Readings for next Sunday, 25th December (Christmas Day):

Isaiah 52: 7-10          Psalm 98         Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)              John 1: 1-14  

 

Greater Green Island Community Carol Service: with a choir led by Jack Rutherford, will be held tonight at 7pm at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 242B Main South Rd, Green Island. All very welcome.

 

Bible Society Christmas Cards: We have only 2 packs of these attractive cards in the office – very good value (12 cards for only $8.) Don’t miss out.

 

Dunedin South Community Carols: all welcome to this ecumenical event on Wednesday 21st December, 6pm – 7pm at St Patrick’s Church, Macandrew Rd.

 

Lunch@Sidey has changed format during the holidays – no programme this Thursday 22nd Dec or Thursday 5th January, but all other Thursdays through to 26th January you are invited to come along between 11.30 and 12.30 but please bring your own packed lunch and there will be garden classes, even on rainy days. Bring along hats and gloves.

 

January Jaunts 2017: these will be held as follows:

Thursday 5th Jan: Visit to Pukehiki Church – meet at 1.30pm. Donation required.

Thursday 12th Jan: Visit to North View Garden. Meet at 1.30pm, $12 per person      (includes entry and afternoon tea)

Wednesday 18th Jan: Visit to Taieri Historical Society Park, Outram – meet at 1.30pm. $6 entry; bring money for real fruit ice-cream.

Thursday 26th January: pot luck lunch at Elizabeth’s house. Meet at 12 noon for 12.30 lunch. Bring a plate of food to share. An afternoon of fun!

If you plan to go on any of the jaunts, please let us know asap so transport can be arranged. Phone Pam (488 3447) or Marion (487 7478) or Elizabeth (455 2669.)

 

Christian World Service Christmas Appeal: We invite you to donate to this appeal if you are able – donations can be sent directly to CWS at P O Box 22652, Christchurch 8140 or donate online through www.cws.org.nz or call 0800 74 73 72. Envelopes can also be returned with your offering on Sundays during December and January, and we will send them on to CWS at the end of January. Feel free to use your own envelope, indicating it is a donation for the CWS Christmas Appeal.

 

Stamps: We invite you to save your used postage stamps and bring them to the office early next year. Don’t clean them, but they can be trimmed (if you wish) with a good margin around the stamp, so not to damage it. We give the stamps to Presbyterial, to raise money for mission projects.

 

A Tree of Remembrance: is located in the Hospital Chapel to enable anyone to hang a dove in memory of a loved one. You are most welcome to write a message on a dove before hanging it on the tree.

 

 

This Week:

Today                    7.00pm   Green Island Community Carols at St Peter Chanel

Wednesday 21st      6.00pm     Community Carols at St Patrick’s, Macandrew Rd

Thursday 22nd       10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open – last day for 2016

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open – last day for 2016

Friday 23rd               1.00pm    Parish office closes until Thursday 12th January

 

 

December / January Services:

Sunday 25th          9.30am        Combined Christmas Day service at the Caversham Baptist Church, cnr South Rd & Surrey Street

Sunday 1st January 9.30am      Combined at Caversham

Sunday 8th Jan     11.00am       Combined at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                                   (morning tea at 10.30am)

Sunday 15th Jan     9.30am      Combined at Caversham

Sunday 22nd Jan   11.00am      Combined at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                                   (morning tea at 10.30am)

Sunday 29th Jan    9.30am        Morning worship at Caversham

                           10.30am       morning tea at St Margaret’s Green Island

                           11.00am       Morning worship at St Margaret’s Green Island

 

It would be appreciated if people could bring a plate to share for morning tea when we have combined services during the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

Readings for next Sunday, 18th December (Advent 4):

Isaiah 7: 10 - 16     Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19     

Romans 1: 1-7    Matthew 1: 18 - 25

 

 

Green Island Market Day: A special thank you to Alison and Ian for their huge effort in coordinating the Green Island Market Day last Saturday – they put in a lot of work before, during and after the event. We are grateful too to all the other helpers and contributors – thank you, everyone. As announced last Sunday, a total of $1,923.60 was raised!!

