11 Sep 2012
From the Word…
“…whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
At Synod our Bishop has called us to a year of prayer:
“We needed to be more serious about prayer long before the earthquakes…I’m absolutely convinced that if we go forward on our own brilliance, we might as well write the death notice [for the Diocese] now. It’s that serious.
“…I really do think that making this a matter of prayer, actually seeking Christ’s healing for the whole Diocese and all of the membership of our communities—the wider community, not just the Church community—is really so important.
“So, ‘Christ heal us’, and ‘Christ, where would you have us go?’ is the way I see the future.”
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Anglican News & Events – 12 September 2012
1. Synod: Follow-up Notices
If you did not return your name tag and Year Book at the end of Synod, please do so directly, as the Year Books are needed so the next stage of printing can be completed.
Last weekend’s Synod was advised that a Structural Working Group is being set up to consider the structure of the Diocese for the future. If you, or someone you wish to nominate, is interested please provide their name, contact details and a brief description of skills to the Diocesan Manager firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of Tuesday, 18 September. Nominations and Terms of Reference for the group will be considered by the Standing Committee of the Diocese at their next meeting on Wednesday, 26 September and will be advised after that.
ALSO, congratulations and welcome to the following elected at last weekend’s Synod and grateful thanks for the contribution of those who have completed their terms on the various committees.
• The Rev’d Nick Mountfort (filling the vacancy left by the Ven. Jacqui Paterson who did not seek re-election)
• Mrs Carol Trotter (filling the vacancy left by Mr Dennis Veal who had completed two terms on Standing Committee)
• Ms Moka Ritchie (re-elected for a second term)
• Mr Steve Wakefield
• Dr Bruce Deam
• The Rev’d Jay Behan (re-elected)
• The Rev’d Matt Watts
• The Rev’d Indrea Alexander
• Dr Corin Murfitt (re-elected)
• Mr Phil Trotter (re-elected)
• Mrs Jean Shewan
Mr Ross Wells (re-elected as Synod Representative on the Board).
2. West Africa Food Crisis
18 million people across the Sahel region of West Africa face a worsening food crisis, caused by a combination of limited rainfall, increases in food prices and conflict. Over 1 million children now face starvation.
New Zealanders have been very generous and we have raised nearly $180,000 raised by New Zealanders is being used in Mauritania to help more than 600 families in the worst affected areas to survive the coming months.
The need for urgent help is still growing - every $65 will help a family survive for another month. You can help by donating today.
3. Keeping Good Company
Friday, 21 September, 7.30pm, St Peter’s Parish Hall, Church Corner, Upper Riccarton
You are invited to Keeping Good Company’s most recent production ‘Deadly’, which takes an entertaining but thought-provoking look at the seven deadly sins.
Including vocal contributions by Amanda Atlas,
admission will be by donation and
a light supper will be served.
Saturday, 29 September, 7:00 pm, S. Michael and All Angels, cnr Durham St and Oxford Terrace
The Clergy, Churchwardens and parishioners of S. Michael and All Angels invite you to join them to celebrate the Feast of S. Michael and All Angels. Bishop Victoria Matthews will preside and preach at the Solemn Festival Eucharist, which will be followed by supper.
Attending clergy are invited to vest and con-celebrate.
5. KEEPING GOOD COMPANY: Children’s Holiday Theatre
Keeping Good Company present a further in their very popular series ‘Telling Tales’, a fun, interactive, and musical presentation of some of the parables of Jesus.
Times and venues are:
Monday, 1 October, 10.30am, St. Chad’s, Linwood
Tuesday, 2 October, 2.00pm, St. Silas’, Redwood
Wednesday, 3 October, 10.30am, St. Andrew’s, Diamond Harbour
Thursday, 4 October, 10.30am, Community Hall, Kirwee AND 2.00pm, Trinity Church, Darfield
Friday, 5 October, 10.30am, St. Peter’s, Upper Riccarton
For more information, contact the Rev’d. David Winfield on 03-322-8723 or email@example.com.
6. Jax Hamilton Cooking Demonstration
Friday, 23 November, 7.30pm, Alpine Energy Stadium, Temuka
Hosted by St Peter’s in Temuka, this should be a great evening with Jax Hamilton.
Tickets cost $40, and will be available at centres in the towns in the area.
Marion Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org, ph 03-615-9066) has overall responsibility for tickets, and can be contacted for further information.
7. Anglican Care South Canterbury Fundraiser
GET ON YOUR BIKE or support the cause!
Anglican Care South Canterbury has been very pleased to be accepted as one of the major benefactors of the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride 2013. This ride covers over 300 kms over 3 days and riders are asked to collect sponsorship for this event.
