Kia ora te Whānau

Amidst the ups and downs of 2020, we have not lost sight of the important task we have in front of us as a faith community this year – calling a new minister. Since we moved to Level 1 In June, members of the Ministry Settlement Board (MSB) have been working hard on getting this process under way by writing the Profile for St Andrew’s on The Terrace. The Profile describes briefly who we are and what believe. It’s critical we get this right so that prospective candidates can understand what we stand for and how we operate as a community.

We sought and received great feedback from members of the congregation on an early draft and this feedback has now been incorporated into the final version. Thanks to all who took the time to do this. As one of the writers I can tell you that it was all valuable. The Ministry Settlement Board met last week and added their comments as well. Last evening the Parish Council approved the final content of the Profile.

On Sunday we will be asking the members and associate members of the congregation to agree to the model of ministry (a national ordained minister) and terms of call. This is the last necessary step before the Convenor of the MSB can seek agreement from Presbytery to establish a vacancy and advertise it.  It’s a careful process of discernment to establish whether and how we can support a minister as a Parish.

Talking of Convenor, there has been a recent change. Originally the Reverend Dr Jim Veitch was appointed by Presbytery to the position. Jim lives in the Wairarapa and following lockdown he concluded that travel into Wellington was no longer an easy option for him. He felt he needed to resign as Convenor. In July the Reverend Reg Weeks was appointed as his successor.  Reg is a retired Minister, who lives in Eastbourne and is involved with St Ronan’s.

Reg’s steady hand and experience is going to be very valuable to us and we are grateful he has accepted this role. We are also delighted that Reg accepted our invitation to take the service on Sunday. It’s a chance to meet him so do come!

Meantime we are really grateful to those members who continue to lead Sunday worship. We are indeed fortunate to have so much talent, experience and generosity within our Parish.



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