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!

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!