Two local South Canterbury vicars and three parishioners have also committed to the ride in February 2013. Let’s truly get behind them as they support the work of Anglican Care in the South Canterbury, MacKenzie Country region.
You can pledge your support to them by contacting the Manager of Anglican Care South Canterbury, Gwenda Kendrew, on 03-688-9291 or email@example.com.
8. Chalice and Paten Needed
As part of his responsibilities with Anglican Missions Board, the Rev’d Mike Hawke will be returning to PNG for two weeks in late October – early November, to speak at various Clergy schools and Synods.
One of the priests has requested a chalice and paten. If your parish has one to spare, could you please contact
Mike on 021-711-726, 80c Moncks Spur, Redcliffs, Christchurch.
9. Church Furnishings Available
From S. Michael and All Angels: following the re-ordering of the sanctuary a few years ago, the parish has an altar which is no longer able to be used, and would love to hear from anyone who may be able to make appropriate use of the old altar.
Enquiries to the parish office: 03-379-5236
From St Margaret’s College: numerous 2-seater solid timber pews with wooden back rest and red fabric-padded seats in excellent condition are for sale as bulk lot or individually.
Please ring Peter Carroll on 021-078-6280 or 03-379-2000 ext 8832
10. Anglican Missions Tikanga Newsletter
Dear friends in Christ,
Thank you for your dedicated and continued support. After two-thirds of the year the total Tikanga Giving is ahead of the same time last year, a great achievement given the current uncertain times. We appreciate all that you are doing to maintain giving at this level.
Can we reach 100% of the mission target this year? We have now reached over 90% of the Year to Date target and each month we are edging closer to the targets set by Diocesan Synods last year.
A reminder that we have many resources to help encourage the Church for Mission. So please contact us to see if we can assist you in any way. We continue to hear of new mission fundraising initiatives from parishes and would appreciate hearing more stories of new ways that parishes have tried. Call us if you need help or ideas.
We have reached over $30,600 which is slightly ahead of the same time last year. Please continue to encourage parishes to send through any funds they may have on hand.
The Unite Mission Partner Support Initiative continues to grow with close to $40,000 now received or pledged through to the end of the year. While this is very pleasing for a new fundraiser we need more individuals and parishes to sign up to this interactive programme. Please consider ways that you can spread the word about “Unite”. We have a variety of resources available at the Anglican Missions Office to help you.
4 short-term missions have been assisted in 2012 through this scheme. Information about the missions can be found on the Anglican Missions website www.angmissions.org.nz
• Newlands/Paparangi Parish - Tonga $5,000
• BAF: Bishopric of Taranaki - Malaysia $4,000
• Whitby Anglican Parish - Fiji $2,264
• St Augustine’s Cashmere, Christchurch – India $2,000 (December 2012)
These are indeed times of opportunity and challenge. Thank you for your commitment and support of all we do together for the overseas mission of our church.
In Christ’s service,
Canon Robert Kereopa, Executive Officer
11. “Here, There and Beyond” NZCMS Conference Spring Conference
Thursday–Saturday, 4-6 October, Shirley Intermediate School, Christchurch
Ever wondered why someone would go over ‘there’ instead of staying ‘here’? ‘Here, There and Beyond’ is a mission conference for anyone who’s ever wondered WHY we should care about mission and HOW we can reach the nations for Christ.
Dave Clancey will be speaking on
• ‘The God Who Sends’
• ‘The God Who Saves’
• ‘The God Who Speaks’
Muriithi Wanjau will be speaking on
• ‘New Wineskins’
• ‘Developing World Changers’
• ‘The Heart of A World Changer’
Cost: Tickets from $20 per day; sponsorship is available.
12. Wai Karekare – Turbulent Waters is now available
This pre-2014 Bicentenary resource book, charting the 200-year Anglican bicultural journey in New Zealand, is now available, as announced: www.anglicantaonga.org.nz/News/Common-Life/bi
Copies of Wai Karekare – Turbulent Waters are available now for $10 because this resource has been underwritten with a grant from the St Johns College Trust Board.
To get yours, email Marissa Alix on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 09-521-4439. The books will be dispatched with invoices.
13. Supporting Families in Mental Illness national conference:
A Time to Listen: Children Living in the Presence of Mental Illness
Friday–Saturday, 5–6 October, Copthorne Hotel Commodore (near Christchurch International Airport)
For more information go to www.supportingfamiliesnz.org.nz/ConferencesWorkshopsTraining.php
14. Biblical Storytelling Workshop
Saturday, 27 October, 2.00–4.00pm, Linwood Avenue Union Church (cnr of Linwood Avenue and Tilford Street)
The biblical story is waiting to be told. Come along to an introductory workshop.
