Letter from the Vicar 26 June 2016

Fr Andrew Starky small

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s as we gather to worship God and to seek his strength for our lives and callings. Today the readings invite us to reflect on the call to discipleship, both its joys and freedoms, and its costs. As we do this, we will consider the mission to which we are called as disciples of Jesus.

A significant part of the mission of this parish is the S. Michael’s Church School, which is the oldest primary school in the city. As I mentioned in my letter last week, the school is presently involved in a strategic planning process. Today, following Mass, we have the opportunity to participate in this process. This is the beginning of a consultation that will include the children, their families, the staff, and indeed all members of the school community. I hope that parishioners will take this opportunity to contribute. Your voice needs to be heard as the vision for the school moving forward is formed. Whether you are very new to the parish or have been around a long time we need to hear your views.

As part of the wider progress towards a new strategic plan, we have also arranged for a Special Character Review of the School, which will take place 29–30 June. Revd Anne van Gend, the Director of the Anglican Schools Office, and Bishop Kelvin Wright, the Bishop of Dunedin, will be conducting the review. This kind of review happens periodically in Anglican Schools to support, encourage and strengthen their Anglican ethos. The review will look at how the school reflects the fivefold mission of our Church. These marks are:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

In this consultation a sixth mark is added: that of Worship.

If you wish to have input in this Special Character Review you can email Anne van Gend at anglicanschoolsnz@gmail.com or speak to me about ways to be involved.

Last Sunday it was a joy to have with us the Young Voices and School Servers and their families. We saw some of the fruits that are beginning to show among us of the mission in our School. We look forward to seeing this in greater evidence next Sunday when we welcome the whole school community for School Founders’ Day.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Andrew Starky


Parish Notices

  • Parish meeting today in the hall after Mass. This is to discuss strategic planning for the future of S. Michael’s School.
  • 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.
  • Trust and Vestry members meet on Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the parish lounge to discuss the points raised at Sunday’s meeting of parishioners. Vestry members please bring a small plate of finger food to share.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday immediately after the 7:00 pm Mass.
  • Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • School Fundraiser Quiz Night: Wednesday 7:00 pm at the Cranford Ale House. Tickets $10 from the school office. See poster for details or speak to Michael Graveston (027 358 0010).
  • Will Christianity survive in Christchurch beyond 2020? Peter Lineham and Panel, Saturday 9:30 am–12 noon at S. Mark’s Methodist Church, Barrington St. Cost $10. Registration: Andrew Donaldson stmarks7@clear.net.nz or phone 980 5002.
  • Resonance Ensemble Concert: soloist Cathy Irons (violin). Saturday 7:30 pm at S. Michael’s, door sales. Enquiries phone 355 4555.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Bible Study Group meets next 4 July, 7:15 pm in the school staff room. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Ordination Service: Ben Randall is one of those to be ordained deacon at the Cathedral, 16 July at 10:00 am.
  • Organ Recital: Jeremy Woodside 31 July 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.
  • 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.