – February 2017

Grace Notes

Happy New Year with its mixed blessings of sunshine, wind and rain. The weather is a bit like life really………..a mix of unpredictable changes!!

Each day, however, is a new day to be celebrated for the mere fact of being alive which can have challenges of its own.

Many of you have had holidays; some are still away, while others have had lovely visits from family and friends.

EDITH. The Fyfe clan had a happy busy time over Christmas/New Year. The Australian contingent arrived for the Christmas gathering at Clevedon – there were 17 adults, 4 little ones and two Italian students from Baxter’s exchange in Sardinia. The decision to make it “dress up as your super hero” added to the enjoyment and fun. There were some very cute ‘Superman’, ‘Spiderman’, etc, 4 very attractive ‘Wonder Women.’ A handsome ‘Ironman’ and a lovely ‘Mary’ with her babe in a crib – she was the heroine of our midwife who sympathised with Mary who could not find somewhere to have her baby! A convincing ‘Flying Nun’ enjoyed her role. The windy weather did not dampen the enthusiasm as the characters played out their roles.

Forward one week – time to assemble at the beach house in Tinopai to mark Debbie’s 60th birthday (Edith and Bob’s eldest daughter) on January 1st. The guest of honour was not too sure about this milestone, but warmed to it as time went on. Delicious fresh fish from the Kaipara set the tone and she had plenty of help blowing out 60 candles! Weather good enough for swims so the New Year was welcomed in the right spirit.

Maika, one of the great grandsons, celebrated his first birthday in January, playing with his new digger and trike in the sand at Campbell’s Bay.

Greetings to all for 2017. Edith (Supergran)

JOHN & FIONA. On Boxing Day we went to Otaki for a few days to stay with my sister and brother-in-law and had a lovely time catching up with nieces and nephews and their children. My sister has a small orchard of apple trees and had made some beautiful strawberry jam which made it all feel like summer.

We then moved on to Wellington which was typically wet and windy and also rather cool. We had swims with the children in the local swimming pool which was great fun. My sister, Heather, spent our last day in Wellington with us looking at some of the damage done to the buildings during the recent earthquake.

DALIA. Barbora has been accepted into the Engineering School at Auckland University. She is very happy with her achievement and we are really proud of her. She will be going to live in the Students Hall of Residence.

YVONNE. Two of Yvonne’s grandchildren are setting out on new paths. Wakana to teach in Japan and Sam to start a design degree using his scholarship at Massey in Wellington.

VAL W. Val spent a weekend travelling the ‘Forgotten Highway’ and visiting Whangamomona for their biennial republic day celebrations. A very interesting experience but probably a once only event.

MARION. Marion had a lovely time of the holiday period with visits home from daughter Elise and son Scott. Elise and friends from Canada did quite a bit of touring around NZ which ended in January with a wonderful bar-be-cue meal of fresh fish. Scott took Canadian John, up North on a fishing trip and was fortunate to catch an 80cm Kingfish………..what a lovely way to end a memorable NZ holiday. I have to mention how wonderful the singing was in Church on Christmas Eve. Elise has a rich, strong voice which harmonised beautifully with the large congregation and the organ and trumpet provided by Pat and Peter Reid.

VAL & CAM. Congratulations to Val & Cam who have just celebrated 60 years of marriage. Well done you two.

So good to see Bruce and Keith at Church on Sunday.

A final note…………just to say thank you to St.Aidans for the love and support given to me during my recent misadventure.

Quote: Love is the soul of genius. Mozart.


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The importance of our stories – February 2017

The importance of our stories

New Zealand primary schools are full of beautiful picture books and journal stories depicting the myths and legends of the Maori. Children hear the Maori creation story, they hear about Maui and other Maori heroes, they lean how the Maori explained the stars, the sun and the moon and they learn about the trees, birds and insects of New Zealand. They re-enact these stories through plays, dance and song and recreate them in their artworks.

Maori are unique to New Zealand. It is right that we learn and understand as much as we can of their tikanga, or things Maori.

