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Bibleworld Museum Rororua
FREE ENTRY to Bibleworld Museum and Discovery Centre, Rotorua for the remainder of 2015. Bibleworld is a great place for adults and children to explore what life was like in Bible times – detailed models, over 70 ancient artifacts and a range of interactive activities. Open every Friday 11 – 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 3 pm. See website for more details – www.bibleworld.org.nz
Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal
Auckland Missions Board is launching a ‘Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal’ to assist with relief efforts in the Pacific region, particularly in Vanuatu. Although details are still sketchy, it is clear this is one of the worst disasters ever experienced in the South Pacific region. Auckland Missions Board will be working with churches and relief agencies to provide up to date information on our website and to help coordinate relief efforts.
Please send donations to Auckland Missions Board marked Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal. Information on how to donate can be found on our website www.angmissions.org.nz then select the Donate tab.

Combined Churches' Prayer Breakfast
The next Combined Churches’ Prayer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, 1st April at the Methodist Community Church, Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach, at 7:00 am. (Contact Larry Cates for more information: 425 0966 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Site Development Report
We have received the final concept plans and they are available for you to view in the foyer of Christ Church. These plans have been developed and finalized in discussion with the Heritage Architect who is writing a report that will accompany our Resource Consent Application to the Council. You will recall that at a pre-application meeting the Council requested a Traffic Assessment Report and Archaeological Report. The Archaeological Report has caused changes to be made to accommodate the “Heritage” nature of the Church and the parish lounge.
Initially the Heritage Architect believed we should retain the current parish lounge on site, however he has now agreed that it can be moved away but would prefer it to go to a public site. If it is sold privately the Council will likely require caveats over it to ensure its heritage nature.
Given the difficulties of the planning process over the past few years with both heritage, traffic issues i.e. parking and the nature of the site Vestry is delighted with the outcome and believe it is the best outcome we could achieve given the circumstances.
We are grateful to Chris Beswick of Architectural Services for his continued thoughtfulness and persistence with our queries and redrafting processes.
What happens now?
Vestry will now apply to the Diocese for a faculty for the building. The next faculty meeting is on the 18th March and we have to have the documents into the Diocesan office by next Thursday 12th March to get on the agenda for this meeting. This is in process. Following the receipt of a faculty the preparation begins for a Resource Consent from the Council. Do not be fooled – either of these processes could set us back, however, we hope and pray it is plain sailing up ahead. Once we have received a faculty we will need to arrange a cost of the proposed plan from a Quantity Surveyor and then we will be able to begin thinking about funding for these developments.
Thank you to all who have given of their time, thrown ideas around, walked around the property at Christ Church, measured, dreamed, commented.
Please note: this is a parish project – not a Christ Church project. It will enable the whole parish to come together for activities i.e. parish lunches, dinners and other functions.
Ross Lynch
Ross and Laura are very grateful for all the prayers and messages of support following Ross’s accident with a horse. He is recovering well at home now. Love, Laura & Ross
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