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Weekly news from the Anglican Diocese, 18 September 2019

Photo of the week:  Confirmed students Jessica Townshend and Emma Peckitt after confirmation in the St Anthony of Padua Chapel by Bishop Peter, with Rev’d Lucy Flatt, Chaplain at Craighead Diocesan School, Sunday 15 September 2019.

Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends,

Teresa and I were blessed, last Thursday, with a perfect spring day in Masterton for Waitohiariki Quayle’s ordination as bishop and installation as Pīhopa o Te Upoko o Te Ika. Taonga has the story and pictures here.

This Sunday past we were at Rakaia in the morning, with a superb congregation of 30, a helpful parish meeting afterwards and a wonderful lunch. Later, at 5 pm, in a Confirmation Service in the Chapel of St Anthony of Padua at Craighead Diocesan School I confirmed Jessica Townshend and Emma Peckitt as pictured above.

This week I am at a House of Bishops’ meeting in Wellington. Our first day was spent with the NZ Catholic bishops. Our longest session together was on our mutual preparations and engagements with the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of faith-based institutions. Both churches are working on national, coordinated engagement with the Commission in order to ensure that responses to the Commission (e.g. if it seeks documentation of past or present practices and processes) are efficient and comprehensive. Dioceses, schools and other Anglican institutions will pay a proportionate share of the cost of this national engagement with the Commission. Our Archbishops, legal advisors and General Synod Standing Committee are to be congratulated on the depth and breadth of their work to date on this matter.

As abortion law reform makes its way through parliament, it may be helpful for our engagement with this proposal to read a report here . There are also two documents supplied by Graham O’Brien, Ministry Educator in the Diocese of Nelson which could assist parishes discussing these matters: one a copy of the proposed bill and the other a document which highlights what changes are proposed to our current legislation (see below).

What can we do about Climate Change? I suggest we cannot do much by way of very big things (such as stopping industrial pollution in the largest nations of the world) but we can do many small things. A motion passed in our Synod this year asks us to engage, to learn and to do things. I will discuss this motion and its contents throughout the year to come. But one small thing we could consider is biking to church on Sunday 27 October as part of a theme of Care of Creation for that Sunday (further information can be seen here).  This initiative is asking people of all faiths that weekend to “pedal to prayer.” Might we get into training now?

Previously I mentioned the superb Anglo-Catholic Hui held in Wellington in August, with outstanding addresses from Bishop Stephen Cottrell. Bosco Peters has helpfully put up links to videos of all +Stephen’s addresses.

Last week I promised to say more about our recent Synod. Jo Bean has the story of Synod in pictures.  Check the story out as a news item on our homepage. When we have completed our post Synod process of confirming the wording of the statutes and resolutions agreed to, we will post the link to them here. In the meantime, this is my anecdotal version of what we accomplished:
  • we amended our statute on Local Ministry and Mission in order to make it easier to form a  vestry when a congregation departs a parish, and to form an ecumenical agreement with another denomination
  • likewise re our financial regulations to clarify terms on which a parish may secure a mortgage from CPT and to give greater flexibility, when required, re setting of quota
  • We confirmed General Synod Statute 751 concerning a change to the declarations we make when taking up office in the church
  • We resolved to hold annual conferences for churchwardens and treasurers
  • to comprehensively revise all our Diocesan statutes in a timely manner
  • to raise $200k for our Missions’ target
  • to review guidelines for vicarages
  • to look into whether we can authorise our Diocesan Manager to make executive-type decisions where parishes wish to use small sums of money from their trust funds (which otherwise require approval of Standing Committee)
  • to consider practical action from my Presidential Address
  • and to embark on a series of actions in respect of response to Climate Change and Ecological Emergency.
Not resolved, but left on the table for further consideration before next Synod were two motions on funding of ministry and mission through better deployment of assets and a motion on listening to and understanding the Rainbow community within our Diocese.

Put like that, we did quite a lot together! Once again I thank all our synod members for their participation in this important work. Next week I plan to bring you news of who are members of our committees and boards, following our elections at Synod.



Sat 21 Sep, 8:30-10:00am

Rev. Dr Ashley Null—Breakfast Lecture
Latimer Church, Berwick Street
Further information here.

Sun 22 Sep, 10:00am

Confirmation Service—Ashburton
Bishop Peter, preaching and presiding.
St Stephen's Ashburton

Sep 26-29

Anglican Cursillo Christchurch
Registrations closed
Further details here.

