St Michael and All Angels is a vibrant parish in the centre of Christchurch. Offering Anglo-Catholic worship, the parish enjoys a superb choir, children’s programme and the St Michael’s Church School, the parish Primary School. Although the church building itself fared well during the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, the School found itself badly affected by being immediately adjacent to the red zone. In addition the old stone building used jointly by the school and parish was badly damaged. It has now re-opened and the School is slowly recovering its student enrolment.
In all ways St Michael’s offers a sanctuary of peace and the presence of Christ next door to the new Justice Precinct for the city. There is a daily Eucharist and on Sundays there are three services (a said Eucharist at 8am; choral Eucharist with high ceremonial at 10 am; and a service of Evensong with Benediction most Sundays with a once a month Taize service at 7pm).
Fr. Andrew Starky, the most recent and greatly loved vicar, died most unexpectedly on Easter Eve 2017. The interim priest in charge, the Rev Anne Price is very well received and the parish is in good heart. Inspired by the Oxford Movement of 19th century England, the present Christchurch-St Michael’s is a liberal Catholic parish that is forward-looking and committed to social justice and education in addition to excellence in liturgy.
The parish seeks a faithful, prayerful priest who is committed to the Anglican Church, is an imaginative and challenging preacher and is committed to the Anglo-Catholic tradition.
A parish profile and an expression of interest form are available by emailing the office of Bishop Victoria Matthews of the Diocese of Christchurch: email@example.com or by phoning 03 348 6701.
Applications, which must include a CV, a response to the profile of not more than four pages, and a statement about your faith and personal approach to ministry, are requested by 1st November 2017, and are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org