Letter from the Priest and Church Notices

From the Vicar


My dearest friends in Christ,


Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for your very warm and comforting welcome.

“Warm” may not be the right word: Christchurch is certainly colder than Morpeth!

But, be assured that the warmth of your welcome has more than made up for the freezing July mornings.


There was something so wonderful in arriving at the vicarage and to be able to make a cup of tea straight away, to have food in the pantry, the power on, and seats to relax.

I thank all of you who provided cakes, biscuits, and other items for us.

It was a simple and beautiful sign of love, care , and hospitality.


This first week has been somewhat of a blur.

There is always a lot to take in when starting at a new parish, and St Michael’s is no different.

There is so much to learn, and so many new people to meet.

I look forward to meeting you all, to praying with, and hearing your story of your journey with God.

He has bought all of us together at this time and in this place, and I am thankful that I have the privilege of being your Vicar as we start this next chapter in the history of St Michael and All Angels.

We have an amazing tradition here.

I still remember the first time I attended Mass here, and I felt something of that spirit on Sunday at the Induction service. It was that tradition of Anglo Catholicism that drew me to St Michael’s then,

and it is what has led me to be with you here today.


It has been a rather overwhelming experience returning to both Christchurch, and to St Michael’s.

Jesus words in today’s Gospel reading:


“Prophets are not without honour,

except in their hometown, and among their kin, and in their own house.”


We have all experienced something of this in our lives: when we have been unable to speak about our experience of God to those we love who maybe don’t share our faith.

Or maybe we have been unable to hear someone’s opinion or perspective on an issue because they are so familiar to us. We don’t expect, or even accept, that they may have insight.

This is what Jesus encounters when he returns to his home of Nazareth.

It is strange returning to Christchurch. I was born here, but have been away for 10 years.

I wasn’t here as the city suffered through the earthquakes of 2011.

I can’t know what that felt like. I can only speak of how helpless I felt being so far away.

As I settle back in to being home, it is my hope that the people of St Michael’s and the people of Christchurch are able to accept me as a returning son, and will accept my loving care, guidance, and healing

Fr Chris


Parish Notices

Parish Lunch: at the Regatta-on-Avon today at 12 noon.

St Michael’s School is now on holiday until 23 July.

Anglican Advocacy: discussion on the proposed Zero Carbon Act.Tomorrow, 6:00 pm at the Anglican Centre.

Health & Safety Committee meets Tuesday 5:00 pm in the parish lounge.

Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Pat Evans (358 0127).

Parish Trust meets on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.

Quaker Forum: Paul O’Neill will be speaking on Community Law, Wednesday
7:30 pm at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Road. See poster for details.

Prison Isn’t Working: panel discussion organised by the Pathway Trust, Thursday
5:30 pm at the Cathedral. Tickets $12.50 from Eventfinda. Details on poster.

Saturday Breakfast: 14 July 9:45 am in the parish lounge.
Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).

Bible Study Group meets next on 16 July, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).

Spring Choral Festival 19 August: RSCM combined choir invites participants.

Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.

Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.

Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items, particularly during the winter months.
Suggested items: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, tinned fruit, cereal,
toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.