Greetings from Father Andrew

Dear S. Michael’s, Greetings to you all. Today (7 September) we have arrived at the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield for a two-week stay. Since we left home we have spent a lovely month in Canada with Kathryn’s family, based in Saskatchewan and including a short visit to the Rockies. On our first Sunday … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 11 September 2016

Dear Friends, I remember attending morning worship at an Episcopal (Anglican) Parish Church in Scotland a few years ago with my brother-in-law. There was a splendid sermon by a retired (woman) priest of diminutive size, on ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’. It engaged me from beginning to end and left interesting leads for my … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 4 September 2016

Dear Friends, During the past week, we kept the Feast Day for the Builders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (1 September). My address at Mass that day was on the building-blocks of the Anglican Church, and on the foundations of Scripture, tradition, reason and experience. Strong and reliable foundations are … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends, Significant events in our lives stay in the memory, and sometimes even the dates of those events are locked in as well. Today, 28 August, is one of those for my family. It is the day on which we arrived in New Zealand, at the invitation of the Bishop of Wellington, thirty-five years … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 21 August 2016

Dear Friends, Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of S. Bernard of Clairvaux and, at the end of the month, we keep the Feast of S. Aidan. These figures in Christian history have been influential on my own understanding of living one’s faith, and I was pleased when they were both included among a number of … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 14 August 2016

Dear Friends, When Alistair was sharing details of his recent walk on one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago, he made a comment about the prayer our Parish Choir offers in the vestry before entering for worship. He said it was so easy to say the familiar words without entering fully into their … [Read more…]

Letter from the Priest-in-charge 7 August 2016

Dear Friends, Two days ago, the Olympic Games opened in Rio. All the revelations about drug-taking in sport have soured the build-up to these Games and may have created an atmosphere of cynicism towards new records. Inevitably there is suspicion that drugs will still be used in the hope they evade detection. This is disappointing … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 31 July 2016

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today’s readings invite us to think about things of eternal worth, and particularly what it means to be rich towards God. Seldom in Mass do we hear a reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The directness of its scrutiny of the human condition brings us up short. We find … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. We certainly are in the depths of winter at present with cold winds and bleakness. I am aware of much sickness in our parish at present. I am so thankful for the Pastoral Team which is getting under way, and for the continual acts of kindness and mercy which … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 17 July 2016

Dear Friends, Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we celebrate the Holy Baptism of Glenn Wilson and welcome him into the family of Christ as a child of God. We also welcome Fr Ben Randall, ordained yesterday, who will preach and officiate as deacon for us in this Mass. Last Sunday many of us … [Read more…]