Lenten small groups encouraged to gather at Chrism services

Lenten small groups encouraged to gather at Chrism services

Our Chrism services are approaching, and they offer a perfect opportunity to round out our Lenten small group studies on grace with a group gathering at your nearest location.

Chrism services are an annual diocesan event at which our family gathers, and renews our commitment to our Christian walk.  At the Chrism services, the bishops invite us all to re-affirm our baptism vows, and those of us who are ordained to re-affirm our vows made at ordination.  It is also the time at which Bishop Justin blesses the oil to be used in the coming year for anointing the sick, and for baptisms and ordinations.

As we near the end of our pilgrimage of grace, Chrism is a poignant moment for each one of us to consider the grace offered to us at the Cross, in the waters of baptism, and in the oil of anointing.  It offers us a chance to join together afresh, as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Traditionally only a service for the Bishop and ordained clergy, the Chrism services have been expanded in recent years to include all lay members of our movement, and have been held in three locations across the diocese throughout Holy Week in order that as many members of the church family could be present.  Clergy are invited to robe in alb and red stole.


This year’s Chrism services will be held at:

  • Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 7pm on Monday the 15th of April.
  • St Mark’s Carterton, 7:30pm on Tuesday the 16th of April.
  • St John’s Feilding, 7pm on Wednesday the 17th of April.

For full event details, including resources for promoting Chrism in your churches, please click here.