page contains news and photographs from recent events
at St John's Roslyn. In general, this page is about things
that have already happened. For news about forthcoming
events, please refer to the Calendar and Noticeboard
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items (text or photographs) are welcome. Please
contact Alan Firth or the Parish Office.
Items on this page
are in reverse chronological order, with new material
added at the top of the page.
Departures and Arrivals
28th November 2010
The first Sunday of Advent was the Revd Roger Barker's last
Sunday at St John's. He is resuming his retirement after nine and
a half months as Priest-in-Charge. At the end of the 10:00 a.m.
service, the parish said its farewells to Roger and his wife Trish with
the presentation of a rose of a variety called "Fellowship", as well as
cards carrying messages of thanks and best wishes from parishioners.|
At the same service, after many months of work and prayer by the
board of nomination, the Wardens announced the appointment of our next
vicar. The position has been accepted by the Revd Eric Kyte,
Priest-in-Charge of the Parishes of Gisburn and Hellifield in the
Diocese of Bradford, England. Eric, his wife Sarah,
and their family are expected to arrive in our parish in August-September 2011.
As our interregnum continues, the Ven Jan Clark will be taking
over as Priest-in-Charge. Jan, Vicar of Holy Cross, St Kilda, is
already well known at St John's after her time in the parish while
Kelvin was on leave in 2008 and 2009.
Parish Fair 2010
6th November 2010
Despite the cool, unsettled weather, the 2010 Parish Fair was
another great success. Bishop Kelvin officially opened the Fair
after being led on to the grounds by a piper. A good crowd turned
up to enjoy the day, which featured all the usual stalls, including the
popular silent auction introduced two years ago. Innovations this
year included a costumed "town crier" who wandered the Fair making
The Fair raised about $17 000, much
of which will go towards the renovation of the old Parish Hall, which
is extensively used by community groups as well as the people of St
John's. The hall refurbishment will bring to a close our major
building programme, which began in 2004.
130th Anniversary Celebration
20th June 2010
St John's celebrated its 130th anniversary with a special
Patronal Festival service on Sunday the 20th of June. (The church
was opened on the 24th of June 1880.) Bishop Kelvin made his
first official visit to the parish in his new role. As well as
preaching and celebrating Eucharist he carried out his first
confirmations, of seven of our parishioners.|
the service, the parish and Kelvin and Clemency gathered in the Hall
for a pot-luck lunch. The occasion was also marked by the
production of a set of bookmarks bearing pictures of our stained-glass
windows - mostly from photographs which Kelvin had taken during his
time as Vicar.
Kelvin Wright's Ordination
27th February 2010
The people of St John's Roslyn were closely involved in the
ordination of their former vicar as the ninth Bishop of Dunedin, in St
Paul's Cathedral on Saturday the 27th of February. Many of our
parishioners attended the service, and the Cathedral Choir was joined
by the St John's choir for the occasion.|
Bishop-Elect was led into the Cathedral behind the St John's banner,
accompanied by the parish Wardens and Vestry as well as his family.
The sermon was by Alan Firth, a layperson from St John's.
Some of the new Bishop's symbols of
office, presented to him later in the service, were gifts from the
The service concluded
with the Eucharist, and was followed by afternoon tea in the crypt.
There are great challenges ahead, but the mood in the Diocese as
it enters a new era is one of anticipation and optimism.
Right: Kelvin Wright is ordained by Archbishops David Moxon and Brown Turei, with other bishops from around New Zealand.
Below: Bishop Kelvin and family outside St Paul's Cathedral after the service.
Farewell for Kelvin and Clemency
14th February 2010
The 14th of February was Kelvin Wright's last Sunday as vicar of
St John's Roslyn. The choir sang a Gaelic blessing for Kelvin and
Clemency at the end of the 10:00 a.m. service, and they left the church
in procession behind the choir and the parish banner.|
After a pause for tea and coffee, the people of St John's
assembled in the Hall for the formal farewell. Kelvin and
Clemency entered to a standing ovation, and then representatives of the
parish spoke about their wonderful ministry to St John's over the past
eleven years. The speeches were followed by presentations - works
of art by parishioners Audrey Bascand and Craig McLanachan, a card
containing many pages of messages from parishioners, a bishop's ring,
and a magnificently-carved kauri crosier. Kelvin spoke briefly, and
then those present shared lunch.
Kelvin's last services in the parish were the two Ash Wednesday services three days later.
Below: Clemency (left), the Parish Wardens and Vicar Kelvin (with crosier) at the farewell.
Vicar Kelvin Named as Next Bishop of Dunedin
8th November 2009
Following Bishop George's decision to retire at the end of
November, the Diocese of Dunedin has been searching for a successor.
An Electoral Synod was held at St John's Roslyn on the weekend of
the 9th to the 11th of October.|
This weekend was
the fifth anniversary of the opening of the parish's building
extension. The new building was opened by Bishop Tom Brown of
was vicar of St John's from 1979 to 1985. At the Electoral Synod,
another vicar of the parish followed his example, when the Ven Dr
Kelvin Wright was unexpectedly chosen to be the ninth Bishop of Dunedin.
Kelvin is the third vicar
of Roslyn to become a bishop. As well as Tom Brown, the Right
Revd W.A.R. Fitchett, Bishop of Dunedin from 1934 to 1952, was the
vicar of St John's from 1911 until 1940. (For a few years he was both vicar and bishop.) In addition, the Right Revd Philip Richardson,
currently Bishop of Taranaki, was a Curate Assistant at St John's from
1988 to 1990.
appointment was approved by General Synod and the other bishops of New
Zealand, and Kelvin was confirmed as Bishop-Elect in early November, by
Archbishop David Moxon.
Kelvin will therefore be leaving a parish which he describes as
"the most spectacular community", and which has thrived under his
inspired and inspiring leadership.
|What happens next?|
For St John's Roslyn . . .
will be leaving St John's in February. The four Parish
Nominators, together with representatives from the Diocese, will form a
selection panel to seek a new vicar for the parish.
For the Diocese . . .
Kelvin will be ordained as the ninth Bishop of Dunedin on
Saturday the 27th of February 2010, at St Paul's Cathedral.
Parish Fair 2009
31st October 2009
This year's Fair was another huge success, with fine weather, a
happy crowd, and all the usual stalls as well as the reappearance of
the silent auction instituted last year. The Fair made over $17
000, comfortably setting a new record for the second year in a row.|
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