Letter from the Vicar 19 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s today. We are glad to welcome among us the Young Voices and School Servers once more.

The S. Michael’s Church School is entering a process of Strategic Review and all members of the Parish, Pupils, Parents and Staff are invited to be part of this process. We are all aware that the school has struggled for numbers since the earthquakes, when so many workers moved out of the central city. We are also aware of the impression the state of the Old Stone Building and surrounds have on prospective new families. As we know, the Old Stone Building will be repaired in time for the beginning of 2017 and the city is opening up with many new workers. In such times as this when very survival is at risk, expediency tends to dominate decisions, and that is understandable. The problem with expediency in the long term is that an organisation can become confused as to its key priorities. A strategic review is a helpful way to regain clarity about what is important.

The purpose of this Strategic Review is to consult with the key stakeholders in our school to find what is sometimes referred to as a ‘North Star’. This is a shining example of what our school could be and will help us to understand what needs to co-ordinate our thinking and planning in the school.

The new School Board Chairman Mr Peter Lennox and I will be offering an opportunity for parishioners to have input into this process on Sunday 26 June. Following the 10:00 am Mass we shall move to the parish hall. The meeting will start at 11:45 am and go on for about an hour. Also the Trust is invited to meet for the same purpose with the Vestry at 5:30 pm on Tuesday 28 June in the parish lounge, before the Vestry meeting that evening.

The school’s plight is a reminder of the struggles since the earthquakes, which have to a greater or lesser extent affected us all. We can feel constrained by ‘shackles’ which bind and limit potential. Such things can be insurance companies, council permits, road detours, and any one of the myriad things that hold us back. In amongst the confusion, it can be very empowering to name what is holding us back. This helps us to gain a ‘right mind’ about our situation.

Today we hear how Jesus encountered a man beset by many demons, someone whom the community feared. Jesus restored this man’s humanity and transformed him into a messenger of good news. Such is the power of the Lord we worship today.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky


Parish Notices

  • Parish Roll update: please check your details today.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Donations would be appreciated for prizes for the next raffle. 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.
  • Electrical work: the church will not be open this week except for the daily Masses (access through the parish lounge).
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: 3 July (note change of date). Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass (about 10:45 am) in the Kevin Boyce Room in the school. Come and support us as we work on our gifts of winter items for Walsh House (parishioners please place your contributions in the box in the lounge by Tuesday). All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group meets Tuesday 5:15 pm in the lounge. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Centre for Ethics and Spirituality: Christ’s College Thursday 7:30 pm. Bosco and Helen Peters host the inaugural event with an illustrated talk about their 40-day pilgrimage along the 1000 km of the Camino. They will share the experience and some of the lessons they learned that connect with ordinary life. Details on poster.
  • School Fundraiser Quiz Night: 29 June 7:00 pm at the Cranford Ale House. Tickets $10 from the school office. See poster for details.
  • Will Christianity survive in Christchurch beyond 2020? Peter Lineham and Panel, 2 July 9:30 am to 12 noon at S. Mark’s Methodist Church, Barrington St. Cost $10. Registration: Andrew Donaldson stmarks7@clear.net.nz or phone 980 5002.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly, details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Diocesan Archives have a new phone number 365 9444.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.