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Monday 24 August 2015

Do you create and keep records for your parish? Want to find out how to manage paper, digital and other records? Interested in making sure the archives and memories of your church are preserved?

Presbyterian Research Centre archivist Eva Garbutt will be holding two workshops for Northern Presbytery parishes on Wednesday 9 September, 7pm at St John’s Presbyterian Church, 120 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, and Thursday 10 September, 7pm at St Giles’ Presbyterian Church, 1 Flanshaw Road, Te Atatu South.


Monday 10 August 2015

This Act is currently before Parliament and is likely to be passed into law later this year. This legislation has ramifications for churches due to potential liability in the event of accidents resulting in injury to employees, volunteers and parishioners. A task group to the Inter Church Bureau (formerly the Inter Church Working Party) is investigating the impact of the Act and communicating and guiding churches accordingly. Download the initial ICB communication sent to all...

Friday 07 August 2015

7 August 2015


In this past week we have received news from Myanmar of severe flooding. Initial reports indicate that around 156,000 people have been affected, with this number expected to rise.

The area where the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar offices are based is in the midst of this disaster. The Town of Kalaymyo, where we have had many visits over the years was flooded with waist-deep water. Churches and homes have been destroyed in the Chin state. I have received an email from the General Secretary Ling Zaw describing some of the impact of the flooding....

Monday 27 July 2015

Download the lectionary and calendar for 2015 - 2016

This is Year C – Luke

Wednesday 22 July 2015

From 1-5 Feb, 2016, Professor John Swinton of the University of Aberdeen will teach an intensive course in Dunedin entitled: A Practical Theology of Disability and Mental Health – What does it mean to be Human? The course is jointly offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. 

John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He is the founder and Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and...

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Are you ready to dig deeper this winter? "Every Day Matters" is a winter series of evenings for digging deeper into your spiritual growth & development. Moderator Rt Rev Andrew Norton will lead reflection and Rev Malcolm Gordon will lead sung worship. July 28, and August 4 & 11 from 7pm-9.15pm at Greenlane Presbyterian Church, 211 Great South Rd, Auckland. The evenings include workshops with Andrew, Kids Friendly coach Jill Kayser, Malcolm Gordon, Mark & Carolyn Kelly-Johnson, Anne Overton of PSN and Rev Kyoung Han. Each evening will include food, inspiration, resourcing, sung...

Monday 06 July 2015

St John’s in City Presbyterian Church, Wellington, along with Victoria University, is hosting Prof David Gushee to New Zealand for the St John’s Visiting Scholar lecture series, "Christian memory and witness in a time of violence."

Prof David Gushee will present lectures in the four main centres.

He is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. He is a prolific author, a well-known commentator and widely recognised as one of the leading Christian ethicists in North...

Friday 03 July 2015

The Presbyterian Church has launched a new blog for church leaders. The blog – called Candour – replaces the printed and online magazine of the same name that ceased publication in March 2015.

The blog has the objective of inspiring and equipping leaders in their ministry. As well as resourcing ministers, it is hoped that the blog will provide a a forum for meaningful engagement as leaders engage in conversation and respond to the issues canvassed in Candour. As well as regular features on particular themes, a variety of topical issues will be discussed such as...

Tuesday 16 June 2015

A reminder that the deadline to register for charitable status is 30 June 2015. After this date parishes and presbyteries will no longer come under the Presbyterian Church's charities registration. If an application has not been completed and sent to Charities Services, parishes will lose their charitable status.

Parishes are asked to give this matter their urgent attention. Guidance on the process for making an application is available from Finance Manager, Brendan Sweeney, at Assembly Office. For more information, email Brendan or...

Monday 08 June 2015

Last week the Moderator, Rt Rev Andrew Norton, sent his White Paper It's a Matter of Faith to all parishes, presbyteries and Synods.

The Moderator says, “My motive for producing this White Paper is to promote engagement, dialogue and action on a number of key issues I see facing our Church today. It is simply “as I see it”. You can agree or disagree, however, what is most needed is engagement with these issues at a congregational and regional (presbytery) level. If I can in any way prompt or provoke such dialogue and action, this paper...


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