Meetings 2016

Sharon Reynolds creating her art work.

Margaret Palmer-Healey contributing to the group painting.

Kevin Falconer, Carille Hughes, Ian Butcher contributing

Philip Haythornthwaite and Carille Hughes

The work progresses

Sharon painting

We were privileged to have Sharon Reynolds at our August meeting (13th). Sharon is an artist and while Dave was speaking she painted an amazing picture. She also had a canvas prepared to which everyone was able to contribute. At the next meeting in October Dave brought in the finished pictures for everyone to see.

The finished paintings from the previous meeting

Dave Palmer speaking

Rowena and Robin with their poster

Group work making posters

Rhonda, Ian, and Phillip

Michael, Brenda, Thelsia, and Clynton

October meeting: we met at Papanui Baptist, an amazing venue. Once again Liz ran an activity where we divided into groups and made Christmas posters. A very popular activity, everyone participated with zest and enthusiasm. Thanks Liz.

Mystery Bus Trip March 2016

  • A fine sunny day, Ritchie’s wheelchair bus, and a great bunch of Christchurch branch members, and we were off to a mystery destination. Very soon as we headed south, it was clear that our destination was Akaroa. An hour and a half later and a safe trip over the windy hill, and there we were. There was time for lunch and a wander around the town for those who wanted it. Or some chose to sit by the waterfront and watch the boats, or enjoy the park by the memorial. Too soon it was time to board the bus for the return trip.
    Thanks to Ritchie’s for providing the bus, and to our very careful driver. And thank you Lord for a safe and enjoyable day.20160312_13331820160312_134223 20160312_134307 20160312_134524 20160312_14320220160312_144428

Day Camp at Kaiapoi, 11th April 2015

This year we chose to have a day camp and it worked well. Vicki again did a superb job of feeding us. Liz ran an activity in the morning for everyone to work in groups creating posters on our camp theme of ‘God is Love’. Some excellent productions were created and displayed.

Time was available in the afternoon for chatting, sharing about God’s love, and walking in the extensive grounds. In the evening the usual talent was on display in the concert.

Well done to all participants. It was a great day.

Addington Fair 22nd November 2014

Our stall at Addington Fair 2014. Dave, Doug, and Liz.

Our stall at Addington Fair 2014. Dave, Doug, and Liz.

Bubble Fun at Addington Fair

Bubble Fun at Addington Fair

Dave, Helen, Kevin ready to go.

Dave, Helen, Kevin ready to go.

Helen, Brent and Brenda at the fair.

Helen, Brent and Brenda at the fair.

Dave and Liz on the stall

Dave and Liz on the stall

In spite of dire weather forecasts, the day was sunny and warm. We had a stall as part of the fair, and enjoyed the day  working together. Thanks to all who contributed goods to sell and all our helpers on the day.

200 Years of the Gospel in New Zealand

Marty Scheib from OAC was guest speaker at our August meeting. With his helper, Penguin the puppet, he shared about fishing for men as instructed by Jesus. He told us about the first missionaries coming to New Zealand two hundred years ago. He also told us the moving story of Tarore and the Gospel of Luke. Thank you, Marty.

Marty with National Anthem Marty holds Kiwi the Penguin puppet Marty leads the singing Marty Scheib and Kiwi the Penguin puppet

Christchurch Camp at Kaipoi

Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits at our camp at Kaiapoi last weekend (11 – 13 April). Besides those staying in camp, about 15 members came out for the day on Saturday. Vicki, our wonderful cook, fed us well, and Paula came on board as our excellent nurse.

Joan Parker flew down from Hawkes Bay as our speaker and brought excellent messages, giving her testimony, and admonishing us not to say ‘I can’t’ when faced with difficulties, but look for a way to get around the problem so that we can say ‘I can.’ Joan provided practical demonstrations as she removed her prosthetic leg, which was handed around, and showed us how she learned to fold and pack a sweatshirt in less than a minute when she was working in a clothing factory. She also had time to chat with people and answer questions. Thank you, Joan.

Well done, Dave for organising the camp.


Christchurch CFFD : Bus Trip March 2014

We had a beautiful day enjoyed by about 40 from our group. Ritchie’s bus is able to take wheelchairs which made it possible for four of our wheel chair users to participate. We left Christchurch about 10 am, had lunch in the Ashburton Gardens, and enjoyed looking around and seeing the aviaries. On our return journey we took the inland route with a brief stop at Methven. It was very pretty driving through the Rakaia Gorge, and then across the upper Waimakariri River bridge to head back to the main road via South Eyre Road. We returned right on schedule at 5 pm.
Thank you, Lord, for great weather and a safe and enjoyable trip.