A Message from the Wardens and Parish Notices

Although we all continue to grieve deeply for our beloved Fr Andrew, we have, of necessity, had to begin planning for the ongoing well-being of S. Michael’s. Therefore, aware that, in the immediate future, our parishioners need to be led who someone who knows and loves them,
Bishop Victoria has appointed Revd Anne Price as interim Priest-in-charge. As amply demonstrated at Fr Andrew’s Requiem last week, Revd Anne has the compassion, sensitivity and understanding of
the S. Michael’s way to lead the parish at this time. She will continue in her role at the Cathedral Grammar School but with significantly increased time at S. Michael’s.

The Bishop is currently overseas but in early May she will meet with the Wardens to ensure that, as Revd Anne’s position is part-time, she has the extra clergy support that will be needed. In addition, of course, we will continue to be supported both pastorally and liturgically by Fr Craufurd and Fr Ron. In the midst of such sudden and enormous change we are blessed to have their ministries and that of Revd Anne. S. Michael and All Angels is in safe hands.

Gloria Moyle

Having just celebrated the resurrection of Christ it is exciting that we are soon to witness the resurrection of our beloved Old Stone Building. With extensive earthquake proofing and the exterior stonemasonry completed, and the roof repairs nearing completion, we will see the scaffolding and
the walk-through containers disappearing in the next couple of weeks. Inside, the ceilings are in and walls nearly completed. Plastering has now started with painting and new carpeting to follow. Our contractors are working hard and are confident that the OSB will be handed back to the Parish in early June. It has been a long haul but shortly we will have much to celebrate.
Praise be!

Michael Graveston

Parish Notices

 

  • Reports for the AGM on 14 May: to the office by tomorrow, preferably by email.
  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material is required by noon on Tuesday.
  • From 1 April 2017 all sundry donations, e.g. for flowers or other parish appeals, will be recorded and included in parishioners’ annual giving receipts.
  • Easter flowers: sincere thanks for the very generous donations this year. Receipts will be issued under the new arrangements, i.e. end of March 2018.
  • Michael’s School: Term 2 begins tomorrow.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets Tuesday 1:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. Details from Jill (338 9590).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday 7:30 pm in the lounge.
  • Angel pockets/ blankets: Jill Woodside is collecting completed wraps from now until the middle of May.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

 

 

Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 9 April 2017

Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s on Palm Sunday as we begin Holy Week. Today our liturgy begins with the Procession of Palms, recalling Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people who lined Jesus’ route, threw cloaks on the ground and waved branches, were those who had seen the kingdom of God come near. They were moved to shout their praises, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Once the procession moved into Jerusalem Jesus found himself in a city in turmoil, with people asking, “Who is this?”

As the hosannas faded into the background it was obvious that Jesus’ ministry had produced two groups of people. One group is the poor in spirit who are blessed because theirs is the kingdom of God. They have seen and embraced the mercy evident in the life and ministry of Jesus, and see this as the action of the living God.

The other group is the powerful religious and political authorities who want to protect their privilege and order and reject the faith that Jesus is Lord. These are like two standards. We find ourselves in Holy Week, like the disciples, having to choose which to come under as our motives are laid bare. On Palm Sunday we read the Passion to help us understand the implications of this choice.

Through our baptism we are united to Christ’s death. This means our spirit yearns to stand where Jesus stands and to share the suffering Jesus suffers, even if our courage falters and lets us down. The purpose of the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter is to build up our capacity to stand with Jesus, regardless of the cost: to trust and not to be afraid. This capacity comes when, through these liturgies, we experience the Holy Spirit filling our heart with the courage and strength of God.

We are given the grace to face the questions, challenges and suffering in our own lives right now, which show us the passion of Christ.

I encourage you to make this journey with us at S. Michael’s through this Holy Week. Tonight we have a special service, the Stations of the Cross with hymns and choral reflections. From this we will go on to celebrate the full richness and depth of the Church’s tradition as we build towards the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the joyful celebration of the resurrection at Easter.

