12 – 14 March 2021 – Palm Grove Christian Camp, Paraparaumu
Please put this date in your diary now!
We have booked a speaker and are organising a kids programme for our Camp.  Don’t worry – you wont be staying in tents!  We will be  spending time together, listening to God and enjoying the beautiful surrounds and optional activities just 45 mins from Wellington. 
Accommodation is in cabins/rooms that sleep 4-6 people. Catering is provided and there are heaps of activities to do on site including a 90mtr waterslide, archery, orienteering etc, as well as having easy access to Paraparaumu.
The cost  estimate at this stage is $120 Adult, $90 primary age, $45 pre-schooler, which is great value as it includes all your food.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to all spend a couple of days together, learning and growing in faith and having fun.

The Parish Dinner is on tomorrow night!
For those attending the dinner, a few things to note:
Arrival Time: 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start.
Dress up is optional but there will be a prize for best costume and best dressed table.
We will be setting up tables and chairs from 1.00pm on Saturday. If you have strong muscles, and you can lend a hand, please join us.
Table hosts – tables will be available to dress from 3.00pm.

Who is God prompting you to invite?
Pick up invites from the church foyer on Sunday.

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
AYM Youth Church is back up and running on Sunday evenings.
This is a fantastic Anglican initiative, full of energy and passion, for young people to experience worship, to engage with Jesus and other young people.

We are holding a working bee at St Mary’s on Saturday 15 August, which also happens to be St Mary’s Patronal Festival.
Tasks include: lawn mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, tree trimming, lowering the trees to the top of the fence line to the east of ECEC, pew and bench seat sanding and staining, fence painting, delivery of wood mulch and firewood to deserving parishioners, taking foliage to the landfill, raking leaves and preparing morning tea for 10.30am. Bring gloves, ear and eye protection.
If you are interested in joining the ‘working bee’ team, please contact Mike Scrivener for more details:

Last Sunday at 12 noon we held an information session on progress with our New Build.  We talked about the:

  • Vision for the project.
  • Project timeline.
  • Soft play/café and counselling activities.
  • Design. 
  • Cost estimates and funding.  

We are currently awaiting tenders from builders who will work with us and the architects to develop the detailed design of the buildings. 

Fundraising continues in order for us to be able to complete the entire project in one go, with a decision about whether we need to phase the building work being made by November this year depending on the outcome of our fundraising efforts.  

We expect to see some site preparation work occurring around the end of this year with building work starting in earnest early in 2021. It is exciting to see this project and the amazing opportunities it creates to connect into our Community becoming real.  There will be further progress updates in the Newsletter and once a month we’ll set up a building information table in the Gathering Area after each service so you can ask questions and get more information about where the project is up to. 

Please keep this project in your prayers, for funding, selecting the right building contractor and for finding the right hospitality partner for the cafe.  

Interested in Purchasing a Pew?
At our AGM the Parish decided to relocate and sell the pews currently stored on our grounds. The ways of doing this included offering them to Parishioners for purchase.
The grass has been growing under the pews for long enough so we have moved quickly and are now working with a furniture maker to assess how to best realise the value the pews represent and expect in a few weeks to be able to advise indicative pricing, options for customisation and have some sample pews for presentation to Parishioners and the wider market.
It is encouraging that the furniture maker reinforced the scarcity and high value of the pews.
If you are interested in purchasing a pew, please register your interest by emailing Heidi in the church Office 
That way we can keep you informed of progress, options and pricing.

A few parishioners have recently had their KAC giving receipts rejected by IRD. If this has affected you, please contact Heidi in the office and she will provide you with a replacement receipt printed on KAC letterhead.

We will be cleaning up and reorganising storage inside of the church to be much smarter and more efficient.

Our pastoral manager Wendy Davidson is on leave until August.
If you require any pastoral care or you have a query or concern regarding pastoral care, please contact: Heather Coster – mobile: 021593413 or email:
For any other queries please speak to Heidi at the church office.

Thanks to all you wonderful people who have helped to fill up the Manna Ministry freezer! If you have not yet had a chance to make some meals, containers are available to pick up from the church foyer after our services.