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Are you skilled in working with young people? Do you want to make a positive difference to young people? An exciting part-time opportunity, starting in 2016, has become available at Christchurch S. Michael’s Parish to work with children and youth in the Church and School. The successful applicant needs be theologically articulate; able to relate … [Read more…]

Letter from the Wardens 6 December 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this second Sunday of Advent. It is good to be here. This morning, as we light the second Advent candle, the candle for peace, our attention is drawn again to the Advent wreath, this year constructed from specific and significant dried laurel and bay leaves, with the addition … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 29 November 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we begin Advent together. Last Sunday we celebrated Christ the King in grand style and now our tone changes as we begin to wait on the Lord’s coming. Today the Mass begins with the Asperges, which is the sprinkling of baptismal water. This provides emphasis on the penitential … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 22 November 2015

Christ the King 2015   Daniel 7: 9-14, Revelation 1: 4-8, John 18: 33-37 The idea of the kingship of Christ in all the world has been controversial in recent times. It doesn’t go down well in interfaith discussions where memories of crusades and the like remain vivid. Secular thought can’t understand it, and within … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 22 November 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Feast of Christ the King. This celebration comes at the end of the long sequence of Sundays in Ordinary Time which follow Pentecost. During this period we have heard much about the growth of the kingdom, and the work of the Holy Spirit acting through believers. Today … [Read more…]

Letter from the Wardens 15 November 2015

Dear Friends, It is good to be here and worship at S. Michael’s this morning. We want to report to you an exciting decision made by our Vestry concerning the position of a part-time Youth Worker in our parish. We are very blessed in having a Church School as part of our parish family. Many … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 8 November 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s to the Holy Eucharist. Today our readings about scarcity and plenty demonstrate God’s providence. Yesterday we farewelled our dear brother John Fowler in a Funeral Mass. John was a very faithful servant of God and of this church and we will miss him greatly, possibly more than we already … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 1 November 2015

  Dear Friends Welcome to S. Michael’s on All Saints’ Day. This is the day when we remember and honour all saints in a common feast, although sometimes little has been recorded about their lives. During the year we celebrate the major saints who are shared by tradition with the whole Church. Many are commemorated … [Read more…]

Sermon by Fr Andrew Starky 25 October 2015

OS 30 Jeremiah 31: 7-9, Hebrews 7: 23-28, Mark 10: 46-52 A couple of weeks ago I spoke about begging in our city. Bartimaeus was one such beggar, sitting beside the road using his disability to evoke sympathy in order that he might get enough to survive. Meeting a person begging on the side of … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 25 October 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to Mass today. On Friday afternoon at S. Michael’s we hosted a moving commemoration of the centenary of the sinking of the transport ship Marquette in the Aegean Sea by a German submarine on 23 October 1915. We were honoured to have the Governor-General Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Mataparae and many … [Read more…]