Welcome to you all as we join together today in worship and thanksgiving.
Over recent weeks the Vestry and the Parish Trust have been considering the future of this parish with reference to an on-site vicarage. Those who have been around for a while will remember that when the previous vicarage was demolished to allow for the rebuild of the school, it was promised and agreed that a replacement would be built as soon as possible. We were near to the ‘sign off’ stage on a high-rise building with vicarage and offices when the earthquake struck.
A vicarage sub-committee has been discussing the issue and the desirability of an on-site vicarage that ensures privacy for the vicarage family on this inner-city site. Fr Andrew is very keen to be living on site. Committee members are John Moyle (Convenor), the Vicar, Wardens, and Steve Woodside. We are grateful for the expertise and experience of John Moyle, who has done a lot of the preliminary work. Timing for this project will never be ideal, but the committee considers it is now time to press ahead. To this end, there are a number of principles agreed between Vestry and the Parish Trust, which will need to be adhered to:
1. Reconfirmation and commitment to an on-site vicarage
2. Minimising financial risk
3. Maximising the value of the site
4. Building aesthetically appropriate to the site.
We will begin serious work on this project with the blessing of Vestry and the Trust, CPT, and we believe the parish as a whole. We need to minimise the financial risk to our parish. Essentially we have a very high value site but lack the financial resources to develop it. This means that we may have to look at some kind of joint venture, or other financial arrangement that spreads the risk.
We acknowledge the value of this site, and that it is too valuable for it to remain undeveloped. There are a number of options to choose from, but the provision of a vicarage is paramount. We recognise that as a parish we lack the expertise to make decisions on the best option, so we intend to seek professional advice.
We also acknowledge that this is an inner city church site, and that we must have a building that fits in aesthetically with the whole S. Michael’s property. It is important, however, for the vicarage to be the main ministry focus as we plan work on this site. How good it will be for the work of our parish to have a vicar living on site, and for us as a community to provide a resident presence in the city.
As we progress to a final decision there will be consultation with parishioners.
Michael Graveston, Vicar’s Warden
Claire Preston, People’s Warden
• 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.
• Regatta on Avon: lunch today at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Meditation Group meets tomorrow at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
• Saturday Breakfast: 12 September 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Anne Ladd.
• Advance Notice: Michaelmas Festival Mass on 29 September will be at 7:00 pm, Bishop Victoria will celebrate and preach. Supper afterwards in the hall.
• 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.
• Inasmuch Basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of food and other household items.