Parish Notices

  • Sunday 29 April: we bid farewell to Revd Anne and Charlie in the hall after Mass.They have kindly invited all parishioners to join them in a farewell lunch at noon.
  • Concert: NZ String Quartet in the church today at 3:00 pm. See poster.
  • S. Michael’s School: Term Two begins tomorrow.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Church Hosts: meeting in the lounge on Tuesday at 1:15 pm after Mass. It is hoped all people on the existing roster will come, plus others who want tolearn more about our church and to be able to impart that knowledge to visitors.
  • Needlework Group meets at Jill Woodside’s house Tuesday at 7:15 pm. All welcome. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • S. Michael’s School Open Day 9 May.
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit, Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.nz
  • Book Swap: in the parish 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 Wardens and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,
We felt that it was important, as a matter of public record and for the sake of those who were not at Mass last Sunday, that we repeated here the announcement of our next Vicar—Fr Christopher Orczy.
In his application Fr Chris, as he prefers to be called, wrote (this quote is with his permission of course) “S. Michael’s was a formative part of my becoming a Christian. Although I was baptised as an infant at S. Nicholas’, Barrington, I never attended church until Christmas Day 2006. I attended the Celtic Eucharist at the Cathedral on the Wednesday and received Holy Communion for the first time. On the Thursday I attended the Healing Mass at S. Michael’s. It was at this service that I knew the call from God to become a Priest. That Easter, I reaffirmed my Baptismal Vows and was confirmed on the Feast of S. Michael…” Nothing, surely, could so encapsulate the depth of his links to this parish.
Fr Chris holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor of Theology from Newcastle University (Australia). He was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and most recently has been the Rector of the Parish of Morpeth in that Diocese. He is married to Sarah, has a fourteen-year old daughter, Ivy, and we look forward to welcoming them on 1 July, when he begins his ministry with us.
From 30 April until then we are fortunate indeed to have Fr Ben Randall as our Priest-in-charge. Fr Ben, as most of you will know, is a curate at the Cathedral and he will be overseen in his new role by Dean Lawrence Kimberley. He is also, of course, very much a part of the S. Michael’s family and has always been more than willing to assist us during the last year.
Last Sunday there were also two other events—if an announcement can be so termed. The first was the annual AGM held after the 10:00 am Mass. Fifty parishioners attended a harmonious, positive, forward-looking meeting and the only change to office holders was the election of two additional members to last year’s Vestry—Denis Coulter and Elliot Luo. The second was the Marriage Blessing for Noeline and Bruce Calvert on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The family had had a celebration in the parish lounge the day before and very kindly provided hospitality for the parish after Mass—most welcome to those who were staying on to the AGM. On Tuesday Noeline was presented with flowers at the meeting of the Women’s Fellowship, where it was remarked upon the considerable achievement of staying married to the same man for sixty years!
Finally, to Revd Anne Price. It is hard to imagine a more difficult time to take over a parish than that in which S. Michael’s found itself in April last year. Revd Anne, however, rose wonderfully to the occasion, and although her farewell is not until next Sunday, the Wardens wish to take this opportunity to thank her for the enormous care and compassion she has shown, both to the parish and the school, over the last twelve months. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her and Charlie every blessing as they return to England.

Michael Graveston and Gloria Moyle

Parish Notices

  •  Next Sunday we bid farewell to Revd Anne and Charlie in the hall after Mass.They have  kindly invited all parishioners to join them in a farewell lunch afterwards.
  • Vicarage Building Fund: the Women’s Fellowship has soup and home baking available again today in the hall. Your generous donations are appreciated.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group will not meet this week (Anzac Day).
  • Concert: NZ String Quartet in the church next Sunday at 3:00 pm. See poster.
  • S. Michael’s School: Term Two begins 30 April.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 30 April, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • S. Michael’s School Open Day 9 May.
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 Au gust.Programm e to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit,Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.
  • Book Swap: in the parish 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 Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends

It seems such a long time since I last wrote. So much has happened.

