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Thursday 19 April 2018

Anzac 2018

The commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in both the first and second world wars has taken on a new life in the last 20 years or so. Crowds have grown at Anzac Day services, particularly among the young. Children and young people seem to make up at least a half of the congregation gathered for this special day and they usually have to sacrifice considerable comfort as they turn up to dawn services very early on those chilly Autumn days.

There is speculation about what is driving this unusual display of identification with generations past, but that it...

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Monday 09 April 2018

The Council of Assembly met at Te Maungarono Marae, Ohope from 15 to 17 March as the guests of Te Aka Puaho. Council Convenor Jenny Flett writes that, "We acknowledged the specialness of the place and were warmly welcomed by Te Aka Puaho. It is a huge privilege to spend time here; to revisit the history; to talk afresh about partnership and to be reminded we are better together..." Read the full...

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Thursday 29 March 2018

Assembly Office will be closed over the Easter period from 5pm on Thursday, 29 March, and will re-open at 8:30am on Wednesday, 4 April.

If you need to contact a staff member for an urgent matter during this time, please check out the contacts section of our website for details for the relevant person. Assembly Office staff contact details can be found here

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Friday 23 March 2018

Easter Break

The Easter Break in New Zealand is somewhat unique in the Western world. We get both Good Friday and Easter Monday and have done for a long time. Australia doesn’t make Easter Monday a break, and South Africa calls it “Family Day”, so they effectively get it as well.

In this we follow Britain, which does call both Easter Friday and Easter Monday a holiday, but neither Canada nor the United States take both days off. In Canada, the entire country – except Quebec – take Easter Friday. Only Quebec takes Easter Monday – go...

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Tuesday 20 March 2018

This weekend 24 and 25 March is Neighbours Day. Read Moderator Rt Rev Richard Dawson’s blog post about why this is an important day to mark.

"It’s Neighbour’s Day on 24th and 25th of March. I wondered how you are going to celebrate this special and valuable day? I wonder if you’ve asked the question at the heart of Neighbour’s Day, “Who is my neighbour?” This question, which was asked of Jesus by a teacher of the Law no less, has echoed down through the ages and is, perhaps, more pertinent now in this day and age than at any other time...

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Thursday 15 March 2018

"I Love Taiwan" is an annual mission programme run by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, for young adults aged 16-35. Participants learn about the life and culture of Taiwan, and share in the mission of the church, while meeting like-minded young adult Christians from all over the world.

Applications are invited from...

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Thursday 15 March 2018

Read the latest Mingalaba bulletin which shares news of the mission partnership between our Church and the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM).

Stories include information about nurses aid scholarship recipients; the story of a manse in the remote Tedim synod that has been rebuilt following storm damage; and the work of Kanpalet Church where the PCM has outreach to animist and Buddhist communities - all projects that have been supported by Kiwi Presbyterians through Ricebowl Mission. 

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Wednesday 14 March 2018

East Taieri Church, Mosgiel will host the South Island Ministry Conference 15 and 16 May 2018.

The conference focus is on, “A place of real people sharing their story, both the joy & the pain. Experienced people in ministry sharing from their journey. Great opportunities for kicking around crunch issues and sharing good ideas. Heaps of fun and encouragement. Worshipping together & encouraging one another in prayer & fellowship”.

There will be a wide range of workshops that are small enough for in-depth discussion; team building—bring others from...

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Thursday 08 March 2018

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is just around the corner. On the 24th-25th March, Kiwis from Cape Reinga to Bluff will be coming together to get to know one another over some good old-fashioned Kiwi hospitality. 

In previous years, Presbyterian and Uniting parishes around Aotearoa have got behind Neighbours Day by hosting events - either in conjunction with other community organisations or on their own. Some do a simple morning tea at church, others a BBQ in the church carpark. Movie nights, street parties and family fun events have also been hosted. What can you do to reach out to...

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Friday 23 February 2018

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is seeking four young people to take part in an 18-month internship programme.

Applications must be aged 21-29 and actively involved in church. Successful applicants will work at the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for 12 months followed by a six-month work placement in New Zealand. Each intern is assigned a specific work project in one of the programme areas of the WCC, and will carry out his/her tasks in cooperation with programme staff, one of whom will supervise each intern.

WCC offer interns a living allowance comparable with a...

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