St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Gore, Southland, New Zealand


Our worshiping community is centrally situated in the Heartland town of Gore, in the southernmost region of New Zealand. Church community activities administered by Dr. Nichola Voice 11/05/2018

Edibles a strong point at church sale

The faithful, hardworking Presbyterian women..................... Residents will be able to take home all manner of goods, from cheese rolls to vegetables and books, from the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church annual sale. The sale, to be held tomorrow, is an annual event that raises money for the church's ongoing running costs. Sale organiser Joy Carter said the sal...

[05/11/18]   Happy Mothers’ Day

[10/26/17]   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
1:41 AM October 26, 2017

to me 🇨🇦️
Dear The Rev. Dr. John,

This morning, the new Government was sworn into office and a new era for New Zealand began. It’s official now – and we did this together.

Our Government will be one that faces up to and addresses the biggest issues facing our country. We will fix the housing crisis, make sure Kiwis get the healthcare they need, clean up our rivers, take serious action on climate change and rebuild our regions.

We will put people first. We won’t try and gloss over bad bits and turn a blind eye when things aren’t going as well as they could. Instead, we will use our resources and initiative to fix them. Because that’s fundamentally what our Government is about: making New Zealand better. And it’s about making it better for everyone.

I am incredibly honoured and proud to be leading our country, alongside a fantastic team of Ministers and MPs. I am so very grateful to every single person who helped us get here. This is your day, and your Government.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand

[12/12/16]   Bethlehem Baby's Birthday Prayer (Christmas Eve)

Holy and Loving God, you chose to take our human flesh as a feeble newborn in Bethlehem long ago. You lived as Glad Tidings in our midst in outlying town of Bethlehem in Palestine and fled to Egypt far away from the seat of power of the empire of the mighty and proud. We praise you for your coming again and again with your promises of hope, joy, love and peace to your people everywhere and our own {Gore} community. This holy night, come Emmanuel to give birth to justice where it is delayed or denied, give birth to hope for those who perish in despair, give birth to energy and strength to those who fade away in ill-health, hunger and thirst in our global community. We pray that you be born extra again in our hearts and in our world so that we may offer new freedom and new future for all in this holy season of our jubilant gatherings to give you thanks for Jesus, our Savior; Amen.

(JM, St. Andrew's Church, Gore, New Zealand)

[12/03/16]   Advent Hope & Christmas Reflections held at Thomas Green on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings had our last sessions last week.

[11/20/16]   Stormin’ Norma - a commoving romp through some of the organ's bravura repertoire presented by Kemp English at St. Andrew's Church, Gore on Sunday, November 20, 2016

[11/18/16]   Thoughts and prayers for earthquake affected parishes

Dear friends and colleagues

Warm greetings from the General Assembly currently meeting in Dunedin.

I write to you in the wake of the terrible 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday near Hanmer Springs.

To our parishes in North Canterbury, Marlborough and Wellington, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Many of you have sustained damage to your peace, your homes and your church buildings as a result of the quake and the continuing aftershocks. I pray that this distressing time will soon end.

In my opening sermon of Assembly, I spoke on hope and the need for all of us in these difficult times to embrace hope over fear. I pray that you are given the strength you need to help your communities not give into fear.

Please know that we are taking up a special offering and opening a Moderator’s appeal to raise support for parishes in the affected presbyteries. We will have details of the Appeal for you soon.

You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

In Christ


Right Rev Richard Dawson

Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

[10/24/16]   St. Andrew's Presbyterian Gore Community Church
Advent Hope - Christmas Reflections 2016

