Letter from the Wardens 15 November 2015

Dear Friends,

It is good to be here and worship at S. Michael’s this morning. We want to report to you an exciting decision made by our Vestry concerning the position of a part-time Youth Worker in our parish.

We are very blessed in having a Church School as part of our parish family. Many in our parish view the school as one of our main Christ-centred missions and stewardships. It is great when we have the Young Voices sharing in our worship and we wish we saw more children regularly on a Sunday. To this end, and after considerable research and consultation with the Diocese, Vestry has authorised the
Wardens and the Vicar, working with the School Principal, to move towards the employment of a part-time Youth Worker to start at the beginning of Term 1 next year. Anglican faith is integrated into school life on a daily basis, and the Youth Worker would need to model this special character.

The kinds of specific roles the Youth Worker might undertake include:
• Creating a youth group based on the intermediate-aged children at the school
• Assisting with our Children’s Church programme
• Participating in school life through supporting weekly School Mass, lunchtime, sporting and musical activities, school trips and other extra-curricular areas
• Engaging in Diocesan activities with S. Michael’s young people
• Supporting existing ministries
• Leadership development
• Building positive relationships and other associated duties

We are excited that this opportunity is arising. Although we are very mindful of budget constraints, we feel confident that we can maintain this part-time position in 2016. It would be our aim, if it is successful and financially sustainable, to make this a permanent position within our parish ministry team. Vestry will review this employment and its effectiveness by September 2016.

Through active engagement in school and church life, the Youth Worker would work towards building positive relationships with any young person who walks through the S. Michael’s gate.

We are also mindful of the Diocesan priorities on developing young people, and are excited to be able to begin this undertaking.

Michael Graveston        Claire Preston
Vicar’s Warden              People’s Warden

Parish Notices

• Sales Table: in the hall after Mass. Details Anne Ladd (981 5012).
• There is a cup of tea or coffee after the evening service each Sunday.
• Walking Group: anyone interested in a walk in Hagley Park on Mondays meet at the west door at 8:40 am. Details Kathryn Starky.
• The Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
• The Outreach Committee meets tomorrow, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge. Details Michael Graveston (027 358 0010).
• S. Michael’s Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Tuesday after the 10:00 am Mass. Speaker Catherine Williamson (Walsh House). Please bring gifts for the City Mission. Parking available in the playground. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
• Vege Co-op: orders and deliveries on Wednesdays. Details Kathryn Starky.
• Induction of the new Dean: next Sunday 5:00 pm at the Cathedral. Parish representatives are invited; speak to Louise by Wednesday if you wish to attend.
• Stand against family violence: White Ribbon Day 25 November. The Anglican Diocese is supporting this international day, joining the CDHB, the Police, City Council and others in a rally and barbecue, 12:30–1:30 pm in Cathedral Square.
• Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
• The Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
• Inasmuch Basket: please continue to support the City Mission with groceries etc. Reminder also of the urgent need for clothing and furniture.

Climate Action March
Before world leaders meet in Paris to plan a global response to climate
change, local action is planned. To help provide a Christian voice
S. Michael’s is joining with other churches in a parade on 28 November,
leaving at 12:30 pm from Victoria Square. This march will express the
desire that genuine, serious and urgent action be taken. It is not a protest,
it will be a family-friendly event for all. Details Claire Preston (342 4650)
S. Michael’s Climate Action Petition: there is still time to add your
name to the sheets at the back of the church today.
Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).