09 Oct 2012
From the Word…
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
At Synod our Bishop called us to a year of prayer and study:
“Therefore I stand before you today to call for a year of prayer and study so that we might better understand and receive the healing God offers, and furthermore be better equipped to offer God’s wholeness to others…”
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Anglican News & Events – 10 October 2012
1. LENTEN STUDIES 2013 for the Diocese of Christchurch
Responding to Bishop Victoria’s call for a year of prayer and study, Standing Committee has commissioned a series of Lenten Studies which all ministry units are encouraged to participate in, as a shared diocesan exercise in prayer and study.
Entitled “The Praying Life: Through Lent with Luke”, six studies (including introductory exercise, background notes, questions, and time for prayer) are in production. The writers are Lynda Patterson and Peter Carrell.
Publication and distribution is being arranged through Theology House. This is an advanced notice. Details of costs and how to order sets for your ministry unit will be advertised soon.
2. If You Haven’t Engaged in the Cathedral Conversation…
In The Press coverage of the High Court hearings about the cathedral, we have reiterated that is no final design as yet for the future cathedral, and that it is very much still in process.
Our architects are keen to receive more answers to the questions posed in the Cathedral Conversations book, so they can gain a better understanding of how to imagine the future cathedral.
The book can be read or downloaded from blogs.anglicanlife.org.nz/cathedral/cathedral-conversations/ . Responses to the eleven questions at the end of the book can be sent by email or post and can also be left on the blog pages at the same address.
3. CHANGE of DATE for Synod in 2013
The next Synod of the Diocese of Christchurch will be held on
Friday – Saturday, 12 – 13 April, St Christopher’s Church, Avonhead
Please put this date in your 2013 diary now!
4. Distribution of Anglican Life magazine beyond “the church”
While Anglican Life is certainly produced partly for Anglicans in the Diocese of Christchurch, it is also aimed at “letting our (Anglican) light shine” beyond our own churches and homes.
If you have extra copies of Anglican Life that are not picked up by parishioners, pleases find ways to get them out to local cafes, doctors’ surgeries, libraries, community centres—any place that people in your community might see a copy and take it away to read.
We want the good news of mission and ministry in our churches to be distributed as widely as possible!
5. St John's Hororata Spring Fair
Labour Day, 22 October, 9:30am -2.00pm
Craft Stalls, Family Entertainment,
Country Auction, Second Hand Books,
White Elephant and much more
6. Opening of Theology House
Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 4.00–5.00pm, 31 Yaldhurst Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Note: park cars on Riccarton Road, please, and walk through grounds of St Peter’s to rear entrance to Petersgate/Theology House.
All are welcome to an opening of Theology House by Bishop Victoria at its new location.
RSVP to Chris Church, Theology House Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 03-341-3399 for catering purposes.
7. “Meditating on the Gospel” Conference
Friday – Saturday, 16 – 17 November, Middleton Grange School Primary Hall (50 Acacia Avenue Upper Riccarton, Christchurch)
A conference hosted by St Saviours Sydenham Beckenham and Grace Presbyterian will focus on the theme of “Meditating on the Gospel”. Dr Bob Smart is the conference speaker. Bob is from the USA and has worked for many years with the Navigators, and for the past 19 years as pastor of Christ Church, Presbyterian Church in Illinois. Bob has many years of experience ministering and teaching in a number of countries internationally, and we are privileged to host him for his NZ visit. You are very welcome to attend.
Session times: Friday, 16 Nov (Show Day) from 1:30pm; Saturday, 17 Nov from 9:30am.
Cost: Donations appreciated.
Ring Phil Millar on 03-3644-216 for more information.
Register by email email@example.com or phone 027-517-1133.
8. Complimentary Medical Check-ups for Ministers
Dr Jeremy Baker has generously offered medical check-ups for ministers/pastors who want a gauge on their overall health. This would be a 30-40 minute consultation at no charge.
Please pass this around your networks, particularly as we notice fatigue levels increasing. If your colleague in local church leadership down the road is looking tired, offer to make the phone call for them, and drive them to the appointment. We can’t assume we will be immune to the same issues faced by leaders in other parts of the world following natural disasters. Depending on the response, Jeremy may approach other medical centres in the city to help with this as well.
Contact the Settlers Health Centre on 03-963-1606, and you can be assured of complete confidentiality.
9. Info Night at Laidlaw College’s Christchurch Campus
Monday, 29 October 2012, 7.00pm, 70 Condell Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch
If you have been thinking about theological study or training in counselling or teaching then Info Night is perfect for you! Those attending will have the opportunity to hear the vision of the College, talk to our academic staff, and explore their study options. Enrolments are now open for 2013.
Laidlaw College offers diplomas and degrees in theology, mission and ministry, as well as professional qualifications for a career in counselling. All of our courses are NZQA accredited with student loans and allowances available.”
