Events

Christian World Service invites supporters to its annual council on Friday, 6 October at Christchurch North Methodist Church from 6-8 pm. CWS will report on the year’s work and invite feedback. Jo Spratt a researcher on aid and foreign policy and Professor David Fielding from Otago University will discuss the New Zealand government aid programme.  Supporters are welcome to observe the AGM of the Board the following morning. RSVP to Pam for catering purposes.  

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The Conference titled “Growing Together” is to be held at Lincoln University (30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport).

The event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry.

Speakers at the conference include: Dr Rosemary Dewerse, she is Dunedin based and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership Thornton Blair Research Fellow; Rev Jenny Dawson is an Anglican priest living just north of Wellington and a spiritual director, supervisor and consultant; and Jerry Marshall who is Chair of IRCA and CEO of Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, the UK churches’ rural resource unit.

As well as the main conference there will be a young adult (16-25yrs) stream.

Fees up o 30 September 2017: NZ $1,300 including single room accommodation, meals, outings and transfer from Christchurch airport if required. Excluding accommodation (but with all meals including breakfast): NZ $775.

See programme and book here https://irca.online/conferences/2018-conference/

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Presbyterian Women is hosting a Women’s Assembly in Mosgiel from Friday, 3 to Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Around 120 attendees are expected to gather to share, reflect and network. There is an opportunity to contribute to the celebration of our membership diversity, honouring our taonga of Presbyterian Women, and our hope for the future by submitting your inspirational ideas for our weekend to pwanz2016@gmail.com Your voice is valued and your company welcome, if not in person support another to join us.

Special guest speakers include Meteria Turei (co-leader of the Green Party) who will share her views on social issues such as inequality, housing and justice, and author Joy Cowley, whose enthusiasm we will share in her spirituality workshop.

Also, the registration pack to the Event page for the Women's Assembly 3-5 November, we have extended the EarlyBird registration at $100 to 31 July 2017:

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This conference, bought to you by Avalon Ministries and Clevedon Presbyterian Church, is for:

  • Leaders, ordained and lay, who are rethinking church
  • Leaders keen to learn from the stories of others
  • Leaders seeking inspiration to dream new dreams
  • Leaders yearning for a like-minded community of friends and mentors
  • Leaders in need of restoration

Join other leaders for an inspirational day of rethinking church. Hear stories from our own context and beyond of how churches are finding new ways to be “church”. Be restored by this opportunity to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of our hosts Clevedon Presbyterian and Avalon Ministries.

Bring your spouse and/or some of your church leaders or come on your own.

When: 25 January, 2018

Where: Clevedon Presbyterian Church, Auckland

Conference costs: $60 per delegate or $90 for two, includes morning and afternoon teas, lunch and dinner and an array of inspirational speakers.

Accommodation: Billeting in the homes of the Clevedon congregation is available at no charge or, we can recommend accommodation (at your own cost) close to the conference.

Learn more or register for the conference

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On 15-21 April 2018, lay and ordained rural church leaders gather together in Lincoln, Christchurch to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of rural mission and ministry.

In addition to the main conference there is a young adult (16-25) stream.

This event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry. Delegates will leave with action steps for their area, a set of resources for mission and poverty reduction, new friends and a network offering ongoing support.

For full details including timetable, speakers, cost, and booking see www.irca.online

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The Council for World Mission is offering a month-long study programme in Palestine in September and October this year.

This is a fully funded programme that is open to students of theology who are members of our Church. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the complicated and challenging context of the Middle East under a guided study programme with theological students from around the world. The programme will be hosted at a theological College in Bethlehem, Palestine. Information about the programme, and an application form, can be downloaded here. Applications need to be endorsed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. Further information can be obtained from Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

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Do people approach you to talk about their spiritual life?
Would you like to train as a Spiritual Director? 

Spiritual Growth Ministries offers a well-regarded and comprehensive two year, part-time programme, designed to inspire and form you as an effective Spiritual Director.

The programme includes: 

  • study of the theology and practices of Christian Spiritual Direction
  • deepening personal spiritual formation
  • regular workshops conducted by experienced practitioners
  • supervised one-to-one spiritual direction practice

For all enquiries contact the programme coordinator: fran.francis@sgm.org.nz

or visit our website: www.sgm.org.nz

(Applications for 2018 due by 20th September 2017. Late applications will be considered.) 

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