with Chris Herlihy, Principal, Glen Taylor School
Chris Herlihy © 13 June 2021
Chalice Lighting is:- “Chalice Lighting for Children’s Sunday” By Christian Schmidt, Alexis Capen
Time for all ages:- “If I Built a School” by Chris Van Dusen
Koha Hymn:- “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child”, #97
Closing Words:- “We All Emerge” By Eric Williams
Although Tonga fortunately has no community transmission of COVID-19, travel there is not possible at present and thus the pandemic has seriously affected our ability to train teachers in the use of Steps as well as supply laptops to schools.
Our main effort has shifted to attempting to collect from New Zealand companies laptops which are up for replacement. We will then provide them to Tongan primary schools as soon as we can. In addition, fund raising continues in order to purchase new laptops for the schools.
We look forward to being able to return to Tonga and assist their Ministry staff to expand this valuable and well received Steps literacy programme, especially helpful for dyslexic children.
While NZ has been at Covid-19 Alert Level 1 for some time and life for most has largely returned to “normal”, the Covid-19 virus is spreading exponentially overseas, and especially so in India. With more infectious variants occurring, India is in crisis and in desperate need of medical supplies including oxygen, respirators, PPE and isolation facilities. Hospitals are overflowing.
Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support for this campaign!
Through your efforts, church members have sponsored 43 Year 7 & 8 Glen Taylor School students to the school camp at Kawau Island held later this month. Sponsorship for these students is very much appreciated, and the school’s Principal, Chris Herlihy, sends huge thanks to all!
Craftivist Companions have completed our Living Wage Campaign. There is a poster on the notice board of some of our work, and there are some “graffiti” pieces hanging in the local neighbourhood. Have you spotted them?
Our current project is in support of the Tree Council. We are making 120 brooches with the theme of celebrating trees, one for each member of parliament. We will send them with a letter to appeal to them to act to protect our trees. If you would like to make a brooch please ask Kay, Corrine or Pien for some tips.
Even better, join us at 7.30 on Thursday evenings, at the church.
The Help a Kid to Camp campaign for Glen Taylor School is a request for sponsorship to enable students in this decile 1a school to attend a school camp on Kawau Island in May this year.
If you want to sponsor a student, then we ask that you:-
- donate to the church’s account, Auckland Unitarian Church, 02 0100 0024691 00 and reference the donation as “Kids Camp”
- Return the sponsorship form to:- firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Gary or Brenda on a Sunday morning.
The Peace & Social Justice Group will send the sponsorship forms into Glen Taylor School so that sponsors can be matched with a student.
The campaign finishes Friday 7th May, and we ask that all sponsorship donations are made before that date.
UU Craftivism gets an article on stuff.co.nz!
Lifewise Merge Café located in Ponsonby near the Auckland Unitarian Church, sent out a call for financial help in March this year. The Café has taken a huge financial hit due to impact of the four Auckland Covid-19 lockdown periods, and was in danger of closing.
The Quiz on wheels had too few participants to proceed today (Saturday 20th March 2021). We will offer it again later in the year.
The Quiz is a team game, there are questions and quests for all ages. Learn something of the history of Northcote/Birkenhead, be wowed by its beauty, and be moved by the love stories that feature along the way. The quest will take about two hours, and we will finish with a shared afternoon tea at one of the lovely beaches. If it is too cold and wet for that, Rachel and Clay have offered their home, as our tea party spot. Details will be given on the day.Continue reading Quiz on Wheels – Postponed – Fundraiser for PSJ projects