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Martins Anglican Parish
Forming - Sending – Serving
(These headings are taken from the Diocesan
Parish Vision Statement.
The Parish of Opawa-St
Martins is an Anglican whanau who bring life to the world through their loving
care for all people, in their dynamic creativity, their seeking to know God,
and in their coming together as a multigenerational community.
We are seeking to be a
church that provides space for people to grow, to be nurtured and cared for
within a companionable and refreshing community. We are open to growth and
change and ready to adapt to new challenges. We want to welcome all who come to
us and engage in loving service of the community. We seek to offer the best
riches we can find from the treasury of our Anglican tradition and we seek to
have fun as we worship, celebrate and work together.
The vision for this
parish is aligned with the priorities of the Strategic Plan of the Diocese of
Strategic Plan for the Diocese of Christchurch sets 3 Priorities for all
Raise up; encourage; educate;
appoint and enable young people as
leaders in our Diocese.
Christ-Centred Mission: Christ
is both our centre and the One we serve.`We become Christ-like by furthering
the Kingdom and further the Kingdom`by becoming Christ-like.
Faithful Stewardship: of the Christian
faith; environment; Diocesan
properties and finances; time;
talent and our heritage. Stewardship of the`Christian faith includes how we
offer theological education.
Particular Challenges faced within
1. Nurturing and
developing new leaders at all levels of parish life;
2. Providing effective
Christian formation in the Anglican Tradition for every age group who attend
this parish so that members of this church can identify their God given gifts
and fulfil their vocation;
3. Discerning how best to
develop ministry and mission at St Anne’s Church;
4. Maintenance of property
in a manner that is appropriate for mission;
5. Offering an effective
contribution to the life of the wider church.
Vestry to consider the establishment of a Communications Group in 2010
Our web site is a winner
and provides an excellent invitation to those searching for God and a parish to
belong to. Needs more frequent updating by more people and more use/blogging.
Objectives for 2010 -
- Provide IT training for
- Provide links and
information on Anglicanism and the Anglican Communion
Need to be clean, clear
Replace or update and repaint signs
Uniformity of design at both
Suggest Slot/Hanger for change of
times/place of services
Add the website address in large letters
- Welcome Pack - no
action taken in 2 yrs despite suggestion/requests
continual updates, has low enthusiasm. No Further Action
- Brochures – Lean Thinking
- only print a few to
increase use, decrease waste and need to keep up to date
Keep concise info about groups and
parish activities on small coloured brochures or bookmarks displayed
appropriately in both parish sites;
Review information put out in the
4. Teach that the ministry
of hospitality at the Sunday Eucharist is something that involves the whole
congregation, and that it is one of the most important roles in terms of
welcoming newcomers to this parish.
Objectives for 2010-2011
Continue training for those who
welcome, greet, and offer morning tea on Sundays.
Reconsider the use of name tags
and provide clearer process for these to be updated.
Recruit more people to rosters for
welcoming, greeting, and morning tea, especially those who have recently joined
the parish as they have the most recent memory of what it is like to come to
our church for the first time.
5. Establish a culture of
seeking out inquirers to the Christian faith. The parish to provide processes
and groups to enable these people to explore and deepen their faith.
Ensure there is a confirmation
group running in 2010;
Equip leaders of all groups with
the skills required to incorporate new members.
Continue to enable groups like Little
Annies and mainly music to be pathways into this community of faith.
Equip and empower parishioners to raise up
disciples of Christ.
6. Continue to mentor
teenagers in line with Diocesan expectations.
Continue to nurture youth groups
Continue providing mentors for
1. The Parish Eucharist
The Parish Eucharist will be the
summit of the week, the centre of all we do, and the source of our energy for
mission in our community.
- In 2010 create a capital fund to be used for
the training and formation of parish musicians;
- Encourage excellence in worship by continuing
to provide ongoing training and formation for all liturgical roles in the
- Encourage more people to take up roles in the
liturgy (such as readers, intercessors, greeters, servers, musicians and
so on) to enable the people of God to exercise their gifts and take full,
active and conscious participation in the worship of God;
- Introduce more Te Reo in worship;
- Provide teaching and explanation about the
liturgy both to explain what is happening and to assist people make
connections between the liturgy and every day life. This is to be done
with the congregation on designated Sundays during the year;
- Provide a liturgy booklet for the congregation
with music enclosed to make the liturgy easier to follow;
- Encourage the use of choirs, musicians and
music groups in worship.
- Provide training for those who wish to learn
to play the organ better and consider offering a position for an organ
- Provide retreats and quiet days for those
involved in liturgical ministry for their spiritual nourishment and
- Consider combining the 9:30 and 10:00am congregations at St Mark’s once per month.
