This is a momentous day in the life of S. Michael’s. It is a time for us to both look
back with gratitude for what has been—and to look forward with joyful anticipation
to the future.
We are all too aware that the last fifteen months, since the untimely death of
Fr Andrew, have been difficult ones, and the Wardens wish to thank all those who,
in so many ways, have helped to sustain the parish and its mission during this time.
Most recently this has been Fr Ben Randall, Priest-in-charge during May and June,
and although he was thanked, and a presentation made to him after the 10:00 am
Mass last Sunday, we wish to record here our debt to him for all his faith-filled
liturgical and pastoral work—a true son of S. Michael’s!
And now to the future. It is wonderful to be able to welcome today Fr Chris Orczy,
his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Ivy. They arrived from Newcastle on Tuesday, a
bitterly cold Christchurch day, and moved immediately—as in straight from the
airport—into the vicarage, which the parish is renting from Revd Anne and Charlie
Price. It is, of course, empty, and their furniture will not arrive for some weeks, but
they have been overwhelmed by the warm wishes of so many parishioners who have
dropped off food and lent household items—thank you so much to everyone for
your thoughtfulness and generosity.
The Induction of Fr Chris as the Vicar of S. Michael and All Angels by The
Venerable Lynnette Lightfoot will take place at 7:00 pm tonight. The Presider and
Preacher will be The Very Reverend Lawrence Kimberley and the Mass will be
followed by an informal welcome and supper in the hall—and a reminder here that
a contribution of finger food, as we are expecting a large number of people to attend,
would be much appreciated. Finally, another “housekeeping” note, which is a plea
to everyone to be more conscientious in the next few weeks about wearing your
name badge—and if you do not have one they are available from the parish office.
As they are faced with a sea of unknown faces this would be a huge help to the
Gloria Moyle, Michael Graveston
Lost Property clear-out: the lost property baskets will be in the parish office for the
next week, so if you have lost something please come in and check for it. At the end of the week everything remaining in the basket will be donated.
Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm at Jill Woodside’s house. Detail Ros Calvert (322 6078).
Meditation Group: meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
Parish Lunch: Regatta-on-Avon next Sunday at 12 noon.
RSVP to parish office by 4 July.
Anglican Advocacy: discussion on the proposed Zero Carbon Act.
9 July, 6:00 pm at the Anglican Centre.
Quaker Forum: Paul O’Neill will be speaking on Community Law, 11 July
7:30 pm at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Road. See poster for details.
Spring Choral Festival 19 August: RSCM combined choir invites participants.
Details from any parish choir member.
He Taonga Tongarewa—History of the NZ Prayer Book: Geoff Haworth.
Available from the General Synod Office for $20 plus postage.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (09) 521 4439.
A History of Addington: John Wilson. Details from email@example.com
or phone Allan Hudson 027 735 9148.
St Michael’s School is collecting pairs of glasses for donation to the Lions’ Four
Eyes Project which re-gifts them to the Pacific Islands. Leave at the parish office.
Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of
groceries and other household items, particularly during the winter months.