Dear Everyone,
Recently an announcement by the Christchurch regeneration Minister Megan Woods stating that agreement in principle of the terms of the Joint Venture for the reinstatement of the Cathedral had been reached. This was, as Dean Lawrence put it, an important “milestone” and was the result of much hard work and negotiation by CPT and others involved.

On an entirely different note, a special e-Life made public the resignations of five clergy of the Diocese and the disaffiliation of members of four parishes.  This announcement is the result of much discussion and prayer as people seek to be faithful to their beliefs.
As the text stated, this has been a painful journey for all concerned and it is far from over as the Diocese enters uncharted waters.  The need for prayer is obvious.  When the way is uncertain and the stakes are high our need to depend on our Lord becomes even more pressing.  Given the circumstances, what does the Lord want each of us to do so that the Gospel can continue to be proclaimed with integrity and power to a lost and hurting world?

In the midst of all this, proposals for who should be nominated for the office of bishop of our Diocese have now closed and the process of preparing the electoral college papers and video interviews now begins.  Please pray for the Arrangements Committee as they oversee all the preparations.  Please remember in prayer our Diocesan Manager Edwin Boyce who is shouldering a tremendous load at this time.  On top of all his normal responsibilities he is also involved in all the disaffiliation negotiations, and the preparations for the Electoral College and the September Synod.

“God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.” Richard Cecil. (Cecil was a leading Evangelical Anglican priest of the 18th and 19th centuries. A member of the Clapham sect and friend of William Wilberforce and John Newton.)

Peter Hurricks
Vicar of Halswell-Prebbleton and Archbishop’s Commissary