Sunday, 17 March 2019

Important Parish Meeting 7pm Tuesday 19 March


A reminder that this Tuesday there is meeting at 7pm, which the Parish Council and the Ministry Support Team warmly invite you to this discussion.

Rev Andrew Gamman will be there to talk about the overall structure for the year. He will be preaching on the 3rd and 4th Sundays and arranging various lay input into those services. He will also arrange lay and ordained preachers for the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month. These preachers will normally lead the entire service.

We want you to feel you can input concepts and ideas about the shape of the plan, although, obviously, it probably won't be possible to accommodate every expression of interest.

We know from a previous survey that topics such as how city planning impacts church life, and various aspects of theology and art are already starter topics. But we do need a more cohesive plan for our mission as a congregation which grows and develops faith and life outreach.

Some Parish Council and MST members will already have had an informal get together to scope some aspects of ministry planning with Andrew. Hopefully we will articulate an uncommon and exciting vision for the preaching year ahead as we find our common purpose.

The meeting will be facilitated by Rev John Murray (new parish council chair).

Your presence will be valued.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Easter Activities



Please let us know if you intend to join us for the Good Friday breakfast. This is organised by the MST and will be held at the church.    email: ecbmethodist@gmail.com


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Touchstone - March 2019 edition

Welcome to the March issue of Touchstone click HERE
This month we celebrate 40 years of ministry for the General Secretary, David Bush. In an era of constant change and the reinvention of people, positions and roles, it is quite an achievement to notch up four decades plus as 'a first career' minister. As we reflect on David's successes, the Board of Administration is looking ahead for his replacement in 2021. The position is advertised this month. 
We bring news of firsts - MCNZ is currently leading the challenge for Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2019 - and lasts. Vahefonua stubbed out smoking on all church property last year. Rev Don Pilgrim responds to Rev Dale Peach's call for rest home chaplaincy to be compensated and Peter Lane shares tips on how to use a microphone effectively. Along with film and book reviews, there is news from around the Connexion and our regular columnists share their wisdom and opinions.
You will notice a new masthead in this edition as we bring Touchstone more in line with the look and style of MCNZ.