I hope you’re having a good week.
It is a great honour for me to be able to take over from +Lindsay the task of sending out weekly updates! After some interesting suggestions for the name of this update (“Peter’s Prattlings” was a particular favourite of mine!), I decided to settle on “Peter’s Ponderings” – a trifle pretentious, but the letter “P” is quite a tricky one to alliterate! If you have any ideas, please let me know!
Anyway, I digress!
After Passion Week and Holy Week, wherein things were so busy that I honestly couldn’t tell whether I was coming or going, last week was the first week of what I would describe as “service as usual”. We started with Low Sunday, whose name, some say, reflects the lower church attendance than the week before – something which was true on Sunday, but only because you couldn’t get fuller than we were on Easter! It was good to see so many of you there, and I was especially happy to see a couple of new faces make it there, too.
Sunday was a very special day for us, as we were able to celebrate Fr Chris’ 50 years of ordained ministry. Chris was formerly a minister in the Uniting Church, and before his retirement, was a professor in Systematic Theology at the University of Divinity. His ordained journey before joining the Anglican Church included parish ministry as well as teaching theology. Chris and his wife Barbara, who remains a Uniting Church minister began worshipping at Christ Church not long after Bishop Lindsay arrived and soon became very welcome and active members of the parish family. It was beautiful to be able to celebrate this with them with some delicious cake!
Sunday also saw us bidding bon voyage to one of our churchwardens, Cecilia, who has left our shores to head to Europe, starting off in Britain (which will include a visit to my predecessor, Mason, and his family). We prayed for her, and just before she left, +Lindsay told her in no uncertain terms “COME BACK!” We wish her well on her well-earned break, and look forward to hearing about her adventures in far-distant lands!
After the service, the Vicarage hosted a “lads’ lunch”, with a group of us sharing in a barbecue meal, and chatting over all sorts of things, from religion, through economics and politics, to philosophy, and drawing on (and in some of our cases, questioning) +Lindsay’s wealth of experience as we explored these subjects in more depth.
Last week, Greg Sobey and I began a project to take photos of the church to show it off on the website, and have had some encouraging results already, as you can see below (including a bonus shot of Greg in action). But whilst we are busy taking these “glamour” shots of the church and its paraphernalia, the thing that will show the church off at its best will be real photographs of the life of the parish, especially from our events, so if you have any pictures that you would like us to display, please don’t hesitate to send them in to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the subject of the website, I’m in the process of updating it to be more up to date, and to include more relevant information. This has included the addition of a page entitled “Parish Blog” within the “News and Events” section, where these weekly updates, the “Little Liturgical Lessons” (of which there is none this week, as +Lindsay is away), and other bits and pieces to watch out for.
For a “quiet” week, there’s been a lot going on, and there’s still more to come!
Also, don’t forget that there are copies of “Forty Days: A Parish Reflects” available in the church – it’s a super read, and it’s free, too!
That’s about all from me for now, but I wish you all a good week, and for those of you I’ve not yet met, I hope to see you soon!
All the very best,
Your new Pastoral Assistant at Christ Church