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Rented pews

From the Middle Ages onwards in some churches there have been rented pews. These gave the family who owned the title to particular pews sole access to the pews in the Church, certainly during service times. This allowed the wealthy and office holders to sit in the most prestigious places, enjoying the service and their…

Land development

We might be in lockdown, but work on some projects still continues. That also includes consideration of what will happen to the tennis court lands. Before lockdown the wardens and I met a developer who is working with the Heathcote – Mt Pleasant Anglican Parish to develop land adjacent to St Mary’s in Heathcote. As…

Garden flowers

The beautiful weather we had these last days of the extended lockdown reminds me of the sunny days during lockdown last year. Then we were in autumn; now it seems spring has arrived. Maybe apart from the sunny days it is also that we’ve got a bit more time to experience the sunny days, even…

Lockdown – again

We are in lockdown again. By now we know what to do. We know that it probably is a good precautionary measure. Still, it also means that we miss out on events, gatherings and activities that we value. We were meant to celebrate my parents’ golden wedding anniversary. That has to be put off now.…

To a people not yet born

I recently saw a reference to the work of a German Christian journalist on the future of the Church, so I decided to check out some of his ideas. Rather than telling people how the church could be more relevant, the journalist looked at historical trends and the current world. For him it was clear…

Trip hazards

Somewhere along the walking and cycling path beside the railway line there is a noticeable hole in the asphalt. Cyclists may be thrown a bit off track if their wheels unexpectedly drop into the hole, but they normally don’t have a significant problem to correct their course quickly. But for people on small-wheeled vehicles the…

National Day

This Sunday is the 1st of August. Since my early childhood that has meant one thing: the Swiss National Day. We were normally on holidays in Switzerland in early August and enjoyed the celebration. We decorated the house and a small cart with flags and bells, dressed in appropriate festive clothes and then made our…

From our Parish Meeting

At our meeting on Wednesday evening we heard about different ways of approaching housing development. Greer O’Donnell spoke about the spectrum of housing available. In New Zealand housing is often occupier-owned, market rental or government-provided social housing. The average family often finds it difficult to find affordable, long-term housing. That’s why new housing models such…

Location, location, location

At the end of last month the Greater Christchurch Partnership released its Mass Rapid Transit interim report. It is an investigation for faster public transport from Rangiora and Rolleston to the City Centre. Three options were detailed:1. Heavy rail along the current railway corridors to Riccarton and from there through a trench to the city…

Land possibilities

To ensure the future financial sustainability or alternatively look at specific projects, the Parish has decided to sell the land currently occupied by the tennis courts. We have also wanted to look at other alternatives for the use of the land to support those objectives and use our resources for the mission of the Church.…