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May God bless you with           tears to shed for those who
                                                                                                                              February 2009        St John’s in the City, Presbyterian Church
discomfort at easy answers,      suffer from pain, rejection,
half truths, and superficial     starvation and war so that      8 March
relationships, so that you       you may reach out your hand     Quarterly Communion                 Do We Ever Really Belong to a Church?
may live deep within your        to comfort them and turn
                                                                                                  Week by week some may identify little that       and develop relationships with others.
heart.                           their pain into joy.
                                                                 1 April                          distinguishes the church community from a        Together we recognise that in Christ we have
May God bless you with           And may God bless you                                            voluntary club or community organisation.
                                                                 Session Meeting                                                                   an ongoing mandate toward welcome and
anger at injustice, oppression   with enough foolishness to                                       The reality of our existence is very different   hospitality. In his openness and table sharing
and exploitation of people,      believe that you can make a                                      and far more significant.                        with others Jesus leaves us in no doubt that God
so that you may work for         difference in this world, so    5 April                          Above all else, each of us belongs to Christ     enjoys and cherishes authentic relationships.
justice, freedom and peace.      that you can do what others
                                                                 Palm Sunday                      (1 Corinthians 3:23). We have been reminded      Wanting to deepen the way we live our
May God bless you with           claim cannot be done.
                                                                                                  of this through all the baptisms we have         expressions of welcome and hospitality is
                                                                                                  celebrated at St John’s                                              what lies behind
                                                                 7 April 11:00am                  in recent weeks.                                                     the    initiative of
                                                                 Women’s Association              These        wonderful                                               the Pastoral Care
                                                                 Easter Service                   celebrations are a                                                   Committee          to
                                                                                                  response to God’s                                                    encourage us all to
                                                                                                  grace, and formally                                                  journey this year
                                                                 10 April 10:00am
                                                                                                  mark our belonging                                                   with the theme of
                                                                 Good Friday Service              within the church.                                                   ‘Belonging’.
                                                                                                  If the church can be
                                                                                                  compared to a living                                                     Last year’s theme was
                                                                 12 April                                                                                                  The Year of the Good
                                                                                                  tree, then in baptism
                                                                 Easter Day                       we are grafted into                                                      Shepherd and, while
                                                                                                  that tree, share in the                                                  some in 2009 are going
                                                                      St John’s in the City       life of that tree and                                                    with The Year of the
                                                                      Presbyterian Church         add to its totality.                                                     Ox – at St John’s we
                                                                  Corner Willis & Dixon Sts       Every time someone                                                       are having The Year
                                                                          p: 385 1546             is baptised, the whole church changes for the                            of Belonging.
St John’s Youth Group at the Parachute Festival 2009            e: info@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz   better by their inclusion.                       This theme will help us intentionally live
                                                                 www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz                                                       more relationally; among other aspects of
                                                                                                  Together we are a unique community on the
                                                                                                  basis that we have been called together and      church life, welcoming and hospitality will be
                                                                     Views expressed in                                                            encouraged by way of shared meals, social
                                                                                                  made as one in the name of Christ. (Galatians
                                                                   The Messenger do not                                                            occasions, visiting and caring for each other.
                                                                                                  3:28)
                                                                 necessarily reflect those of                                                      We will explore a range of practical and
                                                                    St John’s in the City.        Of course, prior to baptism most people are      tangible ways by which we live as the People
                                                                                                  involved in a church community. We may be a      of Christ.
                                                                                                  member of a family that belongs to the church,
                                                                                                  or we may come along to regular gatherings       Rev Allister Lane
E           d           i          t           o            r          i          a            l   The Changing of the Guard
I have long been fascinated      Sir George Troup tells of a       and minister responsible
by brass plaques. The few,       person dedicated to public        for a number of important During worship on Sunday              but two vacancies. In fact      on a government cadetship.
carefully chosen words and       service. He was mayor of          portfolios at the time.          15 February a grateful         about 30% of her time as        Paul met recently graduated
quotes hint at the character     Wellington. Another plaque,        Another                 plaque congregation      had     the   session clerk has been during   medical doctor, Louise Boyd.
