What a vision: the development and regeneration of Eastern & Western Porirua. Following on from the Prime Minister's recent announcement at Russell School of a 25 year plan to invest in our city, work is underway planning and ensuring that things will begin to happen on the ground in 2019 in Eastern Porirua.
May I encourage Porirua Anglicans, and other Churches and Christians, to be at the forefront of community consultation and action, helping to ensure that local opinion and sensitivities are communicated to the government and agencies who are funding and implementing this vision. Let's do all we can to allow this great opportunity to be a wonderful community building exercise.
A new website has been launched to communicate the vision and concept. A key request is that people sign up for email information as it becomes available. You will learn about community meetings and decisions and be kept up to date about progress. Can we all make sure we sign up as the beginning of our commitment to be involved?
The map below appears on the website and highlights the areas that will be developed. Certainly most of us Porirua Anglicans are living within these areas. We will be affected. Let us be active to ensure that we and our neighbours get the best possible deals.
I am reminded of an old story that has particular relevance at the moment. Let's not leave action to the other person and walk on by... let's get involved.
[The lawyer] wanting to justify himself, asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii [2 days' wages], gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
We have been presented with a wonderful opportunity to be neighbourly. It will be challenging; it will be worth it. Let's do it!
Interim Priest in Charge
Porirua Anglicans would love you and your family to join together with us for a Barbecue and Children's Christmas party (with gifts) on Sunday 9th December.
Venue: Ernest Street Park
Where: Cnr Arawhata St and Ernest St., Ranui Heights
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Contact Us if you have a query otherwise just roll along.
Everyone welcome to join us for fun and food.
We make a habit of sharing the joy of Christmas each year by caroling. Join us one and all for one or more of our half hour caroling opportunities this Christmas week:
Monday 17th December 5:30pm
Porch, 1 Ribbonwood Terrace, Ranui Heights
Tuesday 18th December 6:00pm
Emmerson House, 10 Awatea Street, Ranui Heights
Friday 21st December 11am
Outside Countdown, 5 William Earp Place, Tawa
Just come along and join in. We'll provide carol books to sing from and music to accompany. Enquiries to Sala on 021 238 4599 Terry on 027 6001926 or 232 2583. Please ask for transport if you need it.
We are NOT talking about the Porirua Anglican family, 'Grace', but high quality Lenten Studies on key Christian themes that have been offered in the Wellington Anglican Diocese in recent years. This year's series, "A Pilgrimage of Grace" promises to be up there in quality and content.
What is (Christian) grace? Elegance? Good will? Honour? Study scriptures about grace together. Share your experiences of grace received and given and how they have made a difference. Do you agree that if we do not offer grace, then we become a prisoner?
Buy your copy of this Lenten study series from the diocesan office or get one from Porirua Anglican.
Two Wednesday Study groups are planned in St Anne's:
Use our contact form to register.
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At its Vestry meeting on Sunday (4 Nov) the Porirua Anglican Vestry passed a motion unanimously endorsing and rejoicing in initiatives its congregation, which meets at Russell School, have taken to advocate for improved housing in Porirua East. It was, it seemed, no coincidence that the Prime Minister's announcement that $1.5b will be spent on building and upgrading housing in Porirua was made where this congregation meets. Under the leadership of former Priest in Charge Cath Growcott, the congregation's advocacy, along with that of others, has been heard and positively received. We continue to pray for the delivery of the PM's promises in a timely way.
“The war to end all wars,” was how the first world war was perceived at the time. The world, in its shock at the extent and the cost of WW1, thought humanity may have come to its senses with this war. Sadly, this war did not end wars. If anything the terms of settlement ensured that WW2 would follow after a short time.
It is the nature of people, that we fight for what we believe is right, and sometimes that results in physical confrontation. Other times, as our gospel today asserts we, “cheat widows out of their homes” (Mark 12:40) or, otherwise dispossess the oppressed unjustly. The capacity of humans to be inhumane knows few bounds.
Today, as we celebrate 100 years since the WW1 armistice on 11 November 1918 we are compelled to continue praying for peace. Peace for ourselves including peace of spirit; peace for our closer ones. Peace in the nation and world peace. Wherever there is absence of peace we pray God of all, may swords continue to be turned into ploughshares and sophisticated armaments into food for the hungry and justice for the needy.
This Sunday 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the first Armistice day - the day when WW1 ended. To celebrate we are invited to do four things at St Anne's, Porirua:
PLEASE DO JOIN US FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT.
Members of the Porirua Anglican Communities