While we have only just welcomed John and Christine de Senna as our Interim Priests-in-Charge we now need to focus on matters that need to be attended to regarding the appointment of our new Vicar.
On Sunday 20th October 2019 there will only be one service that day at 9.00am, followed by a quick cup of tea and the consultation will begin no later than 10.30am and it is planned to finish by 12.30pm. The consultation will be chaired by Edwin Boyce, the Diocesan Manager, and Rev. Stephanie Robson, Diocesan Ministry Educator.
This consultation is the first step in preparing a Parish Profile which will include:
- Our Vision Statement.
- A history of the Parish.
- Our current Parish Life.
- Details of our current Worship Services.
- Our links and partnerships to the Community.
- Future Parish Life.
- The Attributes we are looking for in our new Vicar.
- A map of the Parish boundaries.
- A summary of our Financial Performance as at 30 September 2019.
We urge all parishioners to both give this matter your prayerful support and make every effort to attend this meeting as the success of this consultation process depends on the input from a wide cross-section of our parishioners.
A series of questions has been forwarded and we are asked to consider these in preparation for the consultation:
- What are 3 things as we as a parish do very well?
- What are 3 things where we need strengthening?
- What do you value about parish life?
- What are our dreams for what we will become?
- What links or partnerships do we have with the surrounding community?
- What kind of employment package is the parish able to offer?
- What issues and/or concerns is the new leader going to have to address?
- What kind of flavour does sacramental worship take in this parish? (What matters when it comes to worship services, preaching, visitation, frequency, location and style of services? How high up the candle?)
- What are the non-negotiables for this parish?
Parishioners who are unable to attend the consultation will be able to submit written answers to whoever is writing up the parish profile.
Once the Parish Profile has been drafted and approved by Vestry it is forwarded to the Diocesan Office to be reviewed/ amended by the Bishop before being attached to the job application.
Claire & David
To: The Lovely people of St Augustine’s Church.
RE: RESIGNATION FROM YOUTH PASTOR POSITION AT ST AUGUSTINE’S.
In the last few months, I have been approached by the Baptist church, and they have requested me to lead a team in planting a church in Halswell (Halswell Baptist Church). After praying and wrestling through this, Anna and I have strongly felt this is the next step in my ministry Journey. This has been a long journey for us, and we did not make this decision lightly. In Light of this, I humbly request to step down as the youth pastor at St Augustine’s Anglican Church.
I have thoroughly enjoyed and loved being part of the St Augustine’s family. Thank you very much for taking the bold step of finding a youth pastor from a foreign land, and entrusting me with so much over the past five years. Thank you for the constant support you have shown to the youth ministry and to me personally over this period of time. We would certainly not be here was it not for your love, prayers and support.
I would like to specifically say thank you for the support offered to me as I applied for residency, and the support I received when we had my brother’s bereavement in 2015. May God richly bless you.
I plan to finish at the parish on the 31st Oct 2019, (I will be around on the 3rd November) as we work toward setting up the other church. I hope that we continue working together for the growth of the ministry in the future, and that the mutual love and respect we have with each other grows even stronger.
With Love and blessings,
I will be away and because of our other Sunday Service commitments Claire Bickers and I are unable to do a straight swap with another morning tea team.
Please could someone step up (just a one off) to assist Claire with morning tea after the 9.15am Service on Sunday 27th October.