Letter from the Priest-in-charge 13 November 2016

Dear Friends, Remembrance Sunday musings. My father and two of his brothers served in the British Army during the First World War. Amazingly, they all returned—although two were rather the worse for wear. Along with many other officers, my father had taken a camera with him. However, as a boy I remember being disappointed that … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 6 November 2016

Dear Friends, Memories were stirred recently by the sight of an E-type Jaguar. By sheer chance, on my first ever visit to a major road racing circuit (Oulton Park, Cheshire, in April 1961), I witnessed the first public outing of the E-type. Two newly assembled cars were driven on the open road straight from the … [Read more…]

Sermon from the Priest-in-charge 2 November 2016

Sermon at the Solemn Requiem Mass at S Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, on All Souls’ Day, 2016. Among the great thinkers and teachers of the 20th Century was the Swiss philosopher and theologian Karl Barth. During an interview in his old age, a journalist asked him what was the most important truth he had … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 30 October 2016

  Dear S. Michael’s, I wrote to you last as we began our two weeks at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield. It was a great privilege for a short time to share the life of this community, which involves four Offices and Mass each day. The community has a strong tradition of plainsong … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 23 October 2016

Dear Friends, A recent article informed me that the world’s clouds are shifting, but not in a good way. This set me thinking about clouds. I remember visiting a fascinating exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington, about ten years ago, of studies of clouds by the English artist John Constable (late eighteenth to early nineteenth … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 16 October 2016

Dear Friends, Recently some bottles of beer with interesting names and labels turned up in the sacristy. They were provided by a good son of the Church and gifted to the clergy to mark International Buy a Priest a Beer Day. This Feast Day does not yet appear in the Church Calendar! In my days … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 9 October 2016

Dear Friends, A famous storyteller once wrote of an exceedingly clever cat that terrified all the mice, as she was always a step (or paw) ahead of them. Suddenly and unexpectedly she would surprise them, causing chaos and pain. So the mice appointed a committee to find a solution for the sake of their communal … [Read more…]

From the Priest-in-Charge and Wardens

Dear Parishioners, It gives us much joy to announce that the restoration and strengthening of our Old Stone Building (OSB) will be starting over the next couple of weeks. This work is being carried out by Naylor Love Construction under the watchful eye of the diocesan Church Property Trust. Stage one involves site management. In … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends, The belief that prayer makes a difference, that it achieves marvelous results, is continually being verified by experience, however difficult it may be to explain how and why it does so. (Alec Vidler) Prayer is a significant aspect of Christian life. Jesus emphasised in his teaching the importance for persistence and perseverance in … [Read more…]