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Justice in Action: We Say Yes!


Alpine Presbytery Newsletter 12th October 2017

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The recent Gathering in Timaru went very well and was attended by approximately 80 people from across the Presbytery. We experienced good connections with each other, great meals and inspiring input. Steve Taylor and Rosemary Dewerse gave us plenty to think about in their excellent "tandem preaching" at Trinity Church on the Sunday morning. The resourcing input was very stimulating and it was great to hear from churches in our southern region with their various "slice of life" presentations. All in all a great Gathering!

Resources from the various speakers and a full report will follow in next week's Newsletter, along with a feedback survey for those who attended.

A huge Thank You! to the host Timaru Presbyterian Parish and all who made this Gathering a memorable event!

Please note our next Alpine Presbytery Gathering will be held in Christchurch on the weekend 27th - 29th April 2018.

We will also hold a Presbytery Retreat mid-year and some regional "mini-Gatherings" before next year's General Assembly (3-7 October at St Andrew's College, Christchurch).


Beneficiary Fund - Financial Advice

A recent meeting with Milestone Financial Advisors at Cashmere Church in Christchurch was attended by around 60 members of the Beneficiary Fund.
Peter and Joseph, from Milestone, are planning to return to Christchurch over the next two weeks, and are available for personal consultations with Beneficiary Fund members who would like to meet either of them.
Potential dates are:
Peter: Monday 16 October, and possibly Tuesday 17 October if required
Joseph: Wednesday 25 October and Thursday 26 October.

Appointments can be made directly with Milestone (not through the Presbytery Office, please) by calling toll-free on 0508 645 378


Building the Church for Today & Tomorrow Conference 2017

Christchurch, Tuesday 17 October, 9am-4pm, at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillan Avenue, Cashmere.

Are you looking for new ideas, plans and actions for how your church can practically live out its faith? Do you worry about building a church that is engaged with its community and will remain engaged into the future? Do you wonder how your church can help build the kingdom of God in Aotearoa, New Zealand?

If so, you are invited to join with other church leaders, pastors, volunteers and involved lay people for a one-day conference, led by Christian Savings in partnership with Carey Centre for Lifelong Learning and Laidlaw College.
Come and be inspired, informed, and equipped to lead your church into effective stewardship, a refocus on God’s mission in your community and hope for the future. The day will start with some theory: church, society and culture. We’ll then move into practice: faith in action, money (investment and stewardship), and where to find help. The day will end with inspiration: real life case studies of churches doing well.

Cost: $30pp, including morning and afternoon tea, and lunch

Download poster: Building the Church for Today & Tomorrow

Register: email to conference@christiansavings.co.nz

Other dates/centres: 24 October in Wellington, 25 October in Palmerston North, 31 October in Auckland 1 November in Hamilton, 2 November in Tauranga.


John Knox Presbyterian is looking for a Youth worker

John Knox Presbyterian is a friendly church that welcomes all ages. We have about 150 households under our pastoral care with an active partnership with Presbyterian Support, whose facilities occupy the same site.

The Opportunity is to work with youth as well as to develop, lead and mentor a team of volunteer youth leaders to create a Christ centred ministry at John Knox.
A ministry in which:
- youth grow in their faith with Christ,
- grow in their relationship as a faith community,
- and grow in their capacity to serve and transform their community.

HOURS: 20 hours per week (This is 20 hours specifically in the context of John Knox Presbyterian with the potential of 10 hours working through 24-7 YouthWork at Rangiora High.)

The Role Includes: - Leading and running Youth programmes on Friday evening and events throughout the term.

- Pastorally caring for youth at JKP, mentoring and developing the Christian potential in each young person

at JKP.
- Being part of a team responsible for the T.G.I.F. service on Friday Evenings.
- Connecting the youth into the wider church family at JKP
- Connecting the youth into the wider community with specific attention into Rangiora High through 24-7 YouthWork.
What you bring to the role: - A passion for Youth and proven experience in youth ministry.
- A strong desire to see the God-given potential of every young person lived out to the max.

- A strong faith and commitment to God’s Church.

- A hunger to see the church reach out into the schools and wider community

- You must have a sense of fun and live out an active faith with a positive outlook on life.

For more information contact Jason King (jasonrking8@gmail.com or 027 452 7546) for a full Job Description or if you just have questions. Alternatively, you can check out our website or facebook pages for more information about JKP. (johnknoxrangiora.vpweb.co.nz)

To be eligible to apply, you must hold NZ Residency and have a full, clean NZ drivers’ licence. As a condition of your appointment, you must successfully complete NZ Police vetting.

Applications by 10th November 2017, with a cover letter and your resume, and at least 2 referees we can contact, to Jason King at jasonrking8@gmail.com


Kilmarnock Edition

The Kilmarnock Edition will be performing on Friday 3 November at 7.00pm in 'The Common' at the Bryndwr Village (corner of Ilam and Aorangi Roads). This is a fundraiser for the Village Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $15 and include supper.

We hope that you will be able to join us for an evening of Celtic songs with audience participation.

Please contact Lesley Compton (email murrayc@clear.net.nz; phone 358 3001 or 021 683001) or Anne Stewart (email anne@villagechurch.nz; phone 3514945) if you would like to order tickets.


A Kids Friendly Networking Event in Canterbury

Sharing the Christmas Story—24 October @ The Village, Bryndwr, 7:15-9:00pm

Come experience new ways of exploring the Christmas story with an inter-generational and Kids Friendly approach! We will share in the wonder of the Christmas story through Godly Play led by new Christchurch-based KF coach Rev. Robin Humphreys, enter into the context of the nativity through stories told by Rev. Silvia Purdie who has recently returned from Israel, and consider ways to creatively use worship space in this holy season!

More information about the 24 Oct event found here

Please RSVP to robin@kidsfriendly.org.nz


W.O.F. Training

11 November @ Korean Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, 9:30am-3:30pm

This training is free for all of your children and youth ministry staff and volunteers. Make sure your whole staff is up-to-date with safety practices. This event is not to be missed and is co-led by PYM and Kids Friendly.

Register at PDF.


WAY2GO Conference

Coming to Christchurch on 4 November @ St. Paul’s Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church.

Please check out the links below for more information:

WAY2GO Focused page: www.sunz.org.nz/way2go-focused

Direct WAY2GO Focused Christchurch page: www.sunz.org.nz/way2go-focused-christchurch-2017


The Reformation with Sea of Faith Network

Marking 600 years since Luther made public his reformed view of Christian faith, the Christchurch Group of the Sea of Faith Network will screen a succinct film looking at his theology and the sweeping changes he set in motion throughout Europe - not only in religion, but throughout Western culture and politics. Discussion time will follow, noting similarities in the development of faith and culture in our time.

This will be screened at 5pm on Friday 20th October, in the Puriri Lounge at St Ninians Church, 5 Puriri St. All welcome.


Homeless: a Collection of Poems by John Howell

“John Howell takes us into a world where accustomed notions of "home" have been defaced, distorted and obliterated. It's a familiar but uncomfortable place to be. In an era defined by the refugee crisis and, in our own cities, escalating homelessness, Howell's poems are not only a call to attention, they are, fundamentally, a declaration of fellow-feeling and aroha.” (Gregory O’Brien, New Zealand poet, painter and editor.)

The book can be ordered through Makaro Press at: www.makaropress.co.nz and costs $25


Other Newsletters

Presbyterian Church Schools' Resource Office Newsletter

Bush Fire—Newsletter of Presbyterian Women Aotearoa NZ


COMING UP:

Farewell service for Rev Alistair McNaughton: Sunday 15 October, 10am, in Kaikoura

Building the Church for Today & Tomorrow Conference: 17 October in Christchurch

Sharing the Christmas Story: Kids Friendly event, Tuesday 24 October, at The Village Church

Commemorating the Reformation service: 31st October, at Knox, Christchurch

Luther and Lloyd: Two Outrageous Heretics? Commences 19 October

Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November

 



Newsletter 7th September 2017

 

Presbytery Gathering, October 6—8 Timaru: “Signs Of Hope”

The coming Gathering will be hosted by Timaru Presbyterian parish. We would encourage all parishes to send people to this special event. Included in this Gathering will be input from the several parishes in the southern region of our Presbytery; interactive sessions with Robin Humphries (Kids Friendly, Christchurch) and Paul Humphries (Scripture Union Canterbury); some helpful information from our PCANZ Archivist Rachel Hurd; initial feed-back on the recent survey of ministers’ learning and development from Steve Taylor and Rosemary Dewerse, and an initial feed-back from our Executive Officer’s (Barry) Study Leave.

We also have some business to transact – please refer to the GA16 Decisions and Feedback document (accessible at pdf ) which also asks for feedback on the “Say Yes” statement that was agreed to by GA16.

 

Registrations for our Gathering are now open and accessible on the Presbytery website “Events” page, or click here: https://goo.gl/forms/1Llw26jeaJ4VyMlU2


 

Draft Programme:

Friday 6th

From 2pm: Registration/welcome/cuppa available at Trinity Timaru (22 College Rd)

2.30pm: Opening Welcome / worship & devotions

3pm: Sharing in groups

3.30pm: Presentation: Rachel Hurd: Dunedin Archives: Restoring Hope

4pm: Business Session:

GA16 issues including “Say Yes” doc

Election of Alpine Moderator

Report back on Funding for Presbytery Staff

Report back on Hanmer Project

Financial report

6.00pm: Dinner

7.15pm: “Slice of Life” sharing from parishes in the southern region of Alpine, including sharing

from Camp Lindisfarne

8.30pm: close


 

Saturday 7th

9.00am: Opening worship - “Godly Play” – Robin Humphries

10.00am: Future planning – Study Leave Report (intro) – Barry Ayers

10.30am: Morning-tea break

11.00am: Church & Society Report – Sheena Dickson

11.30am: “Faith-Filled Hope” – an SU presentation – Paul Humphries

12 midday: Lunch

1.15pm: Leadership Conversation—“Signs of Hope: a church of life- long learners”:

Steve Taylor & Rosemary Dewerse

3pm: Afternoon-tea break

3.30pm: Committee Updates/Unfinished Business

4.30pm: Sharing & prayer

6.00pm: Dinner

7.15pm: Slice of Life Sharing


 

Sunday 8th

9.30am: Gather for Presbytery Worship Service at Trinity Church

Preachers: Steve Taylor & Rosemary Dewerse

morning-tea

Close of Presbytery Gathering

 

Youth Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

At Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 Macmillan Avenue, Christchurch

A forum on youth mental health and suicide prevention, for parents, grandparents and the wider community. Information, resources and strategies. Speakers: Michael Hempseed, the Collaborative Trust; Blair Stirling, Te Whare Awhero; Julian Kirwin, CAFS.


 

Free Seminar (koha appreciated) with supper


 

Friday 22 September:

- 7.30pm, a Community Seminar, particularly for parents and grandparents, and anyone who is concerned for young people these days. Inter-agency presentation, including Blair Stirling from Hope.


 

Sunday 24 September:

- Morning Worship will be lead by a team from St Andrews College, with Paul Morrow preaching on a faith perspective on wellbeing.

- Youth Seminar, 5-9pm, including free dinner. “Me and Us”. A training session for teenagers; giving skills for being there for friends when they are struggling, and resources for resilience.


 

Download the flyer here: Youth Wellbeing Seminar


 

For more information go to: www.cashmereconference.weebly.com

 

Plants 4U @ Rakaia

Saturday 30th September 9.00am - 1.00pm,

St Andrews Presbyterian Church (by the 2 big trees, main road Rakaia).


 

Bedding plants, Perennials, Shrubs, Lily Bulbs, Potted Colour, Vegetable plants. Plus a huge selection of gardening specials all at affordable prices. Produce stall selling preserves and baking.

All under cover, so no worries about the weather.


 

Plains Presbyterian Project—contact dottsknghts@gmail.com


 

Regional Forum meeting

The next Regional Forum meeting, on Thursday 21 September, is a special one, with Rev Adrian Skelton (Executive Officer of UCANZ), speaking to the meeting. The meeting will start at 12pm, with a catered light lunch. Therefore could you please register (for catering purposes), if you are attending, by 12 September, to: heathermace@paradise.net.nz


 

This event is of particular interest to Cooperative Venture Churches, and any members of your parish may attend.

 

Going Further Discipleship Camp, Ponui Island - 6-12 Feb 2018

Registration has now opened for the annual young adults national discipleship camp run by PYM. The camp is open to young adults aged between 17 and 30 and this year it will be based on the stunning Ponui Island, which is situated just south of Waiheke Island.


 

Going Further is an amazing week of growing relationally and spiritually with a bunch of amazing young adults and leaders in a beautiful, secluded corner of Aoteoroa New Zealand. This camp experience has helped loads of young adults to see where they fit in God’s story and to forge lifelong relationships and habits that will set them up for a lifetime of pursuing the Lord Jesus and working to see His kingdom come.


 

If you can think of young adults who would benefit from taking a week out from life, career, study to explore where God fits in their life, please invite them.

Going Further Website

 

Responses to GA16 matters for consideration

The AES has reported that he has received 5 parish responses from the Alpine Presbytery to the GA16 feedback document. Wayne realises that while the closing date for responses is November 30th 2017 he would still encourage parishes to respond as soon as they can. He hopes for a higher level of response to gain an indication of parish feedback on the proposed changes.