 

Christmas Open Homes: a huge thank you to Susan and Anne for opening their homes last Sunday, along with Susan’s neighbour. It was a lot of work for these folk and we greatly appreciate their fine efforts. Attendees really enjoyed the afternoon and Christmas treats; ticket sales and proceeds from the sales tables raised a total of $1,245 to boost parish funds! A wonderful effort!! Thank you all who contributed!

 

Greater Green Island Community Carol Service: with a choir led by Jack Rutherford, will be held on Sunday 18th December, 7pm at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 242B Main South Rd, Green Island. All very welcome.

 

Dunedin South Community Carols: all welcome to this ecumenical event on Wednesday 21st December, 6pm – 7pm at St Patrick’s Church, Macandrew Rd.

 

Lunch@Sidey will change format during the holidays – from this Thursday, 15th December through to 26th January (except for 22nd December and 5th January) you are invited to come along between 11.30 and 12.30 but please bring your own packed lunch and there will be garden classes, even on rainy days. Bring along hats and gloves. Please note: there will not be any activities on 22nd December and 5th January.

 

Caversham Fruit & Vege Depot: the last day for 2016 will be Thursday 22nd December, starting again on Thursday 2nd February. Please note that next year the evening depot will only be open for half an hour from 5.30 to 6pm.

 

Stamps: We invite you to save your used postage stamps and bring them to the office early next year. Don’t clean them, but they can be trimmed (if you wish) with a good margin around the stamp, so not to damage it. We give the stamps to Presbyterial, to raise money for mission projects.

 

January Jaunts 2017: these will be held as follows:

Thursday 5th Jan: Visit to Pukehiki Church – meet at 1.30pm. Donation required.

Thursday 12th Jan: Visit to North View Garden. Meet at 1.30pm, $12 per person      (includes entry and afternoon tea)

Wednesday 18th Jan: Visit to Taieri Historical Society Park, Outram – meet at 1.30pm. $6 entry; bring money for real fruit ice-cream.

Thursday 26th January: pot luck lunch at Elizabeth’s house. Meet at 12 noon for 12.30 lunch. Bring a plate of food to share. An afternoon of fun!

If you plan to go on any of the jaunts, please let us know asap so transport can be arranged. Phone Pam (488 3447) or Marion (487 7478) or Elizabeth (455 2669.)

 

Christian World Service Christmas Appeal: donation envelopes were distributed with your recent newsletter, but we are aware some folk didn’t receive one. Donations can still be made without the official envelope. We invite you to donate to this appeal if you are able – donations can be sent directly to CWS at P O Box 22652, Christchurch 8140 or donate online through www.cws.org.nz or call 0800 74 73 72. Envelopes can also be returned with your offering on Sundays during December and January, and we will send them on to CWS at the end of January. Feel free to use your own envelope, indicating it is a donation for the CWS Christmas Appeal.

 

A request from Frances O’Connell: “I would really appreciate if a group or a team of individuals could please be available to help at the Hospital Chapel on Christmas Day? Your ongoing support is much appreciated. Warm regards, Frances.”

If you can help, please contact Frances on 474 0999 ext 58130.

 

Dunedin Community Christmas Dinner: Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust will again be hosting Christmas Dinner at the Dunedin Town Hall on the 25th December 2016 from 11.30am – 2.30pm. Free entry and meal. This meal is to give an opportunity for companionship for those who would otherwise be spending the day alone or are unable to provide a meal for themselves or their family. Entertainment and carol singing. To register as a guest or volunteer please phone Connect South on 03 471 615. A special Christmas Day bus service organised by Otago Heritage Bus Society will run a return journey to the Octagon from Normanby, St Kilda and St Clair. Phone Connect South for further information.

 

Presbyterian Support People magazine: is available on the notice-board – if you would like your own copy, please contact Wendy in the parish office. PSO invites donations to their Christmas appeal – donation forms are available in the office.

