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Weekly news from the Anglican Diocese, 11 March 2020

Photo of the week: Dean Lawrence Kimberley, Gareth Bezett, Tracey Bezett, Rev’d Dr. Meg Harvey, Theology House Board Chair, and Bishop Peter at the commissioning of Gareth as Director of Theology House, Sunday 8 March 2020, at the Transitional Cathedral.
Image: c/o Theology House

Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends,
We are living in very strange times induced by the COVID-19 virus. On the one hand there are videos on social media of quite unnecessary panic buying of toilet paper. On the other hand we credit the Italian government with sound governance rather than panic as it locks the whole of Italy down in order to limit the spread of the virus. It is now becoming very clear that for a period ahead we will be in a worldwide recession as people simply stop spending money. Yet we might also observe in passing that if as a planet we were truly serious about climate change then we would dramatically decrease the amount of flying which occurs around the globe to a level which the virus has induced in the last week or so. There is no serious response to climate change which does not force costly change on what we have become used to as our normal way of life. However the strangeness of these times includes the paradox that petrol has suddenly become cheaper this week as demand drops.
In respect of church practice, especially at the Eucharist, I am inclined to not change the current advice until we have news of COVID-19 reaching Christchurch city – thankfully it has not yet done so. I am aware, as you will be, that church practices are changing around the world and even locally as (e.g.) people find ways to greet each other at The Peace without touching hands or hugging. When we do issue new advice we will be asking all parishes and schools to follow the same guidelines throughout the Diocese.
We had a very successful Wardens' and Treasurers' Conference on Saturday at St Christopher’s with over 70 in attendance. A repeat event will be held in Temuka this Saturday. I thank all who attended at the weekend and will attend this weekend. I especially thank Edwin Boyce, our Diocesan Manager for his organisation of the conferences and all Anglican Centre staff for their superb contributions.
It was a delight for Teresa and me to be at St Nick’s Barrington St in the Parish of South Christchurch on Sunday morning. While it is true that the delight included some lovely cream buns and custard squares for morning tea, it was lovely to be with the growing and enthusiastic congregation as we worshipped together. On Sunday evening we joined with a large congregation to share in Evensong at the Transitional Cathedral during which Gareth Bezett was commissioned as the Director of Theology House. Appropriately Gareth was our preacher and his sermon demonstrated that we have a fine communicator and theologian in this role.

 Gareth Bezett
This Sunday, 15 March there is a National Remembrance Service at 3pm in the Horncastle Arena (a change of venue from previously advertised Hagley Park, due to forecast of rain). As we approach the first anniversary of that tragic day last year, I want to share with you a suggestion which arose at a recent Inter Faith Hui, facilitated by our government. This suggestion is that we focus our remembrance on performing acts of kindness towards our fellow citizens so that we “keep alive the beautiful intentions that we saw last year to be as one, to come together in our diversity and to support all those in need.” To act kindly is to acknowledge our connectedness to one another, to demonstrate our desire to make the world a better place and to show that every person can make a difference to our world because all can choose to act with kindness. All major religions support kindness to one another. (See the advert and extra resources later this e-Life.)
Tonight I am attending a farewell for Ben Randell as he concludes his priestly ministry in the Transitional Cathedral – thank you Ben! Then, at 7pm Friday 20 March in St Mary’s, Timaru, I will induct Ben as the new Vicar of St Mary’s. All are welcome. Clergy red stoles please.
This morning it was a pleasure to meet twice with Jonny Baker who has been a well-known leader and guide for pioneer mission and ministry within the Church of England, including in recent years teaching and training for pioneer ministry with UKCMS. Within the focus on Regeneration of the Diocese, 2020-2030, I believe we must develop approaches which represent innovation in what it means to be church in the Anglican way.

