Letter from the Wardens and Parish Notices – 14 July 2017

Dear Friends,
As you know, after the 10:00 am Mass last Sunday Archdeacon Lynnette Lightfoot facilitated the Parish Consultation, our first step towards the appointment of the new Vicar of S. Michael’s. She opened the well-attended meeting by paying tribute to Fr Andrew’s legacy—such a fitting way not just of acknowledging the parish’s debt to his ministry but of centring our attention on the gifts and qualities we are
seeking in his successor.
Since then the five ‘ticks’ we were permitted to put beside the five attributes which we regarded as most desirable have been tallied—and despite the contention over this restriction, the total number of ticks means that most people kept to the rules!
The results are as follows:
Almost everyone included “Acceptance of all people as bearers of God’s image and likeness, regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, social or cultural background or sexuality”. This was followed quite closely by “Maintain the Anglo-Catholic tradition (while not necessarily returning to the beginnings of this tradition)”. The next three, with an almost equal number of ticks, were: “Can demonstrate a development of their spiritual journey and will develop an environment of spirituality in engaging with the modern world”, “Good pastoral skills and encourages others in their pastoral ministry” and “Experience in participating in and leading church committees, both within and outside the parish, especially the Parish Trust and School Board”

Revd Lightfoot also distributed a ‘Questionnaire for Future Ministry’ and additional copies of this are available at the back of the church. These need to be handed to a Warden or left at the Parish Office by Monday 24 July.

The Parish Nominators—the Wardens, Rachel Watson, the Vestry appointee, and Jon Russell, appointed by the School—will now submit the full list of results, together with a Parish Profile, to Bishop Victoria, who indicated, when the Wardens met with her a few weeks ago, that a desirable timeline would be to advertise in August, with the aim of having a new Vicar by the end of the year.

Before then, of course, the Parish and the Diocesan Nominators, together with the Bishop, will be involved in the appointment process.

We recognise that this is a stressful time but it is also a vitally important one in the journey of our parish, and your prayerful and thoughtful participation in the process on which we have embarked is not only greatly appreciated but is fundamental to its

Gloria Moyle – People’s Warden

Michael Graveston – Vicar’s Warden


Parish Notices

  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 24 July.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election. tomorrow 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • For the next three months Taizé Evening Service will be replaced by Compline.
  • Need not Greed—Housing Matters: Shamubeel Eaqub. 20 July 5:30 pm at the Knox Centre. Koha. Details 358 4505.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: Gorillas and chimpanzees are endangered through loss of habitat to excessive coltan mining. Coltan is used in making hand-held electronic devices, from cell phones through to laptop computers. Recycling these devices will help to reduce the mining.
    There will be a box at the back of the church on Sunday mornings for such devices. They will then be taken to Orana Wildlife Park to be sent away for recycling. During the week the box will be in the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).