Latest News

Connections: Celebration, Wisdom and Commentary from Dunedin Methodist Parish.

Arriving mid-May 2014.


Click the cover or this link for full details and to Pre-order your copy.

Arising from a New Zealand context and touching on universal issues, Connections offers 45 responses from the people of Dunedin Methodist Parish to the challenge of being church and living out the gospel in their community.

Readers will find themselves laughing, surprised, angered and affirmed, but mostly, nodding in agreement and encouraged in their personal spiritual journey and in their Christian responses to the people around them.




The articles, selected from weekly contributions 2007–2013, are grouped into five broad categories, and cover diverse topics, including:

  • Celebrating God’s Creation
  • Responding to the Gospel
  • New Ideas for Being Church
  • Seeking Justice
  • Working for Peace

~ ~ ~ | ~ ~ ~

Theme Scheme: Creative Ideas, Activities, Games, Puzzles, Plays, Quizzes.
By Rosalie Sugrue   Print edition now in stock – Order your copy now.

As featured on Maren Tirabassi’s Gifts in Open Hands blog.

Theme_Scheme_cover_5_Rainbow_250w Click the cover or this link for full details and to order.

Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, puzzles, plays and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare.

The first section covers a whole year, month-by-month, to help you celebrate New Zealand and international anniversaries, national days, organisations and causes.

Games are a wonderful way for folk to mix and get to know one another. There are easy instructions for indoor and outdoor games suitable for active, young people, through to less mobile, older people. Great for convenors, leaders, teachers and diversional therapists.

The book also includes sound, straightforward guidelines for running small group meetings, covering rules for happy meetings, an agenda and minutes structure, and the role of the person leading the meeting.

Special Sundays and church related activities through the year are highlighted. This section also notes related plays and readings in Rosalie’s companion book Ten Plays: Short, easy dramas for churches (available in print and as an eBook).

The last two sections of material for themed quizzes and trivia competitions on general and Bible topics will keep your group entertained and interacting with each other throughout the year.

An eBook edition of Theme Scheme is available to order: Click here for details.

~ ~ ~ | ~ ~ ~

Preparing For Retirement Today: Dealing With The Financial And Physical Issues
By Bruce H. Woodley  eBook released 21 Feburary 2014.

PFRT_CreateSpace_cover_21_Feb_2014_250wClick the cover or this link for full details and to order.

Are you ready for retirement?

Bruce Woodley will get you started on planning for a financially secure, happy and healthy retirement. By exploring how to handle our savings and investments in a practical and common sense manner, both when we are working and in retirement, he shows that it is possible to reach our retirement goals and provide a future which is both fulfilling and enjoyable.

The book also outlines how relationships can be improved, by helping men and women to understand that they often have different approaches to financial planning and managing money. It also identifies how to provide for family legal matters.

Woodley shows how the new 60 is the old 40 and that we can take charge of our own future, rather than retiring from life. With a positive approach to living life to the full, we can look forward to living our dreams in our older years, with more life ahead of us. We can stay young at heart.

~ ~ ~ | ~ ~ ~

The League of Lilith: A thriller with soul, by mother and son duo Rosalie Sugrue & Troy Sugrue – eBook just released!

League_of_Lilith_cover_3_250wClick the cover or this link for full details and to order.

Sarai, a Biblical Studies lecturer, learns a great and terrible truth – a core knowledge she must impart to a successor. Will she choose society wife, Jen, or prostitute Kat? The lives of these two women collide in unexpected ways around Sarai, while in the wings lurk a coven of Wiccan witches, and the dark desires and dealings that threaten Jen’s husband, Wilkin. To what lengths will he go to get the heir he desperately desires?

Has Womenkind surrendered its sacred duty? Does Sarai know the secret to the world’s survival or has a life of radical feminism driven her insane?

Set in pre-quake Christchurch, The League of Lilith is an explosive novel that builds relentlessly to a dramatic climax.

~ ~ ~ | ~ ~ ~

60 70 80 90 is now available as a print book.

In stock – order your copy now!

60 70 80 90 cover 250w60 70 80 90: Planning ahead for
satisfying senior years

By David C. Pratt

Click the cover or this link for info and to order.

This lively book, based on personal experience, is full of practical suggestions for people preparing to retire. While based on the New Zealand scene, readers in other countries will also find the material thought-provoking and encouraging.

Retired Methodist minister and hospital chaplain, David Pratt’s many years of working with older people, their carers and families, convinced him that too few people think ahead and prepare well for their retirement and aging. His own experience of reaching the age of 70, having suffered a serious and unexpected illness at age 65, sharpened his awareness of the issues.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting started
  • Where will we live
  • Home – the house we live in (See sample chapter below)
  • Interests and hobbies
  • The joy of being a grandparent
  • Finance and money matters
  • Being single in a partners’ world
  • Health and medical matters
  • Security and safety
  • Everyone is going to die
  • Attitude
  • Love and sexuality
  • Dreaming sensibly
  • Ageism and discrimination
  • Old, old age.

Website and other contact details for New Zealand organisations and government departments who work with older people are listed in an extensive appendix. The book is fully indexed.

eBooks available

Click covers or links to order and for more details

To Order please click the appropriate Add to Cart buttons for the eBook format you require on each book’s page.

You will make payment via PayPal and then be shown a link to download the book.

You will have 36 hours to get your book and three attempts to download it.

You will also be emailed the link for the download.

Alternatively, you are also provided with links to Amazon.com amd Smashwords.com so you can purchase in Kindle or ePub formats direct from their sites.



Celebration, Wisdom and Commentary from Dunedin Methodist Parish

Available mid-May 2014


Preparing For Retirement Today

Dealing With The Financial And Physical Issues

By Bruce H. Woodley


Theme Scheme

Creative Ideas, Activities, Games, Puzzles, Plays, Quizzes

By Rosalie Sugrue



Ten Plays

Short, easy dramas for churches

By Rosalie Sugrue


The League of Lilith

A thriller with soul, by mother and son duo

Rosalie Sugrue & Troy Sugrue

60 70 80 90 cover 100w

60 70 80 90

Planning ahead for satisfying senior years

By David C. Pratt


Parables and Poems

“Simon Brown brings us stories from the land; yarns to warm our souls and tickle ouf fancies…” Mike Riddell

By Simon Brown


The John Wesley Code

Finding a Faith That Matters

By James Stuart


God of the Whenua

Rural Ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand

By Bill Bennett


A Question of Faith

History of the New Zealand Christian Pacifist Society

By David Grant


Bread and water:

The escape and ordeal of two New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors

By Will Foote


Indeterminate Sentence

A New Zealand World War II Conscientious Objector’s Story

By Allan Handyside


Growing in Age and Wisdom

By Anne Millar


Growing in Age:

Ageing in today’s society

By Anne Millar

Leave a Reply