Letter from the Wardens and Church Notices

Dear Friends,
This is a momentous day in the life of S. Michael’s. It is a time for us to both look
back with gratitude for what has been—and to look forward with joyful anticipation
to the future.
We are all too aware that the last fifteen months, since the untimely death of
Fr Andrew, have been difficult ones, and the Wardens wish to thank all those who,
in so many ways, have helped to sustain the parish and its mission during this time.
Most recently this has been Fr Ben Randall, Priest-in-charge during May and June,
and although he was thanked, and a presentation made to him after the 10:00 am
Mass last Sunday, we wish to record here our debt to him for all his faith-filled
liturgical and pastoral work—a true son of S. Michael’s!
And now to the future. It is wonderful to be able to welcome today Fr Chris Orczy,
his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Ivy. They arrived from Newcastle on Tuesday, a
bitterly cold Christchurch day, and moved immediately—as in straight from the
airport—into the vicarage, which the parish is renting from Revd Anne and Charlie
Price. It is, of course, empty, and their furniture will not arrive for some weeks, but
they have been overwhelmed by the warm wishes of so many parishioners who have
dropped off food and lent household items—thank you so much to everyone for
your thoughtfulness and generosity.
The Induction of Fr Chris as the Vicar of S. Michael and All Angels by The
Venerable Lynnette Lightfoot will take place at 7:00 pm tonight. The Presider and
Preacher will be The Very Reverend Lawrence Kimberley and the Mass will be
followed by an informal welcome and supper in the hall—and a reminder here that
a contribution of finger food, as we are expecting a large number of people to attend,
would be much appreciated. Finally, another “housekeeping” note, which is a plea
to everyone to be more conscientious in the next few weeks about wearing your
name badge—and if you do not have one they are available from the parish office.
As they are faced with a sea of unknown faces this would be a huge help to the
Orczys!
Gloria Moyle, Michael Graveston

Parish Notices

Lost Property clear-out: the lost property baskets will be in the parish office for the
next week, so if you have lost something please come in and check for it. At the end of the week everything remaining in the basket will be donated.

Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).

Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm at Jill Woodside’s house. Detail Ros Calvert (322 6078).

Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Pat Evans (358 0127).

Parish Lunch: Regatta-on-Avon next Sunday at 12 noon.
RSVP to parish office by 4 July.

Anglican Advocacy: discussion on the proposed Zero Carbon Act.
9 July, 6:00 pm at the Anglican Centre.

Quaker Forum: Paul O’Neill will be speaking on Community Law, 11 July
7:30 pm at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Road. See poster for details.

Spring Choral Festival 19 August: RSCM combined choir invites participants.
Details from any parish choir member.

He Taonga Tongarewa—History of the NZ Prayer Book: Geoff Haworth.
Available from the General Synod Office for $20 plus postage.
Email gensec@anglicanchurch.org.nz or phone (09) 521 4439.

A History of Addington: John Wilson. Details from addingtonhistory@xtra.co.nz
or phone Allan Hudson 027 735 9148.

St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four
Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office.

Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.

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, particularly during the winter months.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Church Notices

Tena koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to S. Michael’s as we
celebrate our School Founders’ Day. Welcome to our school
community: parents, family, pupils, past pupils, principal and staff.
Welcome to our parish community and to anyone visiting us today.
Throughout my long association with S. Michael’s, as a pupil, parishioner, preacher,
and priest, the combined Church and School services have always been some of my
favourites, as we come together to share the gifts and talents of our community with
one another. Amongst other things, I would like to thank the school for the gift of
artwork that they have produced in celebration of Founders’ Day, and also for the
work they have put into preparing a musical offering for us this morning.
S. Michael’s is a special place and has its own unique character. It is a church and
school with a long history, built on firm foundations, and it is only fitting to give
thanks and celebrate the foresight of our Founders, who have left us such a taonga.
The firmest foundation on which we are built, though, is Jesus Christ. It is immensely
humbling to consider the generations who have gone before us in this place. People
who have handed down their values and encouraged so many in their faith.
Today, the Church also remembers S. John the Baptist. John first appears in the
Gospels, yet he is in many ways the last great prophet of the Old Testament, tasked
with God’s mission to prepare the way for someone greater—for Jesus Christ. He is an
apt saint to mark our Founders’ Day, as we remember those who went before us,
preparing the way for us.
It has been a privilege to serve S. Michael’s Church and School as interim
Priest-in-charge over the last two months. I would like to take this opportunity once
again to thank everyone who has offered their support over this time. It would be far
too long a letter to thank everyone personally, but do be assured of my appreciation
to both the parish, school, and parent community. My time taking Religious Education
classes and School Masses has been a highlight of my time here; so thank you to all of
the S. Michael’s pupils.
Next week we welcome Fr Chris Orczy into the S. Michael’s community as our next
Vicar. I encourage you all to attend his Induction Service, Sunday 1 July at 7:00 pm.
May God bless you all this week,

