04 Sep 2012
From the Word…
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
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Anglican News & Events – 5 September 2012
1. Please Pray for Our Upcoming Synod, 7–8 September
you have given your Holy Spirit to your church
to lead us into all truth;
bless with your Spirit’s gracious presence
the members of this synod;
Keep them steadfast and united in love,
that they may reveal your glory
and prepare the way for your commonwealth of love;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
(from For All the Saints, p. 501)
2. Synod Notices
Synod begins Friday, 7 September, 1:30pm sharp at St Christopher’s, Avonhead.
Please be sure to arrive in time for registration beginning at 1.00pm.
¨ Please ensure that you read all papers in advance and bring them with you to Synod.
¨ Copies of up-dated papers (Order Paper, Bills & Motions, EPB Paper which were emailed to parishes 31 August) will be available at Synod and are on the website. Please print your own in advance if preferred, as we do not intend printing a copy for everyone (to save paper) and hope people will share as necessary.
¨ On arrival each day, please sign the appropriate (Clergy or Lay) attendance roll so your attendance can be verified and a quorum maintained throughout Synod.
¨ Please ensure you bring your nametag and wear it during Synod, including for entrance to meals. Lanyards will be available at registration. Note: The colour of your nametag identifies you as one of the following: a full member of Synod (with voice and vote); member with voice but no vote, and observer with neither.
¨ Parishes should bring a copy of the Blue Book and know where the person with it is seated. Synod is conducted under Standing Orders of the Synod of the Diocese of Christchurch (C15 – C23) and these are on the website.
¨ Seating is in the pews so bring a clipboard or something firm to write on. A water bottle is a good idea to keep hydrated!
¨ Nominations: Nomination forms are on the website. Please think and pray, obtain the nominee’s permission and CV, and ensure the nomination form is with the Diocesan Manager no later than 1.00pm on Saturday. Vacancies to be filled are: Standing Committee (2 lay; 1 clergy); Church Property Trustees (2 trustees); Diocesan Board of Nomination (3 clergy, 3 lay); Craighead Diocesan School Board of Proprietors (1).
¨ Observers: please sit in the seating reserved for you, not with your parish. You are welcome to observe the business of Synod generally but, as above, you do not have speaking rights unless specifically granted (and cannot vote).
¨ Travel forms (one per parish) - following Synod please claim travel for your parish.
¨ Inter Diocesan Conference updates for Blue Books
(or the Stud book as some may call it) will be available at Synod. If you are unable to collect one from there or you forget, please email Jo Barrett (email@example.com) for a copy to be sent to you.
3. Theology House will be shifting into new premises
Mid-October, 31 Yaldhurst Rd, Upper Riccarton (next to the Petersgate Counselling Centre)
We are pleased to be able to advertise that one of our first teaching slots will be
Introduction to Te Reo with Marjorie Smart and Shelly Walker
Wednesday evenings, 17, 24, 31 October & 7, 14, 21 November, 7.00 – 9.00pm
This course aims to introduce and encourage beginners into the world of Te Reo Maori. The tutors will draw on A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa so bring your own copies if you have them. (Some loan copies will be available).
Cost is $60 and supper will be available.
Register with Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org .
4. Storry Scholarships:
Calling young people under 20 years of age living in Canterbury/Westland!
Applications must be received by Sunday, 30 September 2012
The Storry Scholarships, administrated by Anglican Care, provide educational assistance to talented young people under the age of 20 who live in Canterbury or Westland. Individuals whose recognized talent, gift, or skill can be enhanced by the scholarship may receive as much as $3500.
The deadline for applications is less than a month away.
More details, including an application form, can be downloaded at http://www.anglicare.org.nz/Storry-Scholarship
or by emailing email@example.com
or on 03-348-6960.
5. Wai Karekare 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.
6. Taizé-style Worship
Sunday, 9 September, 5.00pm, St Augustine's, Clarkville
Everyone is welcome to join us for worship in this historic country church in the Parish of Kaiapoi.
7. 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.
8. MEGA Book Sale
Saturday, 29 September, 9.00am – 4.00pm, St. Silas Anglican Church (cnr Tuckers Road and Main North Road, Redwood)
This church/community fundraiser will be offering books (new and second-hand), magazines, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, plus entertainment for the children.