 

The document can be accessed here: GA16 Decisions and Feedback document


 

Please note that a Presbytery response will be sought at the coming October 6-8 Gathering in Timaru.

 

Moderator - Alpine Presbytery

A reminder that nominations for Moderator of Alpine Presbytery need to be in by Friday 22nd September. The new Moderator, who will be appointed at the October Gathering, would take office in May 2018.


 

See the full Role Description and Nomination Form here. It is important that this information is taken into account when nominating someone to the position.

 

Moderator - PCANZ

All parish clerks will have received information (late last week) about round 2 of the PCANZ Moderator election process. If you have not received this important information please contact the Rev Wayne Matheson immediately - wayne@presbyterian.org.nz


 

It is important that parish councils/sessions respond to the Commission no later than 13th October 2017 so that the process can be completed and a new Moderator chosen.


 

Thank you all for your support through this extraordinary process!

 

Health & Safety

It is important that every parish and church camp in our Presbytery region has become acquainted with current NZ Health & Safety legislation and requirements. By now we assume that almost all groups have attended a Health & Safety seminar and accessed information from Worksafe NZ.


 

Our Presbytery Health & Safety Officer, Helen Clyde-Smith, will be in contact with you in the time ahead to see how you are going with these requirements and how the Presbytery can assist you.

 

From Church & Society

Rev Rodney Routledge recently contributed an item to the Church & Society journal, a reaction to a piece, written by Martin van Beynen, which appeared in The Press in June.


 

Rodney felt that van Beynen’s piece was “A tirade that merely feeds into unfounded popular public prejudices about the homeless, who have no voice to speak for them.” He goes on to write about his own interactions with homeless people, and his belief that it is the time for all churches to demand that the Government takes urgent practical action now to address this most pressing issue.


 

The full article can be read here: Bagging the Beggars: Damming the Dammed!

 

Presbytery Directory

The latest edition of the Presbytery Directory can be downloaded here.

Please let the Presbytery Office know if there are any corrections to be made, and these will show up in the next printed edition.

 


 

Other Newsletters:

PCANZ Finance Newsletter 198, which includes A guide to Clergy Allowances, Honoraria and Koha


 

WCRC eNews August 2018: New Executives, Intern Programme, Worship Book, Prayer Requests.


 

CWS August Update


 

A Kids Friendly Networking Event in Canterbury:

Sharing the Christmas Story


 


 


 

Tuesday, 24 October / 7:15 – 9:00PM

@ The Village @ Bryndwr, Christchurch

Come experience new ways of exploring the Christmas story with an intergenerational and Kids Friendly approach! We will share in the wonder of the Christmas story through Godly Play led by new Christchurch-based KF coach Rev. Robin Humphreys, enter into the context of the nativity through stories told by Rev. Silvia Purdie who has recently returned from Israel, and consider ways to creatively use worship space in this holy season! More information about the event here.

Please RSVP to robin@kidsfriendly.org.nz

COMING UP:


 

Youth Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention: 22-24 September at Cashmere Presbyterian.


 

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru


 

Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November


 

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21 November


 

 

SHARE THE NEWS

Please share this Newsletters around your Parish, especially with members of Session/Parish Council & all office bearers. Forward the email, or print out copies for people to take and read. Anyone wanting to go on the distribution lists to receive the Newsletter directly, please contact Gail in the Alpine Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com


 


 

NEWSLETTER ITEMS

Spread the news about what is happening in your area! Send details to: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com

The deadline for items for next week's Newsletter is Thursday 14th September

 

 

 

 


 


Newsletter 24th August 2017

Presbytery Retreat—6-8 October, in Timaru
We plan to have registrations open next week for the next Presbytery Gathering, once costs for catering and other expenses have been finalised. A link to the registration form will also be made available on the Alpine Presbytery website.


Regional Forum meeting

The next Regional Forum meeting, on Thursday 21 September, is a special one, with Rev Adrian Skelton (Executive Officer of UCANZ), speaking to the meeting. The meeting will start at 12pm, with a catered light lunch. Therefore could you please register (for catering purposes), if you are attending, by 12 September, to: heathermace@paradise.net.nz
This event is of particular interest to Cooperative Venture Churches, and any members of your parish may attend.


Moderator of Alpine Presbytery

Alpine Presbytery is seeking to nominate a new Presbytery Moderator who will help lead Presbytery forward. The new Moderator will be appointed at the October 2017 Gathering, but will not begin full duties until May 2018. In the meantime they will be associated with Presbytery Council to "learn the ropes".
See the full Role Description and Nomination Form here. It is important that this information is taken into account when nominating someone to the position.
The Moderator may be asked by the Council to act in an advisory capacity for a prescribed period of time after a new Moderator takes office.

Nominations can be made by parishes, sessions/parish councils or members of Presbytery, and should be sent to the Presbytery Office no later than Friday 22nd September 2017.
Nominees are required to verify their willingness to accept a nomination. This verification can be completed by an electronic signature or supporting email, especially if the nominee is at a distance from the nominator.
If more than one person is nominated then an election will be held by Presbytery.


“Let's talk METH”
Nelson College for Girls Auditorium, 400 Trafalgar St South;
Monday 11 September, 6:30pm. (Presentation starts at 7:00pm)

A gathering of the minds on the issue of methamphetamine and the runaway drug problem in our region. Churches, government agencies, community groups, political leaders, families and other concerned parties are coming together to raise awareness about this pressing issue, and to consider practical steps in cooperation to see our beautiful region overcome its drug culture.

There will be a one hour stage presentation showcasing the need from different angles. Guest speaker, Lieut-Colonel Lynette Hutson, Secretary for Business Administration to the Salvation Army for New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, and overseer of addiction, mental health, and homelessness programs, will give an in-depth talk providing information on this nation-wide problem, with ideas we can use to create change. There will be time for questions and answers.

The night will feature real stories from previous methamphetamine addicts who found a way to break the addiction, as well as windows into the lives of children and family members affected by the abuse of this drug.The host for the night will be Sean Young, former detective, Nelson CIB.

The evening will be used to launch a new initiative that embraces the needs in this region, and you are invited to stay at the conclusion of the meeting for refreshments, and networking with others who are concerned about our community. We don’t have to fight alone in the struggle to see our own or others’ loved ones, friends and families rescued from this tide of drugs. We can support each other.

For more information, please call Nicola Baré on 546 8389


 

Affirm Newsletter: Download the August Newsletter at pdf

 

Charities Services Newsletter: The August Newsletter from the Charities Service can be viewed on the website: www.charities.govt.nz/news-and-events/



Young life matters: Exploring the holistic wellbeing of children and young people

Laidlaw College’s School of Social Practice warmly invites you to a conference for dialogue between Counselling and Theology: Friday 29 September, 8:30am - 5:00pm, at the Commodore Hotel, 449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch.

New Zealand has long struggled to address the ever-increasing issues children and young people face as they grow up. As counsellors, pastors, youth leaders and social practitioners we witness the effects of this widespread issue in our everyday work and we invite you to join us as we engage in therapeutic and theological conversations on this vital topic.

Keynote speakers: Chris Clarke (Former CEO - World Vision), and Dr Sue Bagshaw (Collaborative Trust, Christchurch School of Medicine).

More information at: www.laidlaw.ac.nz/sturt-lectures


God in the Garden

A series of 7 Saturday Spring workshops from October 14th to December 2nd (excl. Labour weekend); 111 Old Tai Tapu Road, Halswell, Christchurch.

Learn how to do productive organic gardening while exploring God's heart for you and for His beautiful Earth. Contact Rob Blakely 0212493209, earthcarefoundation@gmail.com or visit www.earthcarefoundation.net


Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, Auckland

2017 Upcoming Events

Vaughan Park is a special place to go on retreat—a place of hospitality, conversation, healing and spiritual encounter. At its heart is the beautiful Ruatara chapel that looks out to the ocean, offering rhythms of contemplative worship and prayer.

Events happening in September to December are as follows. For full details and to register please click on the linked event heading that you are interested in.

Biblical backstories: An evening of story telling and conversation with Revd Dr Cathy Laufer, the Scholar in Residence at Vaughan Park from July-September 2017. Her project has been narrative theology—writing stories with a biblical or theological theme.

Cathy brings creative imagination, meaning and depth to her writing, inviting readers and listeners to become part of an unfolding narrative. Listen in on a discussion between God and the angels about creating human beings, overhear the gossip of the women of Nazareth when they come to know of Mary's pregnancy and find out about an unrecorded resurrection appearance of Jesus.

Cathy will be reading these and other stories during the evening and there will be opportunities to comment and share conversation.

SoulCollage® Contemplative Prayer Cards

Facilitated by Jenny Johnson; Saturday 9th September

Introduction to Meditation in the Christian Tradition

Led by Vincent Maire; Saturday 7th October

The Hikoi Rangihoua (A Kiwi Camino): A Pilgrimage

Led by the Rev. Dr. Allan Davidson, the Rev. Josh Jones, the Rev. Kerry Davis and the Rev. Iain Gow. 3rd – 7th December


COMING UP:

 

Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church: 28 August

 

Youth Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention: 22-24 September at Cashmere Presbyterian.

 

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

 

Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November

 

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21 November

 

SHARE THE NEWS

Please share this Newsletters around your Parish, especially with members of Session/Parish Council & all office bearers. Forward the email, or print out copies for people to take and read. Anyone wanting to go on the distribution lists to receive the Newsletter directly, please contact Gail in the Alpine Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.comNewsletter 24th August 2017

 

 

 



Newsletter 17th August 2017

Click here for the printable version of this Newsletter

Moderator of Alpine Presbytery

We have appreciated the quick response to the PCANZ Moderator process. Now we seek to nominate a Presbytery Moderator who will help lead Alpine Presbytery forward.
The new Moderator will be appointed at the October 2017 Gathering, but will not begin full duties until May 2018. In the meantime they will be associated with Presbytery Council to "learn the ropes". 

Role of Presbytery Moderator:
Functionally the Moderator will chair the monthly Council meetings and the twice-yearly Gatherings, and represent the Presbytery nationally, plus attend to the following tasks:
Lead or arrange leadership of Licensings, inductions and ordinations.
Represent the Presbytery at Heads of Churches meetings
Speak on behalf of the Presbytery
Represent the Presbytery at any Public occasions.
Exercise an oversight role of Presbytery
Work closely and cooperatively with the Executive Officer
The Moderator will have the qualities and experience required for a high-level PCANZ role with a good understanding of governance good practice. The qualities desired in a Moderator will include:
high personal relationship skills, pastoral giftings, a very good understanding of Presbyterian ethos, and a high level of perspective;

The Moderator is encouraged to provide missional leadership for and with the Presbytery Council;
The Moderator would normally serve a voluntary 2-year term (travel and reasonable expenses would be covered by Presbytery);
Pastoral oversight of the Presbytery would be handled or delegated by the Moderator;

The Moderator may wish to appoint Deputy-Moderators, with the approval of the Council, and these people would act under the direction of the Moderator and would retire when the Moderator retires. These Deputy Moderators could:foster the formation and ongoing health and vitality of cluster groups oversee pastoral care of ministers in their region perform ceremonial duties at ordinations, inductions etc
provide representation in wider ecumenical church gatherings representing the Presbytery lead regional meetings

The Moderator may be asked by the Council to act in an advisory capacity for a prescribed period of time after a new Moderator takes office. 

It is important that the above information on the role of the Moderator is taken into account when nominating someone to the position. 

Nominations can be made by parishes, sessions/parish councils or members of Presbytery, and should be sent to the Presbytery Office no later than Friday 22nd September 2017. See the full Role Description and Nomination Form here.
Nominees are required to verify their willingness to accept a nomination. This verification can be completed by an electronic signature or supporting email, especially if the nominee is at a distance from the nominator.

If more than one person is nominated then an election will be held by Presbytery.


 

Grant Applications

The next round of grant applications closes at the end of August for consideration in September - please see this information sheet. Any queries please contact Ann McMillan (galatos.mcmillan@gmail.com) or the Alpine Presbytery office.


 

Youth Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

Cashmere Presbyterian Church is hosting a series of seminars on this critical topic. 

Friday 22 September:

- 7.30pm, a Community Seminar, particularly for parents and grandparents, and anyone who is concerned for young people these days. Inter-agency presentation, including Blair Stirling from Hope. 

Sunday 24 September:

- Morning Worship will be lead by a team from St Andrews College, with Paul Morrow preaching on a faith perspective on wellbeing.


 

- Youth Seminar, 5-9pm, including free dinner. “Me and Us”. A training session for teenagers; giving skills for being there for friends when they are struggling, and resources for resilience. 

For more information go to: www.cashmereconference.weebly.com


 

The Knox Singers

The Knox Singers are presenting A Spring Awakening, 2.30pm, on Sunday 10 September. An afternoon of your favourite Hymns and Anthems; Vivaldi’s Gloria; selections from Handel’s Messiah. Musical Director Daniel Cooper .

