Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to everyone from the Presbyterian Church Assembly Office. Assembly Office will be closed from 23 December 2016 reopening 9 January 2017. For any emergencies or urgent matters during this time use the AES and service team leaders mobile phone contact details on the Church website.
Recently I attended a Christmas Carol service. One of the songs we sang was an old Frank Sinatra melody with the lyrics:
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
I thought, if only... if only this were true.
After many years in ministry I am well aware that for many families in New Zealand trouble is not out-of-sight in the Christmas season,...
As much as we know that Christmas is not about presents, we also know that somehow presents are still a really good part of Christmas celebrations. To have something handed to you that someone else has bought or made with you in mind, and having thought about what might bring you some joy is - let’s face it - just really nice. And that sense of being considered is multiplied if the gift is something appropriate, something you really like and something which has clearly been given some thought. And...
Today the Moderator wrote to all parishes, ministers, presbyteries and synods encouraging them to support the Upper South Island Earthquake Appeal he launched at General Assembly 2016 in response to the earthquakes of 14 November which caused devastation across the northern part of the South Island and Wellington.
The Moderator, Right Rev Richard Dawson says the Presbyterian Church has many churches in these areas led by able and faithful ministers of the Gospel who love their people and the communities they serve. "These people and their communities are...
Friday 18 November 2016
At its General Assembly in Dunedin today the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand rejected the view that natural disasters, including the recent earthquakes, are a form of divine punishment.
The Presbyterian Church expressed its “prayerful solidarity” with all those affected by the civil emergencies which have resulted from the current earthquake and storm disasters.
Right Rev Richard Dawson, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, said that the Church believes that Jesus suffers with all...
Tues 15 November 2016
The Right Rev Richard Dawson of Dunedin is the new Moderator or elected leader of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. He begins his two year term from Tuesday 15 November 2016.
Richard is minister at St Stephens/Leith Valley Presbyterian Church in Dunedin. Born in Dunedin, he studied at the University of Otago. After graduating in 1980 he worked for Youth For Christ and then as a forestry contractor until 1985. He then studied at the Presbyterian Theological Hall completing his training in 1988.
Due to the Civil Defence advisory asking people to stay out of Wellington's central business district following the large earthquake which has affected the top of the South Island and bottom of the North Island, Assembly Office is closed until an inspection of the building has been completed. For urgent matters (noting that is unlikely the Assembly team will have access to their computer files), please contact the relevant person directly. Assembly Office team contact details
Presbyterian Women are calling for applications from those who wish to join their delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York from the 13 to 24 March 2017.
Delegates must be fully self-funded and have the ability to cope in the challenging environment at the UN as well as to have the maturity to deal with the often confronting issues affecting women and girls around the world.
For more information about what is involved and how to apply, read more here...
The 2016 - 2017 lectionary worship resources is now available for download from the Church's website. This lectionary is Year A - Matthew. Download or view lectionary
Thanks to the generosity of the late James McNutt, ordained ministers of the Presbyterian Church are entitled to a week's free holiday accommodation each year at Glen Innis Station, south east of Waipukurau in Hawkes Bay. For information about availability and how to make bookings, check out the Glen Innis page of our website.