Fr Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Canterbury Heritage Awards: Church Property Trustees have received a
    commendation for the renovation work carried out on our Old Stone Building.
  • Vicarage fundraising campaign: introductory flyer available at the back of the
    church. Details John Moyle (352 3117).
  • Vicarage Building Fund: soup and baking available in the hall today.
    Please support the Women’s Fellowship and enjoy some winter-warming treats,
    delicious soup, cheese rolls, home baking etc.
  • Today’s flowers (arranged by Marla Hughes) are in memoriam John De la Bere,
    whose year’s mind was 23/06/18.
  • He Taonga Tongarewa—History of the NZ Prayer Book: Geoff Haworth.
    Available from the General Synod Office for $20 plus postage.
    Email gensec@anglicanchurch.org.nz or phone (09) 521 4439.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Bible Study Group meets 2 July, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
    Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Parish Lunch: Regatta-on-Avon 8 July at 12 noon. RSVP to parish office.
  • A History of Addington: John Wilson. Details from addingtonhistory@xtra.co.nz
    or phone Allan Hudson 027 735 9148.
  •  St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four
    Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office.
  • Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • 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, particularly during the winter months.

Calling all potential Youth Ministers

Do you or someone you know love working with Children? Have a passion for youth ministry? Are looking for a new Christ-centered role?

St Michael and All Angels is looking for a new Youth Minister, around 10-12 hours per week.

Follow this link for the job description.

Please pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested!

Induction of Father Chris Orczy

The Wardens of St. Michael & All Angels wish to invite you to the Induction of Father Christopher Orczy as Vicar of the Parish of Christchurch-St Michael.
The Induction of Father Chris will take place at
St. Michael & All Angels,
Oxford Tce.
On Sunday 1st July  at 7.00pm
The Mass will be followed by an informal welcome and supper in the hall. We would be delighted to see you there.
A printable copy of the invitation can be found here.

Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,
Welcome to S. Michael’s; it is a joy to join with you to offer our worship to God in this place. This coming week marks Alice Bates’ final days as our Parish Administrator. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that Alice has brought to the role and offer her our prayers as she returns to full-time study (we are pleased that she will be continuing as our Children and Young Adults Minister until September).
Our celebration of Corpus Christi was a highlight for me last Thursday and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who was involved in the celebration of the Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. It is an important aspect of the Anglo-Catholic tradition that we foster here at S. Michael’s. A tradition that we offer as a gift to the wider Church and the people of our communities.
In today’s Gospel reading we find Jesus condemned by the religious elites of his time; first for allowing his disciples to ‘harvest’ a few heads of corn, and then for daring to heal a man with a paralysed hand on the sabbath. The sabbath was one of the most important Jewish observances, recalling God’s rest at the end of creation, and his liberation of the people of Israel from their captivity in Egypt. To stop, to
put aside work and give an entire day over to God was a symbol of Israel’s freedom as a people. Yet, what we can see in the Gospel passage is that this law of freedom had been twisted into a burden. Jesus is not about to allow this, for there is no day on which God will cease to care for us, and to work for our good and wholeness. Just as there is no day on which we are forbidden to show care, charity, and love for our neighbour. Suzanne Guthrie, considering Christ’s provision of food and healing on the Sabbath, offers us this reflection to consider:
Keeping a Sabbath means opening yourself to restoration of mind, heart, soul, body. You replenish your intuition, creativity, instinct. Miraculous! You do this by practising to live outside of time, one day
a week, near the thinnest layer of the veil this side of paradise. To keep sabbath, to intentionally set aside time for God, is important, but only so long as we allow that time to be what it is truly meant to be, a time to experience the true freedom.

Fr Ben Randall

 

Parish Notices

  •  Church Grounds: volunteers sought for garden and/or general grounds maintenance work around the church. Please speak to the Wardens.
  • Church Hosts: volunteers are needed especially for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons, starting mid June. Details Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon today at 12 noon.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Organ Recital: John Linker at the Cathedral, Tuesday 1:10 pm.
  • Needlework Group: at Jill Woodside’s Tuesday 7:15 pm. Details Ros (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Lady Chapel Wednesdays 12 noon. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Faith in Film—Thomas Cranmer: Geoff Haworth Wednesday 6:30 pm in the Tui Room at S. Barnabas. Shared meal. Details 388 6882.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society: Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Gospel of John: Paul Trebilco Thursday & Friday 7:00 pm, mritchie@swbc.org.nz
  • Centre for Ethics & Spirituality: Daniel McKay, Thursday 7:30 pm, Chapman Room at Christ’s College. See poster for details and bookings.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 June 9:45 am in the parish lounge. RSVP Alice.
  • RSCM Music Sunday: a celebration of music and musicianship in the Church. Next Sunday 2:00 pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Details on poster.
  • Anglican Missions: Michael Hartfield. Saturday, 10:00 am at S. Silas Church.
  • Theology Papers for Semester 2: enrolments due by 25 June. Details theology@otago.ac.nz or phone 03 479 8901.
  • St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office. Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.