From the People’s Warden…
Dear S. Michael and all Angels Parishioners, wherever you may be,
It was a privilege for me to be commissioned as People’s Warden last Sunday at
the 10:00 am service, along with the elected Vestry (Gail, Carol, Vince, David,
Dorothy, Jane and Michael). It is great to have some new people joining the
re-elected members in this ministry within our church’s life.
At the AGM on 28 April we were able to thank Gloria Moyle for her time and
dedication as People’s Warden over the last three years, during a challenging
period for S. Michael and All Angels. Gloria has given generously of her time
and talents, and her decision not to stand again is understandable. For those
who were at the AGM, or who read the reports, I am sure you will agree that
S. Michael’s is in great heart and is a vibrant community, although we do have
some ongoing challenges which the Vestry, together with the School and Trust,
will be working on in the year to come.
It is with a touch of sadness that we need to advise that, after a period of
consultation, the paid youth worker roles within the parish have been
disestablished. We have been well served by the dedicated young people who
have held these positions over the last three years. The change has come about
because of a reduction in the number of young people attending the
programmes being run by the team, and also the level of engagement by the
young people within our extended community. Both Bridie and Jess met with
the Wardens and Vicar to discuss ideas to redesign the programmes and
re-envision this work within the parish. Unfortunately, the end result of these
conversations, and of much prayerful thought, has been that at this time this
paid ministry is not sustainable.
This in no way means the youth ministry does not exist or is not being
undertaken within our community. The school is part of this ongoing ministry;
there is a small number of children who attend Sunday services and also the
Young Voices, organised by Paul Ellis, are part of our community’s youth work.
What it does mean is that we as a community need to think about how we
welcome young people in our church. This includes discovering how we can
make them feel comfortable within the space that is S. Michael and all Angels,
and how they can be helped to develop an understanding of the Anglo-Catholic
- Music copies of the Mass setting and hymns are available at the back of the church.
- Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesday, 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Come along for a demonstration of, and possible participation in, icing and decorating cupcakes. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel Wednesdays at 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Quiz Night: fundraiser to help Lara Chiswell pursue her music theatre studies in America. Next Sunday at 6:30 pm at the Elmwood. See flyer for details.
- Bible Study Group meets 27 May, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Angelology Group meets next on 30 May, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
- Blue parking permits for parishioners are now available from Robert Maclagan or from the office. Please supply your name and license plate number. The permits are essential for anyone using the carpark and not wanting to be towed! They replace all previous cards.
- Advance Notice—exploring spirituality, mission and worship in Aotearoa today: the second Anglo-Catholic Hui will be held this year in Wellington 15–17 August. Details http://movementonline.org.nz/anglocatholichui about the hui and speaker Bishop Stephen Cottrell, from Chelmsford Diocese, UK. More information will be available as the date approaches.
- Book Swap in the parish lounge. Koha to the parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.