Fri 27-Sat 28 Sep

Book Fair—St Bart's Kaiapoi
Further details here

Fri 27-Sun 29 Sep

Westport Holy Spirit Conference
St John's Anglican, Westport
Further details here

Fri/Sat 11-12 Oct

Scripture in Song
Further details here

Sun 20 Oct, 3pm

Rev'd Kofe Havea Ordination to the Priesthood
St Peter's Upper Riccarton

New Wine 2020

Early bird registration closes—Friday 29 November
Further details here

From the Word

"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much".

Luke 16:10

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

In the Media

Photo:  Bishop Waitohiariki Quayle as Pīhopa o Te Upoko o Te Ika and the first Māori woman to be ordained bishop in this Church. 

Credit: Julanne Clarke-Morris  |  14 Sep 2019  |
The video ‘Turning Around our Plastics Problem’ was created forSustainable Business Network and the Royal Society.

Key Diocesan Notices and Events

The Story of Synod 2019

A photo story of Synod 2019 can be viewed by clicking on the link below the image.
(Click on the right-pointing arrow in the lower right hand corner of the screen to move through the story).


Archives Opening

A reminder that the Saturday Spring-Summer opening hours will be from on:
  • Saturday September 21
  • Saturday  October 19
  • Saturday November 9

Archives Volunteers 2020

We are searching for 1 or maybe 2 volunteers for next year
Hours: 9.30am-12.15pm each Friday as organised within a roster
Skills: Word and Excel, willing to learn how to read old handwriting and to be part of a team.
Contact: if you would like to call in on a Friday and see what we do.

Te Raranga Newsletter

The latest edition of the Te Raranga newsletter can be seen here.
Items of interest include:
  • Tributes of Aroha—exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Hikoi i roto i Otautahi.  Canterbury Pilgrimage
  • Tātarakihi The Children Of Parihaka.  (Note the change of date)
  • Understanding Our Story—Embracing Our Future
  • National Morehu Day—Te Whaea o te Katoa
  • Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand—Legal Handbook 

Community of the Sacred Name

The latest newsletter of the Community can be downloaded for reading here.

Abortion Legislation 2019

Parliament is currently debating changes to NZ’s abortion regulations, with the new Bill passing its first reading and public submissions to the Health Select Committee now open (until Sept 19).  I have included the Bill and two documents that provide a summary of the proposed changes which may help as you discuss this issue in your Parishes.

The first is a resource sheet prepared by colleagues who run the “Enquiring minds” programme. 

The second is the Nathaniel Center’s latest report (Catholic Bioethics Center) and can be seen here.

Clerical Directory
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia

The 2019/2020 edition of the clerical directory has now Sold Out from our Christchurch Office.
If you would still like a copy please make contact with the General Synod Office directly.
Updates:  Please note that it is the responsibility of individual clergy to provide the General Synod Office with details of all changes of contacts and positions held.

Parish and other notices and events

Michael and Suzanne Brantley celebrating Michael’s induction at St Christopher’s Avonhead, by cutting the welcome cake. The cake was made by parishioner Noelene Schreiber. Rev’d Michael Brantley’s induction Service was on Tuesday 10 September 2019.
Margaret Kent (centre)

Editorial Excitement….

Thank you to all who read and enjoy the bi-monthly AnglicanLife magazine. As a result of the mid-year survey, from October the magazine will be portrait (not landscape) and a bit thinner to make it easier to fold and post in letterboxes. My sincere thanks to all who took the time to provide feedback.

Congratulations to the two recent winners: St Peter’s parishioner Margaret Kent won the magazine survey prize, and St Paul’s, Papanui parishioner Ann Denys won the Rose Window competition (in the August/September AnglicanLife magazine).
Anne Denys (right) with Rev'd Glenda Hicks

Thanks for reading the magazine and participating, Margaret and Ann. I love to hear from my readers.

Blessings from the Editor
Jo Bean

"75"—An Organ Recital
Paul Ellis

St Michael and All Angels
Sunday 22 September 2:00pm

Admission free—Koha appreciated

  • Sonata 18 in A Opus 188
  • Josef Rheinberger 1839 - 1901
  • Fantasia Capriccio Idyll Finale
  • Consolation Opus 65 Max Reger 1873-1916
  • Sonata in C Opus 165 Josef Rheinberger1839 - 1901
  • Prâeludium Idyll Toccata

What’s in the August newsletter?

August began with a wonderful gathering of twenty women from Polynesia, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The Council and  Links for the Anglican Women’s Studies Centre met at St John’s Theological College in Auckland. You can see photos of us all, plus read about some of the discussions.

