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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Zacchaeus visits Messy Church

It was encouraging to be part of Messy Church at the Amberley Anglican parish in July, when children and adults gathered to celebrate the Bible story of Zacchaeus—through stories, multimedia, songs, prayers, art, and improvised drama. Encouraging because of the fun, the enthusiasm of children, the quality time for families, and the power of Messy Church to bring different generations and parts of the wider community together Continue reading

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

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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

Ecumenical Pentecost Service

Pentecost

This Sunday our friends at Waipara New Life Fellowship are hosting an ecumenical Pentecost celebration, with contributions from several churches. Ecumenical services and social events are organised a few times a year in our corner of North Canterbury by local Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic, New Life, and Inspire churches. Continue reading

Conspicuous chocolate consumption ahead

Angel 2Hot off the press (well, warmish) is our parish quarterly newsletter (WHAM). In this issue is a brief reflection by Lynnette Lightfoot on what Easter means for us today when the most obvious thing about it is the conspicuous consumption of chocolate… 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