Welcome

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Whakatū Presbyterian church online.

We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available.

Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.

Our Mission:

“Loving God, loving others and caring for God’s Creation”

We are a community of faith where:
· Loving God is expressed in vibrant worship, prayer and lives yielded to Jesus Christ
· Loving others is expressed in sharing the transforming life of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit
· Caring for creation is expressed in a concern for justice and our environment.

Services:

Sunday Morning services are held at our Stoke Worship Centre at 10:00AM. Located at 271 Songer Street, Stoke. A short 30 minute reflectional worship service is held 10:00AM bi-weekly on Wednesdays at our "The House" located at 34 Champion Rd, Richmond. Any additional services will be announced on our website.

Please join us …

Sunday Worship

This Sunday for H.C. 1st August – 271 Songer Street.

Next Sunday 15th August – 271 Songer Street.

Wednesday Worship

11th August – 10 am –  34 Champion Road, Richmond

WHAT’S ON

Tuesdays:  9.00 – 10.00 am: Weekly Prayer, 34 Champion Rd.

Tuesdays: 10.30 – 12.00: Country Gospel Ukulele with Ian at 34 Champion Rd.

Thursdays midday:  Winter lunches in Songer Street hall lounge. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend, neighbour or family member and join us for hot soup, buns and scones and plenty of good company. Koha.

Fridays: 7pm: Indoor Bowls, 271 Songer Street church Hall.   New members welcome, experience not needed.  Join in for a fun evening. More information ring Anne Evans or office 547 7773.

Saturday 31 July 12 noon:  Soup Lunch at the Reformed Church, 15 Burrough Place, Enner Glynn. Raising funds for Mission Without Borders. See notice from last week and poster on noticeboard.

Friday 6 August 1.30pm: Games and Cards Afternoon. 34 Champion Rd. Everyone is welcome to join in our fun afternoons. Enquiries to Elaine Henry.

Saturday 7th August 7.30pm:  Armchair Travellers will meet in the church hall. Jon and Vivienne Parkes will present “Islands on the Edge”, an exploration of some of the islands on the edge of England, Ireland and Scotland. Entry donations will support Nelson Volunteer Coastguard Inc. Supper. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday 8th August 4pm – 6 pm: The Gathering meet34 Champion Rd. Please bring some food to share.

Friday 13 August 10.30: Renovare Group meets 34 Champion Rd.

Sunday 15 August 10am: The Bible is My Light Service. Memory Bible Challenge – Psalm 23 Challenge and the Multi-verse Challenge. Young People are encouraged to recite any verses from their July bible challenge.

Saturday 4th September. Women’s Regional Day. ALL WOMEN please put a note in your diaries for this year we go to Takaka. The future of this annual event is dependent on a good turnout from our people. Start planning now. More information to come. Contact Beth, 547 3329 or Lois 547 1456.

Sunday 19 September Annual General Meeting immediately after 10 am service – will be held in the church.


Notices

A big thank you from Margaret Drummond to everyone who helped to make David’s funeral run smoothly. A special thanks to the ladies who served refreshments; it was appreciated by the family.

Annual General Meeting will be held in the church immediately after the 10 am service on 19 September.  The Annual Report will be available early in September.  Please refer to the notice elsewhere calling for nominations to the Governance Council.

Annual Reports.  It’s that time of the year again when we ask all church group leaders to start thinking about your 2021 Annual Report content, preparation and finally submitting to the church office by Sunday 15th August.  Annual Report distribution will be at least two weeks prior to the AGM on September 19th.  Options are: emailing your report to Kaye – admin@whakatupres.co.nz, drop hard-copy into the office or phone Kaye 547 7773 to dictate over the phone if it’s brief.

Governance Council membership.  With four members of the Governance Council retiring after serving six years, we need replacements.   If you feel God could be calling you to serve on the Governance Council, please consider putting your name forward for election.  The election will be held at our AGM on Sunday 19 September.   Nomination forms and more information about what Governance Council members do is available on the table in the foyer.  Or ask one of the present Governance Council members – Jeannie van der Veldt, Eileen Gordon, Keith Christie, Vivienne Parkes, Karen Davidson, Tiger Jee, Heather Botha, Judy Totoro, Elaine Henry.  Or see Jon or Sage.   

Minutes of June Governance Council meeting are now available in the blue folder on counter of the Administration officer’s desk.

WEEKEND RETREAT – You Are invited to come away for a weekend retreat 15th – 17th October 2021. Friday 7pm – Sunday 2.30 pm. Venue Garindale, YWAM. 248 Wakapuaka Rd, Nelson. More details on flyer – collect from foyer table and see church noticeboard. Deposit of $50 by 31st August to confirm your place. 

More than Soup Fundraising Event.  Mission Without Borders serves thousands of meals to the elderly in Eastern Europe every week, many who have no family to call upon.  You are invited to join us for a ‘Soup Lunch on Saturday 31st July, at 12 noon at the Reformed Church, 15 Burrough Place, Enner Glynn. Come along with friends and family; support this worthy cause and give a donation for a mug of soup and bread. $3.50 is a meal for one person in these poor countries. Just think, $350 can feed 100 people!  Contact – Elaine Borger, Ph 5418802; hborger@xtra.co.nz.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Sharon, the Co-ordinator, wishes to thank you for the hats, rugs and food for these families.  They are much needed and they’re all grateful.

Plunket.  Leanne from Plunket collected a couple of bags of knitted woollies from our lovely church knitters this week. She bumped into a young mum in the supermarket recently with her preschooler who was wearing one of the hats.  She can never show enough appreciation – so again many thanks for all your work.

Alpine Presbytery Zoom Workshops.  In Term 2 and 3 we are hosting online Zoom workshops on a variety of topics. These sessions are open to everyone and we are hosting them in the evenings in the hope that they will be more accessible to volunteers in all areas of ministry. Details and registration information for these sessions can be found here.

https://alpinepresbytery.org/the-zoom-sessions/?fbclid=IwAR2EkYoCeR-Lb1e9iZ5jk8sRlbble3VQ0vD-MrPwkZ5Udn1Ti-mnshBZTww