Letter from the Vicar 30 August 2015

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today is Anglican Communion Sunday, when we celebrate our place in the worldwide family of Anglicans. The Anglican Communion arose with the spread of the Church of England as the British Empire grew and church people emigrated to many parts of the world. This created a problem as the Church of England had jurisdiction only in England, and so the Anglican Communion came about.

The Anglican Communion holds together the desire for unity of all Anglicans with a parallel and sometimes conflicting desire for the autonomy of each Province. Our Communion, by its nature, lies in between the Roman Catholic model, on the one hand, which has all authority centred on the Pope in Rome and on the other, a Church such as the Presbyterian where internationally churches share little more than a common heritage and a name. The Anglican Communion has always striven to live between these two extremes. It has done so by creating four Instruments of Unity which seek to give a measure of order and focus to the Communion.

These Instruments are the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the focus of unity, and the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, which the Archbishop convenes every ten years. Further, there is the Anglican Consultative Council, which includes lay people, and the Primates Meeting for heads of each Province. In recent years the unity of the Anglican Communion has been strained by debates over sexuality and ordination. The ‘bonds of affection’ which used to undergird the Instruments of Unity and hold the Communion together have been severely challenged, so we need to pray continually for the unity of our Communion.

There is also one unofficial Instrument of Unity called the Mothers’ Union. The MU has four million members over 83 countries. While it is small in New Zealand because of the growth of the AAW, it is a significant body in the worldwide communion. Earlier this year Kathryn and I had the privilege of meeting Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union, on her trip to Christchurch. I was impressed to hear of the things that the Mothers’ Union does in caring for families.

This meeting made me think about the women of S. Michael’s and whether it is time now to form a new women’s group of some kind. After the 10:00 am Mass on Tuesday 15 September I would like to discuss this with those interested. If you would like to talk it over beforehand, please contact Pat Evans (358 0127), or Judith McKaskell (322 7961), or Kathryn Starky (385 0197). If any men are feeling left out by this, please speak with me, because in due course I would love to see a group for men also re-established in this parish.

Yours in Christ,
Fr Andrew Starky

Parish Notices

Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• The Chamber Choir will sing at Evensong tonight (Sunday 30th August), joined by three of the Oxfords.
There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow (Monday 31st August) at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
Rolleston Home Group: Wednesday 11:00 am at 107 Tennyson St, Rolleston. Fr Andrew will bring us Home Communion. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
Synod begins on Thursday, Eucharist 6:30 pm at the Cathedral.
• The Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday at 7:30 pm in the parish lounge. Details John De la Bere (981 7582).
Regatta on Avon: lunch next Sunday at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
Advance Notice: Michaelmas Festival Mass on 29 September will be at 7:00 pm, Bishop Victoria will celebrate and preach. Supper afterwards in the hall.
• The Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Volunteers sought for Selwyn Centres: details Anne Russell-Brighty (384 8396), email anne.adrian@xtra.co.nz or www.anglicaneldercare.com.
Book Swap/Donate/Share with a Friend/Give as a gift: Modern books that you have enjoyed. Fundraising koha to Anne at the sales table. Books available in parish lounge during the week and in the hall on Sundays. Box lots of books are welcome at any S. Christopher’s Dove Book Shop.
Inasmuch Basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of food and other household items.

S. Michael’s School presents
Ali Baba
16 September at the McFadden Centre, St Albans,
1:00 pm (dress rehearsal) $5 and $2
6:30 pm $12 and $8
Tickets from the school office by 11 September
office@saintmichaels.co.nz or phone 379 9790