Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 2 April 2017

Dear Friends,

Welcome to S. Michael’s on Passion Sunday. We now enter the final fortnight of Lent, when we draw nearer to the suffering and passion of our Lord. I am delighted to welcome the Revd Stephanie Robson, who is the Director of Diocesan Mission Research, to be our guest preacher today. Stephanie is well known to many of us at S. Michael’s, having been part of our congregation prior to her ordination.

Today we hear two particularly inspirational stories from Scripture: one being Ezekiel’s vision of God giving life and spirit to the dry bones of Israel, and the other the raising of Lazarus. As we hear these stories read today and consider the present reality of our own lives, we may well find our prayers joined with those of the psalmist in a heartfelt cry from the depths. This would be a rich grace indeed to be given as we enter Passiontide. While many here will have heard these Scriptures often, we are gathered to hear them today in the unprecedented circumstances of our life right now, both personally and as a church community.

Next Saturday morning we hold the parish breakfast, which is one of the times when we build up our life of fellowship together. Most of us gather for Mass at 9:00 am in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. The breakfast begins at about 9:45 am and you are welcome to come at that point if you prefer. This is a hearty breakfast including cereals and fruit, toast, eggs and other cooked goodies that will set you up for the whole day. It is open to all who are associated with S. Michael’s and we welcome you to be a part of it. If you can, you may bring contributions of food or money to defray expenses. Please contact Ros Calvert (322 6078) for more details. Another such time when we come together for fellowship is when we go out for lunch after the 10:00 am Mass to the Regatta on Avon. Our next trip there will be on Easter Day, and again, all are welcome to join in.

I am delighted to announce that Revd Anne Price has been licensed by Bishop Victoria to teach Religious Education in the school part-time, beginning in Term 2. There are some posters and flyers with details of the choral Stations of the Cross next Sunday evening, and the other services of Holy Week and Easter. Please take a poster if you are able to place it on a notice board where others will be able to see it.

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Starky


Parish Notices


  • Posters and flyers for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week Services are available from the office and at the back of the church.
  • Bible Study Group: Mondays 7:15 pm in the school. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Ben Randall’s first Eucharist: Tuesday, 7:00 pm at the Cathedral. All welcome.
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Michael’s School term ends on Friday.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 8 April 9:45 am. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Stainer’s Crucifixion: Saturday 5:30 pm at the Cathedral. Christchurch City Choir.
  • Palm Sunday ceremonies begin at 9:30 am in the school atrium.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: Easter Day at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5, available Sundays in the hall, weekdays from the office.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Advance Notice: Exhibition of paintings by Diana Watson (Smith) in the hall, 18–30 April, affordable prices with proceeds towards our new vicarage. Elisabeth Alberts and Ginny Comery will sing at the opening 4:30–6:30 pm on 28 April.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.
  • Preparations for Easter:
    • Donations for flowers to Jill Woodside please.
    • Palm Crosses: these will be made on Thursday from 10:45 am in the lounge. Helpers required, also donations of flax. Details Kathryn Starky.
    • Working bee for brass cleaning etc: 15 April 10:00 am in the lounge.
    • For Maundy Thursday: If you would like to take part in the foot washing during the Mass, please sign the list at the back of the church. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar of Repose until the next day. Members of the congregation keep watch for an hour during the night. If you can do this, please sign the list at the back of the church so that we can ensure that at least two people are present at all times. Details Stephen Woodside (338 9590).