Easter came early for me this year, yesterday I celebrated the Passover Seder with the Wellington Jewish Council.
The Passover Seder retells the story of liberation from slavery of the people of Israel from Egypt. It is this story that paints the backdrop to the events of Easter which we celebrate.
"Had not the Holy one liberated our people from Egypt, then we, our children and our children's children would still be enslaved."
Had it not been for the grace of God!
What impressed me during the meal was that everything you do (touch, taste, smell, see and hear)...
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In a response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, our Moderator the Rt Rev Andrew Norton has launched Pacific Vision Vanuatu, an appeal supporting our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.
The Presbyterian Church has also received an appeal for help from Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, (the Tuvalu Christian Church). Some congregations within our church include members from Tuvalu and other Pacific island nations affected by the cyclone, for example, Kiribati. Congregations and...
Christian World Service has launched an appeal to support the people of Vanuatu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The money raised will go to local people providing food, water, healthcare, emergency shelter and non-food items in the short term. Read more
17 March 2015
Dear Friends and Colleagues
Moderator’s Appeal - Pacific Vision: Vanuatu
Today, I have launched an appeal in response to the devastation across Vanuatu caused by Cyclone Pam.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV). In solidarity and in partnership with the PCV, we are launching Pacific Vision: Vanuatu, a fund that will assist the PCV in their vision of mission and service to the people of Vanuatu. