We really are in countdown mode till Christmas. Today at the 11am we have the Ark Children’s Christmas Play.  Special thanks to Margaret and her team for organising this.

You will see an insert in the News Sheet advertising our special Sunday Services.  Can I please encourage you to take it and give it to someone as you invite them to one of these special events.  It is a very non-threatening way to invite your friends and family.

On that note can I draw your attention to the ONE morning service on 24th December.  This will be a blend of traditional and contemporary as we come together for Readings and Carols for Christmas and share in communion together.  N.B the time 10am

We have our Christmas Tree up at the back of the church and underneath you are invited to donate a gift that will be sent to the City Mission to be distributed to struggling families at Christmas.  Please label them for a boy/girl, man/woman etc. It is a great way to give.

For those who haven’t caught up with the news Helen and I will be leaving St Augustines in February next year. I have given my resignation (in order to retire) into Bishop Victoria   Our last Sunday with you will be February 11. We now have a house to rent in Alexandra which has been an answer to prayer.  Please continue to pray for us as we continue the practical stuff surrounding leaving and shifting.

We don’t have too much to update you with Matthew and Claire except to say that they will arrive in Christchurch on the 7th February and we are not sure when the Induction date is. Please continue to uphold them in your prayers as they continue the practical things of leaving and shifting to another part of the world.

But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well       Matthew 6:33

Blessings,

Kevin Interim Priest-in-Charge