Readings for next Sunday, 29th October:

Deuteronomy 34: 1-12                    Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17

1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8                    Matthew 22: 34-46


Otago  Tertiary Chaplaincy: Information  can be  found  about  Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy  via      and   Facebook  :  Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy . Please  pray for the  work of the  Otago  University  and  Otago Polytechnic   Tertiary Chaplaincy  team.  Information about  “Friends  of the  Chaplaincy”  is available  via


Sunday 29th October: being a 5th Sunday, will be a combined service at Caversham, starting at 10am. Please bring a small plate for morning tea.

St Margaret’s people - meet at St Margaret’s Church by 9.40am to share transport to Caversham. There will not be a service at St Margaret’s next Sunday.


Special Appeal for Lunch@Sidey: during October we are inviting members of the parish to contribute in support of our very successful community mission, Lunch@Sidey. Many of you generously provide soup for this Thursday lunch, and we receive bread and vegetables from Foodshare. However, we regularly need to purchase tea, coffee, sugar, milk, margarine etc and our funds are now running low.

If you are able to help support the lunch in this way, please place your donation in a marked envelope with your offering any Sunday in October, or send directly to the office. Thank you.


“Plumbing, Plastering and Pudding – Ladies’ Workshop”Wednesday 1st November, 7pm at Stepping Stones Rooms, 186 Macandrew Rd. FREE to women of all ages and abilities, but as spaces are limited please RSVP to Alana on 021 415 530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Give Hope this Christmas: Christian World Service’s Gifted programme enables you to support one of CWS’s overseas programmes helping people build better lives for themselves and their families. Gifts include fruit trees for a Filipino family, bees for a Sri Lankan family, a water tank for a Ugandan family, goats or sheep for a Palestinian family, classroom materials for rural Haiti, medical care for Palestinian mothers etc etc. In return, you receive a gift card to give to your family or friend which shows the gift made to communities overseas. Buy online at or call at the parish office for an order form. Let’s share hope this Christmas.

Christian Theology at Otago University: The Dept of Theology and Religion at Otago University offers a range of papers on campus and by Distance Learning. A poster and leaflets of courses being offered in 2018 are on the notice-board.


Presbyterian Support Otago warmly invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 24 October at 5.30pm (light refreshments from 5.00pm) in Burns Hall, 407 Moray Place (next to First Church.) The Guest speaker is Gillian Bremner, Chief Executive for 23 years. Gillian will speak on “A Reflection on the Past, A Challenge for the Future.” Please RSVP by Friday 20th October to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 477 7115


Arts & Crafts Day Saturday 4th November, 11am – 4pm organised by the Waikouaiti Karitane Presbyterian Parish. 5 sites to visit (recycled clothing, clock making, concrete critters, art, recycled furniture, weaving, pottery demonstration) plus many displays and a plant stall in the Church Hall, Kildare St. Tickets $10, Devonshire Tea and map included. Tickets available on the day or enquiries to Judy Irving (465 8484) or Victoria Hart (465 7897.)



Luther +500 – the relevance of Martin Luther’s Reformation in 2017” – a talk on Sunday 12th November, 7pm at St Matthews Anglican Church, 30 Hope St. Presented by Rev Dr Stuart Lange, Church historian and Senior Research Fellow, minister at Massey Presbyterian Church, West Auckland. All welcome. Supper.


This Week:

Monday 23rd                Parish Office closed – Labour Day holiday

Thursday 26th            10.00am          Fruit & Vege depot

                                  11.30am           Lunch@Sidey

                             5 – 5.45pm           Fruit & Vege depot

Sunday 29th               10.00am          Combined Parish Service at Caversham