of the person that they are      this one at Wellington            commemorates              Bruce opportunity     to    express   a vacancy. In all this Muriel   They were married in St
commemorating.         During    Airport indicates another         Fowler. Mr Fowler has            appreciation to Session        has carried the affairs of      John’s in 1988 and it has been
the summer holidays I            aspect of Troup’s life, that      recently featured in two Clerk Muriel Ewan for 10               the church selflessly, with     our good fortune that they
was wandering through            of visionary. Whilst mayor        books on World War One: years sterling service in this          good humour and with an         have made Wellington their
Christchurch and I came upon     he was instrumental in the        Sandy Callister’s ‘The Faces demanding role.           Muriel   unwavering commitment to        home. The Ramsay children;
a plaque on a building near      establishment of the fledgling    Of War’ and Glyn Harper’s        ‘retires’ from session at a    what is best for St John’s.     Daniel, Matthew, Emma,
the centre of the city. Upon     Wellington Airport. He was        ‘Images of War’. Both books time when the congregation          Muriel certainly is deserving   James and Sarah have been
inspecting it I was interested   also an architect of note.        feature the same sequence is in good heart. The fact that       of the accolades and            enthusiastic and popular
to learn that the plaque         The extraordinarily ornate        of photos. They show we are owes much to Muriel’s               thanks from an appreciative     members of whatever group
commemorated the spot            Dunedin Railway Station           Mr Fowler’s horrific facial excellent stewardship of            congregation.                   they have belonged to from
where the first Presbyterian     is testament to his creative      wounds suffered while on the church. Muriel and Rob                                             crèche onwards.
                                                                                                                                   Now, the baton has been
service in Christchurch was      skills and earned him the         active duty in World War One became joint session clerks        passed to a new session         Paul has been on session
held. The year was 1853 and      nick name, “Gingerbread           and the remarkable results of in 1999. When their 3 year                                        since 2001 and is currently s
the officiating minister was     George”. Despite his busy         pioneering plastic surgery by term ended no successor                                           member of session executive
Rev. John Moir. This is the      professional and civic life       New Zealand born Sir Harold was forthcoming and so                                              and the Ministry Settlement
same John Moir who has a         Sir George Troup still found      Gillies. Following his return Muriel offered to continue                                        Board. Paul is a Director
brass plaque in St John’s, for   time to establish the Boys and    to New Zealand Bruce Fowler in the role. I don’t think that                                     of Equinox, a software
John Moir was the foundation     Girls Institute and the Bible     became a farmer and then she ever envisaged that this                                           development company. He is
minister of St John’s. He        Class Movement.                   ran a radio shop in Manners interim role would last for 7                                       also the company’s national
must have been busy in 1853.      Sir John Marshall is another     Street for 30 years. He also years. During this time Muriel                                     consulting manager. In what
Not only was it his first year   St John’s stalwart who            served the congregation of St has been the constant factor                                      little spare time he has Paul
as St John’s but he made         deservedly has a plaque on the    John’s faithfully and at length. while we have had 6 assorted                                   is a voracious reader and has
the potentially challenging      wall of the church. Sir John      He was an elder for 55 years, senior, assistant, associate                                      an impressive library in his
journey to Christchurch          was a member of St John’s         Sunday School superintendant and ‘locum’ ministers. Muriel             Paul Ramsay              Hataitai home.
to conduct the service on        from his time as a student        for 25 years and Session Clerk has been Session Clerk for
‘the last Sunday of October                                                                         around 110 session meetings,                                   With a busy family life and
                                 belonging to the Young Men’s      for 12 years.                                                   clerk; Paul Ramsay. We are
1853’.                                                                                              two Ministry Settlement                                        demanding        professional
                                 Bible class through his life of    We can learn much from                                         fortunate indeed to have
                                                                                                    Boards and has attended                                        responsibilities Paul and
 If you spend a little time      public service until he was       contemplating the brass                                         someone as capable and
                                                                                                    goodness knows how many                                        Louise can be assured of
looking at the commemorative     the elder statesman of New        plaques and the lives of                                        personable to fill the ‘large
                                                                                                    church related meetings. Of                                    congregational support and
plaques in the church you will   Zealand politics. A friend of     faith and resultant service                                     shoes’ of his predecessor.
