I have been the vicar here at the Parish of Taradale for just over six months. This parish is the second largest in Waiapu according to last years statistics produced at the Waiapu synod with Holy Trinity Tauranga being the largest. I have been received with hospitality in this busy parish. Just when I think I must have met everyone by now I see a face I haven’t noticed or seen before. It is great seeing all the different groups based here get started again after the summer break and I invite you to join one of them if you are looking to be part of this vibrant parish. The home groups enable a way to get to know a smaller group. A considerable amount of my time has been taking up with meeting families who are coping with the grief of death.
It’s just about 5 years since my Dad died. Dad was 88 and was tired and he missed Mum who had died 5 years earlier. I spent some time in the earlier years getting him to think about what he might like to happen when he had died. Planning so when he died we would know what he wanted at his funeral and his wishes after that.
In hind sight I’m glad we talked early and Dad was really able to take time and think about what he wanted. Because as he got older he didn’t want to really talk about it or even think about organising anything. So he wrote down his funeral wishes and his wishes for some of the bits and pieces that we had grown up with that had to be distributed. Dad made it easy for us his family when the time came, as we all knew what his wishes were and it was obvious what to do.
Some of the most difficult funerals I have taken have been when families have been left with no instructions. Under stress families can find it hard to agree on the actual form of funeral services and what should happen. So I encourage you to make plans for the future.
The last weekend in March we will be taking two teams to Rotorua to join with other youth in the Diocese for Top Parish. This is great fun and a chance for our young people to join with and meet others in Waiapu. I thank all the leaders and all those who have contributed financially to support these young people. It is an important fun weekend away.
The Parish will be having it’s AGM on March 12. If you are part of our parish please make your views known concerning any matter that might be relevant for the future of our parish. You can do this by speaking to vestry members or by speaking to me.
Yours in Christ.
28 February:- Shrove Tuesday – Pancake meal together @ 6pm in the Octagon
1 March:- Ash Wednesday – Combined service @ 7pm at St Mary’s Osier Rd Greenmeadows
4 March:- Quiz Night – Fundraiser for Top Parish @7pm in the Hall
We are a Fairtrade church