Today we farewell Bishop Victoria at a service in the Transitional Cathedral. She has served this Diocese for just on ten tumultuous years. I feel very privileged that I was the first Deacon that she ordained a Priest. No other Bishop has had such trauma, in recent times, of such a devastating earthquake and its after-effects. This parish has been on its own tumultuous journey in that time.

One of my favourite authors is Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican Friar. In his book ‘What is the Point of Being a Christian?’ he writes, beginning with a quote from D.H. Lawrence:

The optimist builds himself safe inside a cell

                And paints the inside walls sky blue

                And blocks up the door

                And says he’s in heaven.

 

“Maybe the Church endures moments of crisis so that God may demolish the optimistic cells in which we take refuge. He knocks down the blue walls so that the sunlight may shine in and we may come out. At a solemn profession the then Provincial of the English Province, Ian Hislop preached. He was a craggy fierce Scottish convert from Presbyterianism. He said,

“I am coming to the end of my religious life and you are now beginning yours. As I look back over my religious life, and it has been a long one, I think of all that I have laboured to build and support. Often I have laboured hard to construct something, to leave some monument behind me, when, inevitably, some idiot has come along after me and torn down all that I have built and called it progress. So, I want to give you this piece of counsel, whatever schemes you may hatch, whatever plans you may formulate be sure of one thing, God will frustrate them.

“This may look like Calvinist pessimism, but it is not. Our dreams are too small, and if God demolishes them it is so that we may venture out into the larger space of his life. God liberates us from small ambitions so that we may learn to hope more extravagantly.”

On this the day of our AGM, we are also asking you to reflect on how we will use the time, skills, money and resources at our disposal, both as individuals and as a parish. At the back of the church is a letter and a leaflet asking us all to consider the gifts of God’s Grace.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Today 11:45 am: Annual General Meeting in the parish hall.
  • Today 5:00 pm: Bishop’s Farewell Eucharist at the Cathedral.
  • Giving receipts available today at the back of the church.
  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 30 April.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship: Tuesday 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Claire Preston will speak about the Franciscans. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Vicarage Building Fund: soup and home baking next Sunday, delicious food for you to buy and enjoy, so please remember to bring cash. Many thanks to parishioners, S. Michael’s School and friends who supported the Easter raffle drawn last Sunday.
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit, Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.nz
  • Easter flowers: thank you for your generous donations.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
    of groceries and other household items.

Letter and Parish Notices

An extract from the Vicar’s letter for Low Sunday 2016

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue the joyful celebration of the resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter, at fifty days, is the longest season in the Church’s
calendar, which emphasises the importance of the resurrection as the central tenet
of the Christian faith.

We begin the season by reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his
disciples. This week we hear of his appearance on the evening of that first day, and
the subsequent appearance when Thomas was with the disciples. We might
wonder why Thomas was not with the disciples on that first occasion. Perhaps he
had to duck out for some food, or perhaps he was beginning to waver in his
commitment to the band of disciples. The disciples who were there repeated the
words of Mary Magdalene to him, “We have seen the Lord.” This wasn’t enough for
Thomas. He wanted the firsthand experience of the risen Jesus that he had missed
by being away.

This is a reminder to us that continuing to meet together Sunday by Sunday needs
to be our priority whenever possible. Each time we meet, the Lord is present to us in
his body and blood: each time we meet he shows us something of himself that is
unique. We discover this also reflected in the body of people who are present,
which is unique in time and space.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Parish Annual General Meeting
All parishioners are encouraged to be present at this meeting,
which will take place in the hall next Sunday immediately after morning tea.
Nomination forms and annual reports are available today.

Bishop Victoria’s Farewell Eucharist
Transitional Cathedral next Sunday at 5:00 pm.
All welcome.

Parish Notices

  •  The Easter Raffle will be drawn today. Last tickets may be purchased at morning tea before the draw. Thank you to everyone for your support.
  • Giving envelopes are available today at the back of the church.
  • S. Michael’s School is now on holiday until 30 April.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon.Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • The Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
  • Quaker Forum—The Purpose of a City: Neville Reilly, Civil Defence.Wednesday 7:30 pm at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Road. Details on poster.
  • Bible Study Group resumes 16 April. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Youth Groups meet next on 2 May.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
    of groceries and other household items.