Reverend Meg Harvey, Vicar of Amberley Parish since August 2022, is settling in to the role and into the township of Amberley where she now lives. As a parish, our spirits are rising as we look forward to Christmas and we continue to enjoy the freedom to gather together in the post-lockdown world. We look forward to welcoming back all our old regulars, plus anyone who hasn’t been to church for a while (or rarely/never), and all visitors, newcomers, holiday-makers, and passers-by.
Whoever you are, you are most welcome.
Please see the “Church Services” menu above for church service dates and times. This is updated each month.
A quiet service to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be held at 9.30am on Good Friday (15 April 2022) at Holy Innocents Church, Amberley. This will use a series of images on screen combined with short readings and prayers to help us go deeper into solemn reflection on the passion of our Lord Jesus.
At 9.30am on Easter Sunday, we gather again to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus in a service of Holy Communion, with guest presider and preacher Rev’d Felicity O’Brien. There will be activities offered for any children attending. This service will be followed by morning tea in the parish hall.
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!
We 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.’