Parish News

It seems that the community group have agreed to try to purchase the Knox buildings and have submitted an offer to PCANZ. We await further developments.

We have continued our third Sunday visit to other churches. This month we worshipped with St Pauls in Kaikoura as they farewelled their minister, Alistair McNaughton.

Coffee and Dessert – book this date in your diary. Monday December 4 at 7pm in Knox Hall. Come and share in the Christmas thoughts and carols

Judy Grigor


Nov 5th 11am Knox
  12th 10am Cafe Service
  19th   No Service
  26th 10am ST Johns

St Andrews

October has been a dreadful month for our Church Community, with the death of Martin Spray, and the departure of Jim and Dawn Kelly.

Martin was always cheerful, always helpful and available when things needed to be done, and his absence will be felt for some time to come. Martin had been a member of the Mission and Management Team for many years, as had been Jim Kelly, and they will be difficult to replace. The number of people at Martin’s funeral proved how active and well liked he had been in the community.

The departure of Jim and Dawn Kelly to Christchurch has left another great hole in our congregation. Dawn had been an active President of the Women’s Fellowship for several years, and Jim a staunch member of the Mission & Management Team. They were enthusiastic members of our Games Evenings, and their laughter will be sadly missed.

The Communion Service this month was quite different from our usual format and took the form of a Cafe. The Rev Nancy Jean explained that in her opinion the usual Communion Service had become too institutionalised, and a change would make us pause and think, which is exactly what it did do. We broke the bread and fish, and drank the wine, at a table with friends, which felt so much more realistic, so thanks to the Rev Nancy Jean for trying something different. Trevor Chambers.

Trevor Chambers.


Nov 5th 9.30am St Andrews
  12th 9.30am St Andrews
  19th 9.30am Holy Innocents - Combined
  26th 9.30am St Andrews


The Spring Service was very successful - thank you to the Catholic people in particular Monica Lilley.

Please keep Friday evening 9th and Saturday morning 10th November free for discussions with Barry Ayres and his wife about the future of our parishes. More details later.

We are entertaining the Eastern parishes from Christchurch on the 7th January 2018 for a service and lunch. More details about that later too.

We are responsible for the Carol Service this year - any ideas?


Nov 5th 9am St James
  12th 10am Waikari - Anglican
  19th 10am St James
  26th 10am St James