With the community seeking the sacred in open spaces.
All Age Worship Sundays 10.00am - Cafe style services in Hall.
CELEBRATING A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY YEAR - 40 years as a Union Church
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 SPRING:
A prayer by Michael Leunig.
We rejoice and give thanks for earthworms,
bees, ladybirds and broody hens;
for humans tending their gardens,
talking to animals, cleaning their homes
and singing to themselves;
for the rising of the sap, the fragrance of growth,
the invention of the wheelbarrow and
the existence of the teapot, we give thanks.
We celebrate and give thanks".
(The Prayer Tree, Leunig, 1990)
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.
Welcome to Diane Clemoes, our new Office Administrator.
She will be in the office every Thursday & Friday 9am-2pm.
We are delighted to have her onboard.
Our co-ordinating minister Mark Gibson was the keynote speaker
at the public meeting addressing issues in New Brighton.
The number of community organisations using our hall facilities continues to grow.
We now have regular ballet classes for pre-schoolers, and another church group meeting regularly.
Our next movie in the Backstage Theatre is the classic "Amazing Grace" about the movement to abolish slavery.
Showing @ 2pm on Tuesday 19th November.
Entry by donation. Cuppa afterwards. All welcome.
The "God Box" (artistic mini cardboard chapel)
is now outside and available for use. It is a space for private reflection and renewal.
We have already had to do some weather damage repairs, but it is great to now have it open to the public.
Please "like" our facebook page.
SUNDAY SERVICES - Every Sunday, cafe style at 10.00am in the hall.
Inspiration & support for the adventure of life.
This Sunday (November 17) the service will be led by
Barbara Peddie, our support minister.
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)
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 2.45-6.45pm Patricia Paul's School of Dance
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
Thursday 10.00-11.00am Patricia Paul's School of Dance
Thursday 6-8pm Girl Guides Ph. Gladys Ph 3886 556