FIRST CHURCH, MARTINBOROUGH Cnr Weld and Jellicoe Streets Martinborough
Minister: Rev Dr Jim Veitch, Local Contact: Rosemary Ward 306 8117
Church Newsletter September / October 2017
Founders’ Day Service – Sunday, 3 September: We are pleased to remember the early settlers of our district who established First Church and Burnside almost 150 years ago. A light lunch will be served after the 10.00 am service at First to sustain the Minister and those who wish to travel down to Burnside for the 1.30pm service there. If you would like a ride down to Burnside please ring Margaret Griffiths – Tel: 306 8102.
Tirohana Lunch: Come and join us for lunch at Tirohana Estate Ltd on the third Wednesday of the month - ie 20th September and 18th October. Toby and his staff offer a delicious menu at a very reasonable price. Enquiries to Val Johns – Tel: 306 9404.
Kirk Fair: On Saturday, 14th October at First Church Hall in Weld Street, Martinborough is set to host the Kirk Fair. This year baking and preserves, produce, bric-a-brac, furniture, books, children’s stall, etc., etc., will be available. Donations of baking and preserves would be very welcome or sugar and butter if this suits better. Mary Smith is the convenor of this year’s Fair – Tel: 306 9594 for any enquiries.
Moderator’s Visit: The Right Rev Richard Dawson, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand, visited the Wairarapa early in August. His visit was timed to encourage and support the Crossways Churches in Masterton viz St Luke’s Union Church and Lansdowne Presbyterian Church as they approach the decision to join together. The weekend was spent in opportunities to meet and socialise with the Moderator. Rosemary Ward and Margaret Griffiths, representing First Church, attended a café style service at St Luke’s on the Sunday morning where his message to us all was “to get to know Jesus”. As the Moderator wished to visit churches in the South Wairarapa, Rev Bobby Kusilifu arranged to accompany him to Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough. Rosemary and Margaret had the pleasure of sharing with him the history of First and Burnside. A trip down the valley began with lunch at Lake Ferry, a visit to Burnside Church (which Richard likened to The Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo), arriving back in Martinborough in plenty of time for him to drive over the hill to catch a 6.30pm flight back to Dunedin. The weather was kind and the Moderator impressed with the history and beauty of the area.
L to R Rod Fleury, Rev Bobby Kusilifu, Right Rev Richard Dawson, Rosemary Ward, Audrey Fleury