Session 1 2.00 - 3.00 PM October 25 Tuesday
7.30 - 8.30 PM October 26 Wednesday
יְהוָ֣ה (Yahweh)God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of the garden/
Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s
head. How many creation stories are there in the Book of Genesis? Answer: Two.
First: Genesis Chapter 1:1- Chapter 2:3 (Priestly) Elohim (God - a distant God) creates the heavens and earth in six days. (Light on the first day and ending with man and woman on the sixth)
Second: Genesis Chapter 2:4 -25 Yahweh (YHWH - a humanlike being who walks in the garden - a potter working with clay) or tetragrammaton -consisting of four letters (Yawist) Creation takes place in one day. Another term for God: Adonai
Yahweh (God) creates Adam and places him in the garden of Eden with dominion over the animals and Eve, the first woman created from his side as a companion.
Chapter 1: Adam & Eve were created at the same time following the creation of the animals.
Chapter 2: Man, plants & animals and finally woman.
Did God need six days to create the world? No. Swiss reformer John Calvin (1554CE) rejected Origen's position of symbolic methods but held a literal 6-day creation story. Augustine believed in an instantaneous creation. Examine Genesis 2:19
Genesis 1: Plants, animals, man and woman
Genesis 2: Human, plants, animals; divides the human into female and male
Genesis 3: We don't know the date and authorship of Genesis. Moses around 1500 BC? However, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden , their disobedience, expulsion etc. is the story of the Hebrew people the same as the 21st century church is "our story". Humankind was offered a gift of exceptional identity and an idyllic workplace. However the 'garden community' failed and were exiled from the land.
Genesis 22 Test of Abraham : What is the purpose of this brutal experience? Was it about Abraham? Does God test me to teach me a lesson? Did senior citizen Abraham's affection for his precious child take priority over his devotion to God? Just as God provided a child in his old age, patriarch Abe trusted that God would provide a substitute lamb. He faithfully journeyed to Mount Moriah and passed the test.

An Interfaith/Ecumenical Memorial Service to offer our prayers for the victims of the Orlando tragedy and their families in Orlando, Florida will be held at 2.00 PM Saturday, June 18, 2016 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

[05/08/16]   For Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

God of our ancestors,
in a world where chaos and ruin are as close as the wind,
where fires rage out of control in Fort McMurray destroying homes, businesses, and livelihoods;
Help us to find strength and courage from the stories of those who took refuge in you during their times of trial and despair.

And so with the psalmist who cried laments,
we pray for all who are in need of food, shelter, and healing…
[add specific prayer requests or space for silent prayers]

With the exiled people,
we pray for the tens of thousands of people evacuated and those who have lost their homes, churches, community centres, playgrounds and workplaces… [silent prayers]

With the disciples,
we pray and give thanks for the emergency responders and all those who provide moments of generosity, healing, and human kindness…

With our companions in our Messiah,
we pray for the ministry and people of First United Church in Fort McMurray.

In a world where safety and security can be fleeting,
where people cry out in grief, seeking rest and comfort,
Bind us together in your love as we pray the prayer of Jesus...
[recite the Lord’s Prayer in the language of your choice]


[04/12/16]   Off to a Workshop on "The Dignity of People with Disabilities" and two presentaions at World Council of Churches' regional body - Christian Conference of Asia's- Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS) VIII
‘Doing Asian Theologies in the Context of God’s Oikos’
Cochin, Kerala, India/ 18 – 22 April, 2016

[03/11/16]   Last Lenten Conversation with Luke in Aotearoa 2.00 PM on Tuesday at Thomas Green. All welcome.

Next Sunday: Palm/ Hosanna Sunday (Liturgical color:Red) Jackie Bristow, singer /songwriter, professional musician and recording artist, born and raised in the South Island will sing during Sunday morning worship service.

March 27 Sunday of Resurrection : Holy Communion

In God's Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
This week and next week we pray for: Myanmar, Thailand
Give thanks for: Thailand’s support for refugees from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Those working on behalf of exploited children, particularly those in the s*x trade. The Christian Conference of Asia. The Myanmar Council of Churches. Orchids and ching chops (a Thai instrument like brass finger cymbals), boat-shaped harps, gongs, bamboo flutes, colourful silks, graceful dancers and gentle spirits. Burmese marionettes, some with 60 different strings. Buddhist and Christian dialogue, which strives to break down old barriers and find common cause for hope and peace.

[03/01/16]   Everyone is "lost"! Isn't it a sobering story about two kids missing - one flummoxed at home and the other disoriented and nowhere to be found in some forlorn corner of this planet, with no family to take care of them, without a community, worst of all without their mother nonetheless in the presence of their apparently frosty /hidden/father who learned to demonstrate his affection only after the family went through alienation, antagonism, suffering and finally their nightmare, where everyone was "lost", transforms into feasting, enjoyment and elation ? (PS: This was a reply I posted on a reflection for Sunday, March 6, 2016 (Luke 15) in the Christian Century)

[02/05/16]   “Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Transfiguration Sunday Reflection

[01/23/16]   A Lenten Conversation With Luke in Aotearoa ( 2 to 3 Tuesday afternoons : February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8 & 15, 2016) at Thomas Green

[11/24/15]   Moderator's prayer for the people of Paris

I invite you and your family to create a short ritual at a meal this coming week. Light a candle. Place an empty chair at the table. Break bread and drink from a cup. Have a conversation about the "fear factor". Will fear or love win? This is the very least we can do!

