1953-06 (June)

RE·BUlLDlNG ST. MATTHEWS.

It was unanimously decided at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners held on Wednesday, May 6th, to launch a MAJOR APPEAL with a view to starting the Rebuilding Project as soon as possible. Speakers were all enthusiastic in their desire to see this accomplished, and expressed the view that, even though a very large sum would be required, parishioners would rise to the occasion and give with great generosity to enable action to supplant frustration and delay.

An Appeal Committee was set up charged with the duty of launching this appeal, and comprising the following members, with power to add to their numbers:—Messrs. D. Carruthers, H. A. R. Dunderdale, Purvis Hay, J. H. Maunsell, J. Ninnes, H. D. Reid and C. Richardson. An early meeting of the Committee has been convened so that the appeal may be initiated without delay.

 

FROM THE VlCAR’S REPORT.

As I preside for the first time at an annual meeting of parishioners in Masterton, may I say first of all how much I appreciate the welcome you have accorded me. It is heartening to find here so many parishioners with a true sense of loyalty to the Church, people whose delight it is to be in the Lord's House and about the Lord's work. St. Paul has an expressive phrase which he used of some of the keenest of the early Christians, "My fellow workers." It is bad theology to suppose that the Church can be equated with the clergy: rather, the Church is the whole company of Christian people who worship together and work together, albeit in different capacities, in the service of Christ and for the advancement of His Kingdom.

 

CONGRATULATIONS.

I would like to endorse the congratulations extended by the Churchwardens in their report, to all those organisations and individuals who have in their several ways contributed to maintenance and progress—the Guilds in three centres, the Fireside Circle, the layreaders, the synodsmen, the choirs and organists, active societies like the Mothers' Union, the Young Wives' Club and the C.E.M.S., and also the teachers in our Sunday Schools.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED.

Here I pause a moment to say that it is, in my opinion, of the most vital importance and urgency that our Sunday Schools shall be fully staffed. The present teachers are making a fine contribution, but far more are needed, especially in the junior and intermediate department. Having said so much about "fellow-workers," I trust that it will not be long before in this sphere also there will be many more who will come forward in answer to the summons of Him Who said: "Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not." The Sunday School children of today are the Church members of tomorrow, and I believe that to give time and effort to the work of teaching the young is one of the finest forrns of service, and one of the most rewarding, that anyone can undertake.

 

THANKS.

Your Churchwardens and Vestry have obviously had a busy year; many matters, some of considerable importance for the welfare of the parish, have come before them, and I would like to thank them for the careful consideration they have given to these questions. One of these matters has been the building of a new Church, about which more will be said later.

I do thank my colleagues of the clergy for their loyal and faithful work. We extend our congratulations to the Rev. E. M. Dashfield on his Ordination to the priesthood last Advent. Mr. Bamford‘s profound knowledge of theology and his wide experience have been an asset to St. Matthew's and latterly to Kuripuni in particular, and he will be greatly missed when the time for his retirement comes. I am not able to say at the moment whether we shall be able to have a staff of three clergy immediately thereafter; it depends on the availability of a priest for the work.

When it is an occasion for expressing thanks, all Vicars have a lurking fear that they will overlook someone who has done much. This is always possible, but nonetheless I desire to mention now in addition to those who have been already named, the Sanctuary Guild, the various committees, the district visitors, those who have so kindly helped in the annual collection for Sedgley, the Scout and Cub leaders, and the Embroidery Guild. Miss K. Robins is secretary, not only for "St. Matthew‘s Herald," but also for the Cradle Roll. To her and to those who assist her, we give sincere thanks.

 

COUNTRY DISTRICTS.

Regular Church Services have been held in the country districts, in some of which the attendances are notably increasing. We accord thanks to all parishioners who have assisted with transport. There are two country Sunday Schools at present, these being at Taueru and Wainuioru. At the former the instruction is given by the clergy and at Wainuioru teachers from St. Matthew's conduct Sunday School while Evensong is proceeding.

