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!

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.’