 Knox Church, corner Bealey Avenue / Victoria Street . Entry $15 waged, $10 unwaged, $25 Family. Download Poster here


 

Beneficiary Fund wind-up

By now all ministers (active and retired) should have received Newsletter no. 5 regarding the wind-up of the current Beneficiary Fund. Once again this Newsletter contains very important information for all minsters as the wind-up phase nears its completion. If for any reason you have not received this information please contact the Presbytery Office or Kos van Lier, at PCANZ Church Property Trustees, for assistance.
Presbytery Office - (03) 420 1400 or 021 264 9677; Kos van Lier - (04) 381-8296


 

 Kids Friendly eNews

The latest Kids Friendly eNews can be viewed here, and includes the following:
The Transformers – Raising Up Young Leaders camp in Ngaruawahia from Friday 8-10 September

Judging of the Love Reaches Out: Doing small things with great love entries

Commemorating The Reformation with Children

WOF SAFETY TRAINING for youth and children's ministry leaders – the next free WOF SAFETY TRAINING events led by PYM and Kids Friendly are scheduled for:

12 August – Oamaru (Weston Community Church);

16 September – Auckland (Ranui PIC);

11 November – Christchurch (venue tbc)


 

The Village Church—Bryndwr Building

On Sunday 6 August we formally opened the new Bryndwr building, followed by a Community Opening on Wednesday 9 August. 

Highlights included having Very Rev Ray Coster join us along with all of the surviving previous ministers from St Stephen's & St Giles. The Community Opening included a powhiri and wonderful items from children from Burnside Primary School. The feast at the table was a real highlight. The building is open most mornings and people are welcome to pop in and have a look!  or see photos on pdf


 

Induction Service for Dugald Wilson

On 13th August, Rev Dugald Wilson was inducted to St Martin’s Presbyterian Church in Christchurch, in a part-time Ministry role. 

photos on pdf for Rev Dr Andrew Nicol (MSB Convenor for St Martin’s), with Rev Dugald Wilson, and Rev David Coster in the background.


 

 

Bush Fire: The August newsletter from Presbyterian Women Aotearoa NZ can be downloaded at pdf.


 

 

Chaplain at Rochester and Rutherford Hall

Enquiries are invited for a part-time paid chaplaincy role working alongside the staff and students of the Rochester and Rutherford Hall of Residence, which is associated with the University of Canterbury. This position is supported by the Rutherford Hall Board which includes Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian representatives. For further information and a job description please contact the Principal, Stephen Kissick. E-mail: principal@rochester-rutherford.org.nz before 11 September 2017.

Download the Job Description at pdf


 

National Trust 40th Anniversary Event

James Guild, Chair of QEII National Trust and Alice Shanks, QEII National Trust Regional Representative, warmly invite you to celebrate the National Trust’s 40th year anniversary of protecting Open Space in New Zealand.

Wednesday 30th August 2017, Staveley Presbyterian Church Camp, end of Sawmill Road, Ashburton. 2.00pm – 4.00pm; Speeches to begin at 2.15pm

This event is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the National Trust and its Covenantors in the Ashburton Region and the part they play in protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity. The National Trust would also like to acknowledge the local organisations and associates who have shown their support over the last 40 years

 Please RSVP by 18th August 2017 including number of guests. Ph: 04 474 2137, email: events@openspace.org.nz


 The Buzz

The Buzz is a newsletter from Presbyterian Youth Ministry, and the latest edition can be accessed at pdf: The Buzz Newsletter. Of particular note are the following items:


 

Queenstown, Key Leader Retreat - 27-29 Nov. As a new initiative, PYM is inviting key youth leaders who attended Connect 2017(or agree to attend Connect 2018) to attend our Key Leaders Retreat

in Queenstown for FREE.

We will pay for one key youth leader per Church. Additional key youth leaders or those who have not attended Connect 2017 can still attend the retreat for $149.

40 Icebreakers for Small Groups: Icebreakers can play an important role in helping young people integrate and connect with one another in a group environment. These 40 icebreakers are simple to use and suitable for a wide age range. They are great with a small youth group and can be used in a small space! They require very few props and can easily be used in a home without feeling a hurricane just came through! Check out this awesome doc.


 

Volunteer Comms role
: One of our international church partner organisations is wanting to find a suitably experienced person to act as their regional communications correspondent. The person will be required to attend our church partner’s events within the Pacific region, and possibly further afield, and write short articles on, and take images of, these events. The church partner will use these in their worldwide communications. You must be able to attend a communications training event in Singapore in late August 2017.

This is not a paid role. The church partner will cover the cost of flights and accommodation and will discuss what expenses will be covered. This may work well for a comms student or similar. For full information


 

Safety WOF: We have a number of Safety WOF training days coming up soon. The warrant of fitness training day encompasses vital training on the youth and children's code of ethics and health and safety practices and is strongly recommended for all leaders working with children or youth.

The Christchurch training day is on 11 November—sign up from pdf.


Hope Project 2018

We’re taking the gospel to the whole nation AGAIN! Having completed the Hope Project a year ago, we thought that would be the end of it - but we have since realised that, if we don’t stand (as Christians) to claim Easter as a Christian festival, then Jesus really will have no mention in the public square anymore. Times have changed!

The thought is therefore for the Hope Project be facilitated annually at Easter so Jesus’ name is heard throughout our land. This is one of the things we are discussing with pastors groups and combined church gatherings on the ‘Equip Tour’.

The theme...The theme behind the first 3 media efforts was the arrival and spread of the Christian faith in our early bicultural history. The theme behind the next five media efforts will be about how we are a Christian nation in our heritage and core values.

The first booklets in this next series will discuss the Christian origins of the battle against slavery, as well as behind education for all. Following the same format as the first three media efforts, testimonies and the Christian message and invitation will also be included. We hope to have a draft of this designed and available for viewing within a short-few months.

 We note that this project had a very positive reception and engagement from the secular public. Would you please support - so the message and love of Jesus can be made known nationally at Easter?

 What is needed for the Hope Project to happen at Easter 2018? We need the equivalent of 1000 people or churches to give $12 per week ($600 per year) giving a total of $600,000 annually.

 What do believers throughout NZ get in return for that?

TV ads on the main secular TV channels in two weeks leading up to Easter (including that weekend - inviting people to 'visit a church near you')

Booklets in approx 85% of NZ homes

Hundreds of thousands visiting our websites and social media - while 20,000 to 50,000 might engage meaningfully (for longer)

200,000 spare booklets provided to participating churches for free.

Please give to this - and encourage others to do so also

Donations can be made via AllTogether.co.nz/donate. We need approx. $400,000 of the total $600,000 raised by October 20th to commit to Easter 2018 (otherwise we’d unfortunately need to delay by one year). Please participate. Together we could do some really worth-while things in this nation! 

Thank you. Dave Mann, Hope Project Coordinator (http://hopeproject.co.nz/)


 

Full Time Administrative Officer

The Northern Presbytery, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand has established a new administrative officer position to manage the Presbytery office and provide administrative and communication support. Reporting to, and working closely with the new Executive Officer, Dr Rod Watts (ex-Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Northern), this is an exciting role where you can make a difference. 

We are seeking someone who has:

excellent administrative skills, such as data management, minute taking, document creation & control

computer proficient, including data base creation and management of website.

effective communicator, including confidence in utilising websites and other social media platforms

If you are looking for a worthwhile challenge, are well organised, motivated, outgoing, and either a Christian or comfortable with Christian values and beliefs, then we would like to hear from you. The Presbytery office is based in Auckland. 

Please apply by August 18th, 2017 to Northern Presbytery Executive Officer at NPappointments@stjp.org.nz, or phone 09 2501764. The Position Description is available on request.


 

Insurance Renewal

This is an important communique from Crombie Lockwood NZ (CLNZ) to update members of the Presbyterian Church Insurance Collective (PCIC) on the renewal of the Material Damage & Business Interruption Insurance policies.

 Work in Progress: Following the placement of the Material Damage & Business Interruption Insurance policies with Concordia, there is a large amount of work to be completed before CLNZ can confirm individual costs to PCIC participants.

The ‘quote engine’ CLNZ built to service the PCIC over the past 3 years requires comprehensive recalibration. This work is required to meet the new insurers rating model and coverage conditions. This task is substantial and requires specialist IT development work to be undertaken. It is estimated that it will be completed in the first week in September. Invoices will be dispatched as soon as possible thereafter.

Change Requests: Please forward all change requests, including valuations, to CLNZ by email: presbyterianinsurance@crombielockwood.co.nz. Be sure to include your CLNZ client number (example: 301-XXXXX) and the asset number and address together with clear instructions as to your requirements.

 Claims: If you have a claim to lodge or loss to notify please contact CLNZ in the normal manner; Email: presbyterianinsurance@crombielockwood.co.nz; Phone: 0800 740001.

 Crombie Lockwood Contacts:

Stuart Thompson, Senior Broker—ph. 09 356 1527 or 021 486 885

Lisa Adams, Broker Support—ph. 09 356 1523

presbyterianinsurance@crombielockwood.co.nz


 

 Luther +500: the relevance of the Reformation

Saturday 26 August, 9.30-2.30, Hope Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Rd

Rev Dr Stuart Lane will speak on Martin Luther and the Reformation, 500 years on, and Dr Pauline Simonson will speak on “New treasures as well as old”: teachings from the storehouse.

Cost: a koha would be appreciated. Lunch free for those who register before 23 August, to Peter@followers.org.nz.

 Sponsored by Presbyterian AFFIRM.


 

COMING UP:

 

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

 

Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church: 28 August

 

Youth Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention: 22-24 September at Cashmere Presbyterian.

 

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

 

Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November

 

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21 November

 

 

 

 





Newsletter 10th August 2017



Minister’s Cluster
We have our next cluster gathering coming up on Tuesday 22 August in Ashburton at St David's, 48 Allens Road, Allenton, Ashburton.

Our focus this time will be led by Rev Don Fergus who is going to facilitate discussion with us on the following question: Did Bonhoeffer hit upon the gold-standard for parish ministry? Bonhoeffer was the topic of Don's PhD. We can look forward to an interesting day considering this influential figure and the potential relevance to our time and place.

As normal the day will begin at 10am with morning tea and will conclude around 3pm with lunch out at a cafe together in the middle.

I realise this will not be possible to attend for those who are a little further away, however please know the invitation is there so if you are around, feel free to come along!

In Term 4 we gather on the 14th November and will spend the day with Sarah Rice, co-pastor of Papanui Baptist in Christchurch who is currently working on her Masters in International Development. Our focus with her will be on the area of 'Positive Inquiry' and how this can be a helpful tool to use both in our connecting with our communities as churches, but also at how we work with the various situations and people within our parishes too. More info will be sent out closer to the time.
Dan Spragg


 

St Margaret's Decommissioning Service
On Sunday August 13th at 11am the people of St Margaret's will decommission their damaged church building. We are pleased to let everyone know that demolition will begin later in August.

The brief decommissioning will be preceded by a service at 10am in our 'Hub' at 94 Farrington Ave (feel free to come at 11 if you wish). We will also join together for a soup lunch afterwards. You are warmly invited to join us for this important event and stay for lunch if you'd like.


 

Youth Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention
Cashmere Presbyterian Church is hosting a series of seminars on this critical topic.

Friday 22 September:
- 7.30pm, a Community Seminar, particularly for parents and grandparents, and anyone who is concerned for young people these days. Inter-agency presentation, including Blair Stirling from Hope.

Sunday 24 September:
- Morning Worship will be lead by a team from St Andrews College, with Paul Morrow preaching on a faith perspective on wellbeing.
- Youth Seminar, 5-9pm, including free dinner. “Me and Us”. A training session for teenagers; giving skills for being there for friends when they are struggling, and resources for resilience.

For more information go to: www.cashmereconference.weebly.com


 

Induction
Rev Dugald Wilson will be inducted as Minister (part-time) at St Martin’s, Christchurch, on Sunday 13th August at 3pm at the Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club at 110 Waltham Road, Christchurch.

Church Service acknowledging the Transfer of Ownership of St Andrew’s Church to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
You are warmly invited to attend a Church Service at 10am on Sunday 20 August to acknowledge this transfer of ownership. This special Church Service will be followed by morning tea served in the church. RSVP by Monday 14th August 2017 to the church office (03) 355 6601 or email standrewsatrr@xtra.co.nz


 

Grant Applications
The next round of grant applications closes at the end of August for consideration in September - please see this information sheet.
Any queries please contact Ann McMillan (galatos.mcmillan@gmail.com) or the Alpine Presbytery office.

Candidates for National Ordination
Parishes are reminded that if they have anyone interested in pursuing ordination the deadline for applications is October 30. Applicants should contact the Presbytery office in the first instance.


 

Canterbury Lay preachers annual training day
Sharing the Good News in the 21st Century: A workshop for lay worship leaders, lay preachers, and all those Involved in team ministry. Saturday 26th August 2017, 9.30am—3.45pm. Christchurch North Methodist Church, Corner Harewood Road and Chapel Street, Christchurch. Download the poster here, and the Brochure here.

Keynote speakers include: Rev Andrew Gamman, Dr Kathleen Rushton RSM, Wallace Woodley, Rev’d Jill Keir. Cost: $10 per person, $30 per parish. Please bring lunch to share; morning and afternoon tea provided. Registrations by email to: lindacowan@xtra.co.nz, or post to Linda Cowan, 14A Loftus Street, Papanui, Christchurch 8053 by 18 August please.


