It’s Spring and already our southern hemisphere minds and hearts turn towards Advent and Christmas. But in our parish, closer than both of these Christian seasons is another significant event: the Amberley A & P (Agricultural and Pastoral ) Show – on Saturday 31st October. This occasion is almost part of the church calendar for us—not really! Continue reading
Abundantly we have received; let us also abundantly give. What a summer it has been! Very tough for the farmers dealing with drought conditions—but there’s no denying that many of our home gardens have produced a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables. (We can’t wait to see what the Waipara Valley vineyards will produce this year too!) So, what to do with all this abundance? Continue reading
Christmas Eve, 5pm: The not-to-be-missed Children’s Service at 5pm, with Nativity Play. Children are always welcome to dress up as angels, shepherds, etc… This year’s play is entitled: ‘X-Factor Bethlehem!’
Christmas Eve Holy Communion, 11.15pm. Reverend Jane Davison will preside and preach in this parish for the last time before her retirement. (Her final service will be on Sunday 28/12).
Christmas Day, 8.00am Holy Communion, St. Paul’s, Leithfield
Christmas Day, 9.15am Holy Communion, Holy Innocents, Amberley
The First Sunday of Christmas, 28th December, 10.30am: We are invited to join our friends from the Parish of Woodend-Pegasus Parish for an informal outdoor picnic and Eucharist at St Barnabas, Woodend. Please note the 10.30am start. We will farewell Reverend Jane at that time.
Christmas blessings to all.
Check out the following link to read about why we might need to rethink service times in out parish: Not Just Sunday Morning. Thanks to Rev’d Bosco Peters and his liturgy.co.nz site for another interesting post.
I have just been and bought two tickets to the ‘Spice up your Winter Lunch’. Have you got yours yet? A mid-winter social event after church this Sunday will be just the thing to cheer us up when the weather is conspiring against us. I look forward to meeting up not only with my fellow parishioners from Amberley and Leithfield, but also our friends from St Barnabas Anglican Church in Woodend. See you there.
Parish Hall, June 22nd
(after 9.30am service)
Come and celebrate Mid-Winter at this
Amberley Parish Fundraising lunch – a heart-warming affair!
Food for the soul followed by food for the body.
Just $15 buys you a ticket to warming food, fellowship and fun.
Contact Patricia, 314 9330 to book your ticket.
The parish quarterly newsletter for Winter 2014 is out now. Those who usually find this in their letterboxes should get theirs during the week (once it stops pouring with rain and we can get out to deliver them!). Let our parish administrator, Patricia Gardner, know if you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, or if you would like to receive an email copy in future. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link below to load a pdf version. Happy Pentecost!
Enjoy this amazing short video by Martin Heck, made using time-lapse photography over a four month period that he spent in New Zealand.
Featured in the Press newspaper’s Go arts magazine today (17/4/14) is Jeremy Thomas, a Christchurch demolition yard manager who has taken wood from the city’s earthquake-condemned church buildings and made crosses out of them.
He tells Press reporter Vicki Anderson that the idea of making crosses came naturally to him as he viewed the destruction and loss of life caused by the Canterbury earthquakes, especially the quake on the 22nd February 2011. For him, the cross ‘always means salvation’. Continue reading
The palms may NOT have been palms exactly (mostly cuttings of NZ native shrubs, in fact) but this Sunday a hardy band of people, young and old, braved the cool, damp autumn morning to gather for the Liturgy of the Palms, marking the beginning of Continue reading
There is something wonderful about making things. Despite our best efforts to slow down and prepare, the weeks of Lent may be flying by for some of us. We feel that we are not getting ready to receive the mystery of Easter and the blessings of that holy season. The world refuses to slow down – and we find it hard to opt out of the seemingly compulsory busy-ness of it all.
Well, here’s an idea for the remainder of Lent. Make something! Continue reading