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


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.


Seven Habits … #7

7habitsThis is the last in a series of excellent articles from by Rev’d Bosco Peters. Like the earlier ones in the series, it contains much practical wisdom Continue reading


Seven Habits… #5

7habitsHere is another instalment in a series of blogs by Rev. Bosco Peters (, which we have been following. Read about Habit #5 – Being Connected -by clicking here and start a discussion. Happy reading (or read and weep?). How does our parish do in its communications?


Harvest Thanksgiving

punpkin HarvestWe are having ‘a week off’ Lent!  Why? Because this is the Southern Hemisphere of course…

It’s autumn in this part of the world and so – unlike our Christian cousins in the northern parts of the globe – this Sunday we will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving (Holy Innocents Church, Amberley, 9.30am.)  This festival is very close to our hearts here in North Canterbury, and our church will be decorated and filled with all kinds of edible abundance.

All food will be forwarded to the Amberley Food Bank. Fresh, semi-perishable and non-perishable food items are all acceptable. We will also be reflecting on other harvests in our lives for which we can say ‘Thanks.’


Seven habits… #2

7habitsFollowers will know that this blog is following a series of articles by Rev. Bosco Peters on The latest one, ‘Habit 2 – Be Welcoming,’ is most timely. On 15 February [update: now 22nd], our Welcomers, Readers, Intercessors, & Worship Leaders will attend a workshop to refresh our skills in being welcoming, and in making our readings, prayers and liturgical patterns audible and meaningful to all.

Click on the link to read:  Habit 2 – Be welcoming.


Yay! Paddy & Tru

west-africa-mapLast month, Paddy & Trusella Chrisp visited the parish at our invitation. We had heard of their plans to serve the Lord in West Africa. Rev’d Paddy and Trusella are well known to us since Paddy was  temporary Priest in Charge in 2011 prior to the appointment of our present clergy team. Last month Paddy preached and Trusella explained a little about their calling to work in West Africa. God bless them and we wish them well. We hope they will be kept safe from Ebola. We will keep you posted on how they get on with their work for the Lord.