I write this piece for our Church Blog with anticipation and hope for the future of the Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church. A bold decision has been made. At a congregational meeting on Sunday, 30 August 2015 the congregation voted overwhelmingly to move to holding combined worship services each Sunday morning, alternating between St Andrew’s Whangaparaoa and St Andrew’s Orewa.

The key points to note immediately about this move are as follows:

  • combined worship services will commence on Sunday, 20 September 2015 with a service at 10:00 am at Whangaparaoa;
  • the starting time of combined services will be 10:00 am;
  • in each month on the first and third Sundays combined worship will be at Whangaparaoa and on the second and fourth Sundays combined worship will be at Orewa; and
  • if there is a fifth Sunday in the month, the combined service will be a special service with the timing, venue and details of the service being notified in advance.

This move may be a little confusing for some, particularly to start with, so we will be using several different ways to get the message across. For example, the parish activities calendar on the back page of the monthly newsletter will always give the dates, timings and venues of our worship services. The activities calendar on our church website ( will also provide the details of each Sunday’s worship services.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be putting together a worship team to plan and oversee the combined worship services for the first six months. The worship team will play an important role in ensuring the success of our combined worship, bringing together different talents and ideas and sharing the worship preparation load with me. It doesn’t mean that the worship team is going to be doing everything, though, and we will be looking for people to participate in the conduct of our worship services, whether they are on the team or not. It is, above all, participation and variety that we are looking for – the combined worship services are the vehicle for this. It is through participation that we will be able to ensure that our worship remains vital, relevant and encouraging, all of which are important for helping us to be part of God’s mission in the world.

Yours in Christ’s service,


Bill Adair Concert


Bill Adair, Scottish singer and songwriter, will be in concert on Friday 12 July, 7:30 p.m., at our Orewa church (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa). This is a great opportunity to hear one of Scotland’s finest folk singers and song writers on his 2013 New Zealand tour. Bill’s website has the details of this tour. The concert will include traditional ballads as well as some of Bill’s own songs. Tickets cost $20, which includes a light supper, and can be obtained from Ron Mills, phone 09 424 2764.

Bill has had a life-long love of music, but he has only been a full-time musician since 2007 after careers in the police force and in the commercial world: see Bill’s biographical details at His music combines influences from folk and blues and addresses universal themes of love, work, loss and redemption.

Bill is much in demand at festivals and folk clubs all over the United Kingdom. He is widely recognised as a renowned interpreter of the poems and songs of Robert Burns. He is currently working with Glasgow University on some new recordings of the songs of Robert Burns for the 21st century. A collection of six songs performed by Bill was released in celebration of Burns Night 2013. You can find out more about this project and listen to some of Bill’s recordings at

In 2008 Bill released Along the Miners’ Rows. The CD was commissioned and recorded to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Auchengeich Colliery mining disaster on 18 September 1959. It was Scotland’s worst mining disaster of the 20th century and 47 men lost their lives in the underground fire. The CD features a range of songs written by Bill especially for the album. You can listen to Bill singing the title track at

Bill released the CD Dusty Boots on a Gravel Road in 2010. This CD contains both new songs by Bill and some fresh interpretations of works by Robert Burns, Ewan MacColl, Billy Edd Wheeler and Robin Laing. You can also hear the title track of this CD at .

Bill’s talents are not confined to music. He published a collection of 26 humorous poems for children, An Alphabet of Animal Limericks, in 2013. It is available on Kindle from Amazon Books: see

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Bill on his New Zealand tour.