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.
Their ‘Hotmail’ email address is no longer reliable so they have moved to gmail as follows: email@example.com
So if you are one of those that used to receive regular updates from them (and have noticed that they have stopped…), this is why.
If you want to again receive regular email updates from Paddy & T, they would be very grateful if you could first contact them using the new email address above. (This way they can build up their new email address book again).
This year’s appeal is focusing on two NZCMS Mission partner families:
- Andy & Shona Miller with their children Aliana, Jeshaiah Elias in Cost Rica
The Miller family believe that God is continuing to quicken the Church in Latin America to send thousands of people in a missionary movement to the most unreached people in the world. Andy & Shona see their role as working alongside this move of God through mobilising, networking, training and interpreting.
- Neil & Rebekah Dunbar and family in Cambodia
Cambodia is a youthful nation with a rapidly rising urban population and rate of development. Still in recovery from its recent turbulent past, this predominant Buddhist nation is in desperate need of the Good News of Jesus. Neill & Rebekah are excited to see what God has in store as they serve and disciple members of the developing Church.
THERE ARE NO SEPARATE APPEAL ENVELOPES THIS YEAR. INSTEAD:
To donate to both or either of these causes, either include your donation with your regular offertory envelope – with a note on the outside indicating ‘what is to go where’.
Or place a separate envelope in the offertory plate (remember to include your name if you want this amount included in your annual tax receipt).
Or, you can do this on-line via internet banking. (Again indicate ‘who it is for’ in the reference/code fields.)
To pray is to make our hearts ready to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Praying regularly will help us to develop a spiritual rhythm. A discipline of prayer changes the way that we think about our lives, because it creates new habits of heart and mind. Prayer opens us more deeply to the transforming grace of God. We enter into God’s presence, allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in us.
“Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs.” https://billygraham.org.uk/answer/what-is-prayer/
The ACTS method of Christian prayer goes like this:
- Adoration:Give God praise and honour for who he is as Lord over all.
- Confession:Honestly deal with the sin in your life.
- Thanksgiving:Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
- Supplication:Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
Please pray for one another – day by day!
|Monday||· All those returning to work after the weekend.
· Church members – surnames A-D
|Tuesday||· The home groups that meet this week – for hospitality, bible study and care for one another.
· Church members – surnames E-K
|Wednesday||· The staff team as they meet, plan and lead – for wisdom and strength. For the Vestry as they lead.
· Church members – surnames L-R
|Thursday||· Mainly music – that families and children may learn about Jesus
· Church members – surnames S-V
|Friday||· Youth – that they would grow in knowledge, love and wisdom of God
· Church members – surnames W-Z
|Saturday||· For our community that they would hear the good news of Christianity
· For the sick and ill that God would renew them in body, mind and spirit
|Sunday||· For those who worship with us at Church- that God would bless and speak to them.
· That we would be able to rest and relax.
IRD Numbers! Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who have elected to place your tax rebate(s) into the Church’s bank account!
(This choice can be made when you are completing your tax return(s) Simply enter the Church’s bank account number (see below) into the return instead of your own… This is a simple (and relatively painless!) way of increasing your giving to the Church…)
However; IF you have done this, AND you want this action treated by us as an additional donation to the Church; – then you need to supply us with your IRD number. As all IRD will release to us is your IRD number – NOT your name… (Some of you have already supplied your IRD number from previous years, if so check you can check with Paula in the office to see if she already has your number in her records.)
Again MANY MANY thanks to those of you who have already elected to do this!! (And just in case – here is our bank account number for any who still want to consider this option J : 06 0801 0052951 00)
Please can you check if you have any books from the library from away back? There are a few missing.
We went through the books late last year and made a list; this list will be put at the library.
If you have any of these please can you mark it off on the list as to where it is and return it when finished? The books are all marked with a coloured sticker near the base so easily identified.