Springtime rituals

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

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Living Wage visits Hurunui

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Can you spare an hour of your time to support Anglican Advocacy and the Living Wage movement as they try to make a difference to people in our very own Hurunui district?

Living Wage Canterbury is taking deputation to the Hurunui District Council at 1pm on the 27th August, 66 Carters Road, Amberley. As ratepayers of the district, we are able to attend this meeting and it would be wonderful to see the chambers packed for a change.

Did you know that of the 285,000 children that live in poverty in New Zealand, 40% of them live in families where at least one parent is working full-time or self-employed? Continue reading

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

Winter newsletter is out

prophet Daniel

The Winter quarter newsletter of the Amberley Anglican parish is now available to read here by clicking on this link to download:
 WHAM Winter 2015 – online

Many thanks to the large number of people who hand-deliver the printed version to people in our local communities, often taking the opportunity to say hello and have a brief catch-up. 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

Messy Church is back!

From the Messy Church noticeboard February 2015

Messy Church is a fresh expression of what church is and can be. It’s open to the whole community, not only regular church-goers and Anglicans, and it’s not on a Sunday morning. PLEASE NOTE: it’s also not a requirement to be accompanied by children. So, adults and children, come and join us in Amberley — and bring a friend or neighbour.

Basil the Branch

The next Messy Church event will be on Sunday 22nd February, from 4.15pm, in the hall next to Holy Innocents Church in Amberley. Continue reading

Christmas Services – Anglican Parish of Amberley

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.

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Wise Men spot the Star of Bethlehem

 

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.

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.