                                                                                                    note is that Muriel has been                                   prayer as he takes on this
find it to be a worthwhile       mine tells the story of how,      that they represent. They are                                   Paul was raised and educated
                                                                                                    Session Clerk during those                                     additional responsibility.
exercise. The people that they   as a teenager, he wrote to Sir    inspirations to all of us.                                      in Oamaru. Paul came to
commemorate have much in         John asking him questions                                          most challenging times for     Wellington in 1981, like so     Rob Anderson
common for they are people       about his faith. My friend was                                     any congregation, not one      many other young people
whose lives personify service    thrilled to receive a gracious    Rob Anderson
to both their community and      and detailed reply. Sir John
their church. The plaque for     was Deputy Prime Minister
Parachute                         Music                 Festival                    ‘09 F r o m                                      t h e                  A r c h i v e s
Early one morning in late       whole weekend however          amazing man and we were          The relationship between St          Church in Willis Street. He         As Father O’Reily was
January about 35 keen young     was definately our very        incredibly lucky to have the     John’s and St Mary’s of The          had recently arrived from           returning     home         one
St John’s youth groupers        own Dave Dobbyn. He            opportunity to hear him.         Angels has always been a close       Scotland with his young             evening Thomas McKenzie
and leaders boarded 3           was a delight to both young    2004’s Victorian of the          one. The relationship started by     bride who made Fr O’Reily           mentioned that Saint John’s
vans – destination Mystery      and the not so young,          Year, Tim’s work as one          accident on a dark and windy         a hot drink of blackberry           Church would be without
Creek, Hamilton, for the        entertaining us all with a     of Australia’s top political     Wellington evening. It led to a      cordial while Thomas                a minister the following
19th annual Parachute           collection of number one       advisors alongside his work      relationship that blossomed and      repaired his lantern. From          Sunday. Father O’Reily
Christian music festival.       songs, including ‘Slice of     for global social justice        two churches have remained ‘good     that night onwards the              straightaway offered to take
After taking refuge in St       Heaven’ which turned into      have earned him the title        friends’ ever since. The following   two men were firm friends           the service. Mr McKenzie
Andrew’s church, Hamilton,      a 15,000-strong sing-along     of Officer of the Order of       extract is from “Apostle in          and regular visitors to each        asked the other elders if they
we arrived tired but excited    of the famous lyrics, “dah-    Australia. His talks drew our    Aotearoa, A Biography of             other’s homes. On Sunday            agreed, and, obtaining their
the next day, welcomed          dah-dah-bom-bom”.              lives into perspective with      Jeremiah Joseph Purcell O’Reily      evenings in winter they             consent, Father O’Reily
by a temperature of 30          While Dave Dobbyn was          the lives of those suffering     OFM, Wellington’s First              would talk by the fireside.         conducted the service. In
degrees and 25,000 other        the musical highlight of       injustice and poverty.           Catholic Pastor’, written by         The subject of discussion           no way at all did he diverge
parachutists. We were then      Parachute, many have           Parachute ’09 was a huge         Owen Sullivan and published in       was nearly always theological       from the usual Presbyterian
faced with the challenge        concluded that the real        success for Christian Music,     1977.                                and the debate usually went         service, and afterwards
of finding a campsite in        highlight was the range        for our youth group, and I                                            on into the small hours. In         many thanks were rendered
what is the largest Christian                                                                   A simple incident provided
                                and intellect of the various   truly believe it was a huge      the occasion for a lasting           summer the pattern varied           to him. This may well have
music festival outside of the   speakers     there.    Brian   success for the world too.                                            a little. Thomas would say,         been the only occasion in
United States.                                                                                  friendship between Fr
                                Houston, the founder of        We are blessed to have a         O’Reily and an elder of the          ‘Father, I’ll see you home’.        New Zealand’s history on
With our sleeping quarters      the worldwide Hillsong         festival like this in our tiny   Presbyterian church. One             Together they would slowly          which this happened. The
sorted and our bellies full     Church gave an inspirational   little country, and I know       wet, windy Sunday evening,           climb The Terrace. At Mount         McKenzie family returned
of muesli bars we set off to    talk on the tough times in     I speak on behalf of the         not very long after his arrival      Street the priest would say,        the compliment by regularly
explore the various stages      life which, after discussing   entire youth group when I        in Wellington, Fr O’Reily was        ‘Thomas, you’ve no lantern.         sending their two daughters