Jonny Baker (3rd from R) with the Mission and Ministry team. Jonny is the Director of Missionary Education UKCMS
Last week we sent out a special e-Life announcing the news that we have resource consent to proceed to the first phase of work on the Cathedral in the Square. This week we are able to invite all who would like to participate in a Workers' and Site Blessing at the Cathedral, 7.45am Friday 3 April 2020. You are most welcome (see the advert later in this e-Life). This service will take about 20 minutes. Once the blessing is completed, the work can commence!
I am often embarrassed by how little I know but also pleased that I am still learning matters basic to our faith. A few days ago I learned that in our Year A lectionary readings through the middle Sundays of Lent (i.e. between the first Sunday focusing on Temptation and the last Sunday focusing on Passion and Palms) stem from an ancient tradition in which catechumens preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil were taught from four significant encounters Jesus had with disciples in the making. So last Sunday the gospel reading (if the Transfiguration reading was not chosen) was John 3:1-17: Jesus and Nicodemus. This Sunday we have John 4:5-42: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Then on Lent 4 it is John 9:1-41: Jesus and the Man born Blind and on Lent 5 we will read John 11:1-45: Jesus and Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Understanding the readings from this catechumenal perspective we see, first, that these readings might be more about our journey into discipleship and less about journeying with Jesus to the cross (as in Years B and C) and secondly, why these readings are so long: they give us the whole encounter between Jesus and these fledgling disciples.


Sat 14 March, 8:30am-5:15pm

Wardens' & Treasurers' Conference—the Temuka Session
St Peter's, Temuka

Fri 20 March, 7pm

Induction Service—Rev'd Ben Randall
Vicar for Timaru Parish
Further details here

Sat 4 April, 1:30-3:30pm

Community Day—The New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation
Further details here

From the Word

John 4:15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

Title: Christ and the Samaritan Woman 

Country: USA

Image sourced from the Digital Collections of the Vanderbilt University Library.

In the Media

In the Media this week...

Diocesan notices and events

Parish Statistical Returns 

Thanks to the 22 Parishes who have furnished their Parish Statistics for the Year End 2019.  Keep them coming please.  It would be great to not have any "not supplied" in this year's Year Book.
To date
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral
St John's Cheviot
Akaroa Banks Peninsula
South Christchurch
Christchurch St Luke
Hanmer Springs
Heathcote-Mt Pleasant
Hornby Templeton West Melton
Opawa-St Martins
Mayfield-Mt Somers

Will your Parish be next :-)

Anglican Missions
2020 Lenten Appeal
is supporting the following projects:

  • The Penman Medical Centre, Zababdeh – NZ$12,000:  This clinic is in one of the few remaining predominantly Christian villages left in Palestine. Support will cover urgently needed medical equipment to enable early detection and treatment for disease before it becomes complicated and expensive to treat.
  • The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities – NZ$12,000This Centre provides quality comprehensive rehabilitation services for children with disabilities from Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  Specific training is planned for the rehabilitation staff to ensure the Centre continues as a safe place for children.
  • Roofing churches in the Diocese of Mara, Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) – NZ$14,000Parishioners of three churches in the Diocese of Mara have built good church buildings but have exhausted their resources to complete the roofs. Roofing materials are not available locally and so are costly. This project will add to the parishioners’ efforts by putting roofs on new and renovated churches in Ikoma, Maburi and Bunda parishes.
All parishes were sent a copy of the poster and supplementary material, but if you need more, or missed out somehow, visit our website or contact Linda at the office or 04-4735172. 

Workers' and Site Blessing


Friday 3 April 2020

Please join us for the blessing before physical work begins
7:30 am for a 7:45 am start to approximately 8:15 am
Meet in front of the Cathedral in the Square
This will go ahead rain or shine so please dress appropriately. 

Theology House 2020 Lenten Study:
Life in the Garden: Open Day

Tom and Dorothy Innes invite you to a free open day at their home in Springfield during Lent 2020.Come and enjoy some time in their productive garden that inspired this year’s Lenten Study.
Event Date: Saturday 21 March
Postponement Date: Saturday 28 March
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Food: BYO lunch. Hot drinks and light snacks provided.
Location: 14 Regent St, Springfield, Canterbury, 7681. [Turn right onto the gravel track at the end of Albert St.]

Bees:There are bee hives on the property. An EpiPen is held on site but if you are highly allergic to bees please be aware of the risk.

Note that it is essential that you register if you intend to join the Innes at their property in Sheffield.  Registrations can be made here.

Thank you Archbishop!
And may God bless you in your retirement. 

Clergy and friends gathered to hear Archbishop John Sentamu speak passionately about evangelism during his recent visit to Christchurch, part of a farewell tour of the Province. Archbishop Sentamu has been spreading a message of hope, urging Christians across the globe to be salt and light to the people around us.

Sunday March 15
National Remembrance Service

Horncastle Arena


One year on from the terrible events here in Chch, a Remembrance Service will be held at
Addington's Horncastle Arena, 
on Sunday March 15, at 3pm.