Council member, Revd Val Riches is a vicar and CPE trainer, and she has a passion for horses. You can read about her fascinating analysis of the value of horses in equine therapy.

Youth facilitator Ruihana Paenga writes forcefully about the outcome of her time at the United Nations .

There is information about the upcoming three hui in November.

The newsletter can be downloaded here.

An Open evening with
Reflections Threshold Singers.

7 to 8.30 pm 22 September

Quaker Centre 217 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

There's nothing like giving or receiving the gift of presence through Threshold Singing. Come learn a few songs, experience a sound bath, and give the gift of song to one another. There'll be a chance to ask questions about the bedside singing we do, and find out whether joining Reflections makes sense for you :) 

We regularly sing to people in the end stages of life -  2 to 4 singers visit at a time, singing gently in harmony, at bedside. We rehearse fortnightly on Sunday evenings. Our service is voluntary.

We are a member of an international organization Threshold Choir international You can learn more about Threshold singing on our Facebook page or at 

40th Anniversary Service—Trinity Church Darfield

Trinity Church in Darfield is the first Joint Use Church to be built in New Zealand.

You're invited to attend our 40th anniversary service on Sunday 29 September at 9.30 a.m. followed by a special celebratory morning tea. 

Peace, Reconciliation and Coventry’s Cross of Nails.

September 29 is the first international Cross of Nails Sunday, celebrating the peace and reconciliation work undertaken by churches and organisations connected to Coventry Cathedral through the Community of the Cross of Nails. Coventry Cathedral was destroyed in World War II and almost immediately called for people to work for reconciliation and “to build a kinder, more Christ-like world”. The Community of the Cross of Nails now reaches around the world.

Included here are resources for Cross of Nails Sunday, Sept 29, prepared by the NZ Anglican Pacifist Fellowship: a “Story of Two Churches” A4 which folds into an A6 leaflet giving the story of the destroyed Coventry and Dresden Cathedrals, and a page about the Community of the Cross of Nails, including the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation - which could be printed onto the inside of the “Story of Two Churches”. 

Christchurch St Luke’s 160th birthday!

Despite the significance of this anniversary, the parish is planning only a modest celebration and saving  the fireworks and balloons for next year (or the year after) when the new church is open.

St Luke’s Day, Friday October 18, 7pm Knox Chapel

Eucharist, Party Supper. RSVP by text or call Pamela 0299421803

Celebration of All Saints & Deconsecration of St Anne's Church, 7 Wilsons Rd in St Martins, Christchurch.  Sunday 3 November 2019 10am
An invitation is extended to past parishioners and any who would like to join us as we say farewell to St Anne's Church. The service will be followed by morning tea.
For catering purposes, please RSVP to or phone Anna Wilson 381 4555.
Dance the night away
Christmas work functions can typically be stressful to organise but the Charity Hospital’s annual fundraising event on Friday 29 November at the Air Force Museum is the perfect solution.

Colleagues, staff or clients will enjoy a night to remember while helping to raise funds for a much-needed local charity.

The Canterbury Charity Hospital fills a vital role in the region as the increasing unmet need for medical treatments through the DHB grows amongst those who are also struggling financially with ever increasing costs.

Staffed by around 300 volunteers including surgeons, dentists, anaesthetists, nurses and support staff we do not receive any Government funding and rely solely on the Gala, bequests and the generosity of the local community to fund the $800,000 a year it costs to run our free services.

Tables for 10 guests at the Christmas Gala cost $1700 (or $170 per guest) including a three course plated dinner, beverages, live entertainment, an amazing selection of auction items – and the opportunity to dance the night away!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below my signature or from the Charity Hospital website at I’ve attached some more information about other ways you could support the Gala including sponsoring the event or donating an auction item (the main way we make money on the night) to help Cantabrians in need.

I would be very grateful if could pass my email on to colleagues and friends—a poster is attached if you have space to put this up.

Cheers and I’m looking forward to an awesome night out,
Rosie Graham, Fundraising Co-ordinator, Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

PO Box 20409, Christchurch 8543, 349-353 Harewood Road, Bishopdale. Mobile 021 160 2066.
Purchase tickets to our Christmas Gala on 29 November

Save the Date – future events to diarise

September 26-29 Cursillo 3-day weekend
October 31 Year Book and Handbook available online
November 14-15
                  29 Nov-Dec 1
General Synod Standing Committee
Deeper Youth Camp
December 21-5 January 2020 Anglican Centre closed

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