We'd love you to join us. No RSVP required.
For more information phone 03 354 4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.laidlaw.ac.nz/en/news-and-events/info-night-october-2012 .
10. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Shirley
Celebrating 100 years of Faithfulness
Saturday–Sunday, 10–11 November 2012
1.30 – 2.30 pm, Shirley Intermediate School Hall (cnr Shirley Road & North Parade
MIX & MINGLE This will be an opportunity to meet up with old friends past and present and enjoy a trip down Memory Lane
2.30 – 3.30 pm AFTERNOON TEA During this time there will be a chance to have photos taken of different groups throughout the years
3.30 – 4.30 pm COMPLETE HISTORY OF ST. STEPHEN’S ABRIDGED A multi-media production recalling the past
7.00 pm CELEBRATION DINNER @ The Garden Restaurant, Marshland Road
This will be a relaxed and informal time to enjoy fellowship, friendship and food together as we reminisce together.
Cost is $30 per person for a buffet meal.
10.30 am, Shirley Intermediate School Hall (cnr Shirley Road and North Parade) 100TH CELEBRATION SERVICE
For more information, contact: 03-980-0929 e-mail: email@example.com www.ststephens.org.nz
11. Getting the Love You Want: Weekend Workshop for Couples
Friday, 23 November, 7-9.30pm; Saturday, 24 November, 9am-7pm; and Sunday, 25 November, 9am-6pm, Board Room of the Campbell Centre, 44 Bealey Ave, Christchurch
The Getting the Love You Want workshop is one weekend that can add a lifetime of delight to your relationship. Based on the book
by Harville Hendrix, this workshop is presented worldwide for couples who want to create healthy, committed, and loving relationships. This weekend experience is not a quick fix; however, it is a realistic understanding of the means to a safe and passionate relationship, a road map of the journey and the tools needed to get there.
The unique design of this workshop will benefit you if:
• It is early in your relationship and you would like to establish a solid foundation and healthy communication patterns
• You want to enrich and deepen an already good relationship
• You are having difficulties in your relationship and want to resolve longstanding conflicts and learn to successfully repair your ruptures.
• You are undecided about continuing your relationship
The workshop format includes short lectures, individual reflection and written work, guided imagery, demonstrations of communication skills and processes, time to practice new behaviours and skills with your partner and a number of fun and nurturing activities
This workshop is relationship education, not therapy.
Yvonne has a Diploma in Social Work, is a member of NZ Association of Counsellors and is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Workshop Presenter with over 25 years experience working with couples, families and individuals. Brian’s teaching experience spans 35 years of secondary, tertiary and adult education.
The cost ($750 per couple; early-bird fee: $695 if paid by October 26, 2012) includes all course materials and morning and afternoon teas.
NB: 50% discount for clergy
12. Caring Accommodation Required for New Believer from the Middle East
Daniel is a new believer who loves Jesus, but he is in a boarding situation with unbelievers who are less than helpful in his new faith.
So, Daniel would like to find new Christian board or flat with genuinely loving Christians who love Jesus and will make the effort to understand his culture and need for true friendship and discipleship. He is keen to join a local church for Sunday morning worship, and his English is OK.
Daniel is 40 and has some difficulties with walking, but is able to walk independently. He is seeking refugee status and has financial help from WINZ.
Contact Rock of Ages Arabic Church – firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Keeping Good Company: Casting 2012 Christmas production
Performance dates: 10 – 17 December
Keeping Good Company is now casting for their ‘A Kiwi Nativity’.
They will be looking for actors, singers, musicians, and backstage crew.
For further information or to express an interest, please contact the Rev’d David Winfield on 03-322-8723 or email@example.com.
14. Tribute to Avonside: Service of Thanksgiving
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Do you have any photographs of life in Avonside?
Do you live in Avonside?
Did you or your family live in there in the past?
Were you married at Holy Trinity Avonside, or baptised there?
A service of thankgiving for the area of Avonside, will be held on 31 March 2013. A photography exhibition is being planned for this day also. If you have any photographs or paintings of life in Avonside, including church life - wedding photos etc, and are able to donate a copy of the photo, or allow us to copy it,
please contact the parish office 03-389-6948 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
15. Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
The issue of redefining marriage should be of concern to all New Zealanders. Among national Church leaders there is widespread agreement that changing the definition of marriage away from one man and one woman, would not be in the best interests of society.
A media statement to this effect was issued by 70 national leaders, Protestant and Catholic, on 29 August 2012; others have added their names to the list since then. The statement has been posted on New Zealand Christian Network¹s website: www.nzchristiannetwork.org.nz
This issue is not about being anti-anyone or anti-anything. Neither is it about equality. Rather it is about the essential nature of marriage. All human beings are equal in the sight of both God and society, but not all relationships are the same. Marriage is uniquely about the union of male and female. The State should not presume to re-engineer a basic human institution. The complementary role of male and female is basicto the very character of marriage, along with having and raising children.