Please encourage your churches to attend, to pray, and to be willing to share and support people on the day. There will be several representatives from the Christian Churches, in consultation with Te Raranga, who will represent us all.

We would love to encourage as many as are possible to be at this significant event; to pray, to be intentional about making conversation with those who gather, and show love and solidarity with all those who have suffered loss, and many who continue to be touched by this tragedy.

Official City Council Statement:

The service, Ko Tātou, Tātou We Are One, will be jointly led by the local Muslim community, Christchurch City Council, the Government and Ngāi Tūāhuriri as mana whenua.

It will be an opportunity for people to come together in unity, to show compassion, love and support for all our communities, and the value we place on being an inclusive and diverse country. 

It is a chance to acknowledge the unity shown in Ōtautahi-Christchurch, New Zealand and the world in response to the tragedy, and to express appreciation for the responders and all those who helped and to stand in solidarity with the bereaved, injured and all those affected.


CCC have advised that people planning to attend are asked to:

  • Allow plenty of time to travel to the event as some roads around Horncastle Arena will be closed to traffic and pedestrians.
  •  Arrive early for a 3pm start.
  •  Avoid bringing a bag to the event.
  • Leave dogs at home.
  • In the interests of sustainability and minimising waste, people wanting to leave tributes around the city are asked to make sure the tributes are entirely compostable, with flowers left unwrapped, and any ties or attachments able to be composted.

CAUTION: Due to concerns about Coronavirus, people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell. People should also not attend the service if they have recently been in mainland China, Iran, northern Italy or the Republic of Korea, or if they have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Coronavirus in the last 14 days.

The full order of service will be released in the next few days on the CCC events page.
The service will be live-streamed via the CCC website

The Council for Ecumenism, an interfaith group, offers the following resource for possible use on March 15th

Act of remembrance for those killed in the Christchurch Mosque attacks


Prayer for peace

O God, you are the source of life and peace. Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turns our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of crisis. Your power changes hearts.

Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm,
that they are followers of the one God, Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters.
Enemies begin to speak to one another; those who were estranged join hands in friendship; nations seek the way of peace together.

Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live.
Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred, and Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love. Amen.

National Anthem

E Ihowā Atua, O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona; Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai; Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai Aotearoa

Men of every creed and race, Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place, God defend our free land.

From dissension, envy, hate, and corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great, God defend New Zealand.

What is Islam? 
Seeking Understanding and Harmony in NZ

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” – Joseph Fort Newton
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr
Hatred and anger are powerless when met with kindness.” – Malcolm X
Churches and community groups are invited to join the
Togetherness Tour, Kotahitanga,
13-15 March 2020 in Christchurch.
Voice of Islam, in partnership with Islamic Education and Research Academy invites you to hear from international speakers and learn about their faith, to promote harmony and understanding. They invite you to meet with them and get to know them. The tour will start in Auckland, on Saturday 29 February, travel to various cities ending in Christchurch, on Sunday 15 March.
Speakers include: Tim Chambers (UK), John Fontain (UK) and Fahad Tasleem (USA). Talks will be followed by Q&A. Find out more about the speakers on their website, or send enquiries to
March 28, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Starting at Cathedral Square
A march for the Body of Christ to join together in unity and protest the Abortion Legislation Bill. March for Life Christchurch came about after a group of Cantabrians were alarmed by the new Abortion Legislation Bill that is before Parliament. They march on the 28th March 2020 to celebrate life, to remember the 36 babies who lose their lives to abortion every single day, to increase public awareness of abortion and its affect on women, families and society and to oppose the Abortion Legislation Bill. March for Life Christchurch is a family friendly event. Join with us to speak up for those, who cannot speak up for themselves.
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Boundaries? What are those? 

It's another Boundaries training day at the diocesan office – even dogs appreciate healthy boundaries! (The adorable pup, Coker, is trained to provide support to those with hearing impairments.)

Parish and other notices and events

Look! It's Jesus!