2. Baptism and Confirmation
- Continue to expect that God will send adults
- Equip and empower parishioners to raise up
disciples of Christ;
- Provide an excellent and high quality process
for preparation and formation of adult baptism candidates;
- There will be confirmation candidates every
year and a confirmation liturgy presided over by the Bishop.
3. Ministry with children and
- Call and equip more leaders to enable the
Sunday School to be split into three groups at St Mark’s on Sunday
- Call, equip and nurture leaders for mainly
music and Little Annies;
- Improve the governance structure and support
for Little Annies;
- Continue to provide mentors for teenagers;
- Continue enabling SMY and SMYLE youth groups
to build Christ centred community among young people and to enable them to
grow in the faith.
- While preserving existing family space at the
rear of St Mark’s, encourage families to sit closer to the front of the
- Provide service book for children;
- Provide space at the rear of St Mark’s to
display children’s art work.
4. House Groups and other small
- There will be a variety of groups in the
parish where individual believers can find community, practical help, and
- These groups will include Lent study groups,
provision of seminars series on particular subjects of interest or concern;
- Support the expectation that house groups are
welcoming of new comers so that they regularly grow and generate new
- Enable house groups leaders to mentor others
- In 2010 develop a structure to nurture house
group leaders and provide for their spiritual nourishment and refreshment;
5. St Mark’s School
- There will be a good relationship with St
Mark’s School and the parish;
- Implement new church service on Thursday
- Implement regular school Eucharist (twice per
- Provision of teaching of the Anglican Schools
RE curriculum for four year groups by clergy and laity will continue;
- Clergy team will support other school staff in
teaching the RE curriculum;
6. Contemplative Worship
- Consider re-ordering St Anne’s Church and/or
Hall for contemplative forms of worship.
- The parish to listen and discern whether a Fresh
Expressions may be appropriate.
7. Training of clergy
- To ensure curates who leave this parish are
the best trained clergy in New Zealand.
- Clergy team work with supervisors, spiritual
directors, and the bishop’s office to ensure they have an adequate ongoing
spiritual nurture, self care, and study programme.
8. Financial Stewardship
recognise that the “steward” is a key Gospel role which emphasises that the
real owner is God, and that we are holders of a
live out the spirit of abundance found in the Gospel.
educate that there is enough for all if greed is abandoned.
uphold the sacred vocation of caring for God’s Creation.
- Hold a stewardship campaign in 2010-2011
- Call new people onto the fair committee who
can bring new ideas and new vision for parish fund raising in 2010-2011.
9. Community Nurture
Provide occasions when the parish family can meet
together for social events or a combination of social and spiritual nourishment.
- Parish camps
- Parish dinners
Sending & Serving
1. Serving the local community
Strategy and Objectives
- Teach and preach about living the Gospel in
every day life;
- Help parishioners speak about their faith with
confidence at home and at work;
- Continue to support Glenelg Health Camp and
Waltham Community Cottage and the City Mission night shelter;
- Consider holding a parish arts festival;
- Produce a
giveaway cookbook with nutritious and cheap recipes. (There are several
organisations who have these available eg Supergrans and CPH. Two cook books have been produced as fundraisers by the parish some years ago and it
was a lot of work. As a variation on a theme how about a parish meal
where people bring a dish to share that is inexpensive, nutritional and a
favourite in their family. They also bring a copy of the recipe which
could be included in a booklet. Everyone over 5 years of age pays a gold
coin admission which defrays the cost of the booklet and we all have a
great time). In plenary time on Sat 7 November there was a lot of
energy for this project.
- Develop St Anne’s site as a community centre
as well as a place for new forms of worship.
2. Pastoral Care
- Continue nurturing the existing team of lay
ministers who take communion to the sick week by week;
- Update licences for those involved during
- Call, train and equip the next generation of
leaders to conduct home communions and pastoral visiting. Begin this 2010;
- Ensure there is a system to ensure the elderly
and infirm are visited’
- Provide retreats and quiet days to nurture and
refresh those involved in this ministry;
- Make use of meals and parties to gather young
3. Mission Committee
There will be a mission committee tasked with
challenging the parish to focus energy in social justice advocacy.
- A property committee maintains a maintenance
- Address the leaking roof at St Mark’s Hall in
- Ask property maintenance committee to ensure
health and safety issues are attended to, especially an updated fire
evacuation plan for both churches.
- The parish is served by a stipendiary vicar,
deacon/priest assistant and requires non-stipendiary clergy support to
provide Eucharist in both centres on Sunday mornings;
- Some parishioners aspire to appoint a children
and family worker and a music director if funding allows;
- There will be dynamic administrative support
from the parish administrator and a verger;
- Recruit a (human resource) team to work with
the finance committee to ensure staff reviews are completed and job
descriptions and contracts are updated regularly.
Appendices available from the parish office:
Summary of Process with Paul Dyer
Paul Dyer’s Report
Summary of meeting on Saturday 7 November 2009