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 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:


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


The Governance Board of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre invites applications for the annual Vaughan Park Residential Scholarship.

The scholarship provides the successful applicant with a supportive environment, including accommodation and meals, for a period of three consecutive month’s full time study at the Centre.

Applicants may be lay or ordained, will hold a recognised level of tertiary education, be committed to an approved subject of study and able to be resident at Vaughan Park for the period of the Scholarship.

The following choice of 3 month periods is available:

  • March - May
  • July - September

Please indicate your preference with your application.

How to apply
Applications should be made, in writing, to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and should include:

  • a short biography  
  • an abstract and overall context of the study
  • referemces from at least two and no more than three referees

Applications close on 8 September 2017. 

For full information including the criteria for application and the conditions of Scholarship, please contact:our Director, the Rev. Iain Gow at


Vaughan Park Retreat is inviting applications for three separate residencies of one month in February, June and October 2018.

Successful applications will benefit from a  month’s full-time study at the Centre in a supportive environment, which includes accommodation and meals.

Applications should be made in writing to the Scholarship Grants Committee of the Vaughan Park Governance Board and should include:

  • a short biography,
  • an abstract and/or portfolio and the overall context of the project
  • your date preference
  • references from two referees

Applications close on 8 September 2017.    

For more information including the criteria for application and the conditions of the Scholarship, please contact our Director, the Rev. Iain Gow at


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.


What is ageing well and how can you help those you care for improve their wellbeing as they age?

Engage in stimulating conversations, workshops, and presentations at this year’s Gerontology Nursing Conference, run by the Selwyn Institute of Ageing and Spirituality.

This is a great opportunity for nurses, clinicians and health professionals working with older people in an aged care setting and in the public health sector to meet, explore new ideas and network with leading academics and other professionals and practitioners.

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Cost: $300 Full Price 

Registration closes on Friday, 4 August 2017. To register or find out more information, check out the conference website.  


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:

or visit our website:

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


A New Face is a Council for World Mission (CWM) programme for newly ordained clergy. It is a full-time residential immersion programme that spans six weeks and is designed to give participants a cross-cultural experience of mission. The programme is being hosted in Auckland from 8 Sept-20 Oct 2017. Read more about the programme

Applications close on 15 July 2017, and those interested in applying can download the application form here. Please note that applications must be endorsed by the Church’s Assembly Executive Secretary. For enquiries about this, please contact Rev Wayne Matheson.  


Delegates at this unique and inspirational conference, hosted by the Selwyn Foundation, will enjoy a full-day’s programme of thought-provoking presentations on the theme of ‘Spiritual Leadership in Aged Care’ by an exciting line-up of acclaimed speakers from both New Zealand and Australia.

Guest speakers include healthcare professionals, chaplains, researchers and more.

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017 
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Selwyn Village Theatre, 43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland 

Cost is $175 and registrations close on Friday, 25 August. Register now The conference agenda as well as a biographies for guest speakers can be viewed here.


The New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association is holding its annual conference on Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 September 2017.

The conference is being held at Selwyn Heights Retirement Village, 42 Herd Road, Hillsborough, Auckland. 

Teh theme for this year's event is "Applying Christ's Call". For more information about the conference including costs, registration information and event programme, please see the Faith Community Nurses Association website


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