 

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.

A feature of the young people's work is the association of the parish with the schools and colleges. The principals and staffs are all most co- operative and helpful. At St. Matthew's Collegiate School for Girls, instruction in divinity is given by the parish clergy, and I was delighted when the Principal said to me recently: "The girls look upon St, Matthew‘s as their parish Church." We believe this is true also of students from other residential colleges who attend our Church Services.

 

REBUILDING THE PARISH CHURCH.

To return now to the important matter of the building of a church. We are all aware of the need; we need a parish hall, and everyone I meet scents to have an anxious word as to their desire to see a worthy House of God rise up in our midst. Some still look with wistful eyes to bygone days, but the time for such backward looking is gone; we can learn from the past, but that is all, and it is to present tasks and to the future that we must direct our major gaze! Masterton is the leading town in the Wairarapa, and the time will surely come when it will be commonplace for Mastertonians to speak of "the City Council" and "the City of Masterton." Let us keep that in view as we make our plans. We must build for this greater future as well as for today. This we can do if we have the Spirit of God within our hearts, that Spirit which enabled a great temple to be built in Bible days. "Then the people rejoiced," writes the historian, "for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord." Could there be a better time in which to do this than in the year of Masterton’s Centenary, and at the time of the visit of the Queen? May I conclude with an adaptation from the text of my first sermon in Masterton: ‘Speak unto the people of St. Matthew’ Parish, that they go forward."

 

AROUND THE PARISH.

The following panel of SIDESMEN was appointed at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners st St. Matthew’s: Messrs. V. H. Heath, H. A. R. Dunderdale, J. V. Favel, K. Pullar, T. McNeight, R. Penistone, J. M. Cunningham and D. Carruthers.

BIDEFORD parishioners have purchased a pair of altar candlesticks for use either at the Churchroom or at the hall. On the last occasion the Service was at the hall as it was not possible to cross the Taueru River. Until further notice the Service will be held at the Bideford Hall.

The Churchwardens' Report described the EPIPHANY LADlES` GUILD as "a live and active body" who "are doing a great work for the Church." On TUESDAY, JUNE 9th, commencing at 2.30 p.m., the Guild are holding a SOCIAL AFTERNOON with a Bring and Buy Stall. All are cordially invited to be present.

There was a good attendance of men at the FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST held on a recent Sunday moming following the 8 o’clock celebration of the Holy Communion. The Vestry acted as hosts and displayed great efficiency. On the next occasion the sidesmen have agreed to arrange the breakfast. Short addresses were given by the Vicar, Mr W. J. Richards, People's Churchwarden, and Mr. J. R. Paku, Synodsman for the Wairarapa Maori Pastorate.

FAREWELLS were recently tendered to Misses D. Gray and B. Garland, two of our younger parishioners who have taken an active part in the life of the Church. The Sunday School teachers met at Mrs. Elkington's residence and made a presentation. Appreciative reference was made to their enthusiastic and loyal work. A similar function was held in the Common Room by Choir members, when Mr. Wales spoke in appreciative terms. At Wainuioru, at an aftemoon tea, following the Church Service, Mr. Williams eulogised Miss Gray’s help to the district by her teaching in the Sunday School there. We wish them every happiness in their new spheres. The Sunday School continues under the direction of Miss E. Ewen and N. Malmo.

A thoughtful paper, in which many aspects of the influence of the Christian Church were considered, was read at the May meeting of the C.E.M.S. There was an excellent attendance, including some intending new members. A lively discussion followed Mr. J. Maunsell's paper with its challenge to more purposeful churchmanship. At the annual meeting Mr. J. H. T. Maunsell was elected chairman, and Mr. A. E. Butterfield was re-elected secretary of the Society.

There was a fine array of harvest gifts, both in town and country, on the occasion of Harvest Thanksgiving. In the country districts this year the harvest Services were at Taueru, Rangitumau and Kopuaranga. The produce was afterwards given to "Sedgley," apart from certain items which were set aside to send to the Church Army in England.