 

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Landmark ecumenical decision: History was made on 5 July when the World Communion of Reformed Churches signed a document in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther once lived and worked, that will help overcome past divisions and enable it to work for unity and joint witness. The signing associated the WCRC with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification which had been developed by the World Lutheran Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999. The World Methodist Council affirmed the Declaration in 2006. The Joint Declaration states that mutual condemnations pronounced by Lutherans and Catholics in the sixteenth century do not apply to their current teaching on Justification. In 1999 Catholics and Lutherans agreed that a consensus now exists between their two traditions in regard to the theological controversy which was a major cause of the split in the western church. The issues are no longer to be regarded as church dividing.

Muslims and Christians pray together for just peace in Al Aqsa Mosque: Muslims and Christians were gathered together in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 27th July, side-by-side for just peace in the Holy Land, after almost two weeks of tension, violence and killings in Jerusalem. Meetings between church leaders and the Islamic leadership inside the mosque plaza were cheered by the community even amid wafts of tear gas and the rumble of explosives from time to time. Catholic Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, who was supposed to be heading the Christian delegation, was denied entry through Lions’ Gate and, instead, sent his message.

In solidarity with the Palestinian Muslims, church leaders visited Al Aqsa Mosque, after the removal of all obstacles placed around the Haram al-Sharif after the 14 July killing of two Israeli policemen at one of the gates.

 


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COMING UP:

St Margaret’s Bishopdale decommissioning service: Sunday 13 August, 11am

Induction service—Rev Dugald Wilson: 13 August, at the Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club at 110 Waltham Road, Christchurch.

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church: 28 August

Youth Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention: 22-24 September at Cashmere Presbyterian.

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21 November







 



Newsletter 3rd August 2017

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Rev Barry Ayers will be away on another block of Study Leave from 1st to 14th August. During that time any urgent matters can be directed to Rev David Coster (027 220 5765;email drcoster@xtra.co.nz) or Rev Anne Stewart (021 032 3329; email anne@villagechurch.nz).

Opening of the Bryndwr building at The Village Church
Presbytery and other interested people are warmly invited to attend the official service marking the opening of the new Bryndwr building at 365a Ilam Road, on the site of the former St Stephen's Church, Christchurch, on Sunday 6 August at 3pm. The Very Rev Ray Coster will be preaching.
Enquiries to Rev Martin Stewart martin@villagechurch.nz

Update from Presbytery Council Meeting, Thursday 27th July
Can we learn to rest?
David Coster shared from Philippians 2…imitating Christ’s humility… how can we regard others as better than ourselves? Not our normal advice to one another! In the book “Sinning like a Christian” William Willimon makes intriguing comments on how we live out our faith and treat one another. He describes the seven deadly sins. The Hebrew word for sin comes from “missing the mark”. Do we misunderstand the word sin? Someone once described sin as our human propensity to foul things up! Sometimes we need to hear the reality of our condition! Can we challenge each other, but with grace?
he Moderator constituted our meeting in prayer



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Bush Telegraph: The August edition can be viewed on the PCANZ website

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church—Takaka, Golden Bay
The most northerly parish of the Presbytery has been going through an exciting time. Rev. Rhys and Beverly Pearson have travelled from Katikati with their caravan for a 3 month stated supply ministry in our Parish. This has been very welcome while we have been vacant and searching for a new Minister. Rhys has brought a very encouraging ministry and has been able to do lots of visiting around the district. We are sorry that this ministry will finish on the 20th August, but Rhys & Beverly have commitments in other areas.
On the 30th July, 2017 we dedicated and officially opened our new fellowship hall. We have been making do with no hall for 12 years and so this was the culmination of a huge effort of fund raising and prayer. We were pleased to have 50 people in attendance for this special occasion. The Parish will be forever grateful to MMM (Mobile Mission Maintenance) for the help that we received from them that meant that there was no labour cost in the project.
The planning, building and painting by church members has brought us all closer together, but now we can enjoy our cuppa following Sunday Service in a purpose built facility. A midweek group of primary school children enjoy games and Christian teaching and community groups are now appreciating our new facilities and using the hall.

NZ Christian Network—Better Together
View the latest Newsletter from the NZ Christian Network, including links to articles on: 12 ways your phone is changing you; 10 predictions about the future Church and shifting attendance patterns; MIC 08—The experts against euthanasia

Living Springs AGM
Living Springs Conference Centre in Governors Bay is holding its AGM on Thursday 24 August, 5-7pm, at the centre. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by 17 August, to support@livingsprings.co.nz

World Council of Reformed Churches News
Discernment process relies on group consensus to discover God’s will
Over the course of the week and a half that the General Council gathered in Leipzig, attendees had many opportunities to hear of discernment. But what is discernment precisely? How does the process help delegates determine God’s will for the World Communion of Reformed Churches? And how does the process help to solidify the sense of unity so vital to an organization such as the WCRC?
The full e-news can be viewed here: http://mailchi.mp/wcrc/wcrc-enews-july-2017-discernment-jddj-videos-git-more?e=c3e6c7d3bc


COMING UP:

Opening of Village Church Bryndwr Building: Sunday 6 August at 3pm.
Reformation Seminar: 12 August, Richmond
Induction service—Rev Dugald Wilson: 13 August
Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August
Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church: 28 August
Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru
Ministers’ Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr: 21 November
Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21 November






 


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Newsletter 27th July 2017

Rev Barry Ayers will be away on another block of Study Leave from 1st to 14th August. During that time any urgent matters can be directed to Rev David Coster (027 220 5765;email drcoster@xtra.co.nz) or Rev Anne Stewart (021 032 3329; email anne@villagechurch.nz).
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Moderator PCANZ Nominations closing soon!
A reminder that all parishes have the opportunity to nominate one person's name for the next Moderator of the PCANZ. There is no nomination form to fill in; just send the name to the Presbytery Office no later than Monday 31st July 2017 please. Thank you to those parishes who have already responded. No late nominations can be considered
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Community Comment: Housing crisis … What housing crisis?
Friday, 4 August at 7.30pm, St Albans Uniting Parish, 36 Nancy Ave, Mairehau.
A presentation by Jill Hawkey, Director Christchurch Methodist Mission
The topic: On starting at the Methodist Mission, Jill Hawkey asked the social work staff what the biggest issue was impacting on their clients’ lives. Their response was ‘housing’. Over the past three years, the Mission’s response to the housing crisis has significantly increased and today, CMM provides a range of housing options for older people without assets, long-term housing for low-income families and emergency housing in both Christchurch and Blenheim.
Come early for refreshments and a chat with your neighbours. There is no charge, but a koha will be accepted to help with expenses.
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PCANZ Insurance Renewal 2017
An important joint communique has been received from the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) and Crombie Lockwood NZ (CLNZ) to update members of the Presbyterian Church Insurance Collective (PCIC) on the renewal of the Material Damage & Business Interruption Insurance policies.
This includes details of the new insurer and new policy wording. The information has been sent direct to all Treasurers, but can also be downloaded here.
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Waiau Recovery Village
Colin Price has reported on the opening of the Waiau Recovery Village on 21 July. Four houses from Rawhiti Domain Village built to house people after the 2010–11 Christchurch earthquakes have been relocated to Waiau to form the Recovery Village. The connection for the church was that the section on which the four houses stand was the site of the former Presbyterian Church in Waiau; land that had been vacant since the early 90s.
Guests of honour included Nick Smith, Minister of Building and Construction; MP for Kaikoura Stuart Smith and our local Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley.
Winton Dalley noted “Having temporary accommodation options in the area allows residents to continue to be part of our community, and it’s pleasing to see this encouraging step towards the region’s recovery. One family is already living in the village, with a number of other households expressing interest for when their home is repaired in the future. As demand for the village decreases, the Hurunui District Council will decide how the houses will best be used for the local community.”
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VACANCIES
St Andrews at Rangi Ruru Stated Supply Vacancy
St Andrews at Rangi Ruru (STaRR) is seeking a suitable person, ordained or lay, for a half time Stated Supply role to carry out the following functions:
a. Organising and leading the services at STaRR; preaching twice per month; arranging a service leader for the other Sundays;
b. Organising any operational rosters required to support the services;
c. Ensure Sunday notices and other necessary communications material is produced and distributed as required;
d. Attending to the pastoral care of the STaRR congregation. This will involve the systematic and regular visiting of the parishioners, arranging suitable community events, supporting parishioners in times of specific need.
This role would report to the Parish Council. The terms of employment are flexible. This could be a role for an independent contractor, or as an employee of the parish. All conditions of employment will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru shares the historic church building with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School who use it as their school chapel.
Please email your application that includes a letter and relevant cv to: standrewsatrr@xtra.co.nz

Albany Presbyterian
Albany Presbyterian Church is looking for a new minister to lead its congregation. This will be a full-time position for a person who is committed to nurturing and releasing the gifts of a diverse congregation of different ages and backgrounds, in a grace-centred faith community, situated in the centre of the fast-growing North Shore region.
We are looking for someone who, like us, values warm, family-friendly and inclusive fellowship, thoughtful and contemplative spirituality, and the celebration of creativity.
If you would like further information on the possibility of leading us into the next chapter of a shared journey of faith, please contact Robin Palmer, Convener of the MSB, at robinepalmer@gmail.com or 027 733 9890.
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Presbyterian Women Vacancies
Presbyterian Women are currently advertising for applicants to two voluntary positions:
1) UN Convenor (job description here)
2) Communications Convenor (job description here)
Applications to be emailed to pwanz2016@gmail.com, and must be received by 5pm on Friday 18 August 2017. The appointments will be announced at our AGM in Mosgiel on 3 November, 2017
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Clinical Manager Vacancy
The Petersgate Counselling Centre, which is supported by two Presbyterian parishes, seeks enquiries from suitable applicants for the half-time salaried position of Clinical Manager who will manage 25 Counsellors and be responsible for all clinical activities including training, recruitment, promotion & review. The advertisement (click here) has more details.
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Manse available for Rent
Hoon Hay parish in Christchurch currently have a Minister vacancy and the manse, which is presently empty, is being advertised for rental until a new minister is called. They anticipate this will be at least 6 months away.
Anyone interested in renting this property should contact Sue Pulley from Ray White, who is acting as leasing agent, at sue.pulley@raywhite.com or on 027 555 7899. You can check out the property on their website https://nz.raywhite.com/christchurch-city/hoon-hay/1694404/
The property has 4 bedrooms, 2 toilets, 2 showers, 2 large living rooms, 1 conservatory, open plan kitchen dining, separate laundry. The house is brick, and has 2 heatpumps and HRV, as well as other electric heating installed. Double garage, double carport. Additional offset parking. The property is at 4 Wyn Street, a quiet neighbourhood off Hoon Hay Road.
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EcuAction seminars
Prof Shamabeel Eaqub spoke recently at a seminar organised by EcuAction.
We have a housing crisis in NZ. There is a huge divide between those who own a home and those that do not. Those with a home, especially if they have no mortgage, often have little idea of how tough it is to be renting a house.
House prices when compared to income have risen dramatically. From the 1950’s until the mid 1980’s average house prices were about 2.5 times average income. Now this has risen to over 7 times. The reason for this rise is increasing demand for housing, and a lack of supply. As everyone agrees we are not building enough houses. In the last few years immigration has been a factor that has increased demand but historically this has not been so. We have had a housing crises in times of net migration loss. Banking policy that lends money for purchasing existing property and the love affair of NZers with purchasing a number of houses does not encourage new builds and the increasing of housing stock. Political policy that has stopped building social housing is another large issue. The policy of letting the market solve the problem clearly has not worked.
Shamabeel believes there is a fundamental issue we need to acknowledge: we have become hard hearted and no longer see housing as a fundamental human right. There is a division of those who live in homes that we own and those who struggle to keep a roof over their heads. There is a need for fundamental reorientation of our hearts and the discovery of empathy. In NZ we no longer interact with those at the margins and too easily say it’s “their fault” they don’t have a house. All people need to live in homes that enhance their humanity. To do this he believes we need to:
- Build social housing. This will require direct state involvement in building housing but may best be done by local body initiative. Another way to encourage this is to demand that a component of any new housing development includes a percentage of affordable housing.
- Change housing policy so that small houses can easily be built, and costs of consents reduced.
- Improve rental housing stock to ensure all houses are real ‘homes’. eg warm, dry, habitable.

EcuAction have organised further seminars:
Thursday 27th July, Knox Centre, 5.30pm, Land for the Benefit of All
Thursday 3rd August, Knox Centre, 5.30pm, A Living Income For All
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Theology House Events
Bread of Heaven/Daily Bread
Spend a day with Sara Miles, San Francisco author, founder and director of The Food Pantry at St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church. Wednesday 20 September, 10am to 3.15pm, at The Village Church, cnr Ilam/Aorangi Rds, Christchurch
a.m.: Take this Bread: worship and service
Midday Table Eucharist
Lunch provided
p.m.: Jesus Freaks: outreach and service grounded in eucharist
Cost: $60 (includes lunch, pay on the day or on invoice). Registration essential: to Claire Bonner, admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz , by 5pm Friday 15 September 2017
Sara Miles is visiting NZ courtesy Wellington Central Baptist Church. Christchurch visit arranged by Theology House and The Village Church. Meet Sara at www.saramiles.net and follow her via @SaraMilesSF
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Learn Te Reo for Liturgy
Register now for Term 3. An opportunity to share in the Church’s bi-cultural journey. Our tutors lead us in a 6 part series of workshops introducing Maori language and culture in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a course for beginners and will include work on the Anglican Maori liturgies.
Development of this course is overseen by the Anglican Diocesan Bicultural Education Committee and Theology House.
Term 3: 7pm to 9:15pm, Tuesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 August and 5, 12 September. Cost: $60.
Registrations to be received by Claire Bonner at admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz by 5pm Tuesday 1 August 2017.
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Next Theologian at the Cathedral
Hear Dean Martyn Percy, Christ Church, Oxford preach at 5pm Evensong, Sunday 13 August at the Transitional Cathedral. Light supper then Martyn Percy will lead a brief seminar, concluding 7:30pm. All welcome. Topic to be announced.
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Canterbury Lay preachers annual training day
Sharing the Good News in the 21st Century : A workshop for lay worship leaders, lay preachers, and all those Involved in team ministry.
Saturday 26th August 2017, 9.30am—3.45pm. Christchurch North Methodist Church, Corner Harewood Road and Chapel Street, Christchurch. Download the poster here, and the Brochure here.
Keynote speakers include: Rev Andrew Gamman, Dr Kathleen Rushton RSM, Wallace Woodley, Rev’d Jill Keir. Cost: $10 per person, $30 per parish. Please bring lunch to share; morning and afternoon tea provided. Registrations by email to: lindacowan@xtra.co.nz, or post to Linda Cowan, 14A Loftus Street, Papanui, Christchurch 8053 by 18 August please.
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UCANZ Forum
26-29 October 2017 at Onehunga Cooperating Parish.
Do you listen well? Do you only read the surface meaning? Or can you read between the lines? Can you “see” what is going on? And are there things you do not want to hear?
This year’s UCANZ Forum One More at the Table, will help us enlarge our vision and equip us for greater understanding of the diversities we encounter in life or Cooperative Ventures.
Cost: Early Bird until 31 August: $180; price from 1 September $200.

Download the brochure: UCANZ Forum. Or see their website: www.ucanz.org.nz
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Ecumenical News
United Nations Secretary-General launches first action plan for religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence
14 July 2017: The first ever action plan specifically designed to enable religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence - the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes - was launched on 14 July by Secretary-General António Guterres at a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The full text of this article can be read from pdf, and the full Plan of Action Document can be viewed on the UN’s website

Asian ecclesial and ecumenical bodies commit to revitalising the ecumenical movement
“For Being the Church in Asia, we must together enter into positive relations with people of other religions. This is where we can witness together. We need to face the challenges in Asia, especially when violence and terrorism plague Asia’s multicultural and pluralistic societies today. This is the context which God has given us and in which we are called to be His witness,” said Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) in a plenary session on ‘Being the Church in Asia: Our Witnessing Together’.
Read more at: http://cca.org.hk/home/news-and-events/asian-ecclesial-and-ecumenical-bodies-commit-to-revitalising-the-ecumenical-movement/






Newsletter 20th July 2017



You will be able to view this newsletter in your browser (see link ), but there is no pdf version available whilst Gail, our Office Support person, is on leave. She will be back at the end of July and the Newsletter format will then revert to normal.

An important reminder: next Alpine Presbytery Gathering
As notified some months back, our second Gathering for all of the Presbytery this year will be on the weekend Friday 6th October through Sunday 8th October this time in Timaru. The Gathering will begin around mid-afternoon on the Friday and conclude with worship on the Sunday morning.
Originally the Gathering was advertised on the following weekend in October, but the date was brought earlier to avoid a clash with another important seminar.
The Gathering is a must-attend for all Ministers and Presbytery Elders if you want to keep in touch with your colleagues and what is happening in the Presbytery. However the event is open to all people and it is great to see some parishes sending teams to the Gatherings.
We are looking forward to being well-hosted by the Timaru Presbyterian parish along with other South Canterbury people.
Information on the programme for the Gathering and registration details will be available soon.
Moderator PCANZ Nominations closing soon!

A reminder that all parishes have the opportunity to nominate one person's name for the next Moderator of the PCANZ. There is no nomination form to fill in; just send the name to the Presbytery Office no later than Monday 31st July 2017 please.
Thank you to those parishes who have already responded. No late nominations can be considered.



Women's Regional Day - Saturday 16th September. 10am - 3pm.
Whakatu Presbyterian 11 Florence St, Richmond, Nelson.

Theme "Sharing Your Talents"

Speaker - Sally Russell, Mission Convenor Presbyterian Women.

Bring: Lunch to share, talent items to display or share, & a koha.
Numbers coming or for enquiries :
Beth Campbell iaincampbell@xtra.co.nz or ph 03 547 3329


 

PLAINS PRESBYTERIAN PARISH
Birthday Party and cake @ St Andrews Rakaia by the 2 Big Trees. Main Road.
Celebrating the 50th of the "New" church.
Opened August 1967
Sunday 20th August 10.30am
Service led by Rev Arii Taimataroa.
Shared lunch to follow
Warm welcome to all.
Contact dottsknights@gmail.co
Opening of the Bryndwr building at The Village Church at 365a Ilam Rd
Presbytery and other interested people are warmly invited to attend the official service marking the opening of the new Bryndwr building on the site of the former St Stephen's Church ChCh on Sunday 6 August at 3pm. The Very Rev Ray Coster will be preaching.
Enquiries to Rev Martin Stewart martin@villagechurch.nz
Clinical Manager Vacancy
The Petersgate Counselling Centre, which is supported by two Presbyterian parishes, seeks enquiries from suitable applicants for the half-time salaried position of Clinical Manager who will manage 25 Counsellors and be responsible for all clinical activities including training, recruitment, promotion & review. The advertisement has more details - click here.
Reminder of ‘Theologians in the Cathedral’ seminar
This Sunday 23 July at 5pm, the ‘Theologians in the Cathedral’ seminar by Prof David Tombs is being held at the Transitional Cathedral:
‘The Abused Body of Christ: Why does naming Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse matter for Public Theology?’
All welcome. More information here.
Sharing the Good News in the 21st Century
Saturday 26 August, 9:30 am – 3:45 pm
Christchurch North Methodist Church, Cnr Harewood Road and Chapel Street, Christchurch.
A workshop for lay worship leaders, lay preachers, and all those involved in team ministry. Keynote speakers include: Rev Andrew Gamman, Dr Kathleen Rushton RSM, Wallace Woodley, and Rev’d Jill Keir. More information here.
Cost: $10 pp, $30 per parish. Bring lunch to share, morning and afternoon tea provided.
Registrations to: Linda Cowan, lindacowan@xtra.co.nz by 18 August.

Learn Te Reo
REGISTER NOW FOR TERM 3!
An opportunity to share in the Church’s bi-cultural journey.
Our tutors lead us in a 6 part series of workshops introducing Maori language and culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This is a course for beginners and will include work on the Anglican Maori liturgies.
Development of this course is overseen by the Anglican Diocesan Bicultural Education Committee and Theology House.
Term 3: 7pm to 9:15pm, Tuesdays | 8, 15, 22, 29 August and 5, 12 September.
Registrations to be received by Claire Bonner, Administrator, by 5pm Tuesday 1 August 2017.
Ph: 03 341 3399 E: admin@theologyhouse.ac.nz
Latest BushFire newsletter - July 2017 from Presbyterian Women
Lots of information, including Women's Assembly 2017 (click here for Bushfire) and expressions of interest called for two positions on the PWANZ Executive. Points to note include:
EarlyBird registration at $100 extended till 31 July - encourage a young woman to journey to Mosgiel, Click here for information
who do you know with the skills to bring to the Executive for Communication?
our United Nations Convenor passes the baton in November - what names will be put forward by August 18?
Sandra Waldrom
Administrator
Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand
PO Box 17427
Karori
Wellington 6147
Mobile: 027 702 9386
Email pwanz2016@gmail.com



Items you may have missed from last week?
* Church Property Trustees Newsletter
* PCANZ Finance letter #196

Looking ahead...
Thursday 27th July - Alpine Presbytery Council monthly meeting from 10am

Friday 28th July - Service for Rev Darryn Hickling (Linwood Ave Union) at Wainoni Methodist Church ChCh for Darryn to be received into full membership of the Methodist Church of NZ

Sunday 13th August - Induction Service for Rev Dugald Wilson to St Martin's Church, ChCh. The event will be held at the Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club at 110 Waltham Rd

Sunday 28th August - Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church (Hornby) ChCh from 9.30am

Friday 6th through Sunday 8th October - next Alpine Presbytery Gathering in Timaru

Saturday 11th November - PCANZ Children & Youth Workers' Warrant of Fitness training 9.30am till 3.30pm in ChCh (venue tba). No cost. Check http://pym.org.nz/wof/

Tuesday 21st November - Ministers Ethics & Risk Management Seminar at Bryndwr Church of The Village.

A Final Thought...
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
Thomas Merton

[PS - thank you all for your patience with my limited skills! Gail will be back in gear with our weekly e-Newsletter from next week. I am glad about that!]
Barry


 

COMING UP:
PYM Connect: 21-23 July at El Rancho, Waikanae
Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August
Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru
Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21st November

PRESBYTERY CONTACTS
Email Rev Barry Ayers, Executive Officer: presbyteryalpine@gmail.com
Email Rev Darryl Tempero, Presbytery Resource Minister:
presbytery.resource@gmail.com
Other items can be emailed to the Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com



 





Newsletter 13th July 2017

You will be able to view this newsletter in your browser (see link ), but there is no pdf version available whilst Gail, our Office Support person, is on leave. She will be back at the end of July and the Newsletter format will then revert to normal.

A warm welcome on a cold week!

This Sunday afternoon, 16th July, at 4pm at St Ninian's Presbyterian Church at Riccarton ChCh the Alpine Presbytery is gathering to induct Rev Yvonne Smith. You are invited to attend and support Yvonne on this special occasion. Presbytery will meet at 3.45pm for a short formal meeting prior to the Induction Service.

If you are unable to attend please send a message of support for Yvonne to either our Moderator Rev David Coster at drcoster@xtra.co.nz or our Acting Exec Officer Rev Anne Stewart at anne@villagechurch.nz

Moderator of PCANZ voting

Please note that there are only two more weeks left for parishes to notify Presbytery of any nominations for the next Moderator of the PCANZ. Any nominations must be received by Presbytery no later than Monday the 31st of July 2017.

Nominations are to be sent to the Executive Officer at presbyteryalpine@gmail.com

Christmas Event - would your church/group be interested?

Rev Hamish Galloway is asking if any churches (most likely from the greater ChCh region) would be interested in being part of a special Christmas event to be held at the ARA complex on Saturday 16th December. A flyer is attached here which provides some background information. Contact Hamish at Hope Church, ChCh, for more information.


 

Keeping track of Annual Leave

We would encourage all Ministers, Sessions, Parish Councils, and Boards of Managers to keep good, up-to-date records of Ministers' Annual Leave and Study Leave. To save any confusion or misunderstanding around these issues a record kept, for example in regular monthly meeting minutes of leave owing, leave taken and leave still available each year is a useful way of tracking this important information.

Children's and Youth Leaders Safety Warrant of Fitness Training

Keeping young people out of hospital and youth and children's workers out of prison...

***Key leaders please pass this on to your teams***

PYM and Kids Friendly are happy to announce this free warrant of fitness training day in Christchurch on Saturday the 11th of November.

9:30am-3:30pm Venue TBA Cost: Free

The warrant of fitness training day encompasses vital training on the youth and children's code of ethics and health and safety practices and is strongly recommended for all leaders working with children or youth.

For more information on the WOF training please visit http://pym.org.nz/wof/

Participants must attend the full day in order to receive the PCANZ WOF certificate.

Morning tea provided, please bring your own lunch.

Please bring a gold coin to cover morning tea.


Church Property Trustees Newsletter - July 2017

Important information for all parishes...

Is the local church a community asset, such that the community has a legitimate stake in deciding its future?

This is a question that has been at the heart of the long-running debate over the future of the earthquake-stricken Christchurch Cathedral. It is also a question that has often been raised with the Trustees.

In a very general sense, local churches are 'community assets' because the community benefits from the presence of the church and the church rightly sees the community as a significant field for mission.

When it comes to making decisions about the future of the local church, and particularly about the disposal of its property when the local congregation ceases to exist, local churches are definitely not ‘community assets.’

In fact, it only muddies the water to start talking about 'community sentiment' and the 'interests of the community' as if these vague notions might entitle members of the community to have a voice in deciding the future of the local church and its assets.

Section 39 of the Presbyterian Church Property Act 1885 states that, when a congregation is dissolved, it is the Presbytery that decides how the property of the former congregation is to be disposed of. In exercising this power, the overriding consideration is the mission of the Presbyterian Church, which may include considering the interests of the local community but not as an end in themselves.

It is clearly stated in the Church’s Property Handbook that “The Church’s assets, including its buildings, belong to the whole of the Presbyterian Church and are part of our mission. They do not belong to the people in the congregation, either past, present or future."

And, they do not belong to the local community either, because even if the community has helped in fundraising, it did so knowing that it was for the Presbyterian Church. The Church, at its discretion, may allow its buildings and facilities to be used by the wider community – and frequently does. However, the Church’s mission is not about providing community assets.

