Readings for next Sunday, 9th April:

Isaiah 50: 4-9a             Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29  or Psalm 31: 9-16

Philippians 2: 5-11                Matthew 21: 1-11 or

Matthew 26: 14- 27:66    or   Matthew 27: 11-54

 

Can you help??? The Parish Communications team is looking for someone to assist them with a small task each month – this involves writing a small item for The Star newspaper community news section. If you feel this is something you would like to do, please talk to either Jillian (487 6307) or Sybil (487 8018) or the office.

 

Thank you to all bedpushers

 Dear Sue,

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and the members of your church for the help you gave us at the Hospital Chapel recently. It is appreciated that it is not always easy to gather together a group of people for this purpose. We also realise that each of you has made a real sacrifice of time and energy and perhaps had to miss out on your own church service to be at the hospital.

 Please convey to all your members our sincere thanks for their contribution. Without the help of groups such as yours our hospital worship services would be difficult to maintain Sunday by Sunday. We trust that you all got the same satisfaction of joy from your efforts as the patients and staff did from being able to share in the worship of God while here in hospital.

Yours sincerely,

Frances  (Administrator / Fundraiser, Otago Healthcare Chaplaincy Support Trust)

 

The NZ Bible Society aims to grant 4,000 Bibles, New Testaments and Scripture portions to hospitals, hospices and prisons in NZ. To donate to this campaign please post donations to Bible House, Private Bag 27 901, Marion Square, Wellington 6141 or online www.biblesociety.org.nz / donate or Freephone 0800 424 253.

 

 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture : “Inherited genes and environment: that which makes us unique” – by Prof Tony Merriman; Tuesday 4 April, 5.30pm in Archway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union St East. All welcome.

 

NZ Presbyterian Research Network extends an invitation to a showcase and lecture by Peter Crothall -“The Chrysalis Seed Art & Christianity Collection” on Thursday 6th April, 5.30 – 7.00pm. Refreshments at the Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership and a self-guided tour of the art in the Hewitson Block between 5 – 5.30pm; lecture at 7pm in Hewitson Library, Knox College, Arden St.

 

Foot Washing Ceremony – all welcome at the Dunedin Hospital Chapel at 4.30pm on Thursday 13th April (Maundy Thursday) for a Foot Washing Ceremony.

 

Christian Broadcasting Association (CBA) seeks help to broadcast the real Easter message on mainstream radio. This Good Friday CBA will broadcast for 22 hours on NZ’s three largest commercial talk radio stations: Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport and RadioLIVE. CBA’s programmes are designed to communicate the Christian faith to those who have never understood. They have asked for your help to cover production costs – either using the enclosed envelopes or phone 0900 80 222 to make a $20 donation (charged to your phone account) or visit cba.org.nz/easter for more information.

 

This Week:

Today                   12.30pm     Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Rd, Caversham

                                1.45pm     Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

Tuesday 4th April   7.30pm     Caversham Property Committee in parish office

Thursday 6th         10.00am      Fruit & Vege depot

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

Saturday 8th           9.00am      Caversham Market

Sunday 9th              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

 

Easter Services:

Sunday 9th April                       Passion / Palm Sunday

Thursday 13th         7.30pm     Maundy Thursday Service at Caversham

Friday 14th             9.00am      Meet at Shark Bell, St Clair Esplanade for the Ecumenical Southern Walk of the Cross

                              10.00am      Good Friday Service at Caversham Baptist Church

Sunday 16th             9.00am      Easter Day Service at Caversham

                               11.00am     Easter Day Service at St Margaret’s Green Island

 
 

 

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, 2nd April:

Ezekiel 37: 1-14           Psalm 130          

Romans 8: 6-11            John 11: 1-45

 

Parish Fair: A huge thank you to all who helped with the fair yesterday!! It was a great team effort and special thanks to Sue Lambie, Ken Baker and Anne Watkins for putting it all togetherJ.

 

Christian Broadcasting Association (CBA) seeks help to broadcast the real Easter message on mainstream radio. This Good Friday CBA will broadcast for 22 hours on NZ’s three largest commercial talk radio stations: Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport and RadioLIVE. CBA’s programmes are designed to communicate the Christian faith to those who have never understood. They have asked for your help to cover production costs – either using the enclosed envelopes or phone 0900 80 222 to make a $20 donation (charged to your phone account) or visit cba.org.nz/easter for more information.

