A Fanciscan Benediction Calendar of Events The Messenger 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: email@example.com 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 You will find the answers in and around the church as well as this edition of The Messenger. 1F 2R ACROSS DOWN I D 3A Y S U N D A Y 1. Youth Group meets on ___ evenings 2. We are a ___ community. Discontent E I and ___ mornings. (6,6) with the status quo, we grapple with S T 4B A P T I M S S 5 4. Over the past few weeks we have questions of life and faith as we search T K W E D O 6 A celebrated several ___ and for new and more effective ways of L I Y R confirmations (8) conveying the Gospel of Jesus to the 7L E A R N 6. ...there was an emphatic... (2,2) people of greater Wellington and I N G S S 7. We are a ___ community. We seek to beyond. (8) S B H follow the way of Jesus and grow in 3. In the MacKay Chapel are the ___ 8S I R G E O R G E T R O U 9P A understanding of the Bible and the windows. (6) I A L Christian faith. (8)) 4. In June 1949 St John’s began a local H 10 G U L 8. Troup House is named after (3,6,5) _______ (4,7) G 11 A T H E R E D F 12 A M I L Y 11. We are a ___ community. We are 5. St John’s sponsors Dr Chris ___ as a E D R drawn together in all our variety to lecturer at Victoria University (8) joyfully worship the one God. (8)) 9. The new Session Clerk (4,6) R E A 12. Anwyl Fowler mentions that St John’s 10. ‘Nau mai, _____ ki St John’s in the E M has always had a feeling of ____ (6) City (5,3) M S 13. St John’s First Minister Rev ___ (5,4) 15. Allister’s other reference comes J A M E S M O I R 13 C 14 A R I G N 15 14. We are a ___ community. We are from ___ (9) I Y A committed to the well-being of those 1 C O R I N T H I A N S 16 L who are hurting in body, mind or spirit. (6) A 16. In this edition of the messenger T Rev Allister Lane references which I book of the Bible (1,11) A N S 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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