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Posters and flyers for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week Services are available from the office and at the back of the church.
  • From 1 April 2017 all sundry donations, eg for flowers or other parish appeals, will be recorded and included in parishioners’ annual giving receipts.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Michael’s School is now on holiday until 1 May.
  • Supper after the Easter Vigil on Saturday: please bring finger food to share.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: Easter Day at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Reports for the AGM on 14 May: to the office by 26 April
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5, available Sundays in the hall, weekdays from the office.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Bible Study Group resumes on 1 May. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Advance Notice: Exhibition of paintings by Diana Watson (Smith) in the hall, 28–30 April, affordable prices with proceeds towards our new vicarage. Elisabeth Alberts and Ginny Comery will sing at the opening 4:30–6:30 pm on 28 April.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Preparations for Easter:
    • Donations for flowers to Jill Woodside please.
    • Floral Cross: please bring garden flowers next Sunday morning.
    • Working bee for brass cleaning etc: Saturday 10:00 am in the lounge.
  • For Maundy Thursday: If you would like to take part in the foot washing during the Mass, please sign the list at the back of the church. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar of Repose until the next day. Members of the congregation keep watch for an hour during the night. If you can do this, please sign the list at the back of the church so that we can ensure that at least two people are present at all times. Details Stephen Woodside (338 9590).

Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 2 April 2017

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s on Passion Sunday. We now enter the final fortnight of Lent, when we draw nearer to the suffering and passion of our Lord. I am delighted to welcome the Revd Stephanie Robson, who is the Director of Diocesan Mission Research, to be our guest preacher today. Stephanie is well known to many of us at S. Michael’s, having been part of our congregation prior to her ordination.

Today we hear two particularly inspirational stories from Scripture: one being Ezekiel’s vision of God giving life and spirit to the dry bones of Israel, and the other the raising of Lazarus. As we hear these stories read today and consider the present reality of our own lives, we may well find our prayers joined with those of the psalmist in a heartfelt cry from the depths. This would be a rich grace indeed to be given as we enter Passiontide. While many here will have heard these Scriptures often, we are gathered to hear them today in the unprecedented circumstances of our life right now, both personally and as a church community.

Next Saturday morning we hold the parish breakfast, which is one of the times when we build up our life of fellowship together. Most of us gather for Mass at 9:00 am in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. The breakfast begins at about 9:45 am and you are welcome to come at that point if you prefer. This is a hearty breakfast including cereals and fruit, toast, eggs and other cooked goodies that will set you up for the whole day. It is open to all who are associated with S. Michael’s and we welcome you to be a part of it. If you can, you may bring contributions of food or money to defray expenses. Please contact Ros Calvert (322 6078) for more details. Another such time when we come together for fellowship is when we go out for lunch after the 10:00 am Mass to the Regatta on Avon. Our next trip there will be on Easter Day, and again, all are welcome to join in.

I am delighted to announce that Revd Anne Price has been licensed by Bishop Victoria to teach Religious Education in the school part-time, beginning in Term 2. There are some posters and flyers with details of the choral Stations of the Cross next Sunday evening, and the other services of Holy Week and Easter. Please take a poster if you are able to place it on a notice board where others will be able to see it.

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Posters and flyers for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week Services are available from the office and at the back of the church.
  • Bible Study Group: Mondays 7:15 pm in the school. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Ben Randall’s first Eucharist: Tuesday, 7:00 pm at the Cathedral. All welcome.
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Michael’s School term ends on Friday.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 8 April 9:45 am. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Stainer’s Crucifixion: Saturday 5:30 pm at the Cathedral. Christchurch City Choir.
  • Palm Sunday ceremonies begin at 9:30 am in the school atrium.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: Easter Day at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5, available Sundays in the hall, weekdays from the office.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Advance Notice: Exhibition of paintings by Diana Watson (Smith) in the hall, 18–30 April, affordable prices with proceeds towards our new vicarage. Elisabeth Alberts and Ginny Comery will sing at the opening 4:30–6:30 pm on 28 April.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.
  • Preparations for Easter:
    • Donations for flowers to Jill Woodside please.
    • Palm Crosses: these will be made on Thursday from 10:45 am in the lounge. Helpers required, also donations of flax. Details Kathryn Starky.
    • Working bee for brass cleaning etc: 15 April 10:00 am in the lounge.
    • For Maundy Thursday: If you would like to take part in the foot washing during the Mass, please sign the list at the back of the church. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar of Repose until the next day. Members of the congregation keep watch for an hour during the night. If you can do this, please sign the list at the back of the church so that we can ensure that at least two people are present at all times. Details Stephen Woodside (338 9590).