 

Caversham Women’s Fellowship: tomorrow, 27th March. Meet at the Caversham Church at 1.30pm to share transport to Portobello.

 

Presbyterial will hold the first meeting of 2017 at 2 pm on Tuesday 28 March in the McLean Room, First Church of Otago, Burns Hall.  Everyone welcome.

The speaker will be Dr Ruth Houghton who will show slides and talk on her Greenland and Canadian Artic trip.   Afternoon tea will follow.

 

NZ Presbyterian Research Network extends an invitation to a showcase and lecture by Peter Crothall -“The Chrysalis Seed Art & Christianity Collection” on Thursday 6th April, 5.30 – 7.00pm. Refreshments at the Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership and a self-guided tour of the art in the Hewitson Block between 5 – 5.30pm; lecture at 7pm in Hewitson Library, Knox College, Arden St.

 

Taieri Gorge Rail Walk: Sunday 7th May. A rare opportunity to walk the spectacular Taieri Gorge rail line. Train departs Dunedin Railway Station at 8.30am, returns at 3pm. Approx 2.5 hours of walking; 4 bridges and 2 tunnels. Tickets only $59, includes sausage sizzle; available from Dunedin Railway Station, ph 477 4449 or online www.dunedinrailways.co.nz. Not suitable for children under 12 years. Funds raised will go to the Presbyterian Support Buddy Programme.

 

Thanks from Presbyterian Support for your recent donations to the Foodbank. “Donations from supporters like you really make a difference to families at this time of the year. Your support means families in need are provided for, ensuring their health and well-being and helping to build positive change, strong families and healthy communities. Thank you for helping us to help people in Otago.”

 

Presbyterian Support People magazine – copies are available on the back table. Please feel free to take one home. If you wish to receive your own copy in future contact Michelle at Presbyterian Support – 477 7115 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture : “Inherited genes and environment: that which makes us unique” – by Prof Tony Merriman; Tuesday 4 April, 5.30pm in Archway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union St East. All welcome.

 

Department of Theology and Religion 2017 Faith Thinking Workshops:

Issues of War and Peace - Professor Murray Rae, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago. 7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday April 7 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday April 8. In Burns 7 Seminar Room, (Albany Street), University of Otago

 

Islam and Christianity - Dr Adam Dodds, Senior Pastor, Elim Church

7:00 – 9:00 pm Monday May 8, 15 & 22. At Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street

 

The Psalms and the Life of Faith - Revd Dr James Harding, University of Otago

7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday June 2 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday June 3.

530 Castle Street Seminar Room, University of Otago

 

Healing, Travelling, Seeing: How Augustine Helps Us Understand Christian Formation - Revd Jono Ryan, Minister, Highgate Presbyterian Church,
PhD candidate, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago

7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday July 14 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday July 15

St David’s Seminar Room 1, University of Otago

Each course costs $30. Please register online at  http://www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation/index.html or use registration form from notice-board or from parish office. For further information please go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html

 

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation; the new donor year began on 1st August. Anyone else interested in contributing to our 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.

 

Church Giving: Have you thought about making your regular donations to the parish by automatic payment??? Many people find this a very convenient way of making their regular contribution. Tax deductible receipts for all donations made by automatic payment or through the envelope system are provided after the end of March each year. Talk to Wendy in the office to find out more or to arrange to set this up.

 

This Week:

Monday 27th          1.30pm      Caversham Women’s Fellowship meet at church

Thursday 30th      10.00am       Fruit & Vege depot

                             11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

Sunday 2nd April   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

                             12.30pm     Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Road, Caversham

                               1.45pm     Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readings for next Sunday, 19th March:

Exodus 17: 1-7                       Psalm 95   

Romans 5: 1-11                      John 4: 5-42

 

Parish Fair: only 2 weeks until the fair at 11am on Saturday 25th March.

  • We are still accepting items for the grocery hamper raffle
  • If you can pre-sell raffle tickets please contact the office
  • Any goods you are able to contribute will be appreciated – stalls include cakes, sweets, deli, plants & produce, elegant junk, knitwear, craft & jewellery, white elephant, books, toys & puzzles and Cavy Op Shop (good used clothing.)

