Letter from the Vicar 26 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to worship God and to seek his strength for our lives and callings. Today the readings invite us to reflect on the call to discipleship, both its joys and freedoms, and its costs. As we do this, we will consider the mission to which we are called as disciples of Jesus.

A significant part of the mission of this parish is the S. Michael’s Church School, which is the oldest primary school in the city. As I mentioned in my letter last week, the school is presently involved in a strategic planning process. Today, following Mass, we have the opportunity to participate in this process. This is the beginning of a consultation that will include the children, their families, the staff, and indeed all members of the school community. I hope that parishioners will take this opportunity to contribute. Your voice needs to be heard as the vision for the school moving forward is formed. Whether you are very new to the parish or have been around a long time we need to hear your views.

As part of the wider progress towards a new strategic plan, we have also arranged for a Special Character Review of the School, which will take place 29–30 June. Revd Anne van Gend, the Director of the Anglican Schools Office, and Bishop Kelvin Wright, the Bishop of Dunedin, will be conducting the review. This kind of review happens periodically in Anglican Schools to support, encourage and strengthen their Anglican ethos. The review will look at how the school reflects the fivefold mission of our Church. These marks are:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

In this consultation a sixth mark is added: that of Worship.

If you wish to have input in this Special Character Review you can email Anne van Gend at anglicanschoolsnz@gmail.com or speak to me about ways to be involved.

Last Sunday it was a joy to have with us the Young Voices and School Servers and their families. We saw some of the fruits that are beginning to show among us of the mission in our School. We look forward to seeing this in greater evidence next Sunday when we welcome the whole school community for School Founders’ Day.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

  • Parish meeting today in the hall after Mass. This is to discuss strategic planning for the future of S. Michael’s School.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Trust and Vestry members meet on Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the parish lounge to discuss the points raised at Sunday’s meeting of parishioners. Vestry members please bring a small plate of finger food to share.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday immediately after the 7:00 pm Mass.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • School Fundraiser Quiz Night: Wednesday 7:00 pm at the Cranford Ale House. Tickets $10 from the school office. See poster for details or speak to Michael Graveston (027 358 0010).
  • Will Christianity survive in Christchurch beyond 2020? Peter Lineham and Panel, Saturday 9:30 am–12 noon at S. Mark’s Methodist Church, Barrington St. Cost $10. Registration: Andrew Donaldson stmarks7@clear.net.nz or phone 980 5002.
  • Resonance Ensemble Concert: soloist Cathy Irons (violin). Saturday 7:30 pm at S. Michael’s, door sales. Enquiries phone 355 4555.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Bible Study Group meets next 4 July, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is one of those to be ordained deacon at the Cathedral, 16 July at 10:00 am.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly, details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Diocesan Archives have a new phone number 365 9444.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar 19 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today. We are glad to welcome among us the Young Voices and School Servers once more.

The S. Michael’s Church School is entering a process of Strategic Review and all members of the Parish, Pupils, Parents and Staff are invited to be part of this process. We are all aware that the school has struggled for numbers since the earthquakes, when so many workers moved out of the central city. We are also aware of the impression the state of the Old Stone Building and surrounds have on prospective new families. As we know, the Old Stone Building will be repaired in time for the beginning of 2017 and the city is opening up with many new workers. In such times as this when very survival is at risk, expediency tends to dominate decisions, and that is understandable. The problem with expediency in the long term is that an organisation can become confused as to its key priorities. A strategic review is a helpful way to regain clarity about what is important.

The purpose of this Strategic Review is to consult with the key stakeholders in our school to find what is sometimes referred to as a ‘North Star’. This is a shining example of what our school could be and will help us to understand what needs to co-ordinate our thinking and planning in the school.

The new School Board Chairman Mr Peter Lennox and I will be offering an opportunity for parishioners to have input into this process on Sunday 26 June. Following the 10:00 am Mass we shall move to the parish hall. The meeting will start at 11:45 am and go on for about an hour. Also the Trust is invited to meet for the same purpose with the Vestry at 5:30 pm on Tuesday 28 June in the parish lounge, before the Vestry meeting that evening.

