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Weekly news from the Anglican Diocese, 31 January 2018

Photo of the week:   The Diocesan Mission Team 

Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends,
The St Isaac Retreat House in the Bay of islands is exquisitely beautiful.  There are several cabins so solitude is guaranteed plus a very Spirit-filled Chapel with icons and a view out to the hills.  The Library is also exceptional.  All in all it made me ask myself why I do not go on retreat more regularly.  This retreat was specially blessed as I accompanied Mother Alena of the Community of the Sacred Name and had also the company of Sister Anne of the Sisters of the Love of God, who resides in the hermitage there.
This Sunday at 10 am at St Michael and All Angels I will welcome and license the new Principal of the St Michael’s Church School, Miss Penny Tattershaw.  I invite your prayers for Miss Tattershaw, the children and teachers of St Michael’s Church School and indeed all our Anglican Schools.  Cathedral Grammar School needs your prayers especially at this time.
On Friday 2 February at 7 pm on the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, at the Transitional Cathedral, six people will be ordained to the diaconate.  Your prayers and presence are invited.  For clergy who are vesting please wear a white stole.
The last pre-Synod meeting for the 3 March Synod will be on Thursday evening at 7pm at All Saints Burwood.  We are spending our time at the pre-Synod meetings discussing the number of lay members of our Synod; the challenge of consolidation of our various entities’ accounts; and of course the Final Report about Motion 29 going before General Synod.  Today I discovered that we will be required to have only one General Synod vote as the Final Report does not change any of the Formularies of the Church.  I apologise I have said at earlier pre-Synod meetings that I believed it would take two General Synods to pass a resolution based on the contents of the Motion 29 Final Report, but Jeremy Johnson our Chancellor and member of the Working Group that produced the Report says only one General Synod will be required.
Lent is approaching and the new issue of AnglicanLife magazine focuses on the season of preparation for Easter.  It is available in the parishes this Sunday I believe.  Thank you so much to Cathy Maslin as she retires with the publication of this edition of the diocesan magazine as the Editor of AnglicanLife.   Welcome once again to Jo Bean who can be contacted at
Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness.  Ephesians 4: 23-24


Thurs 1 Feb 2018, 7pm

Last pre-Synod meeting
More information here.

Fri 2 Feb 2018, 7pm

Diocesan Ordination to the Diaconate
Further information here.

Sun 4 Feb 2018, 10am

Welcome Service – Principal Penny Tattershaw
St Michael's Church

Tues 6 Feb 2018, 12.05pm

Waitangi Day Commemoration Service
Transitional Cathedral Latimer Square

Wed 7 Feb 2018

Preparation for Christchurch-based leaders running the Lent course HOPE
Theology House at the Anglican Centre. Further information here.

Thurs 8 Feb 2018

Preparation for non-Christchurch-based leaders running the Lent course HOPE
This is an online session. Further information here.


Mon 12 Feb 2018, 10am

Induction Service – Rev'd Matthew Ling
St Augustine's Church Cashmere

From the Word

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God…

Luke 2:28

Presentation in the Temple (14th century sculpture in the Musée de Cluny)

Image sourced from the Digital Collections of the Vanderbilt University Library

In the Media

The Bishop of Dunedin talks about his first four months in the role. 
NZ cricketer Grant Elliott supports St George's Anglican Church.
Support for Christ in our Parliamentary prayers.
Koinonia Kiwisaver  is an ethical Kiwisaver scheme that all Christians can join.
US study identifies four catalysts for spiritual growth.
US Bishop, Michael Curry, speaks out about sexism in the church
Image courtesy of ACNS
Archbishop Justin Welby talking about the Thy Kingdom Come global prayer wave for evangelism.

Notices and Events

Ordination Service – Transitional Cathedral

February 2, 2018 @ 7.00pm

This Diocesan Ordination to the Diaconate service will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd February at the Transitional Cathedral.