These can be brought in during office hours, or phone the office to have goods collected.

 

St Margaret’s PWANZ – next meeting is this Tuesday, 14th March at 1:30. We are having a talk on "our careers and occupations" all welcome.

 

Lunch@Sidey: all welcome to come along for a free lunch in Sidey Hall on Thursdays at 11.30am.

 

Neighbours Day24 / 25 March. Presbyterian Support has put together packs to make it easier for people to do something in their street for Neighbour’s Day; we have two packs to give away (one for Caversham and one for Green Island) – these include invitations, an ice-breaker bingo game, a copy of Dunedin Emergency Planning Guide, tea and coffee. These packs are in the parish office – if you plan to arrange a gathering in your street, please see Wendy to pick up a pack.

 

Exhibition Opening: Otago University Special Collections Librarian, Donald Kerr invites you to join him on Friday, 24 March 2017 at 4.30pm for the opening of the new exhibition: “500 Years On, Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.” RSVP by Friday 17 March to 479 3985 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Presbyterial will hold the first meeting of 2017 at 2 pm on Tuesday 28 March in the McLean Room, First Church of Otago, Burns Hall.  Everyone welcome. The speaker will be Dr Ruth Houghton who will show slides and talk on her Greenland and Canadian Artic trip.   Afternoon tea will follow.

 

Taieri Gorge Rail Walk: Sunday 7th May. A rare opportunity to walk the spectacular Taieri Gorge rail line. Train departs Dunedin Railway Station at 8.30am, returns at 3pm. Approx 2.5 hours of walking; 4 bridges and 2 tunnels. Tickets only $59, includes sausage sizzle; available from Dunedin Railway Station, ph 477 4449 or online www.dunedinrailways.co.nz. Not suitable for children under 12 years. Funds raised will go to the Presbyterian Support Buddy Programme.

 

Presbyterian Support People magazine – copies are available on the back table. Please feel free to take one home. If you wish to receive your own copy in future contact Michelle at Presbyterian Support – 477 7115 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Department of Theology and Religion 2017 Faith Thinking Workshops:

Issues of War and Peace - Professor Murray Rae, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago. 7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday April 7 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday April 8. In Burns 7 Seminar Room, (Albany Street), University of Otago

 

Islam and Christianity - Dr Adam Dodds, Senior Pastor, Elim Church

7:00 – 9:00 pm Monday May 8, 15 & 22. At Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street

 

The Psalms and the Life of Faith - Revd Dr James Harding, University of Otago

7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday June 2 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday June 3.

530 Castle Street Seminar Room, University of Otago

 

Healing, Travelling, Seeing: How Augustine Helps Us Understand Christian Formation - Revd Jono Ryan, Minister, Highgate Presbyterian Church,
PhD candidate, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago

7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday July 14 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday July 15

St David’s Seminar Room 1, University of Otago

Each course costs $30. Please register online at  http://www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation/index.html or use registration form from notice-board or from parish office. For further information please go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html

 

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation; the new donor year began on 1st August. Anyone else interested in contributing to our 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.

 

Church Giving: Have you thought about making your regular donations to the parish by automatic payment??? Many people find this a very convenient way of making their regular contribution. Tax deductible receipts for all donations made by automatic payment or through the envelope system are provided after the end of March each year. Talk to Wendy in the office to find out more or to arrange to set this up.

 

 

This Week:

Today                         2.30pm      Afternoon Communion at Caversham

Monday 13th          9.00am       Deadline for April Coastal Press

                              7.30pm      Green Island Property Committee

Tuesday 14th         1.30pm      St Margaret’s PWANZ

Wednesday 15th    7.30pm      Resourcing for Mission

Thursday 16th      10.00am       Fruit & Vege depot

                             11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

Sunday 19th            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

 

Next Week…..

Monday 20th                            Office Closed – Otago Anniversary Day

                                                Caversham Women’s Fellowship

Thursday 23rd      9.00am       Setting up for parish fair

                             10.00am      Fruit & Vege depot

                             11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

Friday 24th      9am – 7pm      Sidey Hall open for fair set up

Saturday 25th       10.00am      All fair helpers to be at Sidey Hall

 

                                     

 

Readings for next Sunday, 26th March:

1 Samuel 16: 1-13                           Psalm 23            

Ephesians 5: 8-14                            John 9: 1-41

 

Parish Fair: is happening at 11am THIS Saturday 25th March.

