Parish news in brief

A fond farewell… a winter break from evening family services… and a warm welcome to our new Priest in Charge. Read more…

At the end of June we farewelled our Vicar the Reverend Stephanie Clay as she left after an association with us of five years to take up a new role as Chaplain of St Margaret’s College, Christchurch. Rev’d Steph goes with our love and blessings – for herself and her family, and our gratitude for all she had given and achieved in the parish.

What with winter nights closing in early and the cold weather, we have put our 4.30pm Family Service on hold for now. Watch this space (and the parish Facebook page) in the Spring, when we hope to resume these relaxed family-friendly services.

From 1st August we welcome our interim Priest in Charge, Reverend Canon Mandy Neil. Many parishioners have already had the pleasure of meeting Rev’d Mandy this week as she was called on before her official starting date to conduct a funeral in the parish. It’s great to have you with us, Mandy!

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

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.