For further details contact: the Rev’d Darryn Hickling on 022-6757-391 or 03-389-5303 or by email: email@example.com
15. Buddy Day: Second Annual Child Abuse Awareness Day
Friday. 16 November 2012
National child advocacy organisation, Child Matters, has confirmed a date for New Zealand’s second annual child abuse awareness day, Buddy Day. . The first annual Buddy Day took place in Hamilton on 18 November 2011 and was hugely successful.
Buddy Day is focused around life-size cardboard children – ‘Buddies’ – who are decorated by children from schools in the Waikato area prior to the event and then adopted by adults who look after the Buddies for the day.
Child Matters is also providing ‘Buddy Day kits’ available for purchase online by individuals throughout New Zealand who wish to participate in the event.
Buddy Day is a public participation event aimed at raising awareness of child abuse and the role that every adult has in keeping children safe.
16. Monthly Healing Service
Wednesday, 12 September, 7.00 – 9.00pm, St Augustines, Cracoft Terrace, Cashmere
Ellel Ministries Aotearoa New Zealand holds this service monthly.
Come along for some worship, a short message, prayer and fellowship.
17. The Christchurch City Mission
BROWN PAPER BAG APPEAL
Tuesday, 4 September – Tuesday, 18 September
Due to the increased demand on our Foodbank, this year we're asking for help with groceries. The Brown Paper Bag will be delivered in The Press on Tuesday, 4 September.
Once filled, the bags can be dropped of at any New World supermarket before 18 September, or at our reception at 275 Hereford Street any time before Christmas, or the City Mission can collect them from Parish Offices. Please ring 03-365-0635 to arrange for collection.
Thank you for your help with this appeal.
Michael Gorman, City Missioner
18. It’s Not Too Late to Register for Loud Shirt Day
You can do your bit by registering today to take part in Loud Shirt Day and helping make a life-changing difference to deaf kids right around NZ.
Funds raised on Friday September 21 help provide therapy to ensure deaf kids can learn to speak just like their hearing friends.
19. How to Manage Stress and Build Your Resilience
Thursday, 13 September 2012, 9.00am-12.00pm, Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch
This workshop is designed to equip participants with practical ideas on how to navigate through tough times and achieve an improved state of well-being. This half day event covers:
· Sleep Smarter –optimising your own sleeping habits to increase energy and enthusiasm.
· Building Emotional Resilience – identify personal values and practical strategies to enhance personal value fulfilment inside and outside the work environment.
· Promoting Physical Wellbeing (exercise and nutrition) - simple, time-efficient and achievable activities to promote health and wellbeing – no matter how busy you are!
Each presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with a tea and coffee break between sessions.
Anyone can attend this workshop – it is open to employers and their staff, or even family members who could benefit from this workshop. We encourage you to promote this scheme in your workplace. .
You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org
20. Latimer AGM 2012
Thursday, 13 September 2012, 7.30 pm, Christchurch venue to be confirmed
Please note this date in your diaries. Following the formal business of the AGM we are pleased to have
Bishop Richard Ellena, the President of Latimer, who will speak to us on: What it means to contend with the Gospel today.
Supper will be provided.
Nomination of Officers of the Fellowship information can be found on the Latimer website.
21. AMENDED “Exploring Our Diversity as Churches” event
Thursday, 13 September, 9.30am-3.00pm, Christchurch Chinese Church, 286 Greers Rd, Bryndwr
9.30-10.30 am: Devotional from Ps Elijah Wong
Max Palmer will report from the Sydney Conference Multi Ethnic Church Conference
Input and stories from Christchurch Ethnic and Multi-Ethnic leaders
11am-12.15pm: More stories and faciliatated discussion
1-2pm: Small Groups/Feedback
2-3pm: Refreshments and continuing interaction and prayer
22. Praying With the Mystics: Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century
19 September: Teresa of Avila - Sr Eleanor Capper RSJ, Education for Parish Service, Catholic Education Office
7.00-9.00pm, Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham Street North, St Albans, Christchurch
The Christian tradition bears witness to the quest of religious women and men for personal and direct encounters with the Living God in Christ. Wherever religion has become legal, concrete, historic, infantile, or institutional - or prayer has become dry - faith has always been renewed through this quest for living encounter. In the mystical tradition faith is re-grounded in a living experience. Such experience is an all-consuming passionate love affair between human beings and God. In their various and unique ways, the mystics bear witness to this eternal renewal of the living Spirit of Christ, through its arduous and joyous undertaking, into the all-encompassing love of God for humankind. Because they have struggled with eternal mysteries their insights continue to illumine the spiritual path long after their time.
17 October: Therese of Lisieux - The Reverend Carlie Hannah, Vicar, St Faith’s New Brighton
21 November: Francis of Assisi - The Venerable Lawrence Kimberley, Vicar, St Mark’s & St Anne’s Opawa-St Martins
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