  • Stall conveners are asked to ensure their items are priced and stall all ready to go by Friday night – the hall will be open from 9am Thursday and on Friday between 9am – 7pm.
  • Baking and fresh produce can be brought in early on Saturday.
  • Could all helpers be on site by at least 10am please?
  • All raffle cards need to be returned to office by Friday (sold or unsold)

Thank you to all who are helping - let’s make this a successful fundraiser!!!

 

Hospital Chaplaincy Street Day A huge thank you to all who collected for Hospital Chaplaincy recently; to date the amount collected is $9,244.70. A wonderful effort!!! This is the Chaplaincy Services major fundraising effort for the year and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like you. Your ongoing support allows the Chaplaincy Team to continue in their significant ministry of support of patients in Dunedin and Wakari hospitals and their families. Once again, we are so grateful to you for your assistance and continued support.

 

Caversham Women’s Fellowship will meet next Monday, 27th March. Meet at the Caversham Church at 1.30pm to share transport to Portobello.

 

NZ Presbyterian Research Network extends an invitation to a showcase and lecture by Peter Crothall -“The Chrysalis Seed Art & Christianity Collection” on Thursday 6th April, 5.30 – 7.00pm. Refreshments at the Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership and a self-guided tour of the art in the Hewitson Block between 5 – 5.30pm; lecture at 7pm in Hewitson Library, Knox College, Arden St.

 

Neighbours Day24 / 25 March. Presbyterian Support has put together packs to make it easier for people to do something in their street for Neighbour’s Day; we have two packs to give away (one for Caversham and one for Green Island) – these include invitations, an ice-breaker bingo game, a copy of Dunedin Emergency Planning Guide, tea and coffee. These packs are in the parish office – if you plan to arrange a gathering in your street, please see Wendy to pick up a pack.

 

Presbyterial will hold the first meeting of 2017 at 2 pm on Tuesday 28 March in the McLean Room, First Church of Otago, Burns Hall.  Everyone welcome. The speaker will be Dr Ruth Houghton who will show slides and talk on her Greenland and Canadian Artic trip.   Afternoon tea will follow.

 

Nambawan! Pacific Vision Vanuatu Newsletter March edition is on the church notice-board. If you would like to receive your own copy by email please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Department of Theology and Religion 2017 Faith Thinking Workshops:

Issues of War and Peace - Professor Murray Rae, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago. 7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday April 7 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday April 8. In Burns 7 Seminar Room, (Albany Street), University of Otago.

Islam and Christianity - Dr Adam Dodds, Senior Pastor, Elim Church

7:00 – 9:00 pm Monday May 8, 15 & 22. At Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street.

Each course costs $30. Please register online at  http://www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation/index.html or use registration form from notice-board or from parish office. For further information please go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/news/otago055227.html

 

Church Giving: Have you thought about making your regular donations to the parish by automatic payment??? Many people find this a very convenient way of making their regular contribution. Tax deductible receipts for all donations made by automatic payment or through the envelope system are provided after the end of March each year. Talk to Wendy in the office to find out more or to arrange to set this up.

 

This Week:

Monday 20th                            Office Closed – Otago Anniversary Day

Thursday 23rd      9.00am       Setting up for parish fair

                             10.00am      Fruit & Vege depot

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

                              7.30pm      Ministry Settlement Board meets

Friday 24th      9am – 7pm      Sidey Hall open for fair set up

Saturday 25th     10.00am       All fair helpers to be at Sidey Hall

                            11.00am      PARISH FAIR gets underway

 

 

Readings for next Sunday, 12th March:

Genesis 12: 1-4a                    Psalm 121          

Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17           

John 3: 1-17        or     Matthew 17: 1-9

 

Moderator’s Earthquake appeal: Thank you to all who contributed to this appeal last Sunday. A total of $114.50 was collected.

 

Afternoon Communion: will be held next Sunday, 12th March, 2.30pm at Caversham. All welcome. For transport assistance please phone Sybil on 487 8018.

