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The Bishop announced on Sunday 26th January that The Reverend Leslie Steel will conclude his ministry in the Parish of Wellsford at Easter, and thus retire from active licensed ministry.

Leslie has offered 54 years of ordained service to the Church in New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He has had an amazing range of experiences in all sorts of contexts. For the last four years he has been Priest in Charge at Wellsford. We thank God for Leslie’s ministry and wish him and Elaine well in the next phase of their life.


It was also announced on Sunday 2nd February that The Reverend Dianne Hawken will conclude her ministry in the Paparoa Parish, and retire from stipendiary ministry, at the end of April.

Dianne was ordained in 2007, and served initially as a NSM in Warkworth Parish. In 2012 she took up her role as Co-Priest-in-Charge of Paparoa in partnership with Colleen and Richard Binns. Dianne has had responsibility for the eastern side of the parish, centred on Mangawhai. The new church has been completed and consecrated during her time there. We thank Dianne for her ministry and pray God’s blessing on her and Kevin.
Lent to Easter

The journey to Easter will begin with Ash Wednesday on March 5th – we will
provide details of services in later bulletins.
It is traditional to spend time in Lent reflecting on our faith journey either
individually or within groups. In order to begin preparation for this Jan is
offering a couple of options:
You may like to consider reading ‘The Hour That Changes
Everything’ – How worship forms us into the people God calls
us to be. This book is designed as a 50 day journey for
individuals, small groups and congregations and is a journey
into a deeper, more empowering relationship with God that
flows from a vibrant and committed discipline of worship.
It can be purchased online in the following formats: Kindle,
ePub or PDF for $9.99 US$ or a hard copy can be purchased from Amazon
$15.50 US$. To order any of these go to sacredise.com and look under
This book is available for individual and small group use, a sample of the book
is available in the foyer of Christ Church.
Or: David Guthrie’s books are available as follows:
‘John in Lent’ which begins in the fourth week before Lent - 9th February - cost $15. The other book available is “Lent Challenge”, based around the book of Jeremiah, also $15.
Please let Jan know if you would like any of these books, or help to work out how to download “The Hour that Changes Everything” or if you would like to be part of a small group during Lent, write your name on the clipboard in the foyer.
Rev'd Rob Varty
Next Sunday, 19th January, we welcome back Rev’d Rob Varty and wife Kate from France. Rob will be officiating at some services while he is here.
Morning and Evening Daily Prayers

Taken from the New Zealand Prayer Book

Due to the wonders of modern technology the above services are available

online – go to david.guthrie.net.nz/podstream.xml – you will also need to

make sure you have ITunes downloaded onto your computer – if you haven’t

got Itunes it is easy to download – google Itunes and follow the download instructions and it is free.



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