 

Christian Broadcasting Association: this year has 36 hours of broadcasting time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – twice that of last year. This incurs twice the cost and CBA invites donations to help cover this – ph 0900 80 222 to make a $20 donation; visit cba.org.nz/donate to give by credit card or donate online to account 12 3110 0014706 00. Their broadcasting programme is:

Newstalk ZB – 24th Dec, 6pm – midnight; 25th Dec 6am – 6pm

Radio Sport: 25th Dec 6am – 6pm

Radio Live: 24th Dec 7pm – midnight, 25th Dec 6am – 6pm, 7pm – 8pm

 

Dunedin Accommodation available for family or students in 2017:

The Mornington Presbyterian Church has a house available to rent in 2017. It has five bedrooms (one used as a study) two bathrooms and three toilets. A living room kitchen (open plan), a separate lounge, a laundry and a double garage complete the ground floor. The basement provides storage and a work area. The house has all day sun. The house is close to regular bus routes, one going to the University.

Enquiries should be directed to the Church Administrator, Jackie Smith on 03 453 5357 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to express an interest. The office is staffed from Wednesday to Friday from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

 

This Week:

Monday 12th         7.30pm      Green Island Property Committee

Thursday 15th        10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open

                              11.30am     Lunch@Sidey – bring your own packed lunch

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open

Sunday 18th              9.30am    Morning worship at Caversham

                              10.30am     Morning tea at St Margaret’s

                              11.00am     Morning worship at St Margaret’s

                           7.00pm   Green Island Community Carols at St Peter Chanel

 

Next Week:

Wednesday 21st Dec 6pm        Community Carols at St Patrick’s, Macandrew Rd

Thursday 22nd       10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open – last day for 2016

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open – last day for 2016-12-07

Friday 23rd              1.00pm    Parish office closes until Thursday 12th January

 

December / January Services:

Sunday 25th          9.30am        Combined Christmas Day service at the Caversham Baptist Church, cnr South Rd & Surrey Street

Sunday 1st January 9.30am      Combined at Caversham

Sunday 8th January11.00am     Combined at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                                   (morning tea at 10.30am)

Sunday 15th Jan   9.30am       Combined at Caversham

Sunday 22nd Jan   11.00am      Combined at St Margaret’s Green Island

                                                   (morning tea at 10.30am)

Sunday 29th Jan    9.30am        Morning worship at Caversham

                           10.30am       morning tea at St Margaret’s Green Island

                           11.00am       Morning worship at St Margaret’s Green Island

 

It would be appreciated if people could bring a plate to share for morning tea when we have combined services during the holiday season.

Readings for next Sunday, 27th November (Advent 1):

Isaiah 2: 1-5          Psalm 122          Romans 13: 11-14      Matthew 24: 36-44

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Afternoon Communion: will be held at Caversham NEXT SUNDAY, 27th November, at 2.30pm. All invited to this service, followed by afternoon tea.

 

Bible Society Christmas Cards: are now available from the parish office or Barbara (453 0344.) Very good value at $7.99 for 12 cards. Packs of either traditional or New Zealand designs.

Green Island Market Day: Saturday 3rd December, 10am. Our next parish fundraiser will be our parish stalls at St Margaret’s Church in conjunction with the Green Island Market Day. We seek your assistance as follows:

  • If you can pre-sell raffle tickets, please see Alison or Wendy today
  • if you can help on the day please sign the sheet today
  • Bring in items for a grocery hamper raffle (to office or the churches next Sunday)

 

Christmas Open Homes: Sunday 4th December, 2-4.30pm. Enjoy the wonder of Christmas at 3 houses decorated to celebrate the festive season – complimentary Christmas nibbles; Christmas gift sales. Tickets from the Coastal Unity Parish office: $10 per person, children under 12 years free. Organise a carload of friends for a special afternoon out. Only 100 tickets available. Please support this Coastal Unity Parish fundraiser.

