Don’t stop giving – the need is still great!

brown paper bag appeal

It was heartening to read in The Press newspaper earlier this month that the Christchurch City Mission has received a  rapid and generous response to its annual ‘Brown Paper Bag Appeal’. The groceries donated will help to keep the Mission’s food bank well-stocked through the most high-demand winter period.

But in our worship service this morning at St Paul’s, Gray Crawford, Manager of Social Services at the Christchurch City Mission, highlighted the biggest problem affecting the most poor and marginalised people of Christchurch: Continue reading

What to do with that bumper crop?

punpkin HarvestAbundantly 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

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.

A resurrection of sorts

st lukes, 25 February 2011Featured 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