Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 20 August 2017

Dear All

The weeks are passing far too quickly at the moment. I had only just caught up with the fact that it was July and now we are half way through August already, nearly half way through the third term.  I am revising/exploring a different curriculum with some of the different Year Groups. With the year 5’s we have been beginning to work on Journey. Looking at what journey is to us and hopefully ending up with Pilgrimage, who journeys, why and what are the Pilgrims wanting to achieve. The final piece in the puzzle discovering what the key places of worship are that draw people in to gather to find God.

This week I discovered a little about a Chaplain named Henry Martyn (1781-1812) who met and was inspired by Charles Simeon at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow. He was inspired by Simeon to seek ordination and go to Calcutta as a chaplain with the East India Company. Unlike other Chaplains, he did not limit his ministry to Europeans, but learnt local languages and shared the gospel with the Indian people. He translated the New Testament into Hindustani, Persian and Arabic, the Psalms into Persian and The Book of Common Prayer into Hindustani. He died at Tokat in Turkey on his way home and was buried by the Armenian clergy there.  Just take a second look at his dates, and then reflect on what he accomplished in such a short time!

O send thy light and thy truth, that we may live always near to thee, our God. Let us feel thy love, that we may be as it were already in heaven, that we may do all our work as the angels to theirs. Let us be ready for every work, be ready to go out or come in, to stay or to depart, just as though shalt appoint. Lord, let us have no will of our own, or consider our true happiness as depending in the slightest degree on anything that can befall us outwardly, but as consisting altogether in conformity to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Advocacy: Two pre-election open meetings with representatives of political parties answering questions on their policies.
    -Criminal justice Wednesday 7:00–8:30 pm in Room 108, Law Building, UC.
    – The health funding crisis Thursday 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.
    Check anglicanadvocacy.org.nz for further details.
  • Anglican Living AGM: 30 August 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.