Our new Archdeacon

Lynnette's collationLast Saturday, our own Rev’d Lynnette Lightfoot was collated by Bishop Victoria as the new Archdeacon for North Canterbury. Members of Lynnette’s parishes – Amberley and Woodend-Pegasus – travelled to Christchurch to witness her accepting this role. The formalities took place during the Diocesan Synod at St Christopher’s Church, Avonhead, and was celebrated during lunch. May God bless you, Rev’d Lynnette, as you undertake this ministry over what is a fairly large geographical area — but at least the scenery is lovely on the journeys between parishes!

Just ‘down the road’

Hello everyone, here’s a quick reminder that this Sunday (31/8) we are invited to celebrate Holy Communion with our ministry partners ten minutes away down SH1 at St Barnabas, Woodend. Just a short hop down the main road for some of us; others might appreciate a ride and it is better for the environment if we car pool, so please offer a ride to someone.

As usual, the people of St Barnabas will provide morning tea after the service. Feel free to bring a plate of food but there is no need to do so as there is usually more than enough. See you there!

St-Barnabas-Woodend_article_imgSt Barnabas Anglican Church
Main Road, Woodend
Sunday 31st August,  9.30am

All welcome.

Saying goodbye (for now)

MJ with hat

On Sunday we sadly farewelled our People’s Warden, Mary-Jane (“MJ”) Mumford. She’s returning to Auckland to take up a new and very exciting position. But it’s hard to be sad for long when MJ is around; she has a life-giving energy about her and a wonderful sense of humour. She sees opportunities where others see obstacles, and she has a kind and encouraging word for everyone. She is hospitable and generous.

In the relatively short time she was a member of our parish she instigated our brand of homemade produce — ‘From the Church Gate’ — launched at the A & P Show last spring; and she inspired and helped to organise a variety of social and fundraising events as well as special worship services such as the Pet Blessing service and Flower Power Sunday (to mark ‘Bee Awareness Week’). Also, she has been a great encourager of our foray into social media, here on this blog and on our Facebook page. Mary-Jane is often to be found with her camera in hand, which we are learning is fairly essential if you want to engage in social media!

We will miss her tremendously; but here’s the upside:  MJ has family in the district so we know she’ll be back in this part of the world from time to time. We look forward to seeing her again in the coming years. In the meantime, she leaves a legacy of optimism, encouragement and warmth. Bye for now, MJ! Come and see us soon. God bless you.

 

Time to get stirring?

Anglican Parish at Amberley LOGONo, it’s not yet Stir Up Sunday (but that must be soon?), when we include a Christmas-cake mixing liturgy in our Sunday worship. That’s always fun, although not so much the part where we cream the butter and sugar!  But this is a reminder to those who are offering a cake—or cakes—for sale at our ‘From the Church Gate’ Christmas stall at the Amberley A & P Show: the Show will be on Saturday 1st November, so it may be wise to start making them soon. Get in touch with our parish administrator or vestry members if you need help sourcing ingredients or subsidising the costs.

Last Spring, we took it in turns to look after the church stall for the day. Not only did we sell all but one of the cakes, but people enjoyed their time on ‘duty’ and had great conversations and laughs with locals and visitors alike. It felt really good just to be ‘our there’ and visible. Many older people living alone bought one of the smaller cakes—perfect for enjoying a slice with visitors over the festive season. And busy working families bought our largest cakes; they just don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen, but they still want the homemade taste.

Jams, marmalades and cordials also sold very well last year, and will be gratefully received again.

 

'From the church gate'

‘From the church gate’

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

This is the title of a new book, described on the wonderful advert-free Brain Pickings review website as “…an impossibly charming compendium of 100 wise and timeless thoughts from some of history’s greatest minds, hand-lettered by illustrator and Brain Pickings collaborator Lisa Congdon.

The common thread underpinning these quotes … is Congdon’s own sensibility about what it means to live with kindness and integrity, to cherish beauty and the creative spirit, and ultimately to be a good human being.

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Leaning into God’s love

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Come all you questioners
looking for answers,
And searching for reasons
and sense in it all…*

This Sunday is about worshipping God, about experiencing the joy that Pamela spoke of in last week’s sermon, as we lean into the love in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Sounds like a whole lot of words but when you relax into praising God you find soul peace and joy. Come, try it, 9.30am, Holy Innocents, Church Street, Amberley.

Come all you… as our lively ‘Vagabonds’ intro encourages. God calls You.

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Liz, Worship leader this Sunday (6 July).

[*lyrics from Stuart Townend, ‘Vagabonds’]

Oh, and just for fun: Zaptist

 

The bolder task of praise

Kristin, Pamela & Llewellyn

Kristin, Pamela & Llewellyn

‘There is a lot of a-theism in our church. That is, too much church activity and too many sermons are about us, and too little is about God.’ This striking statement, which could stop us in our tracks, is from Sunday’s sermon at St Paul’s (29 June). Licensed lay reader in the parish, Pamela Criglington, addressed us on the subject of Praise, basing her sermon on Ephesians 1: 3–14 as well as other readings for the day.

A few extracts from the sermon are provided below. [Thank you to Pamela for providing the text of the sermon]. Continue reading

Celebration at St Paul’s

st pierre st paulAn extra-special reason to come to worship at St Paul’s in Leithfield this Sunday (29th June 2014) is that in our church calendar it is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, Apostles, Martyrs. For this reason, could parishioners who will be attending church on Sunday please offer folks from Amberley and surrounds transport to Leithfield if they need it?

St Paul’s Church
Cnr Brighton St. & Leithfield/Balcairn Rd
Service starts at 9.30am

[By the way, did you know that, as well as Holy Communion at St Paul’s once a month we also gather there for Evening Prayer at 5pm? For details see the ‘Church Services’ page on this site.]