 

Parish Fair: our annual fair will be held at Caversham on Saturday 25th March.

  • Are you able to pre-sell raffle tickets? These are available today or from the parish office.
  • We are still collecting items for a grocery hamper raffle – items can be brought to church or the office
  • Bring in your unwanted yet saleable goods – white elephant, elegant junk, toys, puzzles, books, good used clothing – bring to the church office during office hours, or phone the office to arrange collection
  • Pot up plants; make jams and preserves for selling

 

Dunedin North Otago Resource Group meets this Tuesday, 7 March at 6pm at Columba College ( International Women’s Day Eve). All welcome to this event to help men and women explore fresh faith perspectives. Presentations and group discussion led by: • Juliette Hayes, Principal of Columba College

           • Yvonne Smith, minister of word and sacrament

           • Rachel Dudley Tombs, University student and youth leader.

Exploring – so what kind of women is Columba nourishing, what difference does it make to read the Bible through women’s experience, and what light does women’s studies shed on our faith. Dinner provided - $10 cost. Everyone invited – RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 03 4770229/1. Venue is Frances Ross Common Room at Columba College, Highgate.

 

Christian World Service Newsletter: “Summer Story” – copies are available on the back table. Please take one.

 

World Vision Child sponsorship – A REMINDER….. If you have your name on the list to support this project, we welcome your annual $20 donation; the new donor year began on 1st August. Anyone else interested in contributing to our 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.

 

Caversham Connect: is a Caversham based newsletter, currently available on email. To sign up to receive your copy go to http://eepurl.com/ciiE_z. Printed copies can be read on the notice-board at Kew Park, Station Road and Carisbrook School.

 

 “The Lowdown” is the new South Dunedin Community Newsletter which you can find at www.southdunedin.org.nz or ask for a copy from the parish office. The first edition contains interesting history and other items about South Dunedin and environs.

 

Taieri Gorge Rail Walk: Sunday 7th May. A rare opportunity to walk the spectacular Taieri Gorge rail line. Train departs Dunedin Railway Station at 8.30am, returns at 3pm. Approx 2.5 hours of walking; 4 bridges and 2 tunnels. Tickets only $59, includes sausage sizzle; available from Dunedin Railway Station, ph 477 4449 or online www.dunedinrailways.co.nz. Not suitable for children under 12 years. Funds raised will go to the Presbyterian Support Buddy Programme.

 

From Presbyterian Support: “Community generosity shines at Christmas”

In the last three months we’ve had Christmas, summer holidays and back to school for 2017. All of these activities and the additional costs incurred can cause pressure in families where finances are tight.

Donations of food, toys, vouchers and money came in from all directions right through December. Thanks to public generosity, Presbyterian Support Otago were able to make things just that little bit easier for over 160 Otago families this Christmas.

“Every year the people of Otago are very keen to get behind us and make sure that the people we support are not left out,” said Family Works Director Paul Hooper. “A grateful thank you to everyone for the part you played in making Christmas a time of joy and celebration for so many families.”

Thank you

·         Over 160 Otago families (that’s 400 children) helped

·         32,500+ food items and toys donated

·         $41,800 cash donated

 

169th  Anniversary  of the Province of Otago and of First Church will be observed on Sunday 19th March at a service in First Church of Otago at 10am. A warm invitation is extended to be present at this service. If attending please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Church Giving: Have you thought about making your regular donations to the parish by automatic payment??? Many people find this a very convenient way of making their regular contribution. Tax deductible receipts for all donations made by automatic payment or through the envelope system are provided after the end of March each year. Talk to Wendy in the office to find out more or to arrange to set this up.

 

This Week:

Today                 10.00am       Bed-pushing at Dunedin Hospital

                           12.30pm       Lunch at Mitchell’s, South Road, Caversham

                              1.45pm      Service at Radius Fulton Care Centre

Wednesday 8th     7 .00pm      Session

Thursday 9th         10.00am      Fruit & Vege depot

                             11.30am      Lunch@Sidey

                        5 – 5.45pm      Fruit & Vege depot

Saturday 11th         9.00am       Caversham Market

Sunday 12th           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

                             2.30pm       Afternoon Communion at Caversham

 

Coming up…..

Saturday 25th      11.00am       Parish Fair at Caversham