9. Request for Information from Children’s Ministry workers and leaders
Submissions due by Friday, 28 September
I am writing to request your help to produce a report from Christchurch for the National Children’s and Family Ministry Strandz meeting, 18–19 October in Hamilton.
If you could provide some Celebrations and Challenges you have faced in the last year in your children’s ministry it would be awesome. Even a few lines about creative ways you have connected with children and their families without church buildings and spaces would help the rest of the country understand the creative hand of God on us here in Christchurch.
Any requests for help with resources or art equipment or anything else can be put in the report. Last year there was a genuine desire to help, so it would be great to offer specific ideas. The report needs to be ready by the beginning of October so it can be circulated to every diocese before the meeting.
Prayerful blessings and thanks,
Christchurch Strandz representative
Email: email@example.com or
ring 03-3513-442 or 027-335-0105
10. Crafts Alive @ St Barnabas
Saturday, 6 October, 10.00am–4.00pm, St Barnabas Church Hall (cnr Fendalton Road and Tui Street)
This event is a come and see, come and try, come and taste, come and buy event.
An event for all ages. Admission $2 * Children Free.
For further information contact the parish office on 03-351-7064.
11. 150th Anniversary Celebration
9-10 March 2013, St Anne's, Pleasant Valley, Geraldine
Events in the valley on Saturday;
Service of thanksgiving on Sunday at 10.30 followed by pot luck lunch.
Mark your diaries!
12. Exploring Our Diversity as Churches
Thursday, 13 September, 9.00am-3.00pm, Christchurch Chinese Church, 286 Greers Rd, Bryndwr
Multi-culturism and multi-ethnicity are terms we are increasingly reminded of, as our city and regions are going through an unprecedented season of diversity. We see our Conversation together as contributing to an appreciation of our diversity and sharpening of our missional eyes and ears to take advantage of ethnic change around us.
Mark deYmaz, from Mosiac Church, Little Rock, USA, will minister in the morning session, and then we will hear from, and converse with, local ethnic and indigenous leaders.
We welcome your soonest registration by mail or telephone or via our online events atwww.lr.org.nz
13. Stephen Leong - R.I.P
Friary of the Divine Compassion announces with deep regret the passing of Stephen Leong in Kuching on Friday, 31 August 2012.
May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory
Stephen Leong is the Father of Brother Alfred Boonkong ssf.
Br Alfred was in Canterbury, England at the Franciscan Study Centre.
He has returned to Kuching for the Requiem service on Wednesday, 5 September. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Messages of condolence can be sent to;
The Leong family
10 Jalan Pisang
14. Back to Church Sunday
Sunday, 30 September 2012
At the end of September the ninth Back to Church Sunday will take place in thousands of churches across five continents. Now a book which explores Back to Church Sunday and how to make it more effective has been published to deepen the understanding of invitation.
Archbishop John Sentamu in the foreword says “This book is about helping churches re-learn how to make disciples. A challenge from the ‘Back to Church Sunday’ initiative, it goes right to the heart of what it is to be church, namely, worshipping God and infecting his world with the goodness of Jesus Christ. Ever since Philip first urged Nathanael to ‘come and see’ (John 1:46) the practice of invitation has been crucial to spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The book is available on the following website http://www.unlockingthegrowth.com/book/
15. Vacancy: Executive Chair, Anglican Care Trust Board
Applications are invited for a new role of Executive Chair of the Anglican Care Trust Board.
Anglican Care (Canterbury/Westland), the Social Service Council of the Diocese of Christchurch, provides Christian social services and social justice support within the Diocese of Christchurch. Its governing body is the Anglican Care Trust Board.
The Executive Chair will provide strategic and visionary leadership to the Trust Board, represent the Board within the organization and to the wider community, and preside over meetings of the Board.
It is expected that the Executive Chair will develop good working relationships and liaise with the Warden, Divisional Committees, Divisional Managers, and other executive staff including the Social Justice Enabler and the Finance and Executive Officer to achieve Anglican Care’s strategic goals. The Executive Chair will also be expected to develop a good working knowledge of the Anglican Care policy and legislative framework.
The divisions of Anglican Care are Anglican Living (Aged Care), the Christchurch City Mission, Family and Community, and Anglican Care South Canterbury.
The Executive Chair is accountable to the Trust Board and Warden, being the Bishop of Christchurch.
