Tena koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to S. Michael’s as we
celebrate our School Founders’ Day. Welcome to our school
community: parents, family, pupils, past pupils, principal and staff.
Welcome to our parish community and to anyone visiting us today.
Throughout my long association with S. Michael’s, as a pupil, parishioner, preacher,
and priest, the combined Church and School services have always been some of my
favourites, as we come together to share the gifts and talents of our community with
one another. Amongst other things, I would like to thank the school for the gift of
artwork that they have produced in celebration of Founders’ Day, and also for the
work they have put into preparing a musical offering for us this morning.
S. Michael’s is a special place and has its own unique character. It is a church and
school with a long history, built on firm foundations, and it is only fitting to give
thanks and celebrate the foresight of our Founders, who have left us such a taonga.
The firmest foundation on which we are built, though, is Jesus Christ. It is immensely
humbling to consider the generations who have gone before us in this place. People
who have handed down their values and encouraged so many in their faith.
Today, the Church also remembers S. John the Baptist. John first appears in the
Gospels, yet he is in many ways the last great prophet of the Old Testament, tasked
with God’s mission to prepare the way for someone greater—for Jesus Christ. He is an
apt saint to mark our Founders’ Day, as we remember those who went before us,
preparing the way for us.
It has been a privilege to serve S. Michael’s Church and School as interim
Priest-in-charge over the last two months. I would like to take this opportunity once
again to thank everyone who has offered their support over this time. It would be far
too long a letter to thank everyone personally, but do be assured of my appreciation
to both the parish, school, and parent community. My time taking Religious Education
classes and School Masses has been a highlight of my time here; so thank you to all of
the S. Michael’s pupils.
Next week we welcome Fr Chris Orczy into the S. Michael’s community as our next
Vicar. I encourage you all to attend his Induction Service, Sunday 1 July at 7:00 pm.
May God bless you all this week,
Fr Ben Randall
- Canterbury Heritage Awards: Church Property Trustees have received a
commendation for the renovation work carried out on our Old Stone Building.
- Vicarage fundraising campaign: introductory flyer available at the back of the
church. Details John Moyle (352 3117).
- Vicarage Building Fund: soup and baking available in the hall today.
Please support the Women’s Fellowship and enjoy some winter-warming treats,
delicious soup, cheese rolls, home baking etc.
- Today’s flowers (arranged by Marla Hughes) are in memoriam John De la Bere,
whose year’s mind was 23/06/18.
- He Taonga Tongarewa—History of the NZ Prayer Book: Geoff Haworth.
Available from the General Synod Office for $20 plus postage.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (09) 521 4439.
- Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
- Bible Study Group meets 2 July, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Parish Lunch: Regatta-on-Avon 8 July at 12 noon. RSVP to parish office.
- A History of Addington: John Wilson. Details from email@example.com
or phone Allan Hudson 027 735 9148.
- St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four
Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office.
- 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.