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7 pm – Evening service Lent series:  Jonah Jesus: Exploring the meaning of the cross through the story of Jonah.  We will meet in the Gathering Area. Light supper at 6pm. Worship at 7pm. The series will conclude with a service of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday (1 April). Email jordan@knoxchurch.net for more information.

28 Feb – The cross as calming the chaos
7 Mar – The cross as God’s suffering-with
14 Mar – The cross as wonderful exchange
21 Mar – The cross as scandal
28 Mar – Palm Sunday Celebration (in the main church)
1 Apr – Holy Communion (this i a Thursday)

Walking together – is an expression of fellowship within the Knox congregation, enjoying the ambience of the outdoors. All are welcome to join us on Sunday 28 February, starting at Nairn St Sports Ground, along by the Roslyn Fire Station. Exploring the Kaikorai Valley stream walk and ending up at Sandra and David Goodchild’s apartment at 3/315 Highgate for afternoon tea. There will be transport available from Knox Church at 1.30pm and we will leave from the Fire Station at 1.45pm for those who wish to meet there. Any enquires to Sandra Goodchild

Can you help “dress” the Church for Communion? – While we now celebrate Communion monthly at the 10am service, we are still retaining the custom of dressing the church for communion on what were Quarterly Communions  in March, June, September and December. It requires approximately 1½ hours on the day before (Saturday) to put white cloths on the back of the pews. Usually those serving communion put the cloths away after the service but help then is always appreciated. The more people involved the quicker it gets done and may mean your commitment is only once or twice in the year. It isn’t a difficult task. There is no age limit, family involvement welcome. For the March Communion there will be people available to show new comers what needs to happen. We are also looking for 1-2 people who will launder and iron the cloths as and when required.  Anyone interested in assisting or requiring more information please contact:  Alison Tait (Council Clerk) councilclerk@knoxchurch.net

Calling crafters Each year Knox welcomes people who come to Dunedin for study and work. They can feel the cold of the South. We invite crafters with available time and materials to make (knit, crochet, weave, sew etc.) winter warmers such as scarves, mittens, gloves and hats to distribute to students and others. Items should be made from materials with a high wool content.  Note this is for NEW items only (PSO stores will welcome any preloved winter woolies). Donations of woollen yarn welcome. There will be containers at the back of the church for completed items. To discuss further please contact Mavis Duncanson

Easter Gifts for 400 men in the Otago Corrections Facility 2021 – Making it happen again!
Timetable:  From now – we can be dropping wee bags of small eggs into our shopping baskets, or give a $ donation to help cover costs of card printing and the bags for the gifts. Everyone who can help in any way (see below) is most welcome to join us in the Gathering Area for any of these events. Any questions call Janet Sim Elder
Tuesday 16 March 4.30-6.30pm Palm Cross making for Knox people and each man in prison.
Sunday 21 March 11.30am-1.30pm Palm crosses (500) continued after morning Worship.
Monday 22 March all eggs and cash donations to Jacqui in the office.
Thursday 25 March 9.30am-noon packing parcels – one for each man.
Palm Sunday 5 April Rae Wilson is the new chaplain at OCF and will join us for worship. She and Colin Morrison will deliver the gifts to the men over the following week.

Foodbank Each week people are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food and other supplies for the Presbyterian Support Otago Foodbank. Please leave the items in the back of the church in the plastic container supplied. Wishlist for donated food items – dried foods (esp. flour and sugar), children’s lunch snack items i.e. muesli bars, packets of raisins, etc.

United Nations update – The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) will take place from 15-26 March 2021 and will consider the priority theme of “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. The session will also review the agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW65 is scheduled to take place on a virtual platform (including the general discussion, ministerial round tables and interactive events). Our sisters in Ecumenical Women are organising several related events. Because these will be led by women around the globe, all time zones will be included. You can follow CSW65 on Twitter and Facebook: https://twitter.com/UN_CSW and https://facebook.com/UNCSW. You can also follow the Presbyterian Women Aotearoa NZ Facebook page www.facebook.com/presbyterianwomenaotearoanewzealand as well.

Faith Thinking Seeing Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse: Biblical, Pastoral, and Theological Perspectives – Prof David Tombs, University of Otago. The forthcoming book When Did We See You Naked?’: Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse identifies the stripping of Jesus in the praetorium, and his naked exposure in crucifixion, as forms of sexual violence and abuse. In these three sessions we will explore biblical, pastoral, and theological perspectives on these disturbing events and their significance today. Friday 26 March, 7pm-9pm and Saturday 27 March, 9am-12:30pm. Gathering Area, Knox Church. Cost: $20 (inc. GST).  Register at https://www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation/index.html.

‘She Sings: Songs of Truth, Hope & Joy’ concert  Sunday 7 March, 2:30pm at Knox Church. In celebration of International Women’s Day. Compositions by women composers past and present including New Zealand composers. The group is made up of seven returning Octagon Ensemble artists: Michelle Walker, Ondine Gotschalk, Sophie Gangl, Rhiannon Cooper, Anna Mackenzie, Erica Paterson and Tessa Romano, along with new artist, Lillian Gibbs.  Click here for more information

A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand in partnership with Para Kore is delighted to bring to Dunedin the Zero Waste Programme for Churches workshop. This is a hands-on workshop for churches ready to embark on a zero waste journey. https://www.facebook.com/events/3716140675142038
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We look forward to welcoming you and your church to the workshop on:
Saturday, 13 March 2021, Elim Church Dunedin, 10am – 3pm,
with Potluck Lunch
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Preparations for the workshop:
– Please bring to the workshop 1-3 bags of rubbish per church as a representative sample of rubbish from your church so that you can have hands-on experience with a sample waste audit to know what is going into your rubbish at your church.  A week’s rubbish would be ideal as it would represent the different activities that may happen at your church during any given week. This will be a sample exercise which you can then replicate more fully for your church.
– If you missed the introductory online session last year, or if you’d like to refresh your memory before attending the in-person workshop, please check out this video that introduces the kaupapa behind the Zero Waste Programme for Churches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezt6Nd8qOBg
– Participation in the Zero Waste Pilot Programme is by koha. If your church would like to contribute a koha directly to A Rocha, please visit our Donate page on our website: https://www.arocha.org.nz/donate/
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The A Rocha / Para Kore Zero Waste Programme for Churches is offered in partnership with Para Kore. Para Kore is a Māori zero waste organisation with over a decade of experience working with community groups, marae and schools towards zero waste.
http://www.parakore.maori.nz/
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The Zero Waste Programme for Churches is an initiative of A Rocha’s Eco Church NZ project.
https://www.ecochurch.org.nz/
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If you have any questions, please contact Iris at new.zealand@arocha.org or 022 4191 883.
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To register, please use this link: https://arochanz.infoodle.com/form_process?g=6ce23de3-183b-4ec9-8d65-e874d9e0d081


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