Rt Rev Andrew Norton
Moderator, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand

Lovers Lament

city of lovers'
where the cello bow
acquiesced to the cadence
of assassins' fire

a city weeps
blood spilled
bodies broken
conceived in terror

we hold your silence
our hands cup your tears
our families host an empty chair
for the ones you have lost

we light a vigil candle
a sign of hope
a prayer for a world
in darkness

may fear be destroyed
wine poured
bread broken
conceived in love

[11/24/15]   Christmas Newsletter, 2015

Dear Friends:

After a long wait, following many months of reflection and resolve both within the St. Andrew's Parish and helpful nudges from Southern Presbytery, Joyan and I have amiably settled in the manse which reminds us of the almost imperial St. Machar's Cathedral manse in Aberdeen, Scotland! In retrospect, albeit, it was a challenge for me to be on my own here at first, with your exceptionally generous and warm friendships, having kept very busy to get to know the congregation, I did fairly well.
Early this year when we decided to leave the idyllic Canfield United Church, we have had a few unique invitations across the global church. Now that we are here in Gore, we almost have had our early Christmas presents. Being old geezers, Joyan and I trust in God's nudges and are quite happy to have decided to accept this opportunity to be part of your faith journey here at St. Andrew's church community for a wee while. We do appreciate your goodwill, prayers and faithfulness to bring round our church life stronger and more meaningful as we continue to move on together.

When I mentioned about Christmas Eve 'candle light' service of carols and lessons at St. Andrew's Session meeting, I think I heard chuckles around the table! For over forty years, our Christmas activities in Canada centered around how T.S. Eliot described Christmas season in his poem, 'Journey of the Magi'.

"A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'
And the camels galled, sore-footed,
Lying down in the melting snow."

Could we ever imagine anything better than a balmy, sun-drenched Christmas in the Antipodes! At this Christmas we will miss our son Bram who teaches back home in Mississauga, Ontario; but during his student days, he has spent Christmas holidays on his own in Manchester, England and Aberdeen, Scotland and he might join us next year.

During the Advent and Christmas seasons we celebrate the birth of Jesus with our church community as well as family gatherings and reunions. Please take time to read the Christmas story and be mindful of those who need the hope, love, peace and joy of this Holy Season.

We wish you and yours a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

The Rev. Dr. John Mathew, Minister

[11/16/15]   Advent Is Coming!

Are you ready?

Advent is the time that the church sets aside so we can prepare ourselves for Christ’s Mass (Christmas). It’s a holy, four-week countdown to Jesus’ birthday and this year, it begins on Sunday November 29.

[11/16/15]   Prayer for Paris
14 November 2015

As news of the multiple attacks in Paris, France continues to unfold, The United Church of Canada offers the following prayer as we hold all those affected in our thoughts and prayers.

with hearts full of anger and lament
we bring to you our prayers for Paris.

We are angry that people around the world continue to experience
the oppression of terror and the sin of violence.
And so we pray for:

the loved ones of the people killed in the near
simultaneous terrorist attacks in Paris,
the people who are emotionally and physically wounded,
the people who are living with fresh fears;
the people in need of comfort; and
the emergency response crews, aid workers and civil servants who risk
their own well-being for the sake of others.

We lament the gross betrayal of civil rights that allows for sports fans, music lovers, and restaurant patrons to be terrorized during a lively Friday evening in the city.
And we are heartbroken that fear and violence has broken into their lives.

May the anger felt across the world motivate us towards a non-violent peace, and may the tears cried testify to our solidarity with those suffering in Paris;

they are not alone in their grief, horror and disbelief.

In this terrible time,
We humbly offer these prayers to you,



St. Andrew's Church, Gore, NZ

Opening Hours

Friday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm
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