From the Bishop
I loved being at our ministry school the other week and I am very grateful to Alec and Benjamin who organised it. Presenting Bible studies is one of my favourite things to do, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to share in this way, something that happens all too rarely in my current role. For me, the real highlights of the week were the testimonies given to the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of ordinary people. I came away refreshed and reminded that although the church is... View article
Last Saturday we had a very successful, and for me, enjoyable day in the Diocesan Office discussing the way we organise ourselves for the mission of God. About 40 people were present, representing every part of the diocese. We talked of the changing social context in which we find ourselves, the shifts in the Anglican church over the past 40 years, and the mission to which we were called. I presented an outline of how I thought a new parish statute might work. Over the next few weeks we will... View article
On Saturday 28 February we will be gathering in Peter Mann house at 10 am to discuss the general principles which will lie behind the writing of a new Parish Statute. I intend to introduce a new Statute 3 at this years synod in September and this is a meeting that will precede the drafting of this canon. Once it is drafted, by early May, it will be widely circulated and I hope widely discussed. I see this as crucial to our ways of organising ourselves for the mission of Christ in the... View article
This Wednesday morning it will be very great pleasure to attend St. Hilda’s and formally commission the new principal, Ms. Jackie Barron. I was on the selection panel which chose Ms Barron from a very strong field of candidates and we have been very blessed indeed to have her come to us as the leader of the school. Ms Barron has been the principal of Woodford House in Havelock North for the past five years, and was formerly Deputy Principal at Gore High School. She has had successful... View article
It has been a quiet start to the year, and I’ve spent it in my office doing the sort of work which I think will characterise much of this year. 2015 is the year when we will put in place much of the revised administrative framework which will enable us to do the work of Christ in our changing environment. So I have found myself drawing up terms of reference, looking at the roles of new committees and thinking about how we use the skills of our people. Although these are the sorts of tasks... View article
My first official duty in the diocese this year was a sad one. Last Sunday I deconsecrated Holy Trinity Lawrence. Later in the month I will be performing a similar service at St. Stephen’s Hampden and I expect there will be several more before the year is out. This is part of the transition which our diocese is currently in the middle of.
Holy Trinity Lawrence is a beautiful building, and I hope it will be put to an appropriate use when it is finally sold. It has several items of... View article
On Thursday Clemency and I will be leaving to travel by road to the Bay of Islands. We will be participating in the services to be held on Sunday the 21st and on Christmas Day to mark the 200th anniversary of the landing of Samuel Marsden in New Zealand. This marks the last leg of our diocesan pilgrimage, and, as a visible reminder of the people of the South, I will take with me Te Harinui, the staff I carried from Stewart Island to the Waitaki River.
The Rev’d Canon... View article
On Christmas day, 1814 the Reverend Samuel Marsden preached on the text: “Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10) to Maori and Pakeha in the Bay of Islands. Clemency and I will attend the official events in Oihi Bay this Christmas celebrating 200 years since the Good News arrived.
Here in the South, we will celebrate the bicentennial with a campaign of activities to share the gospel in our communities. I am inviting each of you to participate in making our campaign... View article
During this past month I have taken some annual leave. In the second week of August I drove to Nelson to see my mother and this week past Clemency and I travelled to Sydney to attend our grand-daughter Naomi’s third birthday party. It was wonderful to reconnect with family but it did mean that the tasks for this month had to be condensed into just two weeks, and quite a bit has been happening.
The Rev’s Eric Kyte has resigned as Vicar General in order to devote his energies to his... View article
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