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September  06,  2021.  The latest Pastoral Newsletter

Kia Ora Knox community,

Attached is the latest lockdown pastoral newsletter. I hope it finds you well.



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September  03,  2021.  The link for this Sunday's service

Kia Ora Knox Community,

Isn’t it great moving from Level Four to Level Three! It feels like progress.

In terms of how Sunday works, the shift in levels doesn’t make much of a difference. We still can’t meet physically, so will be online again. The link to the service, which will activate at 10:00am on Sunday, is:

You can find the written order of service at:

And if you’d like to attend the ZOOM morning tea, here are the details:

Topic: Knox Church morning tea - 5 September 2021
Time: Sep 5, 2021 11:00 AM Auckland, Wellington

Meeting ID: 963 8721 2468
Passcode: 8hbNDk



August  30,  2021.  This week's pastoral email

Kia Ora Knox community. Here's this week's lockdown pastoral email. It comes with love and with hope that all is safe and well in your bubble.View Document

August  23,  2021.  The latest Pastoral Newsletter

Kia Ora Knox Community,

Here’s the first pastoral newsletter for our second time in lockdown.

Keep safe and well in your bubble; do the right thing; look forward to when we’ll meet together again at Knox.



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August  20,  2021.  Arrangements for Sunday

Kia Ora Knox Community,

I hope you're finding the early days of our second lockdown OK. I've spent them working on producing an online service for Knox, on the basis that we won't be able to gather physically on Sunday. I'm grateful to Daniel, who's produced hymns for us to sing. (Thanks, Daniel!) I've also spent some time wearing a mask and being a good citizen. I've not attended any anti-lockdown protests at the Bridge of Remembrance! I've not seen any need to do any such a thing.

I encourage you to do the right thing and to act in a way that honours love of God and neighbour.

On a Friday morning, when our lock-down situation won't be government-reviewed until Friday afternoon, it's kind of hard to make plans for Sunday. I've needed to make a call. Since community cases are increasing up North, and since I don't imagine we'll move soon from Level Four to anything less, for the moment, than Level Three (where pubic gatherings still are limited to 10 people), I really don't think it would be wise for us to gather this Sunday morning.

So, please don't come to Knox on Sunday morning. There will be no physical service. Instead, follow the link to the online service that Daniel and I have prepared. The link will go live at 10:00am on Sunday 22 August.

Hopefully we'll be able to gather on the following Sunday. If not, as I said in a previous email, we'll look at reactivating our pastoral phone tree and weekly pastoral emails, as well as continuing our online services. In the meantime, let us know if you're feeling like you'd like contact.

Please also remember in your prayers the essential workers who continue to work for us in difficult circumstances.



August  15,  2021.  A new Blower!

An Invitation

The minister and Council of Knox Church, Ōtautahi Christchurch
invite you to join us to celebrate
the installation of a new heart for the Knox organ

Pipe organs are powered by blowers, which push air through the pipes. The old blower at Knox was old and becoming fragile.

Through the generosity of many people,
including John and Dame Ann Hercus, a new blower has been installed. Daniel Cooper, the Knox Organist, says the new blower has transformed the instrument completely.

Three celebratory events are planned for Sunday 15 August:

A special morning service on the theme "the Breath of God"; 10:00am
A celebration morning tea, in the Knox Centre Lounge; 11:00am
A dedication of the blower, in the church; 11:25am

Please join us for all or any of these events.
You can RSVP or (03) 379 2456.

July  23,  2021.  The latest Pastoral Newsletter

Since last year's lockdown, when we had a weekly pastoral newsletter to keep everyone in touch, we've been circulating a simple newsletter in the months when "Knox Life" isn't published. The latest newsletter is here. View Document

June  16,  2021.  Knox Singers Concert

Knox Singers concert: Save the Date! Saturday 26 June 7.30pm and Sunday
27 June 2.30pm. The programme includes Haydn Missa Brevis, Cantique de
Jean Racine, plus works by Bruckner and others.

May  30,  2021.  This week's Sermon Practice

The link to the video of this week's sermon, A Journey for the Former Self, will go live at 10:00am, Sunday 30 May. This is the last Sermon Practice video for the moment. Go to:

May  23,  2021.  This week's Sermon Practice

This weeks video sermon, God's new Kia Ora, has been posted online. For the link, which goes live at 10:00am on Sunday 23 May, go to:
This will be the second to last online sermon, since in non-lockdown times the viewer numbers are so small, the recording work isn't really a worthwhile investment of time. It was good that Knox explored this alternative way of sharing the preaching ministry more broadly, but some other venture will need to commend itself.

May  16,  2021.  This week's Sermon Practice

The link to this week's sermon, The Matter of Judas, goes live at 10:00am on Sunday 16 May. Go to:

May  09,  2021.  This week's Sermon Practice

A link to this week's sermon, "A structural analysis of love, commandment and living things - woohoo" goes live at 10:00am, Sunday 9 May. m Go to: