Many kinds of mothers

Mother's Day greeting

This is for the mothers out there: mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, and adoptive mothers.
And also for the honorary ‘mums’ and ‘aunties’ who give nurturing love and guidance.
Let’s all remember, honour and love all our various mothers.


Video gem #1

‘Some thoughts on kindness’
This video published on YouTube is only two minutes long but quite thought-provoking, especially the final word. It’s an animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by author George Saunders at Syracuse University in May 2013. The wonderful advertisement-free review site drew attention to the video this week along with an illustrated book based on the speech that has just been published.

Produced By: Above Average.  Adapted By: Tim Bierbaum

Would we recognise him?

emmaus roadMeeting with the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus is the theme at our All Age Morning Worship service this Sunday (4th May, 9.30am at Holy Innocents’, Amberley).
Get in touch with worship leader Liz Dickson if your children / grandchildren would like to help in the telling of this wonderful story – through reading or acting. If you don’t know Liz, use the Contact Us page on this site.

See you there!

Habit# 6 – Well-formed leadership

7habitsClick here to read the 6th instalment in a thought-provoking series of posts by Rev. Bosco Peters on his blogsite  We have been re-blogging the series from the beginning. This one is about well-formed leadership. It would be wonderful to see some comments from followers here.

YES to Easter – St C’s Campaign for a Real Eastertide!

This parish in Manchester has provided a list of things we can do to help spread the joy of Eastertide for the fully 50 days. To see the list, click on ‘View original’ link to read their original post.

St Chrysostom's Church News and Views

The Easter Season lasts 50 days. Significantly it is 10 days longer than the season of preparation for Easter – Lent.

Now, in Lent some of the things we do are consider our lifestyle (what we are ‘giving up’),  deepen our faith and prayer (what extras we will take on in church) and think about our beliefs (what we will read).

So what about EASTER?

How will we keep the glorious fifty days of celebration for the Resurrection of Our Lord? This was the question Fr Ian invited us to consider at the end of Mass on Easter day.

Easter is a season of glory, a time to broaden horizons of faith and life, to share our joy, to be open to prayer, silence and wonder. The Easter season finishes on Pentecost Sunday (this year on May 27th).

In this glorious season our worship is of great praise and joy…

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Father Jim Cotter, RIP

candle_Candle_light_1010On you can read this tribute by Rev. Bosco Peters to Jim Cotter and the liturgical treasures he has left us. We are blessed that some of these are in our own A New Zealand Prayer Book (He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa).

The angels of God guard us through the night
and quieten the powers of darkness.

The Spirit of God be our guide
to lead us to peace and to glory.

[And guide you, Father Jim, on your way.]

Newsletter online

prophet DanielOur March 2014 parish newsletter is a mixture of articles, reports, notices, and a concise schedule of services for the next three months.* If you don’t receive this by post or email – or you’ve lost/deleted yours – read on! Take a look at the main menu at the top of the page and you will see we have added a new page: ‘Newsletter’. Here you can view the latest newsletter as a pdf or print it if you prefer.

*Occasionally the service schedule is changed, so it will pay to check the ‘Church Services’ page on this site or the Link sheet handed out each Sunday in church.

Messy Church on Sunday

Dave the Donkey image

Jesus rides in on Dave the Donkey

This Sunday (30/3), as well as a morning service hosted by St Barnabas, Woodend (click here for more about that), Amberley parish will also gather for Messy Church in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a regular at our church or any other church.

This fun, hands-on church for children and adults is held in our Hall at 7 Church Street, Amberley. Doors open at 4.15pm; we start at 4.30 and end with a shared supper at about 5.30pm. Our theme this time is The First Easter.

Just what is Messy Church and what do we do? Click here to find out more.


Bring your pet to church

pet day postcard jpgTell your family, friends and neighbours: on March 9, at 9.30am at Holy Innocents church, we will hold a  service to celebrate, give thanks for and bless the special animals (and teddies…) that add such richness to our lives.

Cats will feel safer in cages; dogs, pet lambs, etc., should be on leads. As for teddies and other cuddly toys – that depends on how well behaved they are; they can probably sit on your lap!

For further information, contact the parish office – 314 8131.