Dates for your Diary…..

Thursday 10 May 2018  This year we will celebrate Ascension Day at the 9.30am Eucharist rather than have a special evening service.  All welcome. Special morning tea to follow.


Wednesday 30th May at 2.00pm Eucharist and Afternoon Tea at Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham St North. An opportunity for fellowship particularly for those who don’t find it so easy to get to St Luke’s these days. All are most welcome - if you would like to attend, please let Annette Pont (ph 420 4375) know for catering purposes. If you would appreciate transport, please contact Therese Aitchison (ph 337 1225). Enquiries to   Plan to bring a friend.



MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP - Anglican e-Life 04 April 2018
"The Venerable Helen Roud is the Interim Priest-in-Charge of St Luke's in the City until further notice"


"Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am delighted to serve you as interim Priest (0.5FTE), at this time in your parish and faith journey. It seems particularly fitting that we begin our journey together in the season of Easter, celebrating the new life we have in the risen Christ.  I deeply appreciate the worship we’ve shared together in my first week and am starting to find my way around both the Knox plant and our liturgies. Many thanks to all of you for your warm welcome and encouragement, and especially to Jenny, Paul, Jim McKenna & Barbara who have helped me settle in.
A little information about myself:  I was baptised, schooled and confirmed in the Roman Catholic tradition, and value the faith-grounding I received (even though my faith development included my questioning and moving away from this tradition in my teens). Later, I spent eleven years heavily involved in a small, eclectic and loving Union Parish (Presbyterian-Methodist-Church of Christ) which taught me a great deal about theological & liturgical differences and grace-filled community.  My two daughters and two sons were raised in this faith environment.  Through strong ecumenical links, I became involved in the Anglican tradition and was called to a spiritual home here. Looking back it was at times a roller-coaster spiritual journey – God’s ways are indeed ‘mysterious’. 
I celebrate thirteen years of ordained ministry this year, having served in chaplaincy (both lay and ordained) at Churchill Aged Care Complex; in seven parishes across our diocese - in four different archdeaconries, both rural and urban - together with some Cathedral ministry.  Prior to ordination, my working life included health research both in Endocrinology and Gerontology.  My husband David (raised in the Methodist tradition) played in the Salvation Army Citadel Band and Chapel Brass until a recent business commitment has meant an interim move to Auckland.  We lived for thirty-four years on five acres in rural Halswell where we raised our family and a wonderful menagerie of pets and livestock. We are proud grandparents to sixteen-month-old ‘Ahika Ahorangi’ (who lives north of Whangarei, and will become a big sister in July).
In my ‘spare’ time, I enjoy hill and beach walks, friends & family, puzzles of all sorts and the occasional movie. My downfalls are chocolate, coffee and a good Pinot Noir!!
As I am new to the parish and my grey matter will struggle to recall your names, please be patient with me!
I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing our faith journey together in Christ."
Revd. Helen


It is Vestry’s hope that a new magazine format will become available every second month, or perhaps quarterly.  Roz Lefay and Therese Aitchison are working on this, and would appreciate any contributions you might like to submit  … a book or film review, a reflection on a course or event you have attended, a favourite poem… a paragraph on something you have discovered in our changing cityscape, where are the quiet, reflective spaces to be found, the good coffee? or whatever….  Do give them your support   



Our mid-week Eucharists are celebrated at 6.00pm on Tuesdays10am on Wednesdays, and at 9.30am on Thursdays.  All services in the Chapel at the Knox Centre.





Sunday 13th (7 – 8.30pm)  An invitation from Christian World Service to join a lively panel discussion to kickstart this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 
What on Earth is God Doing about Unity?  Stories of Justice, Peace and Hope  Sunday, 13 May 7 - 8:30 pm followed by supper, at Knox Church, 28 Bealey Avenue.  Speakers: Ngaire Button, community leader; Rev. Ben Truman, Vicar of Opawa-St Martins; Father Frank Kelly, prison chaplain; Rev. Sheena Dickson, minister of Eastern Churches Together.
For more information, contact: Mary 021 387 088 or Brian 021 129 4305


Slavery in the New Testament and Modern Human Slavery. Thursday 10 May 7.30pm at Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College. Presented by Dr Kathleen Rushton rsm. Slavery is often unseen and not named for what it is.  Sr Kath offers scriptural background and insights from the “Tip of the Iceberg” Conference of 2017. Rosary House Spiritual Life Centre. Indication of attendance helpful to or (03) 379 1298. 


Reflection Day: Saturday 12 May, 10.30am – 2.30pm. Prayer in the midst of daily life.  Brief sessions using scripture, music and images will support silent private prayer. At Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College, Peer Street.  Bring own lunch, tea/coffee provided. Facilitator Sr Mary Catherwood.  (Rosary House Spiritual Life Centre).

Prayer Series - Noticing God’s Presence: Scripture and sacred music lead into an extended time of silent prayer. Tuesdays 15 and 22 May, 10.30-11.30am, at Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College. (Rosary House Spiritual Life Centre). 

Midlife Spirituality. A Rosary House seminar presented by Anne Shave on Tues 29 May, 2pm-3.30pm and repeated on Thurs 31 May, at 7.30pm at Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre at Villa Maria College. Indication of attendance helpful: 03 379 1298 or  Koha/Donation  


Coming Up…..

WEEK OF 4th - 11th MAY 
Our Priest-in-Charge (Helen) will be attending General Synod on behalf of the diocese. Fr Jim McKenna will provide pastoral cover in Helen’s absence.

Archdeaconry Meeting 7pm at St Barnabas’ Fendalton to discuss appointment of a new bishop, the process, and type of leadership people are looking for in the next Bishop of Christchurch. Applications close on 29 June. All welcome to attend.

Ascension Day celebrated at the 9.30am Eucharist, Knox Chapel, followed by special morning tea.

Ecumenical Service at 5.30pm for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
7.00pm Vestry meets in the Committee Room, after a Eucharist in Chapel at 6pm, followed by light meal together.  


Our Priest-in-Charge, Helen, will be away at Clergy Conference at Living Springs, Monday 21-Thursday 24 May.  Fr Jim will lead the midweek (Tuesday and Thursday) eucharists and provide pastoral cover during that week.  All being well, Francie will preside on Wednesday. 


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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