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Rev Heather
Report from Assistant Minister -
Rev. Heather Kennedy

December 2016 - February 2017

Just after the last Parish Council meeting in November I undertook to tie White ribbons around the railings of First Church and handed out over 100 information cards to staff and students at SIT, to raise the awareness of White Ribbon Day.
Then December brought the usual busy-ness of the season which included the Lessons and Carols service and a Peacehaven service.
KidzFirst's fortnightly Friday night events, enjoyed a series of crafts and stories leading up to Christmas. With baking, card-making, decorations and adorning personalised Christmas stockings.
Thanks to those who helped clean up around the church buildings in mid-December. With the road works providing extra sand and dirt, the area on Ythan St. certainly needed tidying. The gardens and paths looked great after all our efforts.
The first week of December I presented a paper at the Otago University Chaplaincy Conference on 'Multi-Parish Ministry in Southland Presbyterian Congregations - A Rural Chaplaincy?' This was well received and gave a look at chaplaincy a wider perspective. Many of the other presentations were also very interesting, in light of the increasing secularisation of institutions and society.
Unfortunately, I slept poorly the two nights I was in Dunedin (on an iffy bed with terrible pillows). As a result, I have since been grappling with the effects of Neuralgia from a pinched nerve in the spine, between C5 And C6.
This has involved quite a lot of medication, physiotherapy and the cancellation of some of my commitments just prior to going away on holiday before Christmas. This has slowly improved to only being annoying from time to time, just in time to prepare for our next big adventure.
Making the most of our holiday in Mt. Maunganui during January, I relaxed, walked, soaked in hot pools and was able to cope with the current workload in January. This has included services at First Church and rest homes, pastoral care and preparation for this year's activities. Then during February I will be undertaking a Professional Performance Review with Rev. Helen Wallis.
At the end of January Jim and I travelled to Leeston in Canterbury to meet with the members of Ellesmere Co-operating Parish. I have agreed to serve them for the next two years and help them prepare for their next Methodist Minister in January 2019.

A Farewell Reflection
Over the sixteen years I've been at First Church in Invercargill I have noticed many changes as well as many things that have not changed. During that time we benefitted from the ministries of Rev. Dr. Simon Rae and Rev. Richard Gray, from both of whom I have been mentored, instructed, worked alongside and had my ministry nurtured to the level whereby I can now go and serve in another parish.
When I started at First Church there were three mid-week Clubs for children which had evolved out of the former Boys' and Girls' Brigades. These nature and makeup of the clubs has changed considerably to the one KidzFirst Club we currently have on a Friday evening. Over the years there have been many volunteers who have assisted in this vital mission outreach of the church.
I wish to thank all the members of the church, for your guidance, support and encouragement over the years and especially since my Ordination in 2008. Without you all I would have struggled. We look forward to our return and wish you all well for the future.



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