and stalls. Friday night, as    his talk in small groups, we   say we are hugely looking        returning to his presbytery.         I’ll take you to the corner         to sing in the choir in Fr
well as Saturday and Sunday     believed both challenged       forward to the music, fun,       A sudden gust of wind blew           or, like as not, you’ll fall into   O’Reily’s church. A relative
nights were packed full of      and encouraged us in our       and faith that Parachute         out his lantern, and in the          the stream.’ At the junction        of the McKenzie family,
local and world class acts      walk with God. The stand-      2010 will undoubtedly            darkness he bumped into              with Ghuznee Street the             Mrs Anastasia Coughlan
including Ben Lummis,           out speaker of the festival    bring.                           a young couple. Apologies            performance would start             was an Irishwoman from
the Parachute Band, and         was without a doubt Tim        Sam Bennett                      led to introductions and             all over again. One moonlit         Killarney. She and Fr
Casting     Crowns.     The     Costello, CEO of World                                          Fr O’Reily found himself             night, to Mrs McKenzie’s            O’Reily used to converse in
musical highlight of the        Vision Australia. He is an                                      invited to their home.               great amusement, she                Irish to the amusement of
                                                                                                Thomas Wilmor McKenzie               counted them walking up             the McKenzies.
                                                                                                was an elder at Saint John’s         and down The Terrace
                                                                                                                                     fourteen times!
                  St John’s Crossword
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    L       I              Y                                     R             confirmations (8)                            conveying the Gospel of Jesus to the
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      Baptisms and                                                                  Tribute to the                                                       Peg Hutchison
      Confirmations
Nothing does the heart of the                                                       Session Clerk                                                        It is with sadness that we
                                                                                                                                                         record the passing of Peg
congregation as much good as                                                        Graham Redding’s tribute to                                          Hutchison. Peg was a long
watching young people publicly                                                      out going Session Clerk, Muriel                                      standing member and elder of
profess their faith and become                                                      Ewan. Much of a church’s                                             Kelburn Presbyterian Church.
members of the church. The                                                          strength and vitality has                                            When Kelburn joined with St
Sunday of Waitangi weekend                                                          to do with the dedication                                            johns in 1993 Peg became an
was in many ways the family of                                                      and capability of its office                                         elder at St Johns. An auditor by
St John’s back together again                                                       bearers. In the Presbyterian                                         profession Peg had drive and
after the holiday period. St J’s                                                    Church ordering of church                                            enthusiasm. It was with this
kids were back in business, the                                                     life, the Session Clerk is                                           enthusiasm that she guided
Youth Group were back in force                                                      among the most important            Muriel Ewan                      the Kelburn congregation
reinvigorated by time spent at                                                      of office bearers. The title        insight. Nothing ever seemed     joining the Gapes family in
Parachute, the congregation were   Above: Confrimation service                      of Session Clerk suggests it        too much trouble. One cannot     paying for a room in Victoria
celebrating communion and                                                           is primarily an administrative      overstate how important          House dedicated to the life
after church there was a ‘buzz’    Below: The congregation enjoy a lunch together   role. But it is far more than       is the working relationship      and work of Mrs Muriel
among the congregation as they     following church on 8 February                   that. It is a leadership role: it   between Session Clerk and        Gapes.Peg had many interests
enjoyed the shared lunch soaking                                                    is a ministry role-especially       minister. In this regard I       including travel, bird life
up the courtyard sunshine as                                                        during a vacancy, when              was truly blessed during the     and improving the lives of
they chatted with friends.                                                          so much depends on the              course of my ministry at St      women. Our condolences go
The focus of the service in                                                         wisdom and energy of the            John’s. Thank you Muriel,        to Peg’s family and friends.
