Newsletter February 2020






Very best wishes to you all for 2020.

May you be mindful of God’s presence with you throughout the year and my hope is that this will bring you comfort and peace.   Yes a little different greeting but it comes with a good deal of sadness about the end of 2019 for several people in our Parish and I would like to acknowledge these dedicated parishioners and the contribution that they made to our Parish.  It is so strange after so many years to not see Alan Easton in his usual seat each Sunday.  Alan along with Val had been very long-standing parishioners.   Anne Gardner was a parishioner for several years and she certainly threw herself into the life of the Parish, Op Shop, Mothers’ Union, Women’s Fellowship, supporter of social events and active in worship.   Then there are our two Johns.   John Ronaldson is sorely missed for his faithful and dedicated contribution to the music at our 8am services, funerals, weddings and special events.   John was a gifted organist who will be long remembered by us all.  John Allen brought a cheerfulness, great mind and determination to leave the world a better place for future generations.  He and I were not a good combination as we both tended to get carried away with ideas and plans which resulted in a flow of many emails and ideas.  He related so well to the children and I know he is fondly remembered by them all.   You achieved that goal John, even if not as much as we all would have hoped but you did enhance a love of creation and understanding of nature in the young people who were privileged to have you share some of your time and knowledge with them.

The Parish is a better place for the contributions that all of these people have made to the life and ministry of the Parish and for their lives and work among us we give thanks to God.

They have left some big shoes to fill, as have some of our people who are moving on from ministries they have exercised so well in our Parish.   Richard Anderson is one who has served us all with wonderful breakfasts over many years.   To me this was a great ministry as we have so few opportunities when our 8am and 9.30 congregations come together.   Our very grateful thanks to Richard, Diane and their family for the way they have contributed to the Parish.   I am hoping that there may be 4 people who will put their hand up to oversee a breakfast each during the year.  It would be great to continue these on the 5th Sunday of the month.   My thanks also to all those who have assisted in any way with these breakfasts especially Lin Broad and Dianne Foulkes who have assisted this year.

To add to the challenges we have a number of people in the Parish who are unwell and I do ask that we all hold these people in our prayers.

I hope that you have all had some opportunities to relax and prepare for our new year which again looks busy and filled with a number of projects under consideration.  You will find some reports on these later in the Messenger.

Our first task must be to prepare for Lent.  A season in the church year when we are called to look at our lives, our commitment and those things that we would be best to not carry into our future.   Our services during Lent will help us with this.   We will be running a study group entitled  Another Story Must Begin by Jonathan Meyer which is based on the book and movie Les Misérables.   You are all invited to an evening when we will watch the movie on Friday 21 February and then those who choose to will have the opportunity to come together to discuss characters and themes over the season of Lent.   There are more details later in the Messenger.

I am very pleased that parishioners from Bombay/Pokeno, Tuakau and Waiau Pa are contributing to our food bank as we try to meet the needs of people in the old Franklin geographical area.  It was a great help to have some of the hampers that we had donated and goods from our food bank delivered by the other local parishes to people living in their areas.   I am very grateful to the members of the Women’s Institute, TrailLite Motor Homes and the Lionesses who enabled us to enhance Christmas for approximately 24 people in addition to the 30 Angel Tree gifts bought by parishioners that were for children with a parent in prison.   The Lionesses’ contribution also went to these people.

We do have the privilege of living in a very loving, caring and supportive community that truly shows the compassion that Christ asks of us all.

God Bless you all and may you have a holy reflective Lenten Season.




2 February

Children aged 3 and over are welcome.

We would appreciate offers of help with Sunday School on a regular or occasional basis.

