25 October – Rev. Chee’s departure

On Sunday 25 October, Reverend Chee Keong Yong, our vicar for over seven years, was farewelled by parishioners at a special service followed by a lunch in the church hall. Chee has been called to serve the Lord in the Devonport parish and was warmly welcomed into their ministry team at a special service held on 1 November.

As a result of Reverend Yong’s departure, the Reverend Chris Barnes has been appointed acting priest in charge of our parish. Chris will be with us part-time as he will also be continuing in his port chaplaincy role with the Mission to Seafarers. Chris and Elwyn were welcomed at a special service and morning tea at Christ Church held also on 1 November. This photo shows Chris and his wife Elwyn extending their Christian friendship and hospitality to the crew of a visiting merchant ship.