Just a quick note to say that with the limit of 10 people at a Church service, St Chad’s will not be reopening for services yet. Some of our smaller user groups will be able to use the buildings provided that they comply with our strict hygiene and traceability requirements. As soon the government eases these restrictions we will notify everyone of our reopening plans.
As it is Palm Sunday we would normally be giving out Palm Crosses at St Chad’s. Circumstances prevent us from doing so, so we thought we should share a ‘do it yourself’ palm cross guide! If you don’t have a palm tree handy we find that a strip of flax leaf works equally well – or even a sheet of paper if you cannot get outside. Have fun and keep well and healthy.
As you will be aware St Chad’s is closed until further notice and we hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these very strange times. I have attached an email sent out by Carolyn this afternoon, detailing resources which have been made available from the Diocese. Please feel free to join in and to pass them on to anyone who might benefit from them
Kim has sent out this information so that we can find services in the diocese and join them if we wish. If you know of anyone who may not be on the St Chad’s mailing list, perhaps you could pass on this information.
I do hope that you are all keeping well and managing in these very strange times. I know that Maureen and Raiha have been in touch with you all to check that you are ok but please do not hesitate to contact me if Colin or I can be of any help.
Once again love and blessings from all the MST.
Keep safe and keep well
Begin forwarded message:From: Kim Benton <email@example.com>
Dear AllJust reminding you of resources for the coming season, and some of you will have these already.
Clare Barrie has put together daily devotions from the prayer book in differing formats. Again type/copy the url into your browerhttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/rt1s3x7ylil8ke4/AACLC0Ktv9-zktCXHyjqvq1fa?dl=0 Online resource for Good Friday on Youtube.21st Century Stations of the Crosshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJafLz-cGPY
Evening Prayer with Bishop Ross Sundays 7pm the link to use is https://www.facebook.com/Bishop-Ross-Bay-736358193074303/and you can download the liturgy for the service at http://www.auckanglican.org.nz/…/Weekly%20…/Night-Prayer.pdf
Note that the Archbishop of Canterbury has initiated “Light a Candle at 7 on a Sunday” as a symbol of Christ as Light to the World in these dark times.
A couple of Holy week reflections on Youtube
Stay safe and may the Lord be with you.
In the run up to Christmas St Chad’s, along with many of the Church user groups, gave support to the local Women’s Refuge by way of gifting food and ‘bags of blessings’ for the women and children in the refuge over Christmas.
The Yoga Room and Positive Choice fitness ran classes where entry was by donation of non perishable food items, Jen Davenport of Northwest Cleaning Services collected gifts from all her other clients and produced a huge box just before Christmas and at Messy Church we filled 29 gift bags of toiletries and treats. Donations were also collected by Kumeu Friendship Club, Senior Net and Kumeu Blend Choir.
We had a lovely email from Ana at Kia Timata Ano Trust which is copied below.
Carolyn gave a talk this week at Kumeu Village Rest Home and Marcia suggested that we should share it with everyone.
The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging the green decoration of the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolise the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ.
The Advent wreath is a symbol of the beginning of the Church year. It is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the centre.
The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.
The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.
Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. It also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others (Isa 42:6).
The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolise the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
The colours of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple candles, and one pink candle and a white candle in the centre (or the outer candles may be red). Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit.
The first candle is traditionally the candle of Hope. This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, that weaves its way through Old Testament history.
The second candle is the candle of Peace. Jesus is our PEACE.
The third candle is the candle of Joy – the angels sang a message of JOY!
The fourth candle is the candle of love– the angles announced the good news of a Saviour sent to us by God because He loves us!
The centre candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lit on Christmas Day.
The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.
15 December 10.00am Children’s Christmas Service
22 December 10.00am An NZ Christmas Service with Holy Communion
25 December 10.00am Family Communion Service
29 December 10.00am Holy Communion
31 December 11.30pm A short Holy Communion Service (see separate post for details)
All are very welcome and we look forward to sharing the joys of Christmas with you at St Chad’s.
Ten years after St.Chad’s was destroyed by fire in 1990, we celebrated our first Service in the New building, on a New site, on the eve of the New Millenium. At that Service we agreed to meet on the eve of each new decade. We did this in 2009 and on New Year’s Eve this year we celebrate moving into the third decade. It will be a half-hour service including a shortened Holy Communion.
All are welcome as we mark another step in the history of St.Chad’s, Huapai.