Jo Harris and Hunter Park Kindergarten (once a term
activities at St Mary’s)
Funeral advice and All Souls Eve promotion. (Joan has
talked with funeral directors)
Prayer cards in church entrance (St Mary’s) Deb to
print now entrance open.
Isolated Elderly or disabled parishioners etc: We will
discuss the feasibility of ringing everyone on the roll at the next meeting. In
the meantime, we will try to identify people who are absent from church and
follow up with a phone call to ensure we are supportive of each other.
Winter Talks with Roger Maaka – Takapau
Parishioners: We discussed the many middle aged parishioners who
don’t attend church any more but are clearly supportive of us and regard
themselves as Anglicans. We decided to
put a message in the next newsletter asking for volunteers to join our
“outreach and pastoral support group” saying we would like a list of people who
could be called on if we need some volunteer support for a social need we have
been made aware of. We will ask Joan to
Heartlands: Koa suggests
we tell Heartlands that we (the Outreach and Pastoral Group) are available to
support people in the community when there is a social need she sees not being
met. However we did discuss our capacity
to assist and need to remember our congregations are small and getting older
and already involved in lots of volunteer support. We will consider this at the
next meeting again.
Pakeke: Deb now
volunteer van driver and several have helped on raffle table – hope for more
initiatives soon around hymn sing-alongs and open day
Schools: Need to follow up with Terrace school.
Booties: Ask St
Mary’s Fellowship to knit more booties to keep this initiative going.
Takapau continue to have good attendance.
Dot involved in providing the fortnightly
$10.00 lunches. There is a new coordinator for the exercise classes, Hannah, and Dot is working with her to get
systems working better. There are a lot of new
people coming to live in Takapau and Dot is busy doing pastoral visits
THE OUTREACH AND PASTORAL FOCUS GROUP
template Pamphlet: We are enthusiastic about making the pamphlet
available in the church foyers and arranging for Nic and/or Bruce to speak to
us about funerals . Joan to pursue.
Hardie’s Prayer: Deb has printed the cards with Lord’s prayer on the
back. To be distributed to the other churches if they wish. In the meantime will go in St Mary’s church
lobby area when we have put the furniture back. Joan has suggested we have prayer beads making
sessions in children’s services as well as fellowship groups and provide these
along with the cards as well as people being able to make one for
Elderly or disabled parishioners etc: We will discuss the feasibility of
ringing everyone on the roll at the next meeting. In the meantime, we will try
to identify people who are absent from church and follow up with a phone call
to ensure we are supportive of each other.
Booties: Deb and Koa
have raised with the Fellowship group.
Joan has some wool to give to Alli to be distributed for people wanting
it. Important that it is all new young
mothers who get a pair of booties rather than just those in need.
non-church-going Parishioners who Might be prepared to be part of
pastoral/outreach team: Joan will go ahead with a notice in the next
newsletter asking for people prepared to offer support to give their name email
and phone number as well as what they would be prepared to do… Offer a list of
possible ways people might be willing to contribute: e.g. driving a parishioner
somewhere, making soup/ casseroles etc to be frozen until needed, reading,
donating meat or vegetables for the soup/casserole making team, telephoning a
small list of people when we want to get a message out (e.g. asking for a cake
for a cake stall etc) – perhaps also asking what other things people might like
to offer to do.
through the Roll: We shelved this until we have more of outreach team
available to discuss further but agreed it would be a good idea if we had
enough people and thought carefully about what people will say and how they
will say it. The Pub and Com group have been updating the roll and in the
meantime, Deb will send to Koa so she can help with this updating project.
Care for Parishioners:
Agreed it would be good to have some cards to put in
letter box from e.g. “your St Mary’s family” when we know people are sick or
having a tough time even if they don’t necessarily come to church but are on
the roll. Joan has some examples to show
us next time and in the meantime she will pop a card and a small tube of
moisturiser in the letter box of one person we all know of. In this way we hope all those who are on the
roll but don’t come to church will become aware that we are “there” without
Agreed that Dot and Rosalie both tend to do a lot of
pastoral care in their respective parishes but it would be good to talk more
with them about how we can work together as a pastoral team in Takapau and
Waipawa areas. We agreed it would be good to ask Rosalie to join our focus
group. We will try to get together
informally with these two at the pot luck lunch after St Peter’s patronal
festival this Sunday.
Agreed we need to keep thinking about ways to make
sure we are made aware of people in our various faith communities who may be in
need of extra pastoral support… will talk at the next chit chats in each faith
community and make sure everyone knows who is on the committee and to let us
mentioned above, we agreed it would be good to re-activate a previous
initiative of having people make up soups and casseroles and freeze them so
that we could take them to people when they are sick or have other
troubles. This will require asking for
donations of a freezer, vegetables and meat as well as volunteers to make meals
and freeze them.
As part of the week of festivities
11-18th August for the completion of the strengthening project and
the patronal festival for St Mary’s, we hope to have a pot luck dinner for the
whole parish. Our group will be
responsible for organising it.
Joan to book the hall on 16th August
(Friday) with Morag
Decorations: Ask Morag to help us put up her flags,
Koa will bring candles for tables as well as white sheets as table cloths, we will
get together in the afternoon to decorate
We will bring the sound system back and ask Jennifer
Davies to provide tapes so we can play music .
We can also then use the microphone to make any announcements etc.
There will be no speaker or other entertainment, the
idea is for us to be able to socialise with each other
We will set tables for a sit down meal and put the
dishes on a long central trestle so people can access from both sides to speed
up serving speed.
We will have two courses – if people bring slice for
coffee that will be appreciated but we won’t aim to provide this
It will be BYO for wine/beer but we will have a “bar”
with wine glasses etc and hope people
will place their bottle there to be shared.
Koa and Deb will each make a non alcoholic punch bowl.
We will have glasses and jugs of water on the table –
we may need to hire more glasses as we don’t believe we will have enough for
water glasses as well as the other drinks.
The committee will provide some basic essentials as
follows in case the pot luck leaves us light on some areas: Deb: Casseroles and
plunger coffee, also milk; Joan: roast vegetables; Koa: Apple shortcake; others
on committee to be asked to bring the bread/buns, dips and chippies.