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Christmas Gifting

You are invited to support the Christian World Service Gifting at Christmas by donating $20 for a beehive in rural Sri Lanka or $30 for emergency rations


$20 - Beekeeping is one way a woman in rural Sri Lanka can earn extra money. Set her up with a hive and training so she knows how to care for them. Selling honey will help her pay for her children's school fees.  


$30 - Families can lose everything in war or a natural disaster. Help provide what they need in case of emergency: plastic tarpaulin, clothing, blankets, cooking utensils, a mosquito net, hygiene kit, food and water. Shelter and life's basics will help them survive until more permanent assistance is available.


How do I donate? pop your donation in an envelope and place in the donation plate at church or post a cheque to the office P.O. Box 7, Warkworth 0941 or drop into the office on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning or pay direct to the parish a/c 020480 0021360 00.  If you pay direct please say clearly what it is for.  If you wish to receive a receipt, please advise the office or write on the envelope
Christmas 2014 at Oihi

On Christmas Day 1814 a service and a sermon preached by Samuel Marsden, to a Māori and Pakeha congregation, began Christian mission in this land. It was the partnership of Marsden and Ruatara which led to a pivotal moment in our history and the development of the special relationship between the two peoples, Māori and Pakeha, it was a step towards nationhood. 

December 21st will be the opening of Rangioua Heritage Park, a place that tells of beginnings and includes the site of the Marsden Cross. Details for that day are available on www.rangihouaheritage.co.nz

 On December 25th there is an invitation for all to attend a Bicentennial Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving at the Marsden Cross site.  The Christmas Service will celebrate the birth of Christ at the birthplace of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It will be lead by church leaders from across the country.



If you intend to come to the service, to assist with planning it would be appreciated if individuals or groups could register numbers attending at the following website.




Start time: The service will begin at 11am. It needs to start on time as it will be broadcast live on TV One. It is suggested people walk down to the cross by 10:30am at the latest. It is a 15-20 minute walk.  People are encouraged to arrive early, if they are able, to ease possible congestion.


Parking: There will be a drop off point for those travelling by car at the entrance to the pathway on Oihi Road that leads down the hill to the Cross. Cars will be parked in allocated areas approximately 1.5 kilometres away. Shuttles will then take drivers back to the beginning of the pathway. It is not possible to take vehicles down the access path on the day.   


Boat: Those travelling by boat can arrive at the beach but should be aware of commercial vessels operating that day.  Fullers are also operating services on the day and inquiries can be made to their Paihia office about bookings.


What to bring: People need to be self-sufficient with their own water, refreshments, sunscreen and clothing for changeable weather. There is an invitation for people to stay after the Service with their own picnic and walk round the site and view the information panels that tell the story of Rangihoua.

TEAR Fund Christian Action “Light to the World” if you wish to donate or would like to know more, please see the posters or flyers in the foyer of Church today.

Suggested items: Tinned goods – fruit, beans, spaghetti, vegetables, tuna etc. biscuits, pasta, jam, marmalade, peanut butter, cereals. Not fresh goods or meat.   Bring into Christ Church anytime, or take to church with you any Sunday in other Centres.   

Christian Meditation Group
Will resume their meetings, on Friday, 3rd October, 8.30am in the Parish Lounge.
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