Saturday, 2 February 2019

Touchstone - February 2019 edition

This month we bring news of celebrations and festivities throughout the country as we look back on initiatives and activities undertaken and hosted by congregations in the build-up to Christmas. Wesley College, the oldest school in New Zealand and the only Methodist school in the country is starting the year with a waiting list for places. That is quite an achievement for a decile 1, special character school. Our feature article looks at how the school has evolved and introduces two high achieving students who have recently completed their time at Wesley.

We recognise the contribution of some recently deceased identities; we celebrate the restoration and opening of historic Woodend Church and we bring news of the expansion and redevelopment of Wesleyhaven Village. We share news and views from around the Connexion and from further afield with stories about people and places around the world.

This month we are introducing a new column that explores questions concerning faith issues. Ask Aunty is a Q&A style feature that responds to queries from readers.

First issue of Touchstone for 2019, paper version is still to arrive at church but  here is the link

Warm regards
Ady Shannon
Editor Touchstone 209 9702

Glamorgan School Reading Volunteers

A committed group of between 10-12 ECB volunteers have supported the classroom Reading Circle programme at Glamorgan school, over at least ten years. By listening and giving plenty of encouragement to those identified as reluctant readers, we see a love for reading develop.

If you are able to commit to an hour each week and would like to be part of this worthwhile community work please contact Christine through the church email

Thought for the week – Dr Greg Morgan

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day....
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver, 'The Summer Day'