Five Confirmation classes are now being held each week in preparation for the forthcoming Confirmation on Wednesday, July 29th. At the last meeting of the MOTHERS’ UNION, at the Church of the Epiphany, an inspiring address was given by the Rev. E. E. Bamford on the spiritual significance of the Coronation.

 

CONFLICT — BEGONE!

An article about the Service of Holy Communion in the "Raetihi Gazette" states:—

There are two things about such a Service to which I would draw your attention. The first is that it is the only Service which Christ Himself gave us; and the only Service with [the] command. "Do this in remembrance of Me," He says. I fail to see how we, who call ourselves Christians; who acknowledge the oldest and simplest of creeds, "Jesus is Lord," can avoid doing our best to obey that command. What is your attitude? "Do this," says Jesus. "Oh, no, I don't think that’s much in my line, thank you very much." Or: "I was at a social, or the pictures, or a dance, or a party last night, and I'm a bit tired. Some other time, perhaps." Or, more simply and frankly: "I just can`t be bothered." I suggest that you face this command of Jesus and tell Him your reasons for disobeying it. If He accepts them, well and good. If not, you have either to come to your Communion, or to face the fact that you're deliberately disobeying Him. And, since His commands are all directions of loving·kindness—sign-posts saying, "This way to Iife"—anyone who deliberately ignores them does so at the peril of his soul. I‘m not saying this because I want big congregations, or anything of the sort. I'm saying it because I want you to share "these His inestimable benefits": such as "the strengthening and refreshing of your souls." And if your soul gets as tired and weak and flabby as mine does, you NEED it.

One other thing to which I would draw your attention is that these quiet, early morning Communion Services are opportunities for more worship. There are no trimmings—no music, processions, banners. We come simply to try and enter more deeply into fellowship with God, And "the human personality is only fulfilled in fellowship."

This may sound queer, but it's a well-established fact, that it's much less tiring and wearing to come to your worship every Sunday than just now and then. What tires, frets and wears us out is conflict. If I wake up on Sunday morning and say to myself, "Now, will I go to 8 a,m. Com- munion today or not?" and there`s a conflict between "I know I ought to go" and "I’m a bit tired: and it’s very cold and unpleasant out of bed," whatever the result of the conflict—whether I go or not—l'm tired and worn and "edgy" because of it. But if, God helping me, I`ve made up my mind that I go regularly every Sunday (or according to my conscientiously made "Rule of Life") rain, shine, snow or Ngauruhoe, then I up and go without conflict, and I begin to know something of God`s peace. Try it; I`ve found it a very great help.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

St. Matthew`s Herald: Mr and Mrs. G. Ramsden, 10/-; Mesdames Elkington 10/-, G. Coleman 5/-, Palmer 10/-, Wallace 2/6, Phillips 2/6, N. Lee 10/-, Henderson 5/-, A. Wyeth 5/-, Ray 3/-, I. Wilkinson 5/-; Misses H. and E. Wong 6/-; Messrs R. H. Hill 10/-, Barley £1; Miss Armitage, 5/-. Lansdowne Sunday School Building Fund—Anon, £5. Sedgley—Rangitumau parishioner, £1. Missions.-Mrs. Palmer, 10/-. Church and People—Mrs. Phillips, 4/-. Reaper: Mrs. Phillips, 1/-.

 

RATIONS FOR THE SOUL

CHEERFULNESS is a duty we owe to others. There is an old tradition that a cup of gold is to be found wherever a rainbow touches the earth; and there are some people whose smile, like the sound of whose voice, whose very presence, seems like a ray of sunshine, to tum everything they touch to gold. We never break down as long as we can keep cheerful. The shadow of Florence Nightingale cured more than her medicines; and if we share the burdens of others we lighten our own.—Lord Avebury.

 

First worship God; he that forgets to pray
Bids not himself good-morrow, nor good-day."—Randolph.

