In an increasingly electronic world, there is still little to rival the satisfaction of settling down with a good book. The church Library is available for all who attend St Andrew’s and our collection has become more comprehensive as the years have unfolded. (We have had visitors comment that it is the best church library they have seen, but we don’t wish to skite…)
The library committee buys a wide range of titles to meet the needs of as many as possible: adults, youth and children. We have a great range of children’s picture books and chapter stories. In the adult section we have fiction, biographies, prayers and meditations, books on Christian living, study group resources, Bible commentaries, books relating faith to topical issues, on church history and world faiths, books on parenting and on youth ministries. There is definitely something for everyone.
Books ranging across the theological spectrum are added to provide different, sometimes challenging viewpoints. We hope they will be of great benefit in helping you to think about issues, in providing inspiration and in helping you to grow in your faith. Come and check us out. Items are issued for one month and may be renewed if no-one else is waiting. A Dewey catalogue enhances access to authors, titles and subjects. Assistance is on hand after the 9:30am Sunday service, during the morning tea gatherings.
Some new acquisitions
We have recently added to the Church Library eight books from the For Everyone Old Testament series. The new titles are Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther; Psalms for Everyone, Parts One and Two; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Lamentations and Ezekiel; and Daniel and the Twelve Prophets. This means that we now have the complete Old Testament set by John Goldingay, as well as the complete New Testament set written by Tom Wright. If there is any book of the Bible you would like to get to know better, borrow one of these commentaries. They include the text, broken down into small sections, with helpful anecdotes and comments on each section. As the For Everyone series title suggests, they are not written for an academic readership.
They are user friendly, clear and often surprise you with something new. Why not choose one to take home over the summer and read one section a day?
Ezekiel, Nehemiah and Esther
Psalms Part One
Psalms Part Two
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs
Lamentations and Ezekiel
Daniel and the Twelve Prophets