 

Lunch@Sidey – Thank you so much to all who have made soup during the year. We currently have sufficient soup to last to the end of this year, but we hope people will be able to support this outreach again in 2017.

 

Regional PWANZ  (Presbyterial) will hold their final meeting for 2016 on Thursday 24 November, 2 pm, in the McLean Room, Burns Hall, of First Church, Moray Place Dunedin. This meeting is open to all members of our parish.  The guest speaker will be the Rev Carol Grant a member of the National Executive of PWANZ who will talk to us about the recent meeting held in Wellington and the vision of the National Executive for the future, and will answer any of our questions.  We hope that a large number of people will be able to attend.

 

FIRST CHURCH OF OTAGO invites you to join them on Sunday 4th December at 10am to celebrate 50 years since the Moray Place Congregational Church joined First Church of Otago on the 4th December 1966. The formal act of union of these two congregations was marked by a service of welcome and the sharing in Holy Communion at First Church. This historic event has significantly shaped First Church to become what it is today. At the conclusion of the service, a meal will be served in the Burns Hall.

 

From Dunedin Hospital Chaplaincy: “Thank you for your faithful service to the patients of the Dunedin Hospitals, their families and the Ecumenical Chaplaincy this year. We would like to invite all Hospital Chaplaincy Volunteers to a Christmas Service on Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm  in the Dunedin Hospital Chapel when a Remembrance Tree will be dedicated. Supper to follow. We look forward to seeing you. Please RSVP to Frances by 8th December for catering purposes Phone: 474 0999 ext 58130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation. Anyone else interested in contributing to our 10 year old sponsored child in India is welcome to write their name on the list and make a donation – either pop it in the box on the back table of the Caversham Church or place in a labelled envelope and put in the Sunday offering plate/bag. Thank you to those who have already made their donation.

 

Study Opportunities in 2017: The Dept of Theology and Religion at Otago University will be offering many opportunities for the study of Christian Theology both on campus and by distance learning. New in 2017 are postgraduate qualifications in Chaplaincy. See the notice-board for papers and courses being offered.

 

This Week:

Tomorrow              6.00pm    Caversham Women’s Fellowship Dinner

Thursday 24th        10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open

                              11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open

Sunday 27th             9.30am     Morning worship at Caversham

                              10.30am     Morning tea at St Margaret’s

                              11.00am     Morning worship at St Margaret’s

                               2.30pm     Afternoon Communion at Caversham

 

Readings for next Sunday, 4th December (Advent 2):

Isaiah 11: 1-10             Psalm 72: 1-7, 18 - 19         

Romans 15: 4-13          Matthew 3: 1-12

 

Afternoon Communion: will be held at Caversham TODAY at 2.30pm. All invited to this service, followed by afternoon tea.

 

Found in the back of Caversham Church: a silver key on a ring (stamped Begg Security Group). Please claim from the parish office.

 

Green Island Market Day: Next Saturday 3rd December, 10am. Thank you to all who have brought in grocery items or have offered to help – set-up time on Friday 2nd will be from 11am – 4pm or phone Alison if you need to bring goods at another time (ph 488 4205.)

Please return all raffle cards and money to office or Alison by Friday 2nd.

We hope for a fine day and a good turn-out – come along and support the parish.

 

Christmas Open Homes: Next Sunday 4th December, 2-4.30pm. Enjoy the wonder of Christmas at 3 houses decorated to celebrate the festive season – complimentary Christmas nibbles; Christmas gift sales. Get your tickets from the Coastal Unity Parish office THIS WEEK: $10 per person, children under 12 years free. Organise a carload of friends for a special afternoon out. Only 100 tickets available. Please support this Coastal Unity Parish fundraiser.

 

Bible Society Christmas Cards: are now available from the parish office or Barbara (453 0344.) Very good value at $7.99 for 12 cards. Packs of either traditional or New Zealand designs.

 

Knox Church Advent Processional: tonight at 7pm. Knox Church invite you to join them as they celebrate “The pilgrimage to Bethlehem” in word and music.