    Rest Homes and Hospitals   

Palms Rest Home            10.30am    Tuesday 4 February

Franklin Village               10.30am    Date TBC

Palms Hospital                11am         Tuesday 11 February

Lakeside Rest Home       10.30am    Wednesday 12 February

Pukekohe Hospital         10.30am    Wednesday 19 February

Possum Bourne Village   11am         Tuesday 25 February                


February Bible Readings


Date 2 February
First 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
Gospel Matthew 5: 1-12
Theme Blessed

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Date 9 February
First 1 Corinthians 2: 1-12
Gospel Matthew 5: 13-20
Theme Shine

5th Sunday after Epiphany

Date 16 February
First 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9
Gospel Matthew 5: 21-37
Theme Grow

6th Sunday after Epiphany

Date 23 February
First Exodus 24: 12-18
Gospel Matthew 17: 1-9
Theme Sent

Last Sunday after Epiphany


Reflecting in February – from Seasons of the Spirit
February Theme Reading Thought for week Personal reflection
2nd Blessed Matthew 5:1–12 Recalling what God has done on our behalf and the teachings of what it means to be a disciple of Christ helps us to reimagine what the world ought to look like, how the world ought to operate, and how we, as followers of Christ, can be a blessing to those we encounter in our lives Jesus asks us to re-image what the world has taught about the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots, the powerful and the powerless. It is up to us to be sure that Jesus’ teachings are realized in the here and now – to be liberators for those oppressed by society’s notions of “blessed.”

Look closely at the way the media and pop culture portray the “#blessed” in today’s world. For every news item you read about society’s blessed, find a story about Jesus’

9 th Shine Matthew 5:13–20 We listen to Jesus’ affirmation that we are salt and light; and Isaiah and the psalmist have us consider what it means to “practice righteousness” as we live out the heart of our faith. Salt and light – symbols of life that call us to remember the importance of God’s covenant with God’s people. God’s law preserves community (like salt), and disciples show the message of God’s love to the world (like light).

Think of someone who you would characterize as being salt and light to the world. What one thing might you do this week to emulate them?

16th Grow Matthew 5:13 – 20 This week’s texts call us to expand our view and work together toward a common purpose; and Jesus’ pointed, deeper questions in the Sermon on the Mount invite us to the heart of daily living with him. Jesus shows us how we can live closer to God’s ways and truly love one another. He gives us the examples of coming to terms with our anger with another, being principled in our relationships, and being true to our oaths and promises to one another. These matters of the heart and matters of the spirit turn us inward to seek the meaning of not only who, but whose we are.

Reach out to a friend or family member with whom you’ve had a disagreement or with whom you are angry right now. Allow love to guide your conversations.

23rd Sent Matthew 17:1- 19 The Season After the Epiphany closes with the disciples witnessing Jesus’ holy encounter on a mountain. The Transfiguration is an awesome moment in scripture. With the disciples, we are witnesses to Jesus’ light. In the Season After the Epiphany we’ve journeyed with Jesus as he lived the light of God’s love among us. As this season draws to a close, we’re challenged to carry that light forward.

Look for the transformations happening around you. What is changing in nature? What is changing in your relationships with friends or family? How are you changing and how have you been changed during the Season After the Epiphany?

Another story must begin

by Jonathan Meyer

A Lent course based on the film, novel and stage production of Les Misérables.

Through discussion of some of the themes and principal characters of this epic narrative, the course explores the grace of God, alongside our fallen state and opportunities for redemption.   It asks us to reassess what we can do with our lives, both for ourselves and those around us.

Week 1 – The Characters Fantine and Cosette

Responding to poverty and those in need.

Week 2 – The Bishop of Digne

A prayerful man formed by experience.  The sharing of bread and wine and an outpouring of grace.

Week 3 – Jean Valjean.   Degradation.

The disarming effect of grace.   Battles of conscience.

Week 4 – Javert

Duty to the law.  The way of the Lord?

Week 5 – Redemption and Salvation

Bring us home.   Who am I?



 ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – 1pm Wednesday 26 February

INDOOR EASTER DISPLAY – in the Meeting room from Saturday 28 March

OUTDOOR EASTER GARDEN DISPLAY – with labyrinth on vicarage lawn from Saturday 28 March

QUIET DAY AT ST ANDREW’S PUKEKOHE – led by Rev’d Irene Brodie, on Saturday 28 March ~ 10am to 3pm


PASSOVER MEAL – Thursday 9 April followed by foot washing and Eucharist



11am ~ February 23

(after morning tea)

Fun and games on the lawn before a shared pancake lunch.

Pancakes will be provided.

Please bring a savoury or sweet filling to share.

If you are willing to make some pancakes for the event please can you let me know.




Saturday 22 February

Pukekohe parish is hosting a significant Diocesan event, a Sustainability Champion’s workshop. This will be building on the work of John Allen who initiated much of the work on a Zero Carbon Plan for the Diocese.

The event is being organised by the Diocesan Zero Carbon Plan collaboration group (Anglican Climate Action Network, ADJust and the Auckland Social Justice Group which I convene). Up to three people from each parish/ministry unit throughout the diocese are being invited to come to Pukekohe for this all-day workshop.

The purpose of this first workshop is to present the draft Diocesan Zero Carbon Plan and to gather insights and ideas from around the diocese. This is also an opportunity to establish a network between those passionate about climate justice within the Auckland Diocese and to share stories of what is working and where resourcing or support is helpful.

The event will cover:
• Context and story of why sustainability champions are needed
• Guest speaker Biblical Scholar: Emily Colgan – The Climate Crisis through a Biblical lens
• Diocesan Zero Carbon Plan – brainstorming and contributing
• Looking at our carbon footprint
• Sustainability projects of the Pukekohe Parish
• Story sharing what is happening already in ministry units and resources to support the work
• Optional visit to the Franklin Food Forest from 4.00pm to 4.40pm (less than 5 mins drive from church) – / and

Can you help with this event by billeting out-of-towners?

This may be for Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd (or both)

If you can provide beds please get in touch with Vicky Mee (phone 238 1045 or 021 1168948 or email


Please speak to Jan about any of these ministries that you would be willing to assist with.

  • Co-ordinating a Parish breakfast
  • Assisting with a Parish breakfast
  • Helping with church flower arranging. The list of people helping with this has dramatically decreased. We are lucky having some people who are willing to attend to the flowers but there is a desperate need for some more people to join the roster.




This will follow the 9.30 am service

(hopefully starting around 11am)

We need to appoint

Our vestry

People’s warden

Synod representative

Please give some consideration to these tasks and complete nomination forms.   These will be available at the back of the church at the beginning of March.


Reports for the AGM need to be in to the office by Friday 14 February if they need typing, otherwise sent electronically by email to the church office by Tuesday 18 February. These will be published in the March Messenger.  Please try to collect your Messenger and try to read the reports before the AGM meeting.




Following the confirmation of partial funding from the Lotteries heritage fund and the balance being available from St Andrew’s Trust reserves, we have now signed a contract with a firm of specialist Structural/Seismic Consultant engineers, Lough Associates, who are based on the North Shore. They were recommended to us as they have experience in buildings with similar structures to ours, including other churches. Their proposed fee was lower than that submitted by a second possible company who are located in Christchurch which makes site visits costly.

Lough Associates will now carry out the next step in the process, which is to study the existing building structure, produce a computer model, and then use this information to identify the present seismic performance of the building. They will then identify potential ways of strengthening the structure to improve the performance of the building.

Provisional estimates will then be developed for the various options for us to consider and to inform our decision making on how far to seek to strengthen the building.

The report is expected to be completed towards the end of March. Once the report is received, we can make a decision on what level of strengthening we wish to achieve. The next step will be to carry out the detailed design work required for the chosen option which will produce the necessary drawings and specifications that can then be provided to Council when seeking the required approvals and also given to potential building contractors to prepare formal bids.

On receipt of the report we will have a reasonably accurate idea of the total costs for the works (plus internal refurbishment after the structural upgrading) and will therefore know what the target should be for fund raising for the project.

