As I understand it Bishop Kelvin took the proposal to re-establish Mission Districts to Diocesan Council on 30 March. The Council agreed in principle, and invited the Bishop to take the necessary amending legislation to Synod in September.
In the meantime Council agreed that we can proceed on a provisional basis as follows:
The Parish of East Otago is dis-established.
The southern part of that parish (Seacliff southwards) to be constituted as the Parish of Warrington-Waitati, with St Barnabas as its worship centre.
The middle part of the former parish (Karitane northwards to Goodwood) to be consituted as a Mission District with St John's, Waikouaiti as its worship centre.
The northern part of the former district (Palmerston to Hampden) to be consituted as a Mission District with St Mary's, Palmerston as its principal worship centre.
Rev Juan Kinnear has been appointed Priest in Charge of the Mission district of Waikouaiti-Karitane. Watch this space for details about the Waitati/Warrington parish and the Palmerston to Hampden Mission District.