The best way for a congregation to have a voice in such matters is to make sure that it participates actively in the life of the Presbytery, where matters of mission are always on the agenda.


 

Pentecost “winter check list” for your Church

Although we are a few weeks past Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit accompanied by tongues of fire and fierce winds, it’s not too late to protect your church buildings from fire and wind. If you’ve not already done so, now is an opportune time to do an inspection and remedy any defects before winter hits hard. Below is a short check list which may assist you. Further information on property maintenance can be found at: http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/for-parishes/church-property-trustees/the-property-handbook

Your Pentecost Checklist

 Roof inspected and any defects fixed

 Gutters and down pipes clear from leaves and debris

 Storm water drains clear

 Rubbish bins secured away from the building to reduce risk of arson

 Doors and windows water tight

 Adequate ventilation throughout the interior and under the building

 Smoke alarms and other fire fighting equipment in good working order

 Book cases and all equipment on shelves or hanging from the ceiling secured

 Grounds including paths, steps and stairs tidy

 Building Warrant of Fitness current

A reminder that PIF statements are no longer being posted

As advised in our October 2016 newsletter, due to the rising cost of printing and postage, we are no longer posting out the quarterly PIF statements which can be accessed electronically.

This allows the User to view or print statements at any time and to process their own transactions if they choose.

We’ve had a large number of parishes updating their contact details and requesting login access for their Authorised Users. If your parish has yet to do this, contact Pat at pat@presbyterian.org.nz and she’ll let you know what’s needed to set you up.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - AUDIT CONFIRMATION LETTERS

If you receive a letter from the Trustees, requesting confirmation to their auditors, Ernst & Young (EY), of your PIF account balances as at 30th June, it is important that this is completed and returned to the address provided without delay. This is an important part of the Church’s audit process and the audit will be held up if these confirmations are not received.

A look at the work of…………

The Trustees’ Property Committee

The Trustees’ Property Committee was established in 2013 with delegated authority to consider and approve (and sometimes decline) property applications from parishes.

The Committee deals with a wide range of property proposals such as selling, buying and leasing property, major renovations, building projects and earthquake strengthening, subdividing land, the use of capital funds, borrowing by parishes, gifting of property or funds and applications for lottery and community trust grants. As you can see, the list is extensive. The Committee’s expertise is also central to the development and periodic review of the Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy and the Property Handbook.

When a property application is received, the CPT office prepares a briefing for the Committee. All property applications, whether large or small, are dealt with in the same manner and either the Committee or the full Trustees must formally agree to approve or decline an application.

As with everything in today’s world, property proposals, particularly those involving a purchase, a new development, major alterations or earthquake strengthening, have become more complex and more expensive. For that reason, and because all the Trustees are collectively responsible for the decisions made by the various sub-committees, the Property Committee will refer complex or very expensive proposals to a meeting of the full Trustees to canvass their views or make a collective decision.

In 2014 the Committee did a major update of the various property application forms. The new format has proved invaluable to the Trustees when evaluating a proposal, especially with regard to how it fits with the parish’s mission, the size and future viability of the parish and Presbytery’s views on these matters. We also believe the forms enable parishes to focus more closely on these issues and not just on whether they can afford to undertake a particular project.

The Committee meets each month and is also able to consider the more routine applications by email. The Committee is not simply a “rubber stamp”. Its focus is on making decisions that fit with the mission of the parish, the region and the wider Church - as the Trustees have been tasked to do by the General Assembly.

The Committee, through the CPT office staff of Kos, Pat & Marion, is happy to work with parishes and Presbyteries to achieve the best possible outcomes for their property proposals.

If you would like to be a member of the Property Trustees please contact the Alpine Presbytery Executive Office for further information.

Property Application Fees

Property application processing fees have remained unchanged since 2012. However, the current fees rarely reflect the time required by the CPT office to collate an application, obtain any additional information required, prepare a briefing for the Trustees and deal with the multitude of issues that arise with contracts and other documentation required to see a proposal through to its conclusion – even for a straightforward sale or renovation project. Property proposals have also become increasingly complex, particularly the large building projects that are upwards of a million dollars in value.

It should be noted that the Trustees own no property in their own right and receive no funding from the national Church. Their only source of income is from fees charged for the administration of the various trusts under their control and from property application fees. The Trustees themselves are volunteers, but the CPT office running costs and salaries for its three staff, Kos, Pat & Marion, must be covered by this income.

The Trustees have therefore taken the decision to increase property application fees for the first time in 5 years. From 1st September 2017 the new fees will be as follows:

Proposals valued under $20,000 $172.50 ($150.00 + GST) no change

Proposals valued from $20,000 to $1million $575.00 ($500.00 + GST)

Proposals valued at over $1million $862.50 ($750.00 + GST)

The Trustees also reserve the right to charge an additional fee of $500 + GST for complex proposals that require their ongoing involvement during the course of the project. This might occur where a parish has applied for and been given approval to sell or buy a property and it might take two, three or more proposals to finally achieve a sale or purchase. At each step the CPT office is involved with reviewing valuations, contracts and various other reports as well as liaising with both the parish and the Trustees’ solicitors to ensure all documentation is up to standard.


 

Correspondence from Local Authorities and Heritage NZ

Just a reminder to please ensure that any correspondence relating to a Heritage or Historic places designation is forwarded to both your Presbytery and to the Trustees’ Office without delay. This is important, as proposals to heritage list church buildings are not generally in the best interests of the Church, and there is frequently a tight time frame to make any response or objection.

Copies of letters concerning overdue rates, overdue Building Warrants of Fitness, Section 124 Notices and other similar matters should be forwarded to your Presbytery and to the Trustees, with a note indicating what action has or is being taken. Importantly, if you receive incorrectly addressed mail not relating to your parish, please forward it to the Trustees’ office as in some cases, the consequences could be significant.


 

Finance Newsletter #196

All parish Treasurers and Parish Clerks should have recently received this Newsletter from PCANZ detailing revised Beneficiary Fund payments from July 1st. 


 

 Scots Presbyterian Church, Hamilton

Scots Presbyterian Church, Hamilton invites you to join with them to celebrate milestones:

· 63 years of Services

· 60 years since opening of the Hall

· 55 years since the Manse was completed

· 55 years of parish establishment

· 50 years since the first Church established

· 10 years of the new Church

A service of celebration will be held at Scots Presbyterian Church, 32 Vardon Rd, St Andrews, Hamilton 3200 on Sunday 10th September 2017 at 9.30am. Followed by a meet-and-greet and lunch.

We are updating the history of the Church, so any contributions to this would be greatly appreciated. Memories of what happened, who did what, amusing snippets, peculiarities and photos (especially pre-1985) can be sent to: cschmidt@clear.net.nz. This will be available for purchase/orders on the day .

For catering purposes, please RSVP to cschmidt@clear.net.nz Phone 021 262 8710; 07 8490971 Also advise of any dietary needs


 

Special world events...

 

The 26th General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches met in Leipzig, 29 June to 7 July 2017. The General Council is the highest body of the WCRC and meets every seven years to bring together representatives from its member churches. During the General Council, the WCRC member churches decided on the future direction of the organization as well as elected its president, officers and Executive Committee members.

Rev. Najla Kassab from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon was elected president, along with the members of the new Executive Committee, 10 of whom are men and 12 women; 15 are ordained and 7 are lay people. Five of the members of the Executive Committee are young adults under 30 years of age, including one of the vice-presidents, showing the WCRC’s commitment to gender equality and youth involvement.

In a historic moment at Wittenberg, the WCRC signed the Wittenberg Witness with the Luther World Federation, pledging to strengthen cooperation and joint action, and the WCRC’s Association to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which marks a commitment to walk together with the Lutherans, Catholics and Methodists. As the now-President Rev. Najla Kassab said in her sermon, “Today we are not only signing a statement, we are building a church together.”

At the beginning of the council, Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay, who has served as the WCRC’s president since the Uniting General Council in 2010, called the Council to promote global renewal and transformation. Rev. Dr. Chris Ferguson, the WCRC general secretary, echoed this call in his report where he reminded the Council of the WCRC’s five key directions: mission, communion, justice, theology and ecumenical engagement.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to the Council to demonstrate the peacemaking role of faith at a time when religious beliefs are misused to justify violence, as he spoke to the Council following the Welcoming Worship held at the historic Nikolaikirche.

The General Council introduced the discernment method as a way of doing the Council business.

The renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann spoke to the Council of his confidence in the “living God” who brings life in the face of “gods of death,” creates joy in the face of atheism, and offers fullness of life as a vision for the future.

As an answer to these calls, the Council made several decisions related to Public Witness issues that had been brought by member churches, including: Refugees and Migration (Deutsch), Peace and Reconciliation in Korea (Français), the Peace Process in Colombia (Español) and Injustice and Suffering in Palestine.

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Looking Ahead:

Sunday 20th July - Refugee Sunday

Thursday 27th July - Alpine Presbytery Council meeting from 10am

Friday 28th July - Service for Rev Darryn Hickling (Linwood Ave Union) at Wainoni Methodist Church ChCh for Darryn to be received into full memberhip of the Methodist Church of NZ

Sunday 13th August - Induction Service for Rev Dugald Wilson to St Martin's Church ChCh. The event will be held at the Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club at 110 Waltham Rd

Saturday 28th August - Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church (Hornby) ChCh from 9.30am

Friday 6th till Sunday 8th October - next Alpine Presbytery Gathering in Timaru

A Final thought...
"God is already present, in the most unexpected places. We just need to make God visible."

- Philip Yancey

 

COMING UP:

PYM Connect: 21-23 July at El Rancho, Waikanae

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21st November


 




Newsletter 6th July 2017

[no pdf available]

You will be able to view this newsletter in your browser (see link top right), but there is no pdf version available whilst Gail, our Office Support person, is on leave. She will be back at the end of July and the Newsletter format will then revert to normal.

Moderator PCANZ voting

We have two parish responses so far to the current PCANZ Moderator process. We look forward to many more responses arriving at the Presbytery Office no later than Monday 31st July 2017. Every response counts, so we look forward to yours!

Sympathy Expressed...

This week we expressed the sympathy of our Presbytery to Rev Sharon Ross Ensor, Acting Assembly Executive Secretary, when she indicated that her father, Noel Ross, had died in Auckland. Our prayers are with Sharon & Brian and Sharon's mother Pat and the wider family as they gather in Auckland this week.

Oops, sorry!

Some of the links in last week's Newsletter may not have worked. Here they are again for those of you who had wished to read the fuller information...

* The role of the Presbytery Liaison Person (mentioned in the HR report) - here.

* The recent Presbytery monthly Financial Report - here.

* The Task Group report on Presbytery long-term funding - here.

* The 500+ Reformation Seminar at Hope, Hornby Church on August 26th - here.

Sorry about that!

 

KIDS FRIENDLY

School holidays are coming up so let’s get creative!

It’s a great time to encourage your children to express their ideas on how to reach out in love.

We’ve created lots of resources to help you inspire children during the Sunday ministry, church service, holiday programme or at a LOVE REACHES OUT art day.

Check out resources at this link:

http://www.kidsfriendly.org.nz/love-reaches-out-2017-doing-small-things-with-great-love/

Doing Small Things with Great Love children’s ministry lessons

A picture book resource recommending many wonderful children’s stories to read with your children to whet their appetite (invite members of your congregation to read with children too)

A template for running a LOVE REACHES OUT ART EVENT and a sample event invitation

And lots more lessons and ideas from previous years of our LOVE REACHES OUT competition - download here.

Create time and space for children to create during church, ‘Sunday School’, after school care, preschool, playgroups, Kids Club, holiday programmes, art days or at home.

Positions available at Northern Presbytery

One of the keys to a missional way of working for Northern Presbytery in its restructuring process, is the recruitment and appointment of a Presbytery Executive Officer and Presbytery Administrative Officer.

Recently advertised positions are attached here.

Northern Presbytery would be very grateful for inquiries and expressions of interest for either of these positions by the 12th July to Rev Margaret Anne Lowe the appointment committee chairperson by email at NPappointments@stjp.org.nz or (09) 250 1764

Christmas Event - would your church/group be interested?

At the recent Presbytery Retreat at Hanmer Springs Hamish Galloway mentioned an initiative for Christchurch city involving churches putting on a Christmas event at the ARA complex on Saturday 16th December. He has attached a flyer which gives a little background. Hamish would like to have as many churches involved as possible on a 'stone soup' principle - bring what you have and lets make something that nourishes the city with the Christmas story. More information is attached here.

To discuss this further please contact Rev Hamish Galloway at Hope Church, ChCh.

Community Forums

Knox Church, Christchurch, is hosting a series of community forums "need, not greed" on Thursday 20 July, Thursday 27 July and Thursday 3 August. A poster is attached.

Connect 2017, 2pm Friday 21 July - 2pm Sunday 23 July,

El Rancho Waikanae

 

There is still time to register for Connect 2017 our national youth leaders conference during the last weekend of the July school holidays. Registration for Connect closes on 13 July. It is awesome to see so many people signed up for Connect this year. If you have already signed up, please expect an email this week with full information. Remember that key leaders who sign up for Connect will be able to attend our Queenstown retreat in November absolutely free.

 

Queenstown, Key Leader Retreat - 27-29 Nov.

