Carols in the Park

LeithfieldAmberleyOur local version, that is! This long-standing, popular pre-Christmas event organised by the Combined Churches of the district takes place on Friday 5th December at Chamberlain Park, Amberley. From 6pm barbecues are available as well as an ice-cream van and coffee cart. Come along and enjoy a picnic, sit back and be entertained by local choirs and music groups, and join in the community carol-singing—get into the spirit of Christmas!

Sunshine in a jar

Only one week to go before Amberley A & P Show on Saturday 1st November (Amberley Domain, Douglas Road). If you haven’t been to this small, friendly springtime country Show, now is the time to make a change.

Preparations in this parish have been ongoing for weeks as many people bake Christmas cakes and make chutneys, preserves and lemon curd for our ‘From the Church Gate’ stall at the Show. (I hope we will also have some of your delicious old-fashioned lemon cordial again, Patricia?)

This weekend beautiful lemons, free-range eggs, butter and sugar were turned into delicious lemon curd. Who can resist this golden delight, like sunshine in a jar?

Lemon curd 2

Lemon curd

On Friday, 31st October, volunteers will be needed at the parish hall to help wrap and present all the goodies, and co-ordinator Sue Atkinson would like to hear from you if you can help look after the stall at the Show on the day. Her phone number is in the parish directory.

Please keep making Christmas cakes — we need more.

Creating, celebrating Church

‘Creating, celebrating Church’ is a good description of Messy Church, a movement that began in the UK and is now 10 years old. In Amberley we started with Messy Church in 2011 and haven’t looked back – it has become a valued link between the parish and wider community and we all enjoy the intergenerational fun. See the Messy Church tab in the menu above for more information.

This Sunday, the creating and celebrating was all about Spring. Continue reading

Calling all cooks

Parishioner Sue Atkinson has (bravely?) taken on the role of co-ordinating the preparation of goodies for our
‘From the Church Gate’ produce stall at  the Amberley A & P Show this Spring. This year we are raising funds
to cover the insurance shortfall on the restoration of the stained glass windows in Holy Innocents’ Church,
damaged by earthquakes and a small tornado!

East window above the altar in Holy Innocents

East window above the altar in Holy Innocents

As the Show is not far off now – 1st November in fact – Sue is calling for help in three forms:

1. Making Christmas cakes – contact Sue for details, or simply do what you did last year!
The cakes were a great hit at the 2013 show and we could have sold more. Let Sue
know how many and what size you are prepared to bake.

2. Making chutney and pickle. This will be a team effort using the parish ‘Food Safe’
certified kitchen in the hall. Volunteers are needed for Saturday October 4th and/or
Friday/Saturday October 10/11th.  Helpers will be treated to a Devonshire Tea.

3. Donating ingredients for the chutneys and pickles.

Please contact Sue Atkinson for details. Thank you for your help.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

prophet DanielThe WHAM (Amberley Parish newsletter) for the spring quarter is now out.
To see this, go to the Newsletter page on this site by clicking on the
relevant link in the menu above.

From there you can download a pdf of the newsletter, and if you wish,
send us a contact form to add yourself to the newsletter emailing or delivery list.

Happy reading.

 

Our new Archdeacon

Lynnette's collationLast Saturday, our own Rev’d Lynnette Lightfoot was collated by Bishop Victoria as the new Archdeacon for North Canterbury. Members of Lynnette’s parishes – Amberley and Woodend-Pegasus – travelled to Christchurch to witness her accepting this role. The formalities took place during the Diocesan Synod at St Christopher’s Church, Avonhead, and was celebrated during lunch. May God bless you, Rev’d Lynnette, as you undertake this ministry over what is a fairly large geographical area — but at least the scenery is lovely on the journeys between parishes!

Just ‘down the road’

Hello everyone, here’s a quick reminder that this Sunday (31/8) we are invited to celebrate Holy Communion with our ministry partners ten minutes away down SH1 at St Barnabas, Woodend. Just a short hop down the main road for some of us; others might appreciate a ride and it is better for the environment if we car pool, so please offer a ride to someone.

As usual, the people of St Barnabas will provide morning tea after the service. Feel free to bring a plate of food but there is no need to do so as there is usually more than enough. See you there!

St-Barnabas-Woodend_article_imgSt Barnabas Anglican Church
Main Road, Woodend
Sunday 31st August,  9.30am

All welcome.

Saying goodbye (for now)

MJ with hat

On Sunday we sadly farewelled our People’s Warden, Mary-Jane (“MJ”) Mumford. She’s returning to Auckland to take up a new and very exciting position. But it’s hard to be sad for long when MJ is around; she has a life-giving energy about her and a wonderful sense of humour. She sees opportunities where others see obstacles, and she has a kind and encouraging word for everyone. She is hospitable and generous.

In the relatively short time she was a member of our parish she instigated our brand of homemade produce — ‘From the Church Gate’ — launched at the A & P Show last spring; and she inspired and helped to organise a variety of social and fundraising events as well as special worship services such as the Pet Blessing service and Flower Power Sunday (to mark ‘Bee Awareness Week’). Also, she has been a great encourager of our foray into social media, here on this blog and on our Facebook page. Mary-Jane is often to be found with her camera in hand, which we are learning is fairly essential if you want to engage in social media!

We will miss her tremendously; but here’s the upside:  MJ has family in the district so we know she’ll be back in this part of the world from time to time. We look forward to seeing her again in the coming years. In the meantime, she leaves a legacy of optimism, encouragement and warmth. Bye for now, MJ! Come and see us soon. God bless you.