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Friday 07 April 2017

Engage with the World: Easter Hope.

I read a good quote the other day. It goes: ”Everything good is uphill”. It’s true in my experience. No matter what we do, the good stuff costs. It costs time, it costs energy, it costs all the other things that we could be doing which may be more enjoyable for us. Easter is perhaps the ultimate demonstration of the truth of the saying. The very best thing in the universe cost the life of the very best person – Jesus Christ, the son of God.

There’s a kind of “cargo-cult” around the...

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Tuesday 14 March 2017

The latest Council News March 2017 is now online. Read about the decisions made when the Council of Assembly met for regular business from 2-4 March 2017 at the Mary McKillop Centre, Mission Bay, Auckland. This meeting was the Council’s first regularly scheduled full meeting since General Assembly 2016. If you would like to sign up to receive Council News in your email inbox, you can do so on the Church website http://www....

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Tuesday 07 March 2017

Nambawan! is dedicated to our partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. Includes up-to-date information about PCANZ personnel serving with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.

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Friday 03 March 2017

Greetings

As we move toward the season of Lent, we think about living simply, and the things we might give up to allow us to better focus on our relationship with God.

Each year in late March, our parishes throughout New Zealand celebrate Neighbours Day Aoteroa, a time when we reach out the hand of welcome and friendship to our neighbours and build safe and loving communities together.

Neighbours Day offers us a...

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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa

Jill Kayser is an undoubted taonga of our Church. She is a person of great integrity, remarkable resilience and amazing vision. The following article is written by Jill for this year’s national Children’s Day on Sunday 5 March.

It raises once more for all of us the vital nature of our work with children and, in particular, how key they are for our mission and ministry in the wider community. We could do no better than to make this article a part of our annual strategy in every parish.

Whakatōngia to wairua...

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Friday 24 February 2017

Over the last twelve months the Presbyterian and Anglican Schools’ offices have been collaborating on a Christian contemplation curriculum website.

The website is now live and can be found at www.ccc.net.nz

There are many resources available to New Zealand schools from within the mindfulness stream which have either a Buddhist or secular framework, explains Rev Sharon Ross Ensor from the Presbyterian Schools' Resource Office.

"The website has been developed in response to schools wanting access to resources and curriculum from...

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Monday 13 February 2017

Click to download the Autumn 2017 edition of Spanz magazine.

In this edition we discover how parishes across the country are rescuing unwanted food and...

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Wednesday 01 February 2017

The 2016 minutes of the General Assembly held at St David Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, from Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 19 November 2016 are now online. Read them here.

 

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Wednesday 01 February 2017

Greetings to you all as we look forward to a fine Waitangi weekend.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

I begin with a traditional Maori karakia which I pray for and over the whole Church:

He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua
He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
Whakatōngia to wairua tapu
Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā

Amine...

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Monday 30 January 2017

Congratulations to Rina Rakuraku who will be installed as the spiritual leader, the Moderator of Te Aka Puaho, the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church on Friday 3 February at Te Maungarongo Marae, Ohope.

Rina (Marina) Rakuraku is of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou and Kahungungu descent, and has Scottish, English and Spanish roots. She was raised in Waimana and has been a Maori resource teacher at Paroa School in Whakatane.

Her uncle, former Moderator, the Very Rev Tame Takao, had a hand in her decision to take the role of Moderator on.

“I believe in the Lord moving in...

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