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 liturgy.co.nz  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.

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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 liturgy.co.nz 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.]

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

Making things (for Lent)

There is something wonderful about making things. Despite our best efforts to slow down and prepare, the weeks of Lent may be flying by for some of us. We feel that we are not getting ready to receive the mystery of Easter and the blessings of that holy season. The world refuses to slow down – and we find it hard to opt out of the seemingly compulsory busy-ness of it all.

Easter garden

Easter garden & tomb

Well, here’s an idea for the remainder of Lent. Make something!   Continue reading

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.’

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.

Habit # 4: Quality Music

7habitsHere is #4 in the series by Rev’d Bosco Peters, from his site liturgy.co.nz.  So far he has advocated these habits: Focus on God; Be Welcoming; and Help Others. In this latest, Bosco looks at the role of music in the life of the church, and I don’t mean just the singing of hymns. When was the last time we sang any of our liturgy in the Amberley parish, or chanted a psalm? Click here to read more.