Letter from the Church Wardens 23 August 2015

Dear Friends,

Welcome to you all today as we gather to share the bread of life together and draw strength for the journey. We receive for baptism Charlotte Bonny Riches and we welcome her family and friends to S. Michael’s on this special day.

Recently the Vestry approved a proposal for replacing fences, starting with the corrugated iron section on Durham Street and coming round the corner on to Oxford Terrace to replace part of the hedge. This proposal was foreshadowed in the Principal’s Report to the 2015 AGM, when Marshall Diggs outlined the importance of improving the appearance of our site for marketing and growing the school.

The new fence will be rail and bar construction, which is now very common for school fences. It will be the same dark blue colour as the present fence and is to be placed on the existing concrete foundation. All current entrances will remain. Vestry heard concerns about vehicle fumes, but the changed road configurations will mean that there will not be many cars waiting for lights near our boundary. The trees will all remain, but some shrubs will be removed and the canopy lifted to provide more openness. Our advice is that this will enhance security and enable the passing public to see that the school and the church are active and open for business. Also, the grant promised by the Christchurch City Council for the repair and strengthening of the Old Stone Building requires us to make the building visible from the street. Other proposals for re-developing the area within this perimeter will be considered later, but will not be carried out until the OSB has been repaired.

The Vestry referred the project to the Parish Trust, which agrees with its merits and has appointed one of its members to work with the school on managing the project. The Vestry and the Trust believe that this project will constitute a great improvement in the appearance of our site, to the benefit of both parish and school.

Removal and disposal of the existing fence and landscaping to allow for the new fence will take place 2–8 September.
The new fence will be installed during the September school holidays, to be completed by the start of Term 4.
There could be some disruption in our eastern parking area while this is being done. We believe it will be minor.

We are grateful to the School PTFA for raising the funds for this project. There are images in the hall today which will give parishioners an idea of its visual impact.

Michael Graveston, Vicar’s Warden
Claire Preston, People’s Warden

Parish Notices

Christchurch City Mission: many are still struggling to cope in winter conditions. Please continue to bring food and other household items for the Inasmuch Basket. Clothing and larger items may be delivered directly to 276 Hereford St.
Keys found near the church: details from Louise (379 5236).
Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• The Meditation Group meets tomorrow at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
• The Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Anglican Living AGM: Wednesday, 4:30 pm at S. Peter’s Church Hall.
Christchurch City Mission AGM: Thursday, 4:30 pm at the City Mission.
Volunteers sought for Selwyn Centres: details Anne Russell-Brighty (384 8396), email anne.adrian@xtra.co.nz or www.anglicaneldercare.com.
• The Bible Study Group meets next on 31 August. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Book Swap/Donate/Share with a Friend/Give as a gift: Modern books that you have enjoyed. Fundraising koha to Anne at the sales table. Books available in parish lounge during the week and in the hall on Sundays.
Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.

Concerts by The Oxfords

(Six Choral Scholars from Magdalen College, Oxford, UK)

Transitional Cathedral
Saturday 22nd August 6:00-7:00 pm

Christ’s College Chapel
Wednesday 26th August at 7:30 pm ($15)
Thursday 27th August at 1:00 pm (free admission)