 

"Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire—conscience."—Rule from the copybook of George Washington when a schoolboy.

 

"Fear not, but gladly step across the threshold
That leads thee through a path untired before;
Thou hast a true, unchanging Friend beside thee,
Though sore thy trials, trust Him evermore."—S. Pennell.

 

"Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust."—Anon.

 

THE PARISH REGISTER.

HOLY BAPTISM.

"One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.“
April 18th—Michael John O`Hara; Susan Olive McAnulty; Lynne McAnulty; Donald Earl Perry; Daniel John Price; Daryl Lex Price; Glenys Marie Perry; Shonagh May Andersen; Julie Anne Goddard; Treena Fay Perry.
April 26th: Michael David Friend; Carol Jocelyn Rayner.
May 10th: Tessa Elizabeth Moore; Geoffrey Wayne Fischer; David Kenneth Fischer.

 

HOLY MATRIMONY.

"Heirs together in the Grace of Life."
April 18th—Herbert Hamilton and Colleen Dawn Lusty.

 

IN MEMORIAM.

"l am the Resurrection and the Life."
April 9th: Gladys McRae
April 11th: John Langley Smith.
April 13th: Ethel Jane Snaddon.
April 16th: Winifred Susie Hanaghan; Charles Joseph Bennett.
April 20th: Florence Muriel Lenz.
April 28th: Sidney Clifford Bishop.
May 1st: John Wilson.
May 12th: Ella Mavis Leslie.

 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONFIRMATION.

O God, who through the teaching of Thy Son Jesus Christ didst prepare Thy Disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit; make ready the hearts of Thy servants who at this time are seeking Thy grace through the laying on of hands, that drawing near with penitent and faithful hearts, they may be filled with the power of Thy Divine presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Amen. 

 

CHlLDREN’S PAGE.

We try on this page to bring to you some items of interest and information. First of all this month here is something about

LIGHTHOUSES.

The nearest one to Masterton, we have heard, is at Castlepoint. Lighthouses have been built since quite early times and are referred to in a poem written 600 years B.C. The most famous lighthouse of ancient times was, however, the Pharos of Alexandria, which was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

This lighthouse is stated by Edrisi, an Arabian historian, to have been 600 feet high. The blocks of stone were welded together, we are told, not with cement but with molten lead. At the summit a great brazier was kept always buming, "a pillar of fire by night, and of smoke by day." Behind the fire was a great mirror to reflect the light to a great distance.

Now, what are lighthouses for? They are a guide to ships voyaging across the sea. God’s Word to us in the Holy Bible is like a lighthouse to guide us on the voyage of life. There is a place in Psalm 119 where we read: "’Thy Word is a lamp . . . and a light." See if you can find the place and read and remember the whole verse.

Next we have an article about 

STAMP COLLECTING.

The other day the Vicar inquired at Sunday School to see if any of our children collect stamps. He was a little bit surprised when almost all the boys and girls put up their hands to show that they were stamp-collectors. Many famous people go in for this hobby: grown-ups who do so like to call themselves "philatelists": the late King George VI was a very keen collector and sometimes showed his album to visitors. A while ago stamp collectors in England voted to decide which were the twelve most popular postage stamps. Amongst those chosen was the 9d stamp of our New Zealand 1916 Peace issue, designed by Mr. C. Berry, of Wellington. This beautiful stamp has in the centre the Franz Josef Glacier and the Southern Alps, and in the frame the Altar and Sanctuary of the Chapel at Waiho Gorge The 1½d stamp in the same issue shows St. Paul’s Cathedral enclosed by the "V" for victory sign and laurel sprays. I wonder whether any children reading this have either of these stamps in their collections.

There are other kinds of stamps apart from postage stamps. There is a special series used in Church of England Sunday Schools, which have on them a picture each Sunday about the lesson. You will be pleased to know that these stamps and albums will soon come into use in our Sunday Schools throughout the parish, and will be given to all junior and senior scholars.