Movie : Inside Out : 11th June
This is one of the movie suggestions from the Lenten studies: Our Transforming God. (If you have the Lenten study booklet check out the Family Studies section page 59.)
Who: For anyone that would like to come along.
Bring your own floor-cushion and snacks. Coffee and normal chairs provided.
Time: 1pm in St Hilda's hall following the Messy Church service.
Come to Messy Church first and have lunch before viewing.
Theme: "The Rich Fool"
Come along and join this monthly Service which begins at 10:15am.
A Messy Church service is: Christ-centered, all age, with hospitality, creativity & celebration.
Lent Studies – Transformation
I had decided to commit to lent this year and so with that intention I signed up for a Lent study course, 'Transformation' was the theme. Did that mean I was going to be transformed to a beautiful butterfly? Was there hope for me? The expectation was high. And so it was that found myself once a week with other church members huddled together at the church hall for a couple of hours a week for six weeks.
Lent is a very powerful time, where we are asked to take the time to consider what Jesus means in our lives. Although this can be somewhat hard as we deal with today’s extremely busy world full of constant distractions. And I am easily distracted, however I did my best to be focused.
Each week we walked Jesus’s journey towards the cross as recorded in the book of John. We stopped off at various points and delved deeper into passages. As the members shared their interpretations and meanings of the various verses, the bible became more alive for me and gave me a greater understanding and fuller appreciation of those written words than I had before.
As the group began to trust one another, some shared their life experiences that related to the passages we studied. I considered they knew that they were being protected by the holy spirit. Still I considered this honesty an honour that they felt they could share their feelings within the group. It helped me to understand them in a way that I hadn’t before, they had become three dimensional instead of just the one I saw each Sunday morning.
At the end of it all, did I turn into a beautiful butterfly? Well, my outside remained the same, but I know that there was something different stirring inside. The caterpillar inside was wanting to eat more. I learn’t that Lent is about an internal journey regardless of whether it was taken alongside others. That the ability to tune into God at deeper level is truly what lent is about, the enhancing of a personal relationship with God is biggest gift that Lent could give, and sharing this journey with other special people was just a delightful bonus.
Diane - April 2017
N.B. Thank you Diane. We are always looking for feedback about how the life of St Hilda's Church, and walking the Christian Way, has impacted you. Your contribution (with permission) may be published in this Church Blog.
Terry - Interim PIC
St Hilda's have taken a cue from the Wellington Diocesan Week of Prayer initiative, "Come Holy Spirit" to keep the time from the Sunday after Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday as a time of focused Prayer. Something that also echos the Church England initiative, "Thy Kingdom Come".
This prayer focus will be expressed in all St Hilda services from Ascension Day (25 May) until Corpus Christi (15 June). Worshipers will be encouraged to be regular in prayer, to notice answered prayer, in whatever form it comes; and to be thankful. They will be encouraged to talk about their praying, some of them may choose to talk about it in Church services. The following services will have a Prayer Focus:
A couple of busy weekends coming up. In addition to Sunday services, two special events are scheduled. On Sat. 29th April from 9-11am St Hilda's annual Parish Fair is happening.
Then, a week later, at 1.30pm on Sunday 7th May the Bishop and a Diocesan Nominator will consult with us about the appointment of a permanent priest/vicar. Come and have your say and listen to what others, including the Diocese, have to say.
St Hilda's, Upper Hutt church members attended the noon Good Friday service at Trentham this year. Pictured is the procession approaching the XIV (14th) Station of the Cross as they prepare to lay the crucified Jesus in His garden tomb - featured by the red blanket (left). The lady in blue acted the part of Mary, Jesus mother, and the story was told from the perspective of a Centurion (right).
Around 70 people participated in and witnessed this dramatic re-enactment entitled, 'The Way of the Cross'.
Henceforth we will be attempting to post on this website's SERMONS page copies of Sunday Message files - print and audio - as they are available. We are mindful that some cannot get to church and other church members are 'shut in' or ill. Others who were in church may find it helpful to read or listen again to the message. This service will hopefully assist to create and maintain a greater sense of community among St Hilda's folk. If you find this service helpful please let us know.
Online access to the Church Sunday Newsletter (pdf) will henceforth be available in two places:
Of course the newsletter will continue to be published in the usual print format and available to all who attend worship on Sundays.
Ezee Meals Available - Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30am to Noon
Ezee Meals are frozen, pre-cooked meals.
They are delivered to outlets all over Wellington, including St John's, Trentham. Meals can be purchased by drop-in customers on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00noon. They are home style, pre-packed meals to heat and eat. Every meal sold helps your local community.
The "shop" is located in the St John's Community Centre, in Smallfield Lane, off Moonshine Rd, Trentham, Upper Hutt. Click here for directions. Exzee Meals are also available elsewhere in the Hutt Valley.
For those unable to get there, meals can be delivered free to your door (10:00am to 12:00 midday Friday only).
What sort of food is available and at what price?
There are two types of meals:
You can telephone (04) 528 9223 to get more information, or to place an order by 12:00 midday Thursday, please. If no answer please leave a message on the Ansaphone.
ANGLICAN CHURCHES WORKING TOGETHER
In an effort to better communicate with the Upper Hutt community, and the church community, the St Hilda's website has been updated and upgraded. It continues as a work in progress. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated as we seek to develop a website that meets your needs. Please make a 'comment" below or use the CONTACT form on the website.
St Hilda's News
St Hilda's Anglican church and parish, Upper Hutt is a special place for many people. This News section of the website is designed to keep you in touch with what's going on in this community of Christian faith and love.