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__Newsletter 1st March 2018

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Induction - St Kentigerns/Burwood

On Sunday morning 25th February the Moderator inducted Rev Bob Reid to a part-time (50%) ministry appointment at St Kentigern-Burwood parish in East Christchurch. Bob is no stranger to the congregation there having served as Stated Supply Minister for some time. His appointment in the parish is for two years until the end of 2019. The parish is currently embarking on a significant strengthening and upgrading building project and hopes that Bob will provide pastoral stability through that process. Our prayers are for Bob and the congregation as they work through this time.


Property for Sale

Considering downsizing? Ellesmere Co-operating Parish has two retirement units for sale.

30 High St, Leeston. Recently redecorated two bedroom unit in a well-planned, independent-living complex. No lawn to mow, a small garden, friendly neighbours and warm, sunny home. Competitively priced.

Leeston is an urban town, close to Christchurch and Ashburton, with good amenities. We invite you to take a drive out and see what there is on offer.

Contact: Noel Dalley (03)3243 171 or John Lay (03)3291 617


Alpine Presbytery Gathering

27th-29th April 2018. Now to be held at The Village Church in Bryndwr (cnr Ilam Road & Aorangi Street). Registration for this important event will soon go live, and all parishes are encouraged to ensure that they are represented.


St Andrew’s Church Workshop - 24 March 2018

Venue: St Andrew’s Church, 5 Henry St, Blenheim

Cost: $10.00 per person, pay on the day. Eftpos not available.

The workshops on offer are:

Church leadership: Does your minister hold the tack AND try to work the hammer or do they have a good team behind them? The Presbyterian leadership involves elders who are to be that team. This session will focus on the roles of elders but is relevant to any church that uses team leadership. Presenters: Barry and Clare Ayers

Child Protection: A brief introduction as to why we need child protection policies, signs and symp-toms of child abuse and what to do. We will review our own policy and explain it’s application. Presenter: Marion Rowe

Worship: There are many ways to express worship. Come and hear of some and perhaps share some of yours. Presenter: Rev. Derek Harding

Communication and Committees: Don’t you just love the sound of this and wouldn’t it be wonderful if every church could say these function well. Come along and get some ideas and explore how these may work better for your church. Presenters: St Andrew’s Team

Click here for more information and the Registration form


Preaching the Scriptures Workshop – Geoff New

Saturday 17th March, 9am-4:30pm, at Whakatū Presbyterian 271 Songer Street, Stoke.

Whether you are an emerging or experienced preacher, this workshop is designed to encourage and deepen your ministry of preaching. Through a range of input, exercises and multi-media presentations you will be given the opportunity to hone your skills as you seek to hear the voice of God in your preparation and delivery of your sermons.

This workshop includes sessions on:

Hearing a Voice – why we preach and our place as preachers

Seeing the Voice – considering Jesus’ example in addressing the church

Discerning the Voice – how to study Scripture for the sermon

Being a Voice – how to structure the sermon

An extensive workbook will be given to all participants.

Geoff is the Dean of Studies at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. He lectures in preaching and pastoral care. He was minister of Papakura East Presbyterian Church (1997-2015). He is co-ordinator of Kiwimade Preaching (, conducts preaching training in south Asia and has authored two books on preaching.

We ask for a $10 Koha towards hosting the event. This will provide morning and afternoon tea for participants. Please bring along your bible and lunch. RSVP by the 10th of March to Sage Harris either by phone 027 356 0740 or email

Book for Sale: Live, Listen, Tell: the art of preaching (2017) by Geoff will be for sale. $15 (cash or online banking)


South Island Ministry Conference

Dates: 15 & 16 May 2018

Ministry Conference at East Taieri Church will be a bit different this year. We are going to be running a 2 day conference – Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May, with conference dinner being on the Tuesday evening.

The reason for this change is because Alan Vink from LeadershipWorx and some of our pastor friends from Dunedin have arranged for Carey Nieuwhof to give a Pastors Day Seminar at Mornington Presbyterian Church, 16 Maryhill Terrace Dunedin on Thursday 17th May, as part of his NZ Tour (see more information below). We recognise that this is a great opportunity to hear Carey and we want to work in partnership with this event. If you are coming to Ministry Conference and are being billeted, you will be welcome to stay on with your billets for the extra night so you can attend the Carey Nieuwhof Pastor’s Seminar.

Register for Ministry Conference from mid-March at

Leading Healthy Churches – Leadership Seminar

1-Day Conference – 17 May 2018, with Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a Canadian pastor with a big reputation as a conference speaker and podcaster. Check him out at

When & Where:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 17 May 2018

Mornington Presbyterian Church, 16 Maryhill Tce, Mornington, Dunedin.

Morning and afternoon teas, and lunch provided


Early bird (before April 20) - $75 per person

Regular - $90 per person

Group discount – buy 5, get 1 free.

Please note this tour is organised by LeadershipWorx. Registrations and more information at

Download the Flyer from PDF


Update from Presbytery Council Meeting, Thursday 22nd February

Presbytery Council cancelled its January meeting so this was the first monthly Council meeting for the year.

Christ the King!

David Coster shared a reading (Mark 4) – the parable of the Sower & the seed where Jesus says “Are you listening to this; really listening?” Before we too quickly read Matthew, Mark & Luke’s interpretation we need to pause and ask ourselves: What do we really make of Jesus’ story? What is the meaning of the seed? What is the nature of the soil? What is God saying to us? Let’s ponder in this Lenten season how we pause and listen to what God may be saying to us!

The Moderator constituted our meeting in prayer.

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Call for Interest in Heritage Buildings

The Christchurch City Council is inviting applications from individuals, groups and organisations interested in using and/or helping fund the restoration of 17 Council owned heritage facilities. They include four buildings in the central city, and 13 community buildings across the City and Banks Peninsula. This is a rare opportunity for individuals and groups with a passion for our city’s heritage to indicate their interest in making one or more of these extraordinary heritage buildings a big part of their lives.

You might be a commercial entity interested in leasing and running your business out of one of these unique buildings. Maybe you’re a charitable trust or community group wishing to occupy the building.

You may be able to partially/fully fund its repair and restoration – perhaps in exchange for favourable lease terms or a partnership arrangement with the Council.

We welcome all workable proposals that protect these buildings’ heritage values and help get them repaired, restored and reused soon.

Applications close for four central city buildings on Tuesday 3 April 2018, and applications for the rest of the buildings close on Thursday 29 March 2-18.

Get further information on how to register your interest and for a full list of buildings:


Other Newsletters:

Church Property Trustees Newsletter February 2018

Bush Telegraph March 2018

WCRC eNews for February 2018.

Volunteering Canterbury also have an email Newsletter (view it here), and this includes details of events and workshops relevant to users of Volunteers.



Preaching the Scriptures Workshop: 17th March, at Whakatū Presbyterian

St Andrews, Blenheim—Training Workshops: Saturday March 24th.

Alpine Presbytery Gathering: 27-29 April 2018, at The Village Church

Ordination and Induction of David Sang-Joon Kim at St Mark’s, Avonhead: 5th April