 

You Are Invited to the Rock Solid 2016 'Report to the People': this Thursday 1st December at Caversham Baptist Church, corner of Surrey St & South Rd:
6.30 - 7.15 -  light refreshments 
7.15 - 8.15  - highlights of the year, with presentations from Kristin, our youth workers and young people involved in our programmes. 
8.30 finish
8.30 - 8.45 - AGM of the Straight Up Trust 

(any who would like to stay for this are welcome.) Please RSVP to Kristin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 28/11/16.

 

From Dunedin Hospital Chaplaincy: “Thank you for your faithful service to the patients of the Dunedin Hospitals, their families and the Ecumenical Chaplaincy this year. We would like to invite all Hospital Chaplaincy Volunteers to a Christmas Service on Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm  in the Dunedin Hospital Chapel when a Remembrance Tree will be dedicated. Supper to follow. We look forward to seeing you. Please RSVP to Frances by 8th December for catering purposes Phone: 474 0999 ext 58130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Christian Broadcasting Association: this year has 36 hours of broadcasting time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – twice that of last year. This incurs twice the cost and they invite donations to help cover this – ph 0900 80 222 to make a $20 donation; visit cba.org.nz/donate to give by credit card or donate online to account 12 3110 0014706 00.

Their broadcasting programme is:

Newstalk ZB – 24th Dec, 6pm – midnight; 25th Dec 6am – 6pm

Radio Sport: 25th Dec 6am – 6pm

Radio Live: 24th Dec 7pm – midnight, 25th Dec 6am – 6pm, 7pm – 8pm

 

Study Opportunities in 2017: The Dept of Theology and Religion at Otago University will be offering many opportunities for the study of Christian Theology both on campus and by distance learning. New in 2017 are postgraduate qualifications in Chaplaincy. See the notice-board for papers and courses being offered.

 

 

This Week:

Wednesday 30th                      Session & RFM meet in Dutton Lounge

Thursday 1st Dec  10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open

                              11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open

                                7.15pm    Green Island Christmas Choir at St Margaret’s

Friday 2nd Dec     11am -4pm  Set up stalls for Green Island Fair/Market Day

Saturday 3rd Dec  10.00am     Green Island Market Day

Sunday 4th              9.30am      Morning worship at Caversham (Communion)

                              10.30am     Morning tea at St Margaret’s

                              11.00am     Morning worship at St Margaret’s (Communion)

                              12.30pm    Lunch at Mitchell’s

                               1.45pm     Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

                         2 – 4.30pm     Christmas Open Homes fundraiser

 

       
 

 

Interim Moderator: The Rev Graeme Munro

Telephone 473 8911   Mobile (027) 473 0526

 

Session Clerk: Mrs Jillian Criglington

Telephone 487 6307

 

Office Administrator: Mrs Wendy Crawford

Telephone 487 6367

 
   

 

Interim Moderator: The Rev Graeme Munro

Telephone 473 8911   Mobile (027) 473 0526

 

Session Clerk: Mrs Jillian Criglington

Telephone 487 6307

 

Office Administrator: Mrs Wendy Crawford

Telephone 487 6367

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readings for next Sunday, 20th November:

Jeremiah 23: 1-6                   Luke 1: 68-79       Colossians 1: 11-20       Luke 23:33-43

 

Green Island Market Day: Saturday 3rd December. As our parish fair has been postponed until next March, we invite folk from across the parish to help with the extra parish stalls at the Green Island Market Day:

  • Please sign the sheet today if you are able to help in some capacity
  • Bring in items for a grocery hamper raffle (to office or the churches over the next 2 Sundays)
  • Pre-sell raffle tickets
  • Contact Alison (488 4205) if you have other ideas for this fundraising event

 

Christmas Open Homes: Sunday 4th December, 2-4.30pm. Enjoy the wonder of Christmas at 3 houses decorated to celebrate the festive season – complimentary Christmas nibbles; Christmas gift sales. Tickets from the Coastal Unity Parish office: $10 per person, children under 12 years free. Organise a carload of friends for a special afternoon out. Only 100 tickets available. Please support this Coastal Unity Parish  fundraiser.

