Kia Ora All Saints,
2024 has well and truly begun and we're launching into the year with a focus on our final value - Authentic Community. This Sunday we're back into our split Central Gatherings at 9am and 10:30am but what a marvellous summer we've had! It has been such a joy to worship together as a parish. Just a little plug about the morning tea between the services - this is a great opportunity to keep developing a connection between those of us who like different service styles and connect with God in different ways. Grab a coffee and have a chat with someone - even better if they are from a different generation. I've heard some impressive stories from our church whānau who have a wealth of wisdom or some hilarious ones from those with perhaps less wisdom! Let me know if you want a wing-woman to set you up with a great chat.
Also, next Tuesday is one of my favourite days in the Christian Calendar - Pancake Day! Otherwise more maturely called Shrove Tuesday. No sooner does it feel like Christmas has ended that Lent is beginning. Have a celebration on Tuesday evening with us at church, or come for a more solemn Ash Wednesday service at 10am to lean into this next season well.
If you read this before Sunday, please pray for us clergy and Synod reps who are off electing a new Assistant Bishop on Saturday 10th Feb. May God's will be clear and encouraging.
God bless you all, and may you draw closer to your mighty and compassionate Creator in this next season of Lent.
Ngā mihi nui,