As a new initiative, PYM is inviting key youth leaders, who attend Connect 2017 to attend our Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown for FREE.

We will pay for one key youth leader per Church. Additional key youth leaders or those who have not attended Connect 2017 can still attend the retreat for $149.

 

Children’s and Youth Leaders Safety Warrant of Fitness Training

Keeping young people out of hospital and youth and children’s workers out of prison…

PYM and Kids Friendly are happy to announce these free warrant of fitness training days

21-23 July – @ Connect – Waikanae

12 Aug – Oamaru (Weston Community Church) – 9am-2:30pm (lunch provided by Synod)

16 Sept – Auckland (Ranui PIC) 9am-4pm

11 Nov – Christchurch (venue tbc) – 9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: Free to people from Presbyterian or Uniting churches. $20 for others.

Keeping track of Annual Leave

An important idea for Parish Councils/Sessions/Board of Managers...

We are aware a number of parishes have run into issues because they do not keep track of leave owing to staff and ministers. A good idea is for the Parish Council to keep a running tally of leave owing at each meeting with minister/staff noting how much annual leave has already been taken and what still remains in the current year. The record can also keep track of accumulated Study Leave for Ministers. This can help save any confusion or misunderstanding.

Cooperative Ventures

Helpful information and resources can be found in the latest edition of the uNETy magazine from UCANZ. Read about the Biennial Forum coming up in October (26th - 29th) in Onehunga; a review of the Partner Support Fund; and discussions being held concerning the role of the Coordinating Partner Church. You can download the uNETy paper here.

In the North Canterbury area the Regional Forum will have the chance to discuss a revised model for how the Regional Forum operates. The Forum Exec and Heads of Churches groups have already discussed possible changes that will revitalise the Forum and the discussion paper that has been prepared and already circulated to CV parishes will be presented at the next Regional Forum meeting in ChCh on Thursday 20th July at St Alban's at 1pm. The discussion document can be accessed here.

General Council News: 5 July

WCRC joins declaration to overcome Reformation divisions

The World Communion of Reformed Churches has formally joined an ecumenical statement with Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Methodists aiming to overcome divisions between Protestants and Roman Catholics from the time of the Protestant Reformation.

“Today is a historic day,” said Jerry Pillay, president of the WCRC, at a ceremony on 5 July in the eastern German town of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther lived and worked. “The documents we are signing today are significant and symbolic of the road we are to travel.”
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Looking Ahead:

Sunday 16th July at 4pm - Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian's ChCh

Sunday 20th July - Refugee Sunday

Thursday 27th July, from 10am - Alpine Presbytery Council meeting

Friday 28th July at 7pm - Reception to full Methodist Connexion Service for Rev Darryn Hickling at Wainoni Methodist Church, ChCh (Darryn is minister at Linwood Avenue Union)

Sunday 13th August at 3pm - Induction of Rev Dugald Wilson to St Martin's Church ChCh. Induction event will be held at the Canterbury Mineral and Lapidary Club 110 Waltham Road

Saturday 26th August from 9.30am - Luther 500+ Conference at Hope Church.Hornby ChCh

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th October - next Alpine Presbytery Gathering this time in Timaru

Community Comment - Friday, 4 August at 7.30 pm

St Albans Uniting Parish, 36 Nancy Avenue, Mairehau

Housing crisis … What housing crisis?

A presentation by Jill Hawkey

Director Christchurch Methodist Mission

The topic

On starting at the Methodist Mission, Jill Hawkey asked the social work staff what the biggest issue was impacting on their clients’ lives. Their response was ‘housing’. Over the past three years, the Mission’s response to the housing crisis has significantly increased and today, CMM provides a range of housing options for older people without assets, long-term housing for low-income families and emergency housing in both Christchurch and Blenheim.

Come early for refreshments and a chat with your neighbours.

There is no charge, but a koha will be accepted to help with expenses.

A Final thought...

 “…when any relationship system is imaginatively gridlocked, it cannot get free simply through more thinking about the problem. Conceptually stuck systems cannot become unstuck simply by trying harder. For a fundamental reorientation to occur, that spirit of adventure which optimizes serendipity and which enables new perceptions beyond the control of our thinking processes must happen first.”

- Ed Friedman

COMING UP:

PYM Connect: 21-23 July at El Rancho, Waikanae

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21st November

PRESBYTERY CONTACTS

Email Rev Barry Ayers, Executive Officer: presbyteryalpine@gmail.com

 

Email Rev Darryl Tempero, Presbytery Resource Minister:

presbytery.resource@gmail.com

 

Other items can be emailed to the Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com













Newsletter 15th June 2017

there is no pdf version available whilst Gail, our Office Support person, is on leave. She will be back at the end of July and the Newsletter format will then revert to normal.Newsletters in June & July
Our Office Support person, Gail Weaver, will be on leave until 24th July, which means that Barry Ayers will have to prepare the Newsletters for the next few weeks. They will therefore only be sent in the email version, with no pdf available to download. Please be gentle with him during this time!

 


Presbytery Retreat

35 people from across the Presbytery gathered at Hanmer Springs for the recent Retreat (June 11th - 13th). In a re-creating environment of mountain vistas we were well catered for with good times of input, reflection and relationship. Our facilitator was Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, Maclaurin Chaplain at Auckland University. Carolyn wove together scripture and poetry and history of the Reformation to take us through a process of helping us consider how we relate to God and one another. We considered opportunities that God presents before us; the huge changes happening in our world(with similar themes from the Reformation 500 years ago); the "doors" in our lives; seeing where God is at work in our world; coping with crises; and making friends with failure. It was another valuable opportunity to take time to deepen our connection with God and each other.

Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly



Council of Assembly
The Council of Assembly met for regular business from 26-27 May 2017 at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, Wellington. Council has already sent their summary newsletter to ministers and parishes. If you would like to read the key decisions / discussions from their latest meeting please click here.



Election of Moderator-Designate of PCANZ (2018-2020)
In light of the recent decision of the Right Rev Andrew Norton to withdraw from being Moderator-Designate of the PCANZ, Council of Assembly decided to setup a Commission to create a process to elect a new Moderator-Designate. This person will then become Moderator at the 2018 General Assembly due to be held in Christchurch in October 2018.
This week all Parish Clerks will have received a letter and an outline of the role of the PCANZ Moderator. A copy of the letter and role outline can be accessed here.
This is undoubtedly an exceptional situation for the wider church.
The time-frame for parishes to send their nominations to the Presbytery is relatively tight. All parish nominations need to be sent to the Presbytery no later than Monday the 31st July 2017. The Presbytery then has a short time to chose one of those nominations to forward to the national office.
We realise that some parishes may not have a parish council/session meeting within the mid-June to end of July time-frame. We would ask you to be 'creative' around this to ensure that you do have the chance to prayerfully & carefully submit a nomination. We cannot receive late nominations.
If you have any questions about this process please contact the Moderator of Presbytery, Rev David Coster, or the Presbytery Office as soon as possible. We do encourage you to engage in this unique process as quickly and as best as you can.



Stated-Supply Position - St Andrew's at Rangi Ruru
St Andrews at Rangi Ruru (STaRR) is seeking a suitable person for a half time Stated Supply role to carry out the following functions:
a. Organising and leading the services at STaRR; preaching twice per month; arranging a service leader for the other Sundays;
b. Organising any operational rosters required to support the services;
c. Ensure Sunday notices and other necessary communications material is produced and distributed as required;
d. Attending to the pastoral care of the STaRR congregation. This will involve the systematic and regular visiting of the parishioners, arranging suitable community events, supporting parishioners in times of specific need.
This role would report to the Parish Council. The terms of employment are flexible. This could be a role for an independent contractor, or as an employee of the parish.
All conditions of employment will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
This role could suit a recently retired minister.
Please email your application that includes a letter and relevant cv to standrewsatrr@xtra.co.nz



Special Event for your diaries...
Rev Darryn Hickling has been approved to be received into full Connexion within the
Methodist Church – a transfer from the Uniting Church in Australia. Darryn currently
serves at Linwood Ave Union Church under Christian Churches of NZ.
This service for Rev. Darryn Hickling will be at Wainoni Methodist Church on Friday July 28th at 7pm. The President of the Methodist Church, Rev Prince Devanandan will lead the service.
There is warm welcome extended to all to come and support Darryn on this special occasion.



Presbyterian Women's Association NZ - latest news
For the latest Bush Fire magazine; information and registration material on a Presbyterian Women's Assembly "Look who's at the well" (3rd - 5th November in Mosgiel) click the following links...
Bush Fire magazine
Women's Assembly poster
Women's Assembly registration pack
Women's Assembly accommodation



Theologians Series
Theology House and the Transitional Cathedral are offering in 2017 a series of visiting Theologians speaking at the Transitional Cathedral, Hereford Street, Christchurch. The format will be that the theologian preaches at the cathedral’s Sunday 5 pm Evensong and then speaks in a seminar format over refreshments with those who remain to engage with the theologian.
A poster for the whole series is attached here. We would be grateful if you were to print the poster and display on your church noticeboard.
The first theologian in the series is Christopher Holmes, University of Otago. We would appreciate if you could distribute the following notice in your church newsletters. (We do understand, of course, if you have an evening service yourselves and thus do not want to advertise this opportunity!)
Possible NOTICE:
Hear Prof. Christopher Holmes, University of Otago, “Who is Jesus, really?”, 5 pm Evensong, Sunday 25 June at the Transitional Cathedral with informal seminar over refreshments to follow. All welcome.
“Christopher Holmes is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, Dunedin and an Honorary Associate Priest at St. John’s Roslyn. Chris has Masters’ and Doctoral degrees from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His books and articles cover various Christian doctrines in dialogue with great theologians like Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. His latest book is The Lord is Good: Seeking the Face of God in the Psalter, to be published late 2017.”
With thanks
Peter Carrell - Theology House, ChCh Anglican Diocese



Kids Friendly - a Winter time project!
Winter time is a wonderful time to hunker down with pens, paper, paint, glue, glitter (you name it…) and BIG IMAGINATIONS about how small acts of love can make a BIG DIFFERENCE in our world.
þ Check out the many resources we have created over the years to inspire your children to engage with Jesus’ commandment to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
þ Create time and space for children to create during church, ‘Sunday School’, after school care, preschool, playgroups, Kids Club, holiday programmes or at home.
þ Download the attached entry form
þ send or deliver your entry to any of these recipients:


 

AUCKLAND: LOVE REACHES OUT, c/o Somervell Presbyterian, 497 Remuera Road, AUCKLAND 1050
Christchurch: LOVE REACHES OUT, c/o 1 Toledo Place, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 8081
DUNEDIN: LOVE REACHES OUT, c/o Presbyterian Support, 407 Moray Place, DUNEDIN, 9016
The Love Reaches Out competition closes on Friday 31, July
Phew! Good to get this far without destroying the Newsletter. Enjoy your time away Gail, but don't stay away forever! :)



Final, reflective thought...
“Refuelling” by Joy Cowley

Morning prayer works something like this: the old car puIls up at the service station, out of gear, brake on, engine switched off, and it waits in stillness, to be refuelled. The car has no understanding of the filling process. It is programmed for movement. It only knows refuelling and movement are connected. This pause each morning means it can run all day without faltering: no hill too steep, and no road too rough.

This doesn’t mean the roads have changed. The difference is the sweet energy that’s been given to the car without cost.

Yes, prayer is like that. Though a metaphor is limited and can’t contain all truth, we know a prayer routine fills us with a peace that flows out into our day; but sometimes we get a little anxious about technique.

We try fitting prayer into labelled boxes and we become distressed when it doesn’t.

I‘m reminded of a woman who attended a day of reflection. This woman had 52 years of consecrated life and she was like a beacon in the group. Stillness and peace radiated from her to calm fractured energy in the room, and her smile was like a sunrise. Yet this woman went to the retreat facilitator and said she had a problem. ”All my life I haven’t known how to pray." For a moment, the retreat facilitator was silent with awe, then I said, ”Your whole life is prayer. Tell me how you do that.”

When we become concerned about the way we‘re praying, we’re unwittingly making God too small … Prayer is intention, the leaning of the heart towards its Homeland, communication with an energy so small it lights the eye of an ant, and so big it’s the pulse of a starry night.

When the heart is leaning towards love, prayer follows close behind.

We hold the hand of a friend, feel the warmth of another life touching ours, and know in that touch — an instant of eternity. We look at a new-born baby, and while our head says, “This child is one day old," our heart tells us, ”This soul is ancient and it comes with God in its eyes."

Love brings us to prayer in many ways, through beauty, delight, thanksgiving. Love heightens the senses, so ripe strawberries in a blue dish on a summer’s day can carry us through wonder to the edge of Mystery.

Words will bring us to prayer if we are attentive. The repetition of liturgy can dull our awareness, but if our heart is an open bowl, then words of nourishment will leap into it with new life. We encounter God in, “the fountain of all holiness” and become one “through him, with him, in him,” Whatever we need will be given, if we ask with a begging heart.

Our own words to God become sacred when they're spoken from the heart. I don't mean “pious” words but talk about the real things of life including pain, doubt, restlessness, and exhaustion. Haven't we all at times, cried from our emptiness, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And haven't we then discovered that the truth of crucifixion is resurrection, and that we were emptied so we could be filled with something greater?

