Whenever the Clergy go away there seems to be stuff happen.  Whilst in Central Otago last week I was watching the fires play out and was anxious about what would happen and feeling that I couldn’t do a lot about it where I was.  I was heartened and encouraged by the people of St Augustine’s and the way they set about supporting each other and getting on with making sure people were ok.   It was good to be in contact with both Bishop Victoria and Claire Bickers while that was going on.

The process of appointing a new Vicar moves into the next stage of the process.  The position has now been advertised and Bishop Victoria is asking for applications.  Those who apply will be given our Parish profile to look through and respond to.  A copy of the precise of our profile is on the Notice Board at the back of the church.    Our Parish Nominators; Murray Sandes, Claire Bickers, Duncan Hume and Maxine Kissling have the task of interviewing prospective candidates.  Please pray for them daily as they commit themselves to this task.

On the Notice Board at the back of the church there are a couple of letters from the Waimate and Amuri Co-operating Parishes which I encourage you to read.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  It begins the season of Lent in our church life.  It is a time when we focus on the ministry and life of our Lord Jesus which reached its conclusion on the cross of Calvary.

Blessings

Kevin Interim Priest-in-charge