NEW WORSHIP VENUE:
St Luke's will be worshipping in the Chapel at The Community of the Sacred Name, 300 Tuam Street, Central Christchurch from Sunday, 10 November 2019.
A NOTE TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH SOME RECENT VESTRY DECISIONS
1. Christchurch City Mission.
(a) Back to School Programme to help struggling parents get their children to school on an equal footing with the others. Sadly, hundreds of Canterbury children face going to new schools this year to join new classmates while looking like they don't belong or can't afford to belong. They will feel shame instead of the hope and excitement that should be part of this new stage in life. We are talking here about just the basics such as a tidy, complete uniform, decent shoes that fit, and stationery. All these things lie outside our free education system but are vital when you are small and facing a next huge step in life. Some years ago, the City Mission realised how vital it was to stop our community's young children slipping though this crack because when children start hating going to school, they fall out of our education system. They lose the chance to break the cycle and improve their lives and miss the equality that education is intended to offer. Hence the launch of the Back to School Programme and which last year helped 545 school children from 350 families at a cost of about $240,000 - estimated this year to be over $300,000. Families who come to the Mission are interviewed and assessed by Mission social workers. Many are single parents or grandparents raising children, and over a third are in poverty while working.
Vestry has agreed to encourage parishioners and friends to support this cause again this year. To give you some idea of the sort of costs faced by these families without the Mission's support, the following figures have been shared with us:
$820 provides a girl's high school uniform with shoes, jacket and blazer.
$441 PROVIDES A PRIMARY SCHOOL UNIFORM WITH SHOES AND JACKET.
$150 lets a child join in a school camp.
$125 PROVIDES A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WITH STATIONERY, BACKPACK AND SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR.
$ 50 buys a new white monogrammed intermediate school blouse.
Members of the Vestry would like to encourage you to support a shared parish collection, i.e. individuals wishing to support this appeal do so by including their donation (in an envelope marked "BTS Appeal") via the Sunday Offertory during February, or post to St Luke's in the City, P O Box 320, Christchurch 8140. Cheques should be made payable to "St Luke's Church". Receipts will be issued if you supply your name and address with your donation - and, remember, taxpayers can then claim back the tax on gifts of $5 or more up to the level of their taxable income.)
(b) Robert Erwin Bequest. It was also agreed that St Luke's become a member of the Mission's "Careforce" and as such make a regular monthly donation to the work of the Mission. This donation will come from income received from the Erwin Bequest.
2. Ecology Project.
Deb Wood and Roz Lefay have been encouraged to proceed with their idea of making a regular presentation, on a Sunday after church, of ideas for limiting the use of plastics in daily life. Vestry has asked that these ideas be in a format that can be circulated to all on the Parish Roll. If you have any ideas or helpful suggestions, talk to Deb or Roz.
3. Date of Annual General Meeting.
The AGM has been set for Sunday 26th April 2020. Those responsible for writing reports are requested to have them to Jenny by the 14th of April at the latest, in the hope they can be circulated to parishioners by Sunday the 19th. Prior to the AGM there will be a form circulated for those currently on the Parish Roll to update details and re-confirm their membership. For those who have not yet signed to join the Parish Roll, there are forms on the table at CSN to enable you to do so if you wish to do so. It is only those on the Roll at the time of the AGM who are entitled to vote.
Vestry members learned that the parish's share of the Diocesan Quota has risen by 52% for this coming year, an increase of $5,696 over the amount we paid in 2019. This figure is arrived at by a formula set by the Diocese, and unfortunately it is our investment interest, which we have been capitalising wherever possible towards the cost of a new building, which has to a large extent caused this unpleasant surprise! It should be a temporary increase in that once funds are spent on the building there will be some relief - BUT, of course, that will be offset by additional running costs we will have on the new building such as insurance, rates, power etc. It really is important that each one of us takes the time to review our current giving through the weekly offertory. There is no doubt you will be hearing further from the churchwardens with reference to “gifts of time, money and talents” in the near future.
5. CSN as our Worship Venue.
As from today, there is no guarantee that we will be able to use the CSN Retreat House as our worship venue every Sunday. It will depend on bookings the Sisters receive for weekend retreat bookings. We will give you advance notice of these dates – the first one being for Sunday 29 March. On these occasions Vestry is recommending we worship as a parish with the Cathedral congregation at 10am.
Let us continue to journey together in the fellowship of Christ
Alan & Jenny (Churchwardens)
Parish Newsletter - OCTOBER 2019
OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
A reminder that copy for the next newsletter is to be with the editor (Roz: email@example.com : as soon as possible. Talk to Roz if you have a book review, article, poem, quote etc which she may be able to incorporate.
Parish Roll 2019
OUR LATEST PARISH ROLL FORM IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
We are asking everyone to complete this form, whether you have been registered before, or are qualified and wish to be enrolled for the first time. Please note you can only be enrolled in any one parish or other local ministry or mission unit, at any one time. You need to be on the Parish Roll if you wish to speak or vote at any parish meeting. Please return your form by handing to one of the Churchwardens, or by emailing the completed and signed form to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have been 'relaxed' about annual renewals of the Parish Roll over recent years, but with a building programme and important decisions to be made around that in the next two years, Vestry has agreed there needs to be an annual update of the Roll.
DONATIONS TO THE CITY MISSION
We are also reminded that the food basket which sits at the entrance to the Chapel each week is there for donations of food for the City Mission Food Bank. Canned, preserved, dried food - (not fresh or frozen), or toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, or toilet-paper are always in demand. Our gifts are delivered to the City Mission on a regular basis. Of late, the majority of donations have come from the elderly who take advantage of the weekly shopping trips we offer, with the occasional donation from a kindly parishioner. How about we make a concerted effort to fill the basket from among ourselves?
KAILAKURI HEALTH CARE PROJECT
LATEST NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019 now available to download. Details of the wonderful work undertaken by this organisation and the most recent news can be found in their latest newsletter.
EXCITING NEWS FOR THE FUTURE OF ST LUKE'S
The following was printed in the ANGLICAN E-NEWS on 20 March 2019:
“Last Wednesday evening Standing Committee completed a decision making process involving the Operations Management Board (which governs the Anglican Centre), the Church Property Trustees, the Anglican Care Trust Board and the Parish of Christchurch St. Luke’s. As a result we are committed to building a combined Anglican Centre and St Luke’s Spirituality Centre on the St Luke’s site, corner Manchester and Kilmore Streets. Design work is beginning and it is my hope that with a fair wind through the consenting process we can be located again in the inner city by early 2021 and St Luke’s can be back on their home turf.”
Our mid-week Eucharists are celebrated at 6.00pm Tuesday, 10.00am Wednesday, and at 9.30am Thursday. All services in the Chapel at the Community of the Sacred Name.
PASTORAL CARE: For pastoral matters contact any of the pastoral group: Francie Conolly (325 2832), Jenny Drury (366 3098), Michaele Watson (981 5675), Helen Roud (027 657 7947).
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