With the community seeking the sacred in open spaces.
All Age Worship Sundays 10.00am - Cafe style services in Hall.
Corner of Union & Collingwood Streets
Co-ordinating Minister: Rev Mark Gibson, Mobile: 021.2155.450
Senior Lay Leaders: Warwick Buxton and Nita Whall
Office Phn: 03 388 9220
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Office) email@example.com (Mark Gibson)
INSPIRATION FOR THE AUTUMNAL MONTHS:
"In my own experience of autumn, I am rarely aware that seeds are being planted.
Instead, my mind is on the fact that the green growth of summer is browning and beginning to die.
My delight in the autumn colours is always tinged with melancholy, a sense of impending loss that is only heightened by the beauty all around.
I am drawn down by the prospect of death more than I am lifted by the hope of new life.
"But as I explore autumn's paradox of dying and seeding, I feel the power of metaphor.
In the autumnal events of my own experience, I am easily fixated on surface appearances - on the decline of meaning,
the decay of relationships, the death of a work.
And yet if I look more deeply, I may see the myriad possibilities being planted
to bear fruit in some season yet to come".
(Parker J. Palmer, in Let Your Life Speak)
OUR RECENT JOURNEY
As a result of the 2011 February and June earthquakes our 98 year old worship centre
(the oldest in the seaside village of New Brighton) was severely damaged.
In September 2011 it was demolished.
Now there is an open expanse of shingle where the building once stood.
Soon after the first big quake we held our Sunday service on the beach.
Then for a few months in a local cafe.
Since winter 2011 we have been worshipping in our undamaged hall.
In the meantime we wait and dream of new possibilities that might emerge for our empty site.
This is a process we engage in with hope and faith, and in conversation with the wider community.
We believe that God will do some new thing in this place that we love and enjoy.
God hasn't finished with us yet, what has been is only the beginning of an unfolding good news story.
A group from the congregation attended the funeral of Douglas Jenkinson,.
at Avon Park Chapel (cnr Kerrs and Pages Road) at 2pm on Monday 6th May.
Our co-ordinating Minister Mark Gibson, was the celebrant for the service.
After the service he was carried out while a piper played "The Flower of Scotland". All very moving.
Loopy Tunes got off to a cracking start for the term with twelve families joining the music and movement on Monday morning.
New office progress. The foundation work is complete and now we are waiting for the builder to put the floor on.
Mini-cardboard chapel. Confirmation that by the end of May we will have one of these inspirational structures created by Peter Majendie on site.
Community party. We are planning a party celebration, to open/bless the office and chapel.
Watch this space for further details. This will give us a real boost on the cusp of winter.
We've started a facebook page, we already have 26 'likes'. If you're into social networking please support the page.
Confirmation that anaccomplished pianist is coming to our next Seaside Seniors on Tuesday 14 May.
We will be having a community sing-a-long. All welcome.
SUNDAY SERVICES - Every Sunday at 10.00am in the hall. Inspiration & support for the adventure of life. This Sunday (May 5) is our monthly communion service. It will be led by Mark Gibson. He will lead a reflection on the conversational nature of faith.
LOOPY TUNES- a music and movement based programme for pre-schoolers and caregivers
10.30am, every Monday during school term in the hall. Includes morning tea.
SEASIDE SENIORS - a place of support and encouragement & fun for the older members of the community.
Entertainment, stimulating speakers and time for fellowship over afternoon tea.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in our hall from 2.00-4.00pm.
EARTHQUAKE SUPPORT GROUP - for people living in earthquake damaged homes.
The first Friday of every month, 5.30-7.00pm in the upper room (access through the hall)
Includes fish n chip tea.
THE PURPLE DOOR BOUTIQUE OPPORTUNITY SHOP
(see hours below)
THANKS GOD IT'S FRIDAY/COFFEE & MUFFINS SOCIAL GROUP
Every Friday morning at 10.00am.
COMMUNITY BARBECUE LUNCH
Every Thursday (unless wet) from 11.30am-12.30pm
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THURSDAY COMMUNITY BBQ
Every Thursday unless wet, we gather beside the Op Shop for a BBQ and informal sharing.
This is one of the great ways of getting to know others in the neighbourhood. 11.30am - 12.30pm.
Donations made from other parishes have enabled us to undertake this outreach project as part of our earthquake recovery.
Purple Door Boutique Opportunity Shop Open Tues, Thu and Fri 10am -2pm and every 3rd Saturday.
Op Shop Manager Nita Whall assisted by cat Tigger who comes to help.
Hall available for hire - with kitchen facilities Phone: Nita Whall 981 1096
COMMUNITY GROUPS WHO SHARE OUR HALL FACILITIES:
Monday 1-2pm Tai Chi Maintenance Ph.328.7284
Monday 4.30-5pm Zumbatonic for Children 027 279 0154
Tuesday 10-11am Easy Dance & Exercise to Scottish Music Ph. 3887 985
Tuesday 6.30-8pm Brownies Ph. Carolyn 3884 855
Wednesday 4.30-5pm Zumbatonic for Children - see above
Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm South Brighton Choral Society 027 444 715
Thursday 6-8pm Girl Guides Ph. Gladys Ph 3886 556