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Wednesday 13 May 2015

The fastest growing religion in New Zealand is a religion of no religion.[i]

This does not represent a decline in religion but a transfer of religious affiliation. The new religion of New Zealand is “civic religion”.

This is very evident in the huge growth of attendance at ANZAC day services. While I commend the remembrance of ANZAC, it has now taken on a life all of its own as a civic religion. We gather before the breaking dawn, stand in silence, pray and connect with the fragile nature of human life, suffering and pain. We reflect on the blessing of life and...

Friday 08 May 2015

Christian World Service has launched an appeal to provide relief supplies in Nepal.   

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake has caused widespread damage throughout most of the country. The death toll is around 2,000 people and continues to rise. 

Many people are remaining outside as large aftershocks continue.  Rural areas were particularly badly hit and it will take some time for a full picture of the damage to emerge.

Read more about how you can, or make a donation, to help the people...

Thursday 30 April 2015

Christian Conference of Asia has issued a pastoral letter to all it's members, including the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, inviting us to join in prayer for the people of Nepal who have been devastated by the recent earthquake centred near the country's capital of Kathmandu. We are invited to extend every possible support for humanitarian assistance. Read letter

Thursday 23 April 2015

Moderator, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton and Global Mission Co-ordinator, the Rev Phil King are currently in Vanuatu meeting with representatives from the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV), offering pastoral support, and having discussions about how the Church can best help in the recovery efforts. Read these "Postcards from Vanuatu" to learn more about the situation in Vanuatu.

Postcard from Vanuatu: Proud to be Presbyterian

I am just letting you know that I'm bursting with pride about being part of the Presbyterian community.

Phil King (or in Vanuatu, King Phil) is...

Thursday 23 April 2015


ANZAC Day 1915 is a very special day in our history. It is this day that has shaped us as a nation. It is this day that the stories are told and passed from one generation to the next. It is this day that all agree “must not happen again”, and yet the cycle of history turns and each new generation must grapple with the issues of the present day. Lest we forget!

Last year I visited the Jerusalem memorial for over one million children who died in the Holocaust. Our guide asked, “Why did this happen?”

We must wrestle with the question of why...

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Have you undertaken study leave at any time during the past 10 years?  Do you have a study leave report languishing on your desk or filed in your study or almost completed on your computer?  If so, NOW is the time to share it with the rest of the Church.  Please find it, dust it off, give it the last finishing touches if required and send it to KCML – we will be happy to accept paper copies or electronic versions.  

Reports already submitted are available on the Resources page of the KCML website  ...

Thursday 02 April 2015

Applications are invited for the position of Administration Coordinator – Training in Mission. The Training in Mission programme is a youth leadership development programme run by the Council for World Mission (CWM), taking place for ten months in Taiwan, Kiribati and New Zealand. The Administration Coordinator will help to oversee the New Zealand leg of the programme, which will be hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) from September to December 2015. Applications close 28 April. ...

Wednesday 01 April 2015

Easter came early for me this year, yesterday I celebrated the Passover Seder with the Wellington Jewish Council.

The Passover Seder retells the story of liberation from slavery of the people of Israel from Egypt. It is this story that paints the backdrop to the events of Easter which we celebrate.

"Had not the Holy one liberated our people from Egypt, then we, our children and our children's children would still be enslaved."

Had it not been for the grace of God!

What impressed me during the meal was that everything you do (touch, taste, smell, see and hear)...

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Download Easter & Pentecost Hymns & Lectionary Readings from the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust  


Thursday 19 March 2015

In a response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, our Moderator the Rt Rev Andrew Norton has launched Pacific Vision Vanuatu, an appeal supporting our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.

The Presbyterian Church has also received an appeal for help from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, (the Tuvalu Christian Church). Some congregations within our church include members from Tuvalu and other Pacific island nations affected by the cyclone, for example, Kiribati. Congregations and...


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