many ways was the baptism and                                                       Session Clerk. In this regard,      for all that you have given to   Lyn Pollock
confirmation of 8 members of                                                        Muriel has epitomised servant       St John’s in your capacity as
our Youth Group. Lulu Potts                                                         leadership. Throughout her          Session Clerk. Few people
and Jesse Boston were baptised                                                      tenure as Session Clerk she         realize just how demanding
and Grace Boston, Talia                                                             has served the congregation         the role has been. But as one
Carlisle, Lulu Callister-Baker,                                                     of St John’s extraordinarily        who worked closely with you
Rebecca Bullen, Timothy Galt                                                        well. Much has been asked           and saw something of the
and Matthew Herbertson were                                                         of her. During my time at St        cost I want to convey to you
confirmed. Allister Lane then                                                       John’s I came to appreciate         my own sincere thanks and
asked the congregationto do our                                                     greatly her wisdom, humour,         prayerful best wishes for the
part in supporting these young                                                      discretion, loyalty, vision and     future.
people. To the question “Do you                                                                                                                           Peg Hutchison
promise to guide and nurture
by word and deed, with love
and prayer, encouraging them
to know and follow Christ and
to be faithful members of the                                                       Left: Bruce and Anwyl Fowler
church?” there was an emphatic                                                      in the 1960s
“We do”.
Rob Anderson
                                                                                                       Taonga - Living Treasures
                                                                                                       St. John’s contains many treasures       nursing memory was nursing         Invariably women wore a hat
Church                            Annual                             Reports                           reflecting its heritage. However, it
                                                                                                       is the living treasures that provide
                                                                                                                                                emaciated soldiers who had
                                                                                                                                                returned    from    Japanese
                                                                                                                                                                                   and gloves. In the 1940s there
                                                                                                                                                                                   was a huge Bible Class. In
                                                                                                       the church with its unique fabric.       prisoner of war camps.             church the young people were
“Church annual reports” –         “The number of deaths in          is ample evidence that they
                                                                                                       I would like to begin a series on         Like so many before and after     segregated. They sat up in the
the words almost drip with        the Congregation during the       are being made “more than          our ‘living treasures’, people in                                           gallery, the boys on the left
boredom. But actually the         last year as, we regret to say,   conquerors” in their battle                                                 her Anwyl headed for London
                                                                                                       the congregation who, over time          and her OE in the early 1950s.     hand side and the girls on the
historic annual reports now       been unusually large. There       against exceptionally heavy        have contributed substantially to        She was away for two years.        right hand side. Many glances
available on our website often    follows a list of ten names,      odds. Session feels that there     the wider life of the church. It is      She remembers cheering at the      were exchanged across the
reveal something interesting.     concluding with The Young         is a definite call in these days   entirely appropriate that I begin this   top of her voice in a crowded      church. Some families literally
They show that in some ways       Men’s Bible Class lost two of     for all believing people to go     series with Anwyl Fowler.                London tube station when           had rented pews where they
                                                                                                                                                it was announced over the          would sit Sunday by Sunday.
our “new projects” such as        its members, Percy Webb and       forward in the confidence that     Anwyl Fowler
                                                                                                                                                public address system: “the        This could lead to interesting
the new Youth Service, are        John Wallace. To the former       God is leading us through this     The confirmation service on                                                 confrontations if people
part of a long tradition of       death came with awful             wilderness of material want                                                 New Zealander Hilary has
                                                                                                       8 February rekindled warm                conquered Mt Everest.” Anwyl       inadvertently sat in someone’s
projects to meet the same         suddenness while engaged at       to a day of better things.”        memories for one of St. John’s           watched Queen Elizabeth’s          rented pew. People tended
need-                             his ordinary business. To the     1932 Annual Report.                longest serving members,                 coronation procession from a       to sit in the same places.