There will be six people being ordained to the Diaconate: Toby Behan (All Souls Parish and Chaplain to Anglican Schools); Peter Chapman (Fendalton Parish); Lucy Flatt (Chaplain to Craighead Diocesan School, attached to Highfield, Kensington & Otipua Parish); Chrissy Smith (Akaroa-Banks Peninsula Parish); Tina Thorpe (Rangiora Parish) and Elspeth Wingham (Cheviot Parish)

Clergy are invited to robe in White

Synod – 3 March 2018

A  Diocesan Synod will be held on Saturday 3 March 2018 at St Christopher's Church Avonhead
Online registration for this Synod will open in January.  There will be a registration fee of $10.  Attendees are advised to bring their own lunch; morning and afternoon tea / coffee will be provided.
 The final Pre-Synod meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday 1 Feb at:
  • All Saints Church Burwood at 7pm
The 2017 Year Books are being distributed at the pre-Synod meetings.

A Synod registration email has been sent to Members of Synod.  Please contact Scott Walters, ASAP if you believe you should have received an invite and haven't.

Please note that registrations for the March Synod close this FRIDAY 2 February.

It is really important to click on the "Attend event" button
in the registration email to register  

Requests for information

The Diocesan office has emailed requests out to parishes asking for:
  1. Parish Statistics for 2017
  2. Information on Parish Officers after the Parish AGM
Please get in touch with Scott Walters if your parish hasn't received the two emails sent to date.

Updated Cycle of Intercessory Prayers

Apologies that the Intercession Cycle of Prayers is not yet up on our website. We have included this week's people here, and the cycle will be up as soon as possible. 

Sunday Intercession Cycle: 4 February 2018

The Bishop: The Rt Rev Victoria Matthews
                     Retired Bishop: The Rt Rev Brian Carrell (May)
                     Retired Bishop: The Rt Rev Henry Paltridge (Phyllis)
                     Retired Bishop: The Rt Rev David Coles (Joy)
The Diocese:
                     Vicar General: The Rev Canon Helen Roud (David)
                     Chancellor: Mr Jeremy Johnson
                     Vice-Chancellor: Mr Alex Summerlee
                     General Manager CPT: Mr Gavin Holley (Andrea)
                     Diocesan Manager: Mr Edwin Boyce (Essie)
                     Diocesan Archivist: Jane Teal
                     Diocesan Accountant: Mrs Lynda Alexander (Mark)
                     Director of Education: The Ven Dr Peter Carrell (Teresa)
                     Social Justice Enabler: The Rev Jolyon White
                     Young Adults Ministry Adviser: The Rev Joshua Moore (Sara)
                     Youth Ministry Adviser:  Mrs Samantha Mould (Hugh)
                     Children’s Ministry Adviser: Mr Paul Hegglun (Carolyn)
Monitoring Committee: 
                     Chair, Mr Maurice Walker (Susie)
                     Monitor, The Rev Bruce Hansen (Alison)
Diocesan Synod
Standing Committee
Finance and Audit Committee:  
                     Chair: Mr Alan Sharr (Lorraine)

HOPE: Through Lent with Romans – New for Lent 2018

By Kelvin Wright and Peter Carrell

Order this Lenten Group Study Book for 2018 now!
$7.50 per copy, plus P&P.

Order online now at:
Or phone 03 341 3399

Preparation for leaders of groups Lenten Studies 2018 ‘Hope: Through Lent with Romans’

For greater Christchurch area:
Peter Carrell will lead a preparation session for small group leaders
(one session offered at two different times)

When: Wednesday 7 February - either at 1:30pm to 3pm OR 7:30pm to 9pm 
Location: Theology House (Anglican Centre), 10 Logistics Drive, Harewood
RSVP: Email Claire at by 5pm Friday 2 February.

Remainder of Diocese:
Peter Carrell will lead an online preparation session for interested small group leaders.
When: Thursday 8 February, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
RSVP: Email Claire at by 5pm Friday 2 February, who will provide login details.