The school’s plight is a reminder of the struggles since the earthquakes, which have to a greater or lesser extent affected us all. We can feel constrained by ‘shackles’ which bind and limit potential. Such things can be insurance companies, council permits, road detours, and any one of the myriad things that hold us back. In amongst the confusion, it can be very empowering to name what is holding us back. This helps us to gain a ‘right mind’ about our situation.

Today we hear how Jesus encountered a man beset by many demons, someone whom the community feared. Jesus restored this man’s humanity and transformed him into a messenger of good news. Such is the power of the Lord we worship today.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

  • Parish Roll update: please check your details today.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Electrical work: the church will not be open this week except for the daily Masses (access through the parish lounge).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: 3 July (note change of date). Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass (about 10:45 am) in the Kevin Boyce Room in the school. Come and support us as we work on our gifts of winter items for Walsh House (parishioners please place your contributions in the box in the lounge by Tuesday). All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday 5:15 pm in the lounge. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Centre for Ethics and Spirituality: Christ’s College Thursday 7:30 pm. Bosco and Helen Peters host the inaugural event with an illustrated talk about their 40-day pilgrimage along the 1000 km of the Camino. They will share the experience and some of the lessons they learned that connect with ordinary life. Details on poster.
  • School Fundraiser Quiz Night: 29 June 7:00 pm at the Cranford Ale House. Tickets $10 from the school office. See poster for details.
  • Will Christianity survive in Christchurch beyond 2020? Peter Lineham and Panel, 2 July 9:30 am to 12 noon at S. Mark’s Methodist Church, Barrington St. Cost $10. Registration: Andrew Donaldson stmarks7@clear.net.nz or phone 980 5002.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly, details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Diocesan Archives have a new phone number 365 9444.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar 12 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today our readings lead us to reflect deeply on what it is to be a forgiven sinner. Some people, like the woman in the Gospel today, are clearly branded as sinners in the eyes of society. While we don’t find the word ‘sin’ used in the media much these days, our society hasn’t lost the practice of stigmatising people. Such people are all too aware of their shortcomings. They often struggle to find accommodation and employment because of their past. The failings of others, though, are less obvious. It takes one such as the prophet Nathan to confront King David with the extent of his sin and its dire consequences. The story reminds us that while God may put away or forgive sin, its downstream effects in human relations can cause much heartache and take many years to resolve.

Each time we come to Mass we begin by acknowledging our sin and asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Most of us don’t like concentrating on our own transgressions, or our part in the shortcomings of our Church, or our part in national and global sin. At present we are all being challenged to consider our part in the degradation of our world. This is an uncomfortable thought which most of us would rather avoid. This week I attended the S. Michael’s Climate Action Group meeting to share some of the ideas and challenges which came out of General Synod regarding climate action, some of which is also a bit uncomfortable.

Our Church invites us to have that uncomfortable thought each time we come to Mass, so that each time we may also gain the experience of God’s grace in forgiveness and be equipped by the sacrament for loving action. If we limit our reflection to trivialities, then our experience of God’s grace will be little, as will the love we show others. The purpose of the exercise of confession is not self-abasement, but rather that we may receive ever more abundantly the mercy of God which enables us to be shining lights of love in the world.

Last Sunday the Christchurch Marathon was run once more. After last year’s fiasco the traffic flow went much better and most people found the roads less congested than usual.

I mentioned last week that there will be surplus furniture from the Old Stone Building for parishioners to take away. This will be available in the hall on Sunday 26 June, a week later than I previously advised.

 Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

  • RSCM Music Sunday today 2:00 pm at S. Michael’s. For congregation and choirs to mark the 90th birthday of the Patron, Queen Elizabeth II. Featuring John Linker (organist), the Cathedral Grammar Girls’ Choir and the Salvation Army Choristers.
  • Parish Roll update: the current roll is available at the back of the church for you to check your details. For any changes and for new parishioners please either email details to Louise or return the form to the parish office or to Gloria Moyle.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • Winter Clothing Appeal for the women who come to Walsh House. Please place contributions in the box in the parish lounge. Details Jill Woodside (338 9590).
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Lecture at the Cathedral: Tuesday 1:00 pm The History of the City Mission.
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday 5:15 pm in the lounge. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Outreach Committee meets Tuesday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Voices of Aotearoa: arts and spirituality series. Kath Rushton on Colin McCahon, Wednesday 6:00–7:30 pm at Mary Potter Community Centre. Fee $10. Details on flyer, from office@stlukesinthecity.org.nz or 366 2253.
  • Electrical work in the church 20–24 June. Access through the lounge for daily Masses.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 20 June at 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Centre for Ethics and Spirituality launches at Christ’s College 23 June at 7:30 pm.
  • Will Christianity survive in Christchurch beyond 2020? Peter Lineham and Panel, 2 July 9:30 am to 12 noon at S. Mark’s Methodist Church, Barrington St. Cost 10. Registration: Andrew Donaldson stmarks7@clear.net.nz or phone 980 5002.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly, details Ros (322 6078).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar 5 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to celebrate the risen life of our Saviour. In the readings today we hear two powerful stories which demonstrate the power of God in the face of death. We also hear about the inner journey of S. Paul, as he recounts his transformation from one who was zealous in his ancestral traditions of Judaism. Yet God called Paul through his grace to be a powerful thinker and leading figure in the young Church. Although often quoted by conservatives in our age, S. Paul was a revolutionary figure. He could see that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ could not be contained within the shackles of the traditions of Judaism, any more than the risen Christ could be contained within the tomb.

As I mentioned last week, we have heard the wonderful news that Ben Randall is to be ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons on Saturday 16 July at a service beginning at 10:00 am in the Transitional Cathedral. This is very exciting for Ben, and also for all of us who have been praying and supporting Ben in these recent years. Part of the process towards this is the reading of the ‘Si Quis’, which we will do next Sunday. This formally notifies our community of the Bishop’s intention to ordain Ben and asks if anyone has ‘any just cause or impediment for which he should not be admitted into holy orders.’ Let us make a special intention to pray for Ben and the other candidates in the coming weeks as they prepare.

Things are moving forward as regards the Old Stone Building. We have heard that the resource consent has been granted, which is a great step forward, and now the building consent is the final hurdle before tenders are let. For our part we have been cleaning out the building, and some weeks ago a large skip of accumulated rubbish was disposed of. We have been careful to recycle as much as possible. What remains is a quantity of surplus school furniture such as desks etc, which will be offered to parishioners and the school community. It will be made available in the parish hall on Sunday 19 June. What is not taken will be recycled.

 Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 From the People’s Warden…

Parish Roll update: the current roll is available at the back of the church for you to check your details. For any changes and for new parishioners please either email details to Louise (smaa@xtra.co.nz) or fill in the form. Return it to the parish office or to me (or leave it in my pigeonhole).

Mission Motivator: are you interested in being the S. Michael’s liaison person with organisations involved in missionary and charity work? Please speak to me about this. Gloria Moyle

 

Parish Notices

  • The Sales Table and the Book Swap are now fundraising for new choir robes. Check out the variety of goods on offer in the hall after Mass on Sundays, and in the book corner in the parish lounge. Donations of sugar and fruit for marmalade welcome. Details Terry Elliott (326 6030) or Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Walsh House (City Mission) Clothing Appeal: the Women’s Fellowship is collecting knitting wool, beanies, scarves, hottie covers, gloves, socks etc for the women who come to Walsh House. If you can help, place your contributions in the box in the parish lounge. Knitters please speak to Jill Woodside (338 9590).
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Health and Safety Committee meets Wednesday 10:00 am in the parish office.
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge, details Ros (322 6078).
  • The Parish Trust meets Wednesday 5:15 pm in the lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • The Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday 7:30 pm in the lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
  • 1:00 pm Lectures at the Cathedral: Geoff Haworth. 7 June The Story of our Anglican Prayer Book, 14 June The History of the Christchurch City Mission.
  • Free Concert: Courtney Carter, the youngest member of our choir, is sitting her Performance Dip ABRSM for Voice and will perform her exam repertoire on Thursday, 1:10 pm at S. Augustine’s.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 11 June, 9:45 am in the lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
  • Retreat: the Gospel of John. Saturday from 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Avonside, led by Revd Jill Keir. RSVP jillrkeir@gmail.com or 0212123210.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

RSCM Music Sunday

Come and celebrate next Sunday, 2:00 pm at S. Michael’s. Music for

congregation and choirs to mark the 90th birthday of the RSCM Patron,

Queen Elizabeth II. Featuring John Linker (organist), the Girls’ Choir of

Cathedral Grammar School and the Salvation Army Choristers.