The time commitment for the role is expected to average 10 hours per week, and will be on a consultancy basis.
Candidates will be expected to have professional qualifications in an associated field.
Remuneration commensurate with the position will be paid.
Applications should be sent to Mrs Jocelyn Richards (PA to Bishop Victoria) by email:
PO Box 4438
16. Amuri Cooperating Parish (Rural North Canterbury) seeks Minister
Closing date for expressions of interest: Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Are you a dedicated biblical preacher, a person who will lead and work with the existing team, a good communicator, and a person able to get on with a variety of others who will help our church continue to serve our community? Do you share a similar passion for Jesus, a heart for people and a desire to preach the Word?
We invite you to consider contacting us and expressing your interest.
We are serious about being a church family, wanting to reach families and individuals in our community and to minister effectively to those families already part of the church. We need leadership and encouragement to fulfill our potential in this area.
Please contact the Rev’d Martin Stewart on
17. St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Hastings seeks full-time Vicar
Applications close 5.00pm on the 19th October 2012.
Regularly used as a venue for choirs, orchestras, organist recitals, dramas and other such groups, the recently renovated church is one of Hastings’ oldest buildings and holds a Category One designation from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
St Matthew’s is a busy parish centre. Outreach includes activities all through the week with an Op Shop, Drop in Groups, Pre School Music group and Open Door Ministry. The parish shares the site with an Early Childhood Centre and Diocesan Primary School in a growing partnership of faith.
The role of Vicar will include the opportunity to serve as School Chaplain at St Matthew’s Diocesan Primary School (a state integrated school for students from Year 0 to 8), as well as a trustee on the school board.
The successful applicant should:
Be an inspiring leader and committed person of faith, open to God’s spirit.
While valuing the parish history and traditions, be committed to growing the parish.
Have the ability to understand and relate to the Church’s bicultural heritage in a sensitive way.
Relate to young people and their families.
Encourage the spiritual growth of individuals within the parish.
Have strong liturgical and pastoral skills.
Be empathetic with a sense of humour.
To obtain a Parish Profile and a copy of the Parish Consultation please contact the Bishop’s PA, Belinda Barnhill by phone (06 834 0374) or email. Expressions of interest, including CV and the names of three referees should be addressed to:
The Bishop’s PA,
PO Box 227,
Napier 4140, or
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
18. 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
19. Women Clergy Pre-Synod Brunch
Friday, September 7, 10:30am-noon, Jo’s Garage (corner of Waimairi and Leslie Rd, Riccarton)
Women clergy and other wonderful women in ministry are invited to gather on the day that Synod begins.
RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, 6 September
20. Diocesan Synod
Friday – Saturday, 7–8 September 2012
21. Kaiapoi Parish Dinner
Friday, 7 September, 7.00 pm, Kaiapoi Golf Club
Hosted by the Parish of Kaiapoi
Entertainment is provided - come along and enjoy a Great Night Out
Cost: $30.00 per person
As we need to know numbers as soon as possible to secure a separate booking at the Golf Club, please phone
John Woolcott 03-327-5522 or Elaine Clark 03-327-5552 or the Parish Office 03-3277-084.
22. Memory, Dementia and Protecting the Brain
Friday, 7 September, 7:30pm, St Albans Uniting Parish, cnr Nancy Avenue & Knowles Street, Mairehau
Alzheimers Canterbury has been making a difference to the lives of those affected by dementia since 1983, and offers a range of social work, support, and education services to all people affected by dementia in Canterbury. At the heart of this support is our partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board and the caring and professional Alzheimers Canterbury staff who are committed to making life better for all people affected by dementia.
Be present at this Community Comment to hear from Vivienne Boyd, Education Coordinator for Alzheimers Canterbury about what is available for both carers and people who have dementia.
Come at 7.00pm for tea or coffee and meet others before the presentation.
There is no charge, but a koha will be appreciated to help cover expenses.
23. Taizé-style Worship
Sunday, 9 September, 5.00pm, St Augustine's, Clarkville
Everyone is welcome to join us for worship in this historic country church in the Parish of Kaiapoi.
24. October Baby: early release screening
Monday, 10 September, 6.30pm, Reading Cinema, Palms Mall
This film comes highly acclaimed as worth seeing prior to its DVD release in October.
Tickets only from Manna Christian Store Hornby, tel: 03-349-887
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