No cost. Bring your own copy of ‘Hope’, and a Bible

If you haven't already got your copy of ‘Hope’, order it online now at:
Or phone 03 341 3399.
$7.50 per copy, plus P&P.

Come along to meet and hear from three Mongolian farmers, who are key staff at Tearfund’s Christian partner farm, next Thursday.

You’ll hear:
  • What life is like in Mongolia.
  • How Tearfund is training rural villagers in sustainable vegetable production.
  • How the NZ and Mongolian Governments are involved in supporting this work.
  • About kindergartens, schools and hospitals who are benefitting from the fruits of community gardens.
  • How the gospel is being spread.
  • All about ‘Yak Jerky’
  • And much more including a Q & A…
Thursday February 1st at 7pm in the Reima Centre (Hornby Presbyterian), 27 Amyes Road, Hornby. Admission is free – hope you can make it. 

Come and hear from a palliative care specialist about the Euthanasia or End-Of-Life Bill.

Dr Amanda Landers, a palliative care specialist from Nurse Maude and the Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre, is giving a presentation about the End-of-Life Bill followed by an opportunity to create your own submission on Monday 5 February, 7.30pm at Opawa Baptist Church.

This is supported by Family First and the InterChurch Bioethics Council.  

The Bill has already passed its first reading in parliament. Submissions to the Bill need to be received by midnight Tues 20 February. There will be information and support at this event to help you do a personal or group submission.  

Monday 5 February, 7.30pm at Opawa Baptist Church, 285 Wilsons Rd, Waltham    
Image Credit: Flickr
Clerical Directory for The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, NZ and Polynesia

The 2016/2017 edition of this reference has been printed, listing the Hui Amorangi, Dioceses, Clergy, and other church-affiliated organisations in this province of the Anglican Communion.
Copies can be ordered from the Anglican Centre by emailing . The cost is $33.00 for pickup at the Anglican Centre or $35.50 for postal delivery.

Applications close on Friday 9 February
for the
Easter Season Retreat on Stewart Island 
(for Clergy/Pastors)

Monday 9th – Friday 13th April
Stewart Island has many features that make it a great place for a contemplative retreat – memorials and monuments, bush, beaches and birdsong. In fact the Island becomes the vessel that holds the retreat. Following three successful spring retreats on this special island, I am offering the opportunity for clergy and other church workers to receive spiritual refreshment following Easter ministries. Easter themes will be interwoven with the physical features of the environment.  (I am an enthusiast, having grown up on the Island).  Spouses are welcome. Numbers are limited so be in quick. 

A moderate level of fitness is required for retreatants.
For information please contact: Rev. Glenda Hicks at; ph 0277114166
Applications close on Friday 9 February

Keeping the Sabbath wholly: what might this mean for you?

In keeping with our society, too many Christians have forgotten how to rest. And yet, “There is great healing when we get into the rhythm of setting aside every 7th day all our efforts to provide for ourselves and make our way in the world. We learn to let God take care of us.”  This is an invitation to explore God’s gift and calling to Shabbat – Sabbath Rest and how we can build this calling into our lives. The timing allows you to make this a Lenten project.

WHEN: Saturday 17th February from 9.30 – 3.00. 
WHERE: St Silas Anglican Church, Cnr Tuckers and Main North Roads, Redwood.
Registration and queries to Rev’d Glenda Hicks;; or 0277114166
By Tuesday 13th February.
BYO lunch. Hot drinks provided. Suggested koha:  $15.00, including reflection booklet. 

A Reminder—Retreat October 2018 on Lake Como Italy


7-12th October, 2018

“Peaks, shallows and deeps”
Lakeside reflections on Christian Discipleship today

A guided holiday retreat 
hosted by the Church of the Ascension, 
Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy

Further information can be seen here.

Dates to remember

  • Diaconate Ordinations 2 February 2018
  • One Day Synod 3 March 2018 in Christchurch
  • General Synod is 4-11 May 2018 in New Plymouth
  • Clergy Conference is 21-24 May 2018 at Living Springs
  • Synod is 6-8 September 2018 in Christchurch
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