This bill has passed its first reading and is now in the submissions phase. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 26 October, (less than 3 weeks away), and we are encouraging Christians to make submissions before that date. It is important to let members of parliament know what we think about this issue.
Prior to the second reading (possibly in March or April next year) it would be helpful for people to make personal approaches to their local members of parliament.
Details of how to make a submission and where to send it to can be found at the NZ Christian Network website.www.nzchristiannetwork.org.nz
NZ Christian Network has issued a media release encouraging Christians to take time to seek God¹s heart before writing their submission with grace and truth. We support that call.
Rev’d Dr Laurie Guy, Lecturer Carey Baptist College
Pastor Rasik Ranchord, Spokesperson on Public Issues, New Life Churches International
Pastor Iliafi Esera, General Superintendent, New Zealand Assemblies of God
Rev’d Dr Sarah Harris, Carey Baptist College (Anglican)
Rev’d Craig Vernall, National Leader, Baptist Churches of New Zealand
Rev’d Dr Stuart Lange, Presbyterian Minister, Lecturer
Martien Kelderman, Chairman, New Zealand Christian Network National Board
16. The Parish of Bryndwr (Christchurch) seeks a full-time Vicar
Closing date for applications: Saturday, 10 November 2012
THIS POSITION IS BEING RE-ADVERTISED.
St Aidan’s Bryndwr is an evangelical, family-orientated Anglican church
in the Diocese of Christchurch, seeking a Vicar who will:
• be evangelical
• demonstrate a pastoral heart
• make children and youth an intrinsic part of church
• have proven skills in facilitation and delegation
• be well organised
We are committed to:
• bible-based, practical preaching
• children, youth, and young-adult ministries
• local community outreach
For more information visit our website: www.staidans.org.nz
To obtain a parish profile and receive an application form, please contact:
Bishop Victoria Matthews,
Anglican Diocese of Christchurch,
PO Box 4438,
Christchurch, New Zealand 8140
email: email@example.com or ring 03-348-6960
17. Diocesan Children’s Ministry Adviser
Closing Date: Friday, 2 November 2012
Note: This position is being re-advertised. It is a fixed term contract to cover Parental Leave and the term of appointment will expire on completion of the term of parental leave or twelve months, whichever comes sooner.
The Anglican Diocese of Christchurch seeks a suitably qualified and experienced person to continue the development of Ministry with and for children and their families. The position is part-time (10 hours per week) and remuneration is based on the current Diocesan pay scale for Youth Workers.
The primary objectives of the position include training those involved in ministry to children in parishes and communities; to advocate for the well-being of children in all communities, to offer resources to enhance their quality of life from the perspective of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to assist parishes to develop child-friendly and safe outreach for the communities they serve.
The Diocesan Youth Adviser is responsible to the Bishop and is a valuable member of the Diocesan Mission Team, working particularly with those involved in ministry to children and young people in the Diocese and further afield.
For a job description or further details please contact the Diocesan Manager: ph 03-348-6960 or
18. Te Kotahitanga as Board of Governors of the College of St John the Evangelist, invites expressions of interest for the role of
Closing Date: Friday, 2 November 2012, 5.00 pm
The College of St John the Evangelist has a vision of loving service, unity and reconciliation in Christ such that:
• We are entrusted with the theological educational task of preparing
students to be sent out from the college, confidently equipped to be as
sacrificial, transformative, just, healing and reconciling agents, as servants of God revealed in Christ
• We are able to give full expression to the diversity, gifts and treasures of the three Tikanga by our unity in Christ
• We live our lives in loving service to God’s people and God’s world.
Our life and our formation at St John’s College and beyond always strives towards this purpose:
• We seek to fulfil this vision as a Christian community that takes seriously our reconciliation in Christ
• We acknowledge that we undertake this journey in deep thanksgiving for the legacy of Selwyn and all our faithful forebears
The College of St John the Evangelist, in response to the saving act of Christ, and in recognition of the five marks of mission, exists to provide excellence in bicultural, three Tikanga, theological education for the mission and ministry of the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia and the world.
The position of Principal/Manukura of the College requires excellence in executive management skills, and a proven ability to provide leadership in a theological academic world, with a minimum of a preferred PhD or Doctorate in Ministry in areas relevant to the theology and management of a theological college. The person will be expected to provide leadership, relationship management and strategic support and direction in the provision of quality academic programmes within the College of St John the Evangelist. This role is charged with driving the mission of St John’s by providing inspirational managerial and operational leadership, clear academic direction, and skillful implementation of the strategic requirements of Te Kotahitanga. The position has a mandate for change with full delegated authority from Te Kotahitanga to develop and implement policy, make rules and regulations, and facilitate the development and implementation of the academic curriculum. The role requires committed leadership, within the context of bicultural, three Tikanga relationships, and is responsible for management of the day to day operations of the College, pastoral and spiritual care of students through the Deans and staff and close liaison and consultation with Te Kotahitanga and other important stakeholders.
