Message from Peter Beck


Friday 16 October 2020



Dear Parish family


Kia Ora e te whanau!


We are delighted to welcome our Bishop, Peter Carrell as our preacher and celebrant this Sunday at the Parish Eucharist at 9.30am when we celebrate St Luke’s Day - our Patronal Festival.

Here is the programme for our celebration:

9.30 am  Eucharist followed by Tea or Coffee and time for a chat before a Light Lunch is served at 12 noon

If it’s a nice day you might like to bring a chair, rug, or cushion to enjoy some time in the Sisters’ beautiful garden.

Morning Tea and the Light Lunch provided.

Koha to be donated to the Anglican Missions Board towards support of the now unfunded Boys’ Hostel at Mirpurkhas, a mission of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Pakistan



Bishop Peter will also bless our beautiful new icon of St Luke.
Here is its story: Our original Icon of Luke which was given by The Revd Simon Acland during his time as Vicar 1978-1985, was lost in the earthquake. Over many years, the sisters of the Community of the Sacred Name have worked in our  parish.  There are least ten Sisters recorded as having been associated with the parish in “The Church to the North of the Avon”, a history written by the late Molly Chalklen for the parish’s 125th anniversary, beginning with Sr Kate in late 1899.


Sr Judith CSN served in the parish from 1978-1990 with The Revd Simon Acland and then Jim Riley, before moving to Wellington to open a new house there, and then returning to Christchurch to serve as Revd Mother for two terms.    Srs Judith and Annette continued to worship at St Luke’s whenever they had the opportunity up until the earthquake.  Right up to today St Luke’s, clergy and people, have had a close and on-going relationship with the Sisters of the Community. Our existing chasubles & stoles were made by Sr Annette, who was in charge of the sewing room, assisted by others including Sr Judith.


Sr Judith left us a very generous bequest on her death in 2018. Sr Annette asked whether we might like  new icon written by a friend of hers, Fr Arkadiy, a Russian Orthodox priest and a teacher of icon writing..   She thought this was something Sr Judith would have liked for the parish.  And so it was agreed that we have this icon written to acknowledge and give thanks for the work of CSN in this city, and especially for all they have contributed to the life of St Luke’s over the last century. Laus Deo


It’s going to be quite a morning. I do hope you can make it.


There will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist on  Wednesday at 10am and Thursday at 9.30am. This week we will be taking the sacrament to St Alban’s Rest Home and Victorycare Rest Home


Anglican Missions are supporting Mirparkhas Boy’s Hostel [in Pakistan][ Appeal. You may like to consider supporting the appeal too.


‘Love bade me welcome’.  I am leading a reflective weekend retreat here in the Retreat House over the weekend of 20-22 November. A brochure is now available at church.


‘LOVE BADE ME WELCOME’.   A reflective weekend retreat here in the Retreat House over the weekend of 20-22 November.


A weekend retreat of quiet reflection based around a poem by the Elizabethan priest/poet and hymn writer George Herbert as we prepare for Advent.


Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November 2020

Retreat Conductor: The Revd Peter Beck, Priest in Charge of St Luke’s in the City.  

Accommodation: Community of the Sacred Name Retreat House, 300 Tuam St Christchurch  (limited to 12 participants in single rooms)


Attendance by Day: Those not sleeping over are welcome to attend sessions on Friday evening 7-8.30pm; Saturday 9am-5.30pm; and the Sunday Eucharist at 9.30am.  There will be an option to opt in to the Saturday evening meal & session (at an additional cost)

Catering: Breakfasts to be self-catered – basics provided.   (live-in retreatants only)
Light lunch, morning & afternoon teas provided on Saturday for all registrants
Saturday evening meal (live-in registrants only – unless opting in at an alternative rate)

What to Bring: Comfortable clothes, personal essentials, Bible, Notebook,pen etc.

$160 per person (in-house accommodation, all meals)
$ 60 per person (Friday night & Saturday sessions). No Sat. evening meal or session included.
$100 per person (Friday night/Saturday including evening 
meal and the evening session)   




On Sunday 18 October in the Town Hall Auditorium at 3pm. Martin Setchell plays his annual organ curator's concert. Admission will be FREE, but tickets must be booked in advance online at Koha requested






Studying Theology is a great way to explore and deepen your faith


Gareth is a member of our vestry as well as the Director of Theology House . Here’s some  more information about Theology House for us all to consider:

Whether you are considering starting study or continuing with an existing programme, there are some great options for the second half of 2020.

Regardless of what programme you are considering or whether you are a new or an experienced student, Theology House is here to advise and help you on the journey.  Our theological library and other resources are available whether you’re in formal study or following your own journey of discovery.

It’s not too late to enrol for “Doing Theology” this semester.  Starting on 17 July, you can take this as a paper towards the NZ Diploma of Christian Studies taught by St John’s College in partnership with Theology House or just for personal interest.  We’re delighted to have the Rev’d Dr Joe McGarry teaching the course.

Further information can be found on the Theology House website.



Dear friends, let us pray for one another and our ministry and mission in the city


St Luke's Parish Prayer

O Living and Life-Giving God,
your blessed witness Luke the Evangelist
has inspired generations of your faithful people
to work for the gospel in this part of our city.
So guide us by your Spirit:
give us a thirst for your truth,
a passion for your justice,
a strength in our witness,
and a firm hope in the future you open before us;
that we may celebrate with joy
the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
your Son, our Lord.