Actions can bring us to prayer, the kindness of others, and the times we have reached out past the “me first” instinct. It can be an action as small as catching the fly on the window and releasing it outside; but when we do it, we know we've stepped into a larger place and made connection with the sacred energy that exists in all life. Through Him all things were made and without Him was not anything made that was made. John 1:1. To act for the greater good is prayer in motion.

Listening is prayer. In times of stillness the mind will chatter trivia, but that doesn't matter, Again, it’s the intention of the heart that's important. The heart is waiting. It is open. And it will be filled.

Even if our mind is unaware of what's happening, there will be another kind of knowing in us. Afterwards, we experience a calm in the body, a lightness to our steps, a peace that settles over us, and guidance when we need it.

So here I am again, Lord, the old car pulling into the service station, slow, a bit battered, but confident of the process - although I don't know how it happens, As for your fuel, I don't know what to call it, but it feels a lot like high octane love.


 

COMING UP:

Mental Health and the Church: 22nd June at Hope Presbyterian

PYM Connect: 21-23 July at El Rancho, Waikanae

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21st November

PRESBYTERY CONTACTS
Email Rev Barry Ayers, Executive Officer: presbyteryalpine@gmail.com

Email Rev Darryl Tempero, Presbytery Resource Minister:
presbytery.resource@gmail.com

Other items can be emailed to the Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com






 




Newsletter 8th June 2017


https://alpinepresbytery.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/newsletter-8-june-2017.pdf

Newsletters in June & July
Our Office Support person, Gail Weaver, will be on leave until 24th July, which means that Barry Ayers will have to prepare the Newsletters for the next few weeks. They will therefore only be sent in the email version, with no pdf available to download. Please be gentle with him during this time!
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Mental Health and the Church - Seminar
A one-day conference looking at a range of mental health issues. This year the focus is on Children and Youth Mental Health.
Thursday 22 June 2017: Hope Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Road, Hornby, Christchurch. For further information contact Willow Creek NZ: Ph: 07 282 0092, email office@willowcreek.org.nz
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Queen’s Birthday Honours
If any members of your congregation have received an honour in the Queen’s Birthday list, please advise names and contact details to Sharon Ross Ensor, Acting Assembly Executive Secretary, at Wayne@presbyterian.org.nz. She will pass these details on to our Moderator, who will write a letter of congratulations on behalf of the PCANZ.
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Moderator’s message on 500th anniversary of the Reformation
It was both inspiring and humbling to participate in an ecumenical service in Dunedin recently, alongside representatives from local Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
With the act of nailing his grievances to the chapel door, Luther triggered massive political, social and religious upheaval that lasted for more than two centuries. As we know, during this period thousands died in wars fought in support of religious freedom and by the end of the Reformation, the Catholic Church was no longer the single source of spiritual authority it had once been and the Protestant movement had been born.
We now find ourselves working together more, and with more shared values than, perhaps, at any time since those difficult days. In marking this milestone we recognise that the things that separated us then are not nearly as important as the things which unite us now – namely, our shared faith and belief in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’m aware that many congregations are marking the Reformation with special services or events, and I commend to you the resources prepared by our own church leaders, and partners, which can all be accessed from the Church’s website: http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/for-parishes/reformation-2017
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Worship resources: The Rev Dr Kerry Enright has prepared an ecumenical service to mark the anniversary of the Reformation. Kids Friendly national coach Jill Kayser is also preparing a useful intergenerational worship resource and a children's ministry lesson and other resources, which will be available toward the end of July.
Other worship and study resources: The World Communion of Reformed Churches has also made resources available, including Prayerful Preparation, which contains Bible studies and essays on the theme “Living God, renew and transform us”.
Lecture series: I’m aware of public lectures in Auckland, Dunedin and Palmerston North over the next few months. Check out dates and venues on the website. (If there are lectures in other centres, please let me know and we’ll get them added to the website listing.)
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Congregation events: Be inspired by what other congregations are doing to mark the anniversary of the Reformation, check out the listing on the website. Again if you want your event listed, please email me the details.
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Reformation reading: The Hewitson Library has provided an outstanding reading list – including books authored by local Presbyterian experts – so feel free to check these out if you want to broaden your knowledge around the Reformation.
Rt Rev Richard Dawson
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Charities Services Newsletter
The Charities Services produce regular newsletters with information and updates. It can be accessed here: www.charities.govt.nz/news-and-events/
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Communion Trays
St Martin’s Presbyterian Church in Christchurch has four communion trays, with handles, surplus to requirements to give away. Contact the St Martin’s church office if you are interested in these: stmartpresch@xtra.co.nz
Ministers Stipend and Allowances
Details on the changes to Ministers’ stipend and allowances have been sent from the PCANZ Finance office, and can be viewed here: Ministers Stipend and Allowances from 1 July 2017
Reformation Seminar
Saturday 12th August, Whakatu Presbyterian Parish, Richmond site (11 Florence Street, Richmond)
Reformation Seminar and Gathering of top-of-the-south Presbyterians. More details to follow—mark your diaries now.
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PCANZ Church Property Trustees Trust Board
The PCANZ Church Property Trustees are looking for additional personnel from the South Island to go on their Trust Board. We currently have just one South Island based Trustee and further SI representation would therefore be desirable.
The Trustees’ Board is made up of people with different backgrounds, with Ministers, retirees, an accountant, an ex banker, an economist, lawyers, farmers and people involved in other parts of the finance sector. Almost any skill would be welcome, although experience in property, insurance and areas such as strategic planning would be most useful additions.
In terms of time, the Trustees meet every other month in Wellington. Meetings generally last 3 – 3 ½ hours, there is a substantial Agenda to be read beforehand.
Depending on their skills, a Member may be asked to join one of the sub committees (the Executive, Communications, Beneficiary Fund, Investment, Farms, Property, Insurance, Private Trusts), in which case the monthly time commitment could stretch from just an hour or so to many, many hours.
If you would like to know more, please contact Kos van Lier, Executive Officer, The Presbyterian Church Property Trustees. Email: Kos@presbyterian.org.nz, Phone (04) 381 8296 Mobile 021 237 0644
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Canterbury Tertiary Education Chaplaincy Committee
Senior Ecumenical Chaplain, Based at Lincoln University
The Canterbury Tertiary Education Chaplaincy Committee (CTECC) is an ecumenical Christian entity responsible for providing chaplaincy services at Lincoln University and University of Canterbury. We are looking for applicants for appointment as Senior Ecumenical Chaplain based at Lincoln University, Lincoln, Canterbury.
This rewarding and varied role is a half time stipendiary position which may be held in conjunction with other commitments. The role is to promote and nurture the well-being of students in cooperation with Lincoln University, and encompasses pastoral care and spiritual support. You may also be asked to officiate at events, help with education and resourcing of others on campus and will be expected to actively promote understanding and dialogue in a diverse and multi-faith community.
If you are a person who thrives on:
- Nurturing spiritual well-being
- Relating well to people within a diverse community
- Leading and growing a team of volunteers
- Facilitating pastoral care for all students and staff
- Building a caring community
then we would welcome an application from you that indicates your skills and suitability for this role. You should indicate when you are available to take up the position.
This position is open to men and women of Christian faith. There is a preference for those with theological qualifications and/or experience working in a University context. Applicants must be in good standing within their Christian denomination.
Closing Date: Sunday 30th June 2017. Please send your CV and a covering letter plus two references to Christopher Hannen, Chair, Canterbury Tertiary Education Chaplaincy Committee (CTECC). Email: CTECC.application@gmail.com. If you would like to discuss this position with the Chair, please phone Chris on (03) 903 2702.
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The Buzz is a newsletter from Presbyterian Youth Ministry, and the latest edition can be accessed here: The Buzz Newsletter. Of particular note are the following items:
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Queenstown, Key Leader Retreat - 27-29 Nov.
As a new initiative, PYM is inviting key youth leaders who attend Connect 2017 to attend our Key Leaders Retreat in Queenstown for FREE. They will pay for one key youth leader per Church. Additional key youth leaders or those who have not attended Connect 2017 can still attend the retreat for $149.
Why are we doing this? Research continues to show how vital the role of Key leaders are in the health and effectiveness of a youth ministry. We continue to see youth ministries thrive when a key leader has been in the role for 5 to 7+ years. This key leader Retreat is aimed at acknowledging, gathering, refreshing and equipping key leaders from across the PCANZ and Uniting Churches.
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Connect 2017, 2pm Friday 21 July - 2pm Sunday 23 July, El Rancho Waikanae
We are very happy to see so many people signing up for our national youth leaders conference, Connect. Training and upskilling for youth leaders is critical and so we recommend every church ensures their youth leaders are being trained each year. Connect is a great option for such training.
Standard Registration for Connect closes on 27 June
The main keynote speaker will be Duffy Robbins. Duffy has given his life to Youth Ministry. He is Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, P.A. USA and speaks internationally to youth, youth workers and parents.
As always Connect will have 30+ youth ministry workshops, four keynote sessions, resource sharing, networking, spiritual direction, and self-care.
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Canterbury Lay preachers annual training day
Sharing the Good News in the 21st Century: A workshop for lay worship leaders, lay preachers, and all those Involved in team ministry. Saturday 26 August 2017, 9.30am—3.45pm. Christchurch North Methodist Church, Cr Harewood Rd and Chapel St, Christchurch. Download the poster here
Keynote speakers include: Rev Andrew Gamman, Dr Kathleen Rushton RSM, Wallace Woodley, Rev’d Jill Keir. Cost: $10 per person, $30 per parish. Please bring lunch to share; morning and after-noon tea provided. Registrations by email to: lindacowan@xtra.co.nz, or post to Linda Cowan, 14A Loftus Street, Papanui, Christchurch 8053 by 18 August please.
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From the Kids Friendly team:
We’re thrilled to welcome Robin Humphreys to our Kids Friendly team. Robin is our part-time Kids Friendly coach and is based in Christchurch.
Is it time for a Kids Friendly catch-up? Jill will be in Christchurch with Robin in the third week of June if you’d like to catch up.
Sharing the Reformation with children: We’re currently working on resources to help you share the Reformation with children. Let us know if you come across any you’d recommend. In the latest Candour Blog we share 5 reasons to celebrate the Reformation with children.
Keep an eye on our website, Kids Friendly Facebook page and Pinterest boards for these and lots of other resources.
Download the full Kids Friendly enews from PDF
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Ecumenical Notices
Asia Mission Conference
This major conference with the theme “Journey Together: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light in Asia” will be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 11th to 17th October 2017. Associated with the conference will be a celebration of the Christian Conference of Asia’s diamond jubilee. The General Secretary of Christian Conference of Asia, Dr Mathews Chunakara writes, “We ardently pray and sincerely hope that this conference will facilitate deeper discussions, and will lead to greater dedication and to relevant and meaningful recapturing and re-articulation of our commitment to the mission, the act of Almighty God… We call upon all member churches, councils and all other partners of the Christian Conference of Asia to observe Asia Sunday on 15 October in the most befitting way and to pray especially for the Christian Conference of Asia.”

National Dialogue on Christian Unity
At the May 17 meeting of the executive of the National Dialogue for Christian Unity at Tuia, the Anglican General Synod Office at St. John’s College, Meadowbank, reports were received from the bilateral dialogues. In recent years there have been three national dialogues between churches in New Zealand; Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue, Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue and the Anglican-Methodist conversations. The National Dialogue for Christian Unity exists to serve and foster the visible unity of the church. This was the first time that dialogues had reported together in the presence of each other to the new national ecumenical body.

Commemorating the Reformation
The Lutheran World Federation has had its international Assembly recently. On the agenda was the significance of the Reformation of the sixteenth century for today’s church. The theme around which the meeting was arranged was “Liberated by God’s Grace: Salvation – Not for Sale, Human Beings – Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale!” In these few words major elements of the Reformation were captured in a contemporary context. There is a constant temptation to think that our security comes from affluence. Economic systems are prone to treat human beings as slaves. The natural world can easily be regarded as being exclusively for human exploitation. Parish commemorations of the Reformation which might focus on the importance of Scripture, the priority of grace and on how we share our common home could draw on the theme the Lutherans have developed. The Australian Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue has just published a sixty-page study on The Petrine Ministry in a New Situation.
__________________________________________COMING UP:

Mental Health and the Church: 22nd June at Hope Presbyterian

Induction of Rev Yvonne Smith at St Ninian’s—Sunday 16th July, 4pm

PYM Connect: 21-23 July at El Rancho, Waikanae

Motueka Uniting Parish Centenary—18-20 August

Next Presbytery Gathering: 6-8 October in Timaru

Ethics & Risk Management training—Tuesday 21st November
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PRESBYTERY DIRECTORY
The most recent version of the Directory can be viewed/downloaded from pdf.
Please continue to advise amendments or corrections to Gail in the Presbytery Office. New versions are uploaded around the end of each month.

THE ALPINE PRESBYTERY STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
This can be downloaded from pdf, or from the Alpine Presbytery website: alpinepresbytery.org

PRESBYTERY CONTACTS
Email Rev Barry Ayers, Executive Officer: presbyteryalpine@gmail.com

Email Rev Darryl Tempero, Presbytery Resource Minister:
presbytery.resource@gmail.com

Other items can be emailed to the Office: alpinepresoffice@gmail.com

 
  







 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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