The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience. You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to be considered for this position.
For a copy of the job description please contact the
Te Kotahitanga Executive Officer, Ms Paula Jakeman on 09-528-7086 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to be forwarded to the Te Kotahitanga Executive Officer:
Ms Paula Jakeman
PO Box 87-188
19. Mission Partners Visit Diocese of Christchurch
The Rev’d Iri and Kate Mato (Ethiopia) will be in the Diocese this spring.
From 14-21 October the Matos will be in South Canterbury
Contact: Indrea Alexander email@example.com 03-688-1076
20. The Truth about Relationships
Friday, 12 October 2012, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Riccarton Baptist Church (cnr Rattray & Peverel Sts, Riccarton)
(6.30pm registration) $10 (reduced rates available)
Enhancing Your Marriage
Saturday, 13 October 2012, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Riccarton Baptist Church (cnr Rattray & Peverel Sts, Riccarton)
(9.00am registration) $35 (reduced rates available)
God created us to be connected with Him and others, however our greatest challenges often occur within relationships, particularly when there are other significant stresses in our life (such as earthquakes). Ellel Ministries Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to host these two seminars, with Paul and Diane Watson (Regional Director Australia/Pacific & India, and Centre Director Ellel Ministries Perth, respectively).
To register or for more information: contact Paul or Jillian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021-269-8384
21. Annual Plant & Garden Sale
Saturday, 13 October, 9.00am - 12 noon, St Peter's Parish Hall, Upper Riccarton
A wonderful variety of plants for your flower and vegetable gardens at very reasonable prices, all grown and cared for by our parishioners.
Other garden items also on sale.
22. The Certificate in Pastoral Care of Ageing People, Module Two
Friday, 12 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday, 13 October, 9.00am – 3.0m
Friday, 26 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday, 27 October, 9.00am – 3.00pm
In this second module we continue to prepare ourselves to better offer ministry to people in our parishes who are elderly, and to people in neighbouring Rest Home/Hospital Complexes.
Module Two will be held over four days at a Christchurch venue to be confirmed.
Module Two: Communication of Spiritual and Pastoral Care
Session 1 Compassionate listening and helping, the role of reminiscence
Session 2 Special issues in communication such as hearing loss.
Session 3 Nurturing the spirit through liturgy, music and prayer.
Session 4 Transition from home to residential complexes.
Session 5 Building helping relationships with families and carers.
Session 6 Teamwork: managing personal responses and accountability.
Participants will need to have completed Module One.
Cost: $30.00 to cover materials and administration.
There are still spaces available, so do feel free to register or send enquiries to the Rev’d Anne Russell-Brighty, Anglican Elder Care Project on 03-3848-396 OR email@example.com
23. Annual General Meeting, Anglican Care (Canterbury/Westland)
Tuesday, 16 October, 5.30pm (light refreshments), 6.00pm (meeting begins), Warren Hall, St Christopher’s Church, 244 Avonhead Road, Christchurch
The Chair and trust Board warmly invite you to the Anglican Care (Canterbury/Westland) AGM.
Mr Daniel Walker, the guest speaker, will talking on “Slavery, Freedom, and Grace”. Daniel has more than 20 years experience investigating the sexual exploitation of women and children as a detective in the New Zealand Police Force. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Nvader, a New Zealand initiative designed to effectively combat human trafficking around the world.
24. Praying With the Mystics: Spiritual Guides for the 21st Century
17 October: Therese of Lisieux - The Reverend Carlie Hannah, Vicar, St Faith’s New Brighton
7.00-9.00pm, Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham Street North, St Albans, Christchurch
The Christian tradition bears witness to the quest of religious women and men for personal and direct encounters with the Living God in Christ. Wherever religion has become legal, concrete, historic, infantile, or institutional - or prayer has become dry - faith has always been renewed through this quest for living encounter. In the mystical tradition faith is re-grounded in a living experience. Such experience is an all-consuming passionate love affair between human beings and God. In their various and unique ways, the mystics bear witness to this eternal renewal of the living Spirit of Christ, through its arduous and joyous undertaking, into the all-encompassing love of God for humankind. Because they have struggled with eternal mysteries their insights continue to illumine the spiritual path long after their time.
21 November: Francis of Assisi - The Venerable Lawrence Kimberley, Vicar, St Mark’s & St Anne’s Opawa-St Martins
A complete listing of coming events can be read at www.anglicanlife.org.nz/Anglican-Life-Home/Magazine/Culture/Coming-Events (click on the blue Events bar in the RH column of www.anglicanlife.org.nz .
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