Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Sunday after the Ascension.
Last Sunday we held the AGM of the parish and it was pleasing to have a good
turnout of parishioners attending such a positive meeting. The meeting heard about
various recent developments in the parish, including the appointment of Alice and
Shaun among the young people, the Climate Action group and the Women’s
Fellowship. We heard reports from the School, Parish Trust and Wardens, as well as
from the many groups and activities which make up the life of our parish. This
meeting also gave a clear signal to the Vestry and Parish Trust about the desire of
parishioners to see a vicarage provided on site. This will give those bodies confidence
to develop plans to this end without delay, whilst keeping parishioners fully informed
and consulted.

In the elections we gave our thanks to Claire Preston, the retiring People’s Warden,
for her many years of wonderful service. Gloria Moyle was elected as the new People’s
Warden. We are fortunate indeed to have someone of Gloria’s calibre and experience
who can continue Claire’s good work and serve as Warden alongside Michael
Graveston, our Vicar’s Warden and Synod Represenative. We acknowledged with
thanks the service of Joy Coulter and Gerald Ginther who have stepped down from
the Vestry, and welcomed new members, Jane Ellis, Dave McFerran, Vince Moreton
and Kirk Spragg. Claire Preston and Jane Evans (Synod Representative) remain on
Vestry, as do Dorothy Burrows, Anne Ladd and Virginia O’Donnell. The
commissioning of the new Vestry will be on Sunday 29 May at the 10:00 am Mass.
This Vestry had its first meeting on Tuesday, and among the discussions was a
proposal to appoint a new Head Server. The main purpose of this position is to assist
with the training and encouragement of our servers and also to facilitate the
bi-monthly servers’ meeting. I am delighted that Steve Woodside has agreed to
accept this appointment. He will work alongside Lawrence Watson, who continues
as Head Sacristan.

In this season of Ascensiontide the Church devotes itself particularly to prayer for
Christian unity as it awaits the coming of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to attend a
service of Prayer for Christian Unity to be held at S. Mary’s Roman Catholic
Pro-Cathedral in Manchester Street at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. Please also keep our
own General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui in your prayers over these days.

Yours in the risen and ascended Christ,

Fr. Andrew Starky