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St Mary's vicar moving on

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 12:19 06/12/2012
Indrea Alexander
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MOVING: Vicar Indrea Alexander will head the newly formed Anglican-Presbyterian parish.

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St Mary's Church in Timaru will soon have to find a new vicar, with Indrea Alexander announcing her departure.

The parishioners were informed at last weekend's service, and Mrs Alexander will take up her new role in March next year at the newly formed Anglican-Presbyterian parish in Waimate.

Mrs Alexander has been in charge of St Mary's since 2009. She acknowledged she was leaving during a time of significant challenges for the parish, including the closure of the church and hall in February after it was found to meet only 10 per cent of the building code requirements.

"Some parts of our church life had to stop when the buildings were identified as needing earthquake strengthening, but it is a mark of the warm relationships between the Timaru churches that most of our activities have been able to simply move to other venues," Mrs Alexander said.

"The parish looks forward to the resumption of its full range of activities when the buildings are able to reopen. Progress is being made toward beginning the remedial work, but no time frame has yet been confirmed."

Mrs Alexander said she was looking forward to the chance to oversee an inter-denominational parish in Waimate.

"I haven't much experience with Waimate, although I have been there on holiday. The chance to work in a rural community interests me," she said.

Mrs Alexander said highlights of her time as vicar of St Mary's included overseeing the parish's week-long 150th anniversary celebrations, special memorial services to mark events such as the Canterbury quakes and the Tsunami in Japan, and hosting a performance by Bic Runga.

"The support and energy of the community has been wonderful. It's always about them, whether it's working with the children's holiday programmes, or just the day-to-day duties of regular parish life," Mrs Alexander said.

She would continue as chairperson for Anglican Care South Canterbury and as a member of the Craighead Diocesan School Board of Proprietors.

"The four Anglican parishes in Timaru (St Mary's, St John's, St Philip and All Saints, and Kensington-Otipua Parish) will continue to have discussions as to how to co-operate and best serve the needs of the community," Mrs Alexander said.

"I've really enjoyed working with the people of the Timaru parishes, but it's time for something different."

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- The Timaru Herald

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