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Books Wanted

Time to clear out those books you’ve read and don’t want to keep. We are restocking for our book fair in August so bring your books to St James’ Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt anytime between 9am-noon, Tuesday to Friday.

New Parish Office Opening Hours

The Vestry met on 25 June 2019 and one of the items on the agenda was to discuss the report on the Administration Review conducted recently. The report was extensive with many recommendations which the Parish Office team are working through.

One prominent feature of the report was a concern regarding the number of interruptions that Parish Office staff experience in the course of their work day. This often leads to staff working many unpaid hours in order to complete the work required. To address this, Vestry approved an amendment to the opening hours of the Parish Office. Our new hours will be: Tuesday – Friday 9am-12pm, effective 1 July 2019. If you are in the office during these hours it would be appreciated if conversations could be brief. We encourage parishioners to phone or email rather than pop in if this is possible. If you phone and no-one answers, please leave a message on the answerphone as the staff check it daily. If you come to the church and the church doors are locked please ring the doorbell on the west facing door. Staff will let you in if they are onsite. However, please remember that if there are staff in the Parish Office outside of the opening times they are working on required tasks and it would be appreciated if they were not interrupted for any longer than to open the door for you.

We appreciate how the Parish Office staff make the office a warm and welcoming space for parishioners and wish for this to continue, balanced with a commitment to allow time for staff to complete essential administration tasks.

Dan Reeves and Mark Stone
People’s Warden and Vicar’s Warden

An Opportunity to Help Others

For the past two years a small number of people from the Holy Trinity, Avalon congregation have been volunteering at Avalon Primary School. Volunteers have been helping children with their reading and supervising and encouraging a small number of pupils in gardening in the school garden. Both teachers and pupils of Avalon Primary School have appreciated the assistance provided from the Christian community. Unfortunately, many of those people now find they are no longer able to sustain this ministry. Avalon School would still appreciate the Christian community offering this ministry.

The time commitment per week is not onerous and can be negotiated around your existing commitments. All volunteers need to undergo a Police Check. Please phone Stephen Oatley (from Holy Trinity), tel 021 058 1094 if you are interested in exploring this opportunity. Your offer of help will be appreciated.

Education for Ministry (EfM) Exploring Faith Matters

The dictionary tells us that “minister” means to attend to, serve, support, sustain. How are we called to minister in our daily lives, and in our whanau together? How do we grow in our awareness of what it means to be partners with Christ in attending to, serving, supporting and sustaining each other? EfM (Education for Ministry – Exploring Faith Matters) is one of the tools that our Diocese affirms as a profound way to deepen and resource our discipleship together.

Exploring faith matters, learning to think theologically, discovering what God is calling us to be and do, day by day, and doing this together, is at the heart of EfM. The EfM program runs for four years, but participants sign up for one year at a time. The reading and reflection material which participants work in their own time, covers Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, Church History and, in the final year, Theology, Ethics and Multi Faith Dialogue. A significant part of the EfM program is the weekly group meetings, where readings are discussed, worship is shared, a community of trust is built and theological reflection is done together. It is a program that allows for differing perspectives held with respect, and the ability to learn from each other is developed.

While a large piece of the EfM resource comes from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, there is also a ten-week section on the history of the church in Aotearoa-NZ, and EfM is delivered in New Zealand by an independent, ecumenical New Zealand body and New Zealand trained mentors.

For more info, see We are lucky to have an EfM group operating at St James’ in Lower Hutt, which meets on Monday nights, 6.15-8.15pm. If you are interested in joining the Lower Hutt group this year, or perhaps the Cathedral group which meets on Tuesdays, 5.45-7.45pm, email Jean on

Women Suffragists in the Hutt

Check out what is happening next door at Vogel House. 20 September to 2 October 2018, 10am to 4pm.

Women Suffragists in the Hutt Programme

Wellington City Missioner’s Sermon

Were you at church on 9 September to hear Murray Edridge’s sermon?

Murray’s sermon can be found here 

URGENT – Can you help with catering at Synod?

Synod is at Chilton St James’ School, Lower Hutt

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September

Contact Andrew Spence on 021 222 6474

Can you billet a Synod participant?

Contact Rebecca Apperly

Come and celebrate St James’ Day with us and Bishop Eleanor

Parish History – 1849 to 2017

Our parish history book is now available to purchase.  A History of the Anglican Parish of Lower Hutt, Doers of the Word : 1849 – 2017 follows on from Peter Butt’s history written in 1978. A team of parishioners has updated the history and the 108 pages cover the major events of the last 180 years, with a chapter on each vicar’s tenure, and chapters devoted to All Saints’, the music tradition, the historic graveyard, the office, the Bishop’s medallists, Chilton St James School, and more. Beautifully presented and illustrated in colour, this book will be sure to kindle memories of a very vibrant shared parish life. Why not give a gift, birthday or Christmas present to someone you know who is or has had a connection with the parish.

The books will be blessed by Bishop Eleanor at the St James’ Patronal service on Sunday 29 July at 10am, and will be available to collect after the service.

Pre-paid pre-publication price: $20.00 per copy.

Post-Publication price $25.00 per copy.

Payment for pre-publication copies is requested by 27 July, please.

Postage and packing $5.00 (if not collected in person).

Contact the Parish Office to purchase.