Notices May 2020

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Notices May 2020

Home Exercise Programme for Older Adults This Saturday Morning on TV 1
As the country is now at Level 3 hopefully we will continue on the path of recovery. However, until we have a vaccine, it will still mean a more restricted lifestyle for those who are more vulnerable. To assist older people who will continue to be more confined, the HOPE Foundation has helped sponsor the production of a TV show, which promotes safe and
evidence-based advice for older people within their homes. The show focuses on a universally accepted home exercise programme (Super 7), developed by Prof Denise Taylor and Liz Binns from AUT, which has been designed to be undertaken without supervision and is being used clinically by physiotherapists. Integrated into the 30 minute programme will also
be important messages such as home safety, nutrition and sleep, brain and mental health as well as maintaining social links.
Healthy for Life will be screening on TV 1 on Saturdays from May 2nd at 0900 .

29 April 2020
It is with great sadness that I write to you. Tropical Cyclone Harold has taken a great toll on the people of Vanuatu. Those on affected islands have lost homes, livelihoods and the means to sustain theirfamilies.
Category Five Cyclone Harold hit the northern islands on Monday, 6 April. The damage was severe, including on islands where the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) is actively involved in ministry and where many of our congregations have supported projects over the years. These islands
include the Banks, Santo, Ambrym, Malekula, Paama and Epi.
Talua Theological Training Institute is located on Santo. Our Church regularly has personnel on staff at Talua and we have responsibility for a staff house there, which fortunately survived the cyclone, but several other buildings were badly damaged. The adjacent Navota Farm and Tata School were also impacted, as was the Santo Bush Mission outreach which Global Mission has supported for many years and where Presbyterian teams have participated.
The PCV has sustained damage to churches, pastors? homes, schools and other facilities in several islands. Many of these communities are remote and will take a long time to recover.
The PCV has mobilised their membership and is integrally involved in caring for affected communities through the distribution of emergency food packages throughout the country. This includes the island
of Tanna, which has simultaneously been affected by ashfall from the Mt Yasur volcano which is destroying crops across a wide area on the island.
The cost of recovery will be beyond Vanuatu’s capacity to manage alone
and as one of their key partners, we will once again stand alongside and offer assistance.
I am aware that many people in New Zealand are currently facing difficult economic constraints. However, several congregations and individuals with links to Vanuatu have already enquired about an appeal or have donated funds, which reveals the deep support for the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu embedded within our Church. Even in the light of our current economic circumstances, our members and congregations are reaching out in support.
Keeping up with the wider Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ has a website which you can
find under Look under the Coronavirus
Information section and you will find The Vine newsletter which they are
putting out on a weekly basis to share information and resources they
have found helpful.
Last year Ruth and I visited Vanuatu, together with the Rev Phil King, to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu held on Ambrym island. It was an exceptional and an incredible experience. The folks of Vanuatu are steeped in Presbyterianism, the biggest denomination by far of all the churches. We were welcomed and were treated like dear family members returned home. Christianity on Vanuatu is a major influence on her people. The mixture of many cultures and traditions – French, English, Samoan (LMS) – with the indigenous people, is bound together in the faith that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour.
Together, we are inviting those of you who are able to support our cyclone recovery appeal for our brothers and sisters in Vanuatu.
This can be done by donating online to the PCANZ Global Mission account number: 02 0500 0086963
010 with the reference Cyclone Appeal. Cheques can be mailed to the PCANZ Assembly Office, PO Box
9049, Wellington 6141.
Rt Rev Fakaofo Kaio
Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Images and Video
View and download images of the devastation in Vanuatu and watch Brian and Ally Mackay,
who recently returned from mission with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu, speak about
Cyclone Harold-affected Vanuatu. See updates and images from Vanuatu on the Global Mission Facebook.

For those of you who would like a short introduction to Contemplative prayer Helene suggests this video may be a good place to start: Richard Rohr: What is Contemplative prayer and why is it so needed?


Margaret King has passed away. Our thoughts are with Malcolm and the family.