A further update will be provided after the report has been received and considered.

Richard Gibbons         

January 2020



Thank you to Judith and Alistair Parke for their commitment and service to the Op Shop.  We are all very grateful for the many hours they have put into this ministry.

Gillian McFadden has taken over this role and I am very grateful for her willingness to take on this role supported by Jane Greenwood.  A huge thank you to all of the team who assist in the Op Shop.

Because of the increase of stock and work conditions in the store room it is necessary for us to find additional storage especially for the out-of-season goods. To this end vestry are looking at installing a new building in the place of the current garden shed. The garden shed will then be relocated closer to the gardens. The intention of the additional building is to store summer stock over winter and vice versa.


We are building up our sustainability team and this currently includes, Jocelyn Brodie, Rowena Mara and Lois Allen from our initial gardening group. Added to this group are Pauline Brown, Keith Gardner, Vicky Mee, Matt Paul (arborist who managed the tree removal and the pruning of the oak trees) and Dianne Smith who is looking at the potential of assisting with the “grow your own food” courses.


One of the seats in the garden recently collapsed when someone sat on it.   For health and safety reasons the seats need to be replaced as they have deteriorated past the point where they can be restored.   We are hoping to have these replaced before the garden is opened to the public when the Easter display and labyrinth are in place.


A defibrillator is in the process of being installed by the office door. This has been donated by the Pukekohe Rotary Club and is most appreciated, especial with the number of people using the premises.



Vicar:              The Rev’d Jan Wallace 2387723 Home

2387228 Office            0274-521-366 mob.




Wardens          Pauline Brown 2389335 Neville Phillips 2385221

Synod Reps          Vicky Mee               Alistair Parke        

Vestry members Jocelyn Brodie,  Renton Brown, Alison Dyer,

Glenis Kerr, Philip Meyer,  Alistair Parke (Secretary)

Buckland Rep.             Jim Moore


Parish Ministry Team

Vestry Wardens                       9.30am  Service Glenis Kerr

Family  Gael Crimmins           Communications     Cecily Daroux

Mission Pauline Taylor   Sustainability  John Allen  Community  –  Vicky Mee

Education, Worship, Pastoral Care Jan Wallace

8.00am Service and Op Shop Alistair and Judith Parke



Treasurer        Philippa O’Mara

Central Vestry Trust Board Treasurer  Ros Phillips

Parish Recorder          Keith Gardner (Parish Envelope Scheme)

Parish Office   Sylvia Gardner

Hours              Monday to Friday  9.00am—12.00pm

Address           43 Queen St  P.O.  Box 338 Pukekohe

Phone              2387228

e.mail address


Op Shop         9am to 12 noon  Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday


Regular Worship  Times

St Andrew’s   8.00am & 9.30am  Holy Communion

1st Sunday        11.15am   Holy Communion (Nora Brown Hall)

1st Wednesday 10.00am  Holy Communion

St Paul’s Buckland

2nd & 4th Sundays     11.15am  Holy Communion


Health and Safety Policy

A copy of the Parish Health and Safety Policy along with the processes required for the implementation of the policy is currently available on the shelf at the back of the church, published on our website or available from the parish office.


An evacuation plan is in each area for the church and complex.


Reid Anderson Hall :  Assembly area is the car park adjoining the hall unless the location of the emergency situation is on the south wall preventing evacuation on that side of the building.  In this case the assembly area is on the road frontage in front of the church.


Nora Brown Hall :  Assembly area is on the road frontage in front of the church or on the vicarage lawn depending on the location of the emergency situation.

Other rooms in the complex Assembly area move to the vicarage lawn.


St Andrew’s Church :  Assembly area is on the road frontage at the front of the church.


St Paul’s Church :  Assembly area is on the road frontage at the front of the church.