 

Lunch@Sidey – a reminder to those who are able to make soup for our Thursday lunches, we have packets of King Traditional Soup Mixes (various varieties) and a large quantity of split peas and other lentils in the parish office for use when making soup. 

 

Bible Society Christmas Cards: are now available from the parish office or Barbara (453 0344.) Very good value at $7.99 for 12 cards. Packs of either traditional or New Zealand designs.

 

Foodbank thanks: Presbyterian Support has sent thanks for our recent donations to the Foodbank. Such donations really make a difference to families and individuals who use their service.

 

Presbyterian Support Otago – Annual report to 30 June 2016 is available in the parish office for those who wish to read it.

 

TODAY at Knox  Church

  • 4pm            Prayer Vigil for General Assembly
  • 7pm            Inter-church Service for Peace "Bombs at bay"

A service near Remembrance Day, on the weekend of the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association Conference and the 75th anniversary of the Navy.  

 

A call out for White satin Ribbon
As part of a joint project between Presbyterian Support Otago and General Assembly delegates we are planning two white ribbon installations at both Knox Church and First Church.  White Ribbon supports saying No to Family Violence, it is our vision to tie a white ribbon on the upright palings of the fences around Knox and First Church.  We will need upwards of 350 metres of White Satin Ribbon approx 4cm in width.  If you have any of this spare or would like to purchase some for this project it would be used well and I think make a real statement in our city.  Please drop off at Presbyterian Support with my name on it or phone me and I can arrange collection.  Many thanks for helping us with this project.  Carolyn Sims Ph 477 7115. 

 

21st Century Faith Formation Workshop  will be held on Monday 14 November 7pm in Knox  Church, Gathering Area, 449 George Street Dunedin. Craig Mitchell will lead this workshop on helping to identify some of the key challenges and exploring ways in which churches might grow disciples in a pluralistic, 24/7 digital world. All are very welcome

 

The Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership and Presbyterian Youth Ministry graduation service will be on Wednesday 16 November, 7:30 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin. Speaker will be Rev Dr Min Heui Cheon. Everyone is invited.

 

Caversham Night Market: Saturday 19th November, 4-6pm at the Station Reserve, 230 South Road (opposite Carisbrook School.) Support your local community.

 

Regional PWANZ  (Presbyterial) will hold their final meeting for 2016 on Thursday 24 November, 2 pm, in the McLean Room, Burns Hall, of First Church, Moray Place Dunedin. This meeting is open to all members of our parish.  The guest speaker will be the Rev Carol Grant a member of the National Executive of PWANZ who will talk to us about the recent meeting held in Wellington and the vision of the National Executive for the future, and will answer any of our questions.  We hope that a large number of people will be able to attend.

 

FIRST CHURCH OF OTAGO invites you to join them on Sunday 4th December at 10am to celebrate 50 years since the Moray Place Congregational Church joined First Church of Otago on the 4th December 1966. The formal act of union of these two congregations was marked by a service of welcome and the sharing in Holy Communion at First Church. This historic event has significantly shaped First Church to become what it is today. At the conclusion of the service, a meal will be served in the Burns Hall.

 

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation. Anyone else interested in contributing to our 10 year old sponsored child in India is welcome to write their name on the list and make a donation – either pop it in the box on the back table of the Caversham Church or place in a labelled envelope and put in the Sunday offering plate/bag. Thank you to those who have already made their donation.

 

This Week:

Tomorrow              9.00am     Deadline for December/January Coastal Press

                                7.30pm    Green Island Property Committee

Thursday 17th        10.00am     Fruit & Vege Depot open

                              11.30am     Lunch@Sidey

                                5.00pm    Fruit & Vege Depot open

Sunday 20th             9.30am     Morning worship at Caversham

                              10.30am     Morning tea at St Margaret’s

                              11.00am     Morning worship at St Margaret’s