                                  latter it came after months                                          Anwyl Fowler. Anwyl has                  stand in Parliament Square.        Mr Corkill (Joyce Darroch’s
“It was felt that something                                         Or more tragically:                clear memories of professing                                                father) was an obstetrician.
more should be done to            of suffering, borne with                                                                                       In 1963 Anwyl married Bruce
                                                                    “To our minister and his           her faith in a church service                                               He always sat in the back
get hold of the young men         patience and resignation. In                                                                                  Fowler. She retired from
                                                                    family has come great sorrow       when she was a young woman                                                  pew so that he could leave
connected with the Church,        the beginning of the year Mrs                                        of 18. What made it all the              nursing though continued           surreptitiously if his services
                                  Grace Hunter was married.         during the year in the loss of                                              to do private nursing. Anwyl
to bring them together for                                                                             more special for Anwyl was                                                  were required. Anwyl prefers
                                  In the end she died and left      their only son and brother,        that the minister, Gladstone             and Bruce devoted their lives      the less rigid structure of the
Christian fellowship, and to                                        Sub-Lieut Hywel Hughes. “                                                   to community service. They
give them facilities for mutual   her husband and sweet little                                         Hughes, was her father.                                                     present day church.
                                                                    1944 Annual Report                                                          were foundation members
help and stimulus in the          baby to mourn for her. …                                              Timaru born Anwyl had an                                                    One thing that has not
                                                                                                                                                of Samaritans and worked as
study of the Bible, and in the    This is a long list of departed   But most of the time the           itinerant childhood as her               Samaritan volunteers for 10        changed over the decades is
                                  ones, and it might be made        issues are the same as we          father moved from parish                 years. They read news for the      the feeling of family within
moral and religious culture.                                                                           to parish. As a homesick                                                    the congregation. A feature
The result was the formation      longer if we were to mention      face today – how to staff the                                               blind for 15 years and for 10
                                  the cases of those who lost                                          Welshman the Rev Hughes                  years were hospital volunteers.    of St John’s is that of a caring
of the St Johns Christian                                           Sunday School, the strength        packed up his family of                                                     congregation. Anwyl Fowler,
                                  dear children – little ones       (or otherwise) of the Choir;                                                Their Karori home was always
Fellowship Association which                                                                           5 children and took them                 open for hospitality. They         with the benefit of years of
meets on Sabbath mornings         whom the Saviour took home        the missionary interests of        back to North Wales. After a                                                experience serving others,
                                                                                                                                                also worked tirelessly for the
in the Class-room adjoining       to Himself. “Of such is the       the Women’s groups, and the        while the homesick children                                                 suggests that this environment
                                                                                                                                                church.
the Church” … 1889 Annual         Kingdom of Heaven.” 1900          ongoing efforts to maintain        negotiated a return to New                                                  is not something that just
                                  Annual Report                                                        Zealand. In 1942 the family              I asked Anwyl to consider what     happens, but it is something
Report                                                              a lively church fellowship
                                                                                                       moved to Wellington where                St John’s was like in the 1940s.   that everyone has to work on.
                                  Sometimes the outside world       combines with service to the                                                Back then the congregation
But on other times they                                                                                the Rev Hughes had been                                                     St John’s is richly blessed
                                  intruded –                        wider community.                   called to St John’s. Anwyl,              was large. She said that the
show how different our lives                                                                                                                                                       to have had people like the
                                                                    Please have a read. www.           by this time a trainee nurse,            war brought a lot of people to
are to those who lives are to     “Many of our members have                                                                                     church; “tragedy always draws      Fowlers, people who live out
                                                                    stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/           moved with the family into the                                              the creed of the servant King.
those who sat in our pews.        been sorely tried by the dark                                        Manse at Waiteata Road in the            people together.” Church
The much higher death rate        and difficult days through        about/HistoricalDocuments.                                                  was much more formal back          Rob Anderson
                                                                                                       shadow of Victoria University.
becomes more real when you        which the world is passing; but   htm                                Anwyl was a nurse for 24                 in the 1940s. ‘Sunday best’
read passages like this:          in the spirit with which they     Margaret Galt                      years, as a ward sister, theatre         meant just that . People
                                  have fought their fight there                                        sister and tutor sister. An early        dressed up to go to church.

								
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