First aid kits and accident reporting sheets are located :

  1. Reid Anderson – In the cupboard over the small hand basin, by the back door in the kitchen.
  2. Nora Brown – on the shelf above the microwave. Record sheets are next to the microwave.
  3. Parish office – 2nd to top shelf on left side in the back room. The office is locked when unattended.


Forms are to be completed as soon as the accident has been dealt with.

Treatment including resources that are used are to be recorded on the sheet.



Community Programmes at Pukekohe Anglican Church — PUKEKOHE COMMUNITY ACTION


For the older members

of the community living alone
Tues & Thurs from 9.30am

 for you and babyA group for first-time mums and their babies



An after-school group held at 4pm on Thursdays

for children who have experienced a significant loss or grief in their lives.

Adult programme 7pm


Music & Coffee group

A natural progression from

Space for
pre-school children

Mon & Fri 9.15am


Sunday School     9.30am         (Children aged 3 years up)

Seasons                 4 pm             Thursday afternoons during term time

Oasis Music/        9.30am         Monday & Friday during term time

     Coffee Group                       All preschoolers and caregivers welcome

Selwyn Group       9.15am        Tuesday & Thursday

Op Shop      9am~12 noon        Wednesday, Friday & Saturday


Vicar:                    The Rev’d Jan Wallace             238-7723   Home

238-7228   Office                       0274-521-366   Mob



Wardens             Pauline Brown  021-1823703      Glenis Kerr  238-5136

Synod Reps       Vicky Mee                                                     

Vestry members Alistair Parke (Secretary), Jocelyn Brodie, Renton Brown, Richard Gibbons, Philip Meyer, Neville Phillips, Philip Watson, Karen Stevens (Treasurer)

Buckland Rep.  Jim Moore, Vicky Mee

Parish Ministry Team

Vestry Wardens                       9.30 am  Service       Glenis Kerr

Family   Gael Crimmins                Communications     Cecily Daroux

Community  Vicky Mee                 Sustainability          


Education, Worship, Pastoral Care   Jan Wallace

8am  Service     Alistair and Judith Parke


Treasurer               Karen Stevens                               

Central Vestry Trust Board Treasurer  Ros Phillips

Parish Recorder  Keith Gardner (Parish Envelope Scheme)

Parish Office        Noeline Craighead

Office Hours         Monday to Friday  |  9.30am ~ 12.30pm

Address                  43 Queen St, PO Box 338, Pukekohe

Phone                     09-238-7228

Email address

Op Shop                 9am ~ 12 noon  |  Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Regular Worship  Times

St Andrew’s

8am & 9.30am    Holy Communion

1st  Sunday          11.15am              Holy Communion  (Nora Brown Hall)

1st  Wednesday    10am                    Holy Communion

St Paul’s Buckland  |  2nd & 4th Sundays     11.15am    Holy Communion



2 February

Children aged 3 and over are welcome


Wednesday 5 February

Church at 10am then morning tea in the Parish lounge

All Welcome


11am ~ Sunday 23 February

(after morning tea)

Fun and games on the lawn then a shared pancake lunch


Thursday 20 February           

Meet in the Church for Eucharist service at 11am then go to Yum Cha for lunch at 12 noon
Anyone is very welcome

If you would like to join us contact Sonia 238-8252 or Jan 0274-521366


Saturday 22 February


Sunday 15 March

about 11am (after the 9.30am service)


Volunteers are required to help in the Op Shop

Please contact Jan Wallace


Locally owned and operated

since 1978

Contact Eve Murphy

89 King Street, Pukekohe

09-237 0013

 DK Concrete

Floors  |  Driveways  Footpaths  |  Patios etc

 Daniel Kircher

Ph. 021-066 8356











Franklin Long Roofing Ltd

Franklin Road Pukekohe

Phone 2389249 or

After Hours 2380027

HALLIWELL’S of Pukekohe

Stockists of Fine Quality Leather Shoes

81 King St Pukekohe, Phone 238 7686