Letter from the Vicar 10 July 2016

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today we will hear the well-known and much loved parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable tells us about four men who were each on a journey. One man got attacked and Jesus asked the question, which of the other three was a neighbour to him: the answer being the one who showed mercy. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a story about journeys within a wider story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem to the cross.

Each of us is on a journey through life and we also often speak of a journey of faith, indeed the Christian faith has been termed ‘the Way’ (eg Acts 9: 2). One method of understanding our own journey of faith can be to make an intentional pilgrimage. Throughout the ages, Christians have done this as a way of deepening their awareness of God. Today we hear from two pilgrims, Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh, who have walked part of the Camino de Compostela de Santiago in Spain.

In the pilgrimage of our daily life we frequently meet people in need and try to offer them help. In the life of the Church we call this pastoral care. At S. Michael’s our congregations come from all over the city, and much pastoral care is offered by the clergy and people of this parish already. However I have been thinking for a while that we need to make this help a bit more obvious and accessible, particularly for newcomers, by establishing a network of people to contact. We have found people from different parts of the city to be pastoral contacts:

West: Claire Preston, who holds a Bishop’s license for Pastoral Care, 342 4650

South: Jill Woodside 338 9590

East: Stella and Alistair Kinniburgh 021 0240 3247

North: Brenda Withell 383 2422 and Kathryn Starky 385 0197

Central: Michael Goodson 355 5374

The idea is that you can ring any of them if you have a need or if you know someone else who does. They will organise help and ask the clergy to visit if necessary. Also, we propose to have members of this group available in the parish lounge on Wednesdays 11:00 am–2:00 pm if you would like to come by for a chat and a cuppa.

As I mentioned last Sunday, I will be away from 1 August–3 December on study leave. I am very grateful to Canon Craufurd Murray who has agreed to be the Priest-in-charge of the parish, and to Revd Anne who will be the School Chaplain.

There will be more details nearer the time.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky

 Parish Notices

  • St Michael’s School is now on holiday until 25 July.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Freshly made marmalade is now available. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge.
  • You are invited to a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
  • Outreach Committee: Tuesday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Health and Safety meeting for all church hosts: Wednesday 11:00 am in the lounge. RSVP Alastair Scott (343 5153).
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Saturday Mass: this Saturday there will not be a 9:00 am Mass at S. Michael’s.
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is to be ordained deacon at a service in the Cathedral on Saturday at 10:00 am.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 18 July, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • World Youth Day: 31 July. Groups of young people will be visiting the church during the day from 11:30 am onwards. Details Gloria Moyle.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.