An update on the Earthquake prone building issue
The Christchurch earthquakes reminded churches, including the Presbyterian Church (PCANZ), of the potential for older buildings to incur damage and cause injury or loss of life, should a severe earthquake occur. The PCANZ is very aware of this destructive potential, and places a high priority on ensuring, as far as possible, the safety of people using its buildings.
You will recall that this issue was discussed at our AGM in 2012 and again in 2013, and that the 2013 report included a recommendation which had been passed by Church Council, authorising David Hansen and Bruce Hay to obtain quotations from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to carry out assessments of our buildings, the timing of this to be decided by Saint Aidan’s. Any decisions had to be approved by Church Council and the congregation had to be informed.
In September this year we received the latest policy directive from PCANZ Council of Assembly, and as a result of this, the decision has been made to have a detailed assessment of our buildings carried out. This assessment should begin in the near future, and the results are expected early next year. You will be kept informed of the results at that time.
A brief message from Alf
I appreciate this ‘notice’ may bring a measure of uncertainty and ‘what if’ into our individual and communal lives here at St Aidans. I remind you and myself that the Spirit of Christ is present among us and within us, to guide us along this journey. We don’t need to be afraid of what might be, or seek to create possible scenarios, before we have all the information, rather, we trust, that God is present within our uncertainty. In the words of Julian of Norwich: “And all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Meanwhile Peace and Courage in our uncertainty
Alf and the Executive Team
Keeping you Informed
Christian World Service (CWS) Christmas Appeal – If you wish to make a donation there are leaflets available at Church or you can donate online at www.christmasappeal.org.nz or call 0800 74 73 72.
Roxy’s Farewell – Roxy Gahegan has finished her time as intern at St Aidans but will return for our December Café Church on 20 December for a final farewell. All are welcome at what promises to be a very special service.
Food Bank – Many thanks for all the food that has been donated through the year. Now is the time to include something a little Christmassy as well as the normal staples.
Christmas Gifts for Family Works – Another huge thanks for all the generous donations of toys and gifts that will be distributed by Family Works, Albany (part of Presbyterian Support Northern) to families on the Shore to help make their Christmas a little brighter and happier. Thank you everyone.
Liz– for the Executive Team