Many Happy Returns of the Day to Kay Wesley who was born in Bandung, Indonesia, on Monday 11 May 1970. The family were planning a trip back to Indonesia to celebrate her 50th Birthday with her parents, brother, niece and nephew, but this had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully the trip will happen in 2021 if all is safe!

Remembering Betty Roberts
Those of us who remember Betty from St Aidan’s and Iona Close knew her as a kind and caring neighbour who was always ready to greet one with a hug and a “Hello Love!” Betty knew Yvonne Matheson and Margaret King as they all grew up together in Gladstone Road. Betty once told me that she actually had to go to St John’s for Sunday School but she decided to go to St Aidan’s as it was closer. She was quick to share cuttings from her garden – Helene has a whole row of hydrangeas slipped from Betty’s miraculous multi-coloured bush. There are also thriving maiden hair ferns lifted from her garden. An indoor weeping violet reminds me of our shared love for
violets. Flowers were important to her as one can witness from her many superb floral watercolour paintings. Her neighbour, Margaret, was invited to join the Art Group as soon as Betty heard that she was also a painter.
Those who own one of her paintings count themselves lucky: Robin enjoys hers and Heather has sweet peas and a lively rooster to keep Betty fresh in her mind.
While she was living in 2 Iona Close she went through several very difficult onslaughts of cancer. Yet she was always cheerful and positive. She said her doctor had said he would not have replaced the jaw on any other patient but he knew that she was a determined survivor. She took the hospital visits in her stride – she was made of sterner stuff!
When she moved to the apartment her son Steve had prepared for her at his home, she was absolutely delighted and that is where she spent her last years in the proximity of family. Her last days were spent at Bert Sutcliffe where she died on April 18th at the age of 91. She was very proud of her children, grand-children and great grand-children and I am sure that they
will all remember her with great fondness and appreciation.

Shirley Dawn Bowker passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Bert Sutcliffe Retirement Village on Sunday 12 April, 2020 aged 89 years. Due to the current situation a cremation has been held and a memorial service will be arranged at a later date.
St Andrew’s will miss Shirley’s bright, lively face in the front pew of the church. Over the last few years, we have known Shirley as a tiny lady with a strong voice, which she had used to good effect in her jobs in the army and teaching maths at Diocesan School for girls in Auckland.
She was born in Greymouth, and spent much of her early life in hospital with TB and was not expected to live more than a few years. She often said how much she would like to tell those doctors how wrong they all were! She will be remembered for her determination and her resilience.

St Andrew’s also acknowledges the long life and dedication of a loved member, Ivon Pash, who passed away at his home on 4 March 2020 after a long illness. Ivon was a faithful and dedicated member of his church, attending until a few weeks before his death. Merle, and Garry, are finding this time of isolation a time of quietness to adjust to a new routine – and a wonderful rest for our planet!

Significant birthdays in May are for Tangi Toka, 9 May, and Anne Green (85) and Kay Wesley (50) on 11 May.

More Tea Cosy or Tree Cosy?
Shades of red, orange, and hot pink, combined with splashes of lime and blue, adorn a Hobsonville Point Road’s pohutukawa tree. Led by artist, Alison Milne, and her team of creative knitters, this magical and unique creation, knitted with acrylic wool, makes a cosy covering for this lone wayside tree. Compared to an ordinary tea cosy one can easily make
the comparison – although for how long? Our grandchildren hardly know what a tea cosy is with their only knowledge of making tea is by dunking a tea bag into a cup of hot water.
Similar knitted artworks used to be seen at the Elizabeth Knox Rest Home in Epsom where verandah poles were adorned with cosy “gorilla knitting”’.
The St Andrew’s Pastoral Drive, on 9 March, took us past the Tree Cosy on our way to Saltys for a Fish & Chips lunch. Examining other works of art, plus driving around the huge development of new houses making up a whole new city, provided an interesting series of remarks. Good conversation, and good food, made for a friendly afternoon which came to
an end by the only shower of rain seen for many months.
Barbara Wesley

Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”

Jesus: “I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.”