On Sunday 4 February the parish of S. Michael and all Angels welcomed Miss Penny Tattershaw as the new Principal of S. Michael’s Church School. Bishop Victoria, who preached and presided, spoke of the long tradition of the Church in education, of the special character of Anglican schools and of hope, the essence of our faith, as the most important gift that we can give our children.
S. Michael’s pupils then played a leading role in the Induction ceremony, presenting their Principal with the symbolic keys of the school, a laptop, textbook and exercise book and a candle, a “reminder of our Baptismal vow that we are to shine as the light of Christ in the world”.
Finally, Dr Averil Worner, Principal of St Mark’s School, said the intercessions, reinforcing the Bishop’s message, “We thank you for the gift of Anglican schools, where the message of your life, death and resurrection is proclaimed, Christian fellowship is experienced, service to everyone is modelled and worship of you is encouraged and cultivated.” She concluded by giving voice to the prayer of all those present: “Surround her with Christian love and people who give her wings to fly in service to you.”
The parish looks forward to supporting Penny in her new role, both now and in the future.
This week brings us Shrove Tuesday and in turn leads to Ash Wednesday. It isone of those pivotal moments when we are brought face to face with our own mortality with those words ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’.
Our Lent study Receiving Christ in five different ways, these ways being ‘As children of God’, ‘In the stranger and the needy’, ‘In Holy Communion; through prayer and fellowship’, and ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’, will begin the following week. It is an ecumenical course bringing to us the opinions and thoughts of leading Christian thinkers: Bishop Nick Baines (Anglican), Margaret Sentamu (an independent diversity and leadership development consultant), Revd Dr Ken Howcroft (former President of the Methodist Conference) and Theodora Hawksley (an academic theologian now a novice at Bar Convent, in York). The groups run on a listen, read and discuss format.
A group will meet in Rolleston (details Jenny Daniels 347 7629) and two groups at S. Michael’s, one at 11:00 am and the other at 6:00 pm on Thursdays. It is also a course that is designed for both discussion groups and individuals. For more information don’t hesitate to contact me.
The Reverend Anne Price
- Ash Wednesday this week: please return your palm crosses to be made into ashes.
- Communion at Three is a contemplative and creative service aimed primarily at younger people, but all are welcome. We meet every fortnight at 3:00 pm on Sunday (beginning today). Do you know anyone (especially students and young workers) who might enjoy meeting with a small group of like-minded people? For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Alice.
- Roadworks: please be aware of changes which will occur this week on Oxford Tce affecting access to our site.
- Shrove Tuesday: you are invited to join the Parish celebration, Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Pancake races, competitions and the all-important eating! Come and join in, or, sit in the shade and watch the school children having lots of fun.
- Youth Group begins on Ash Wednesday, 4:00–5:30 pm at S. Michael’s. Do you have any friends or family in Years 7–13 who would like to join our group? For more information email email@example.com or speak to Shaun.
- Lenten Quiet Day: conducted by Fr Ben Randall on Saturday, 10:00 am–3:00 pm at the Community of the Sacred Name, 300 Tuam Street. All are welcome, please bring something to share for lunch together.
- Bible Study Group begins on 19 February, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Women’s Fellowship: the first meeting for 2018 will be on 20 February, 10:30 am in the parish lounge. Join us for ‘Fasting, Feasting and Fellowship’. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
- Meditation Group first meeting on 21 February 12 noon in the Kate Kiver Room (Old Stone Building). Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- Christmas flowers: thanks to all who so generously made donations.
- Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats for distribution through Walsh House. Please place in basket at the back of the church.
- 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.