Children's Church excitement at Woodend

Loaves and fishes [buns and red-savs-as-fish] were given to the children as they gather around "Jesus" at Children's Church in Woodend. "Jesus" was played by Rob d'Auvergne, as a wrap-up of their 'Sermon on the Mount/Beatitudes' series. 
Amy Clark from Woodend said: "As ‘Jesus’ rounded the corner to the graveyard where we were waiting, kids that recognised him and knew him well, ran up to him and covered him with hugs. Then when ‘Jesus’ took his seat alone on ‘the mount’, within seconds, his children, as well as their friends, clambered anxiously up to be as close to him as they could. What powerful and poignant illustrations for us."
"Rob joyfully took this unexpected onslaught in his stride and portrayed the love of Jesus accurately by expressing how Jesus always welcomes little children, then went on to answer the kids’ (many) questions with such love and grace. Such interesting thoughts from the kids such as ‘How is God everywhere at the same time?’‘How did God begin?’ ‘What’s Jesus’ favourite food?’ ‘Why is there an Old Testament and a New Testament?’ 
When we arrived back into church after some rather loud and energetic games, the kids were asked what they learnt today, a few children piped up, answering: ‘We learnt why the sky is blue’ and ‘We know what Jesus’ favourite food is!’ "

Dialogue 2020
Students in years 12–13 welcome

Contact your Vicar, School Chaplain, or Dean Lawrence for more information. 

Congratulations to Archbishop Fereimi Cama on his one year anniversary! 

There might only be one candle to blow out, but it's been a big year.
He is the first Fijian, or I-Taukei, to lead the Diocese of Polynesia
in its 110 year history.

First Latimer Fellowship Lunch for 2020
Friday 3 April
Come and join us for the first Latimer Lunch of the year.  A fantastic time of catching up, fellowship, and a chance to reflect and hear about God’s glorious work in the lives of his people.Talking to people about your faith in Jesus can be difficult. At this Latimer lunch, we aim to encourage and grow people in owning their conversion story, and learning how to voice it in a world that seems uninterested. Guest speakers to be announced – save the date!
Please register here for catering purposes.

Friday 3 April 2020
12:15pm – 1:45pm
Latimer Church hall, 12 Berwick Street, St Albans, Christchurch

A delicious lunch will be provided (donation appreciated).

Can you help?

Prisoners are a vulnerable population when it comes to viruses.

Canterbury Prisons need complete jigsaw puzzles, books, colouring books and pencils. In the event of a lock-down due to the current virus, they will prove to be so valuable.

If you have some to give prisoners please contact Anne Dolan 0211 737 564 or 332 8888 or drop them into All Souls Church 30 Church Lane, Merivale, by the end of March.

You may also like to come along to PRAYER 4 PRISONS Christchurch Launch 
Come along and connect with the heart of God in prayer for prisoners and their families. We will also pray for the chaplains and ministry teams, that they are encouraged and supported in the ministry work. We will be sharing the vision and national strategy for P4P

          DATE: Thursday 19th March 2020
                                    TIME: 7.30-9.00 PM
                                    WHERE: St Martin & St James Church
                                                    50 Lincoln Road, Christchurch
More information please phone: Mike 027 207 2512
St Matthew Passion tells the story of Jesus’s last days in Jerusalem, his crucifixion and burial. It is one of Bach’s great choral works – dramatic, passionate and emotional.

Christchurch City Choir is joined by City Choir Dunedin and ChristChurch Cathedral Boys Choristers; Dr John Linker (conductor), David Burchell (organ) and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Soloists are Iain Tetley (Evangelist), Scott Bezett (Jesus), Lois Johnston (Soprano), Claire Barton (Alto), Andrew Grenon (Tenor), and Malcolm Leitch (Bass).

James & Edna Clark Scholarship
for 2020 now open

  1. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance towards the cost of tertiary study to the children of any person who has been, or is, a clergy-person of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
  2. The scholarship will be awarded to those who have shown pronounced talent in some aspects in the study of science or biology at secondary school and wish to continue their studies in the fields of science or medicine at a university. 
Please see the full terms and conditions of the scholarship attached plus the application forms. Applications close on 30 June 2020 and are for the 2020 academic year. If you have any queries, please contact the Jill Schumacher, on
Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki
Phone: (07) 857 0020
The third national Anglo Catholic Hui will take place in Christchurch, 
Thursday afternoon 13 August until Saturday 15 August (midday)
at St Michael and All Angels, Oxford Terrace.

The keynote speaker will be Fr Richard Peers, Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool (UK)

Put this in your diary now and watch for further details

If you have an enquiry email

Save the Date – future events to diarise

April 5 Palm Sunday
April 10 Good Friday
May 25-27 Clergy Conference at Living Springs
September 10-12 Diocesan Synod at St Christopher's
August 13-16 Anglo-Catholic Hui—St Michael and All Angels

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