Now I know for a fact, that at our local school there are no overt representations of anything Christian around Christmas time. No carols are sung at the end of year concert although there are Christmas songs and no-one could certainly dress up as an angel or someone from the Christmas story as we know it.

So there is a dilemma here. Whether you believe in God or not, Christianity underlies Western civilisation and its institutions, thought and culture.

I think itis important to ask, therefore, why are schools so wary of the inclusion of stories from the Christian tradition? What is it about the Maori creation story that makes it acceptable but not that from the Bible?

One answer might be a lingering cultural superiority – we can recognise other cultures’ stories as the myths they are but cannot see out own in that way.

Another might be the many thousands of New Zealanders who believe that the Genesis myth, or indeed the myth of Mary being impregnated by a supernatural being, is literally true. That means that any exploration of these stories in our schools becomes religious instruction, rather than cultural exploration.

I would like to think that there will be a time when our schools and institutions have the same confidence in the importance of our own stories so that we can explore these in the same grown up way that Maori appear to be able.


A Magic New Year

From the New Zealand Herald – 2 January 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a short televised address, said: “Each of us may become something of a magician on the night of the New Year. To do this we simply need to treat our parents with love and gratitude, take care of our children and families, respect our colleagues at work, nurture our friendships, defend truth and justice, be merciful and help those who are in need of support. This is the whole secret.”

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Editorial – February 2017

Memories are made of this

What do you want to be remembered for? This was the question put to me some time ago and with some prompting from several sources I put fingers to keyboard. There was an expectation from my sponsors that I would give a full account of my rather colourful life. On reflection I decided that this would not serve its purpose. With the advantage of my training and practice as an NZIM accredited management mentor I saw a need for a direction finder for younger people in preparation or at the outset of their careers based on my own experience. In furthering this objective I had the advantage of a Hospice North Shore assigned editor. We agreed from the outset that the resulting text should not exceed thirty pages to make allowance for the shorter attention span of the younger generation. Embarking on this initiative I did not anticipate the challenges of transferring recorded and digitally transcribed dialogue into a readable format. What was expected to take only a few hours turned into a major time commitment with several reviews, additions and deletions to comply with the 30 page rule. This work also had to pass Rosemarie’s critical appraisal. To test the practical value of my intellectual effort my editor submitted the draft to her grandson, who had recently graduated from university and was set on entering the workforce. In his opinion it should be prescribed reading for school career advisers. This sounded promising and I decided that a second opinion from my daughter would not go amiss. She recently changed careers and found my advice in respect of her independent business start-up helpful. Undertaking this task made me reflect on the value of the good advice and assistance of several friends and supporters over the years, including several with a close connection to this community of faith. It also gave me the self-assurance that my life had not been wasted on material pursuits, and while of modest, but sufficient means as a consequence, I was leaving something behind that others could build on.

Why am I telling you all this? It is for the simple reason that I encounter too many people, who can remember many events in their upbringing in a loving home environment, but know very little about their parents’ occupational achievements. Very often they have retained a wrong perception of the purpose and consequences of their elders’ employment or professional practice and the outcomes thereof other than in financial terms.

If you have not already attended the Gottfried Lindauer Maori Portraits Exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery I encourage you to do so before 19 February. Our attendance on a Sunday provided the additional benefit of two presentations by direct descendants of some of the artist’s subjects. What impressed me was their knowledge and recall of their portrayed ancestors’ lifetime achievements and their living legacies that inspired them. Opening them to a wider audience also led to a greater understanding of the history of our country and the people, who played a role in it.

Lessons learned from experimentation shared also figure prominently in my current reading of “The Emperor of all Maladies”, a Biography of Cancer by eminent medical oncologist Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee. In it he documents the experiences and achievements of successive generations of researchers to lay a foundation for successful intervention and treatment that still escape us. If nothing else it gave me a better understanding of my illness and the effort and resources required to find a cure. Most of the scientists and medical practitioners featured in the book made this their life’s work.

Putting the lessons learned in a lifetime of gainful pursuits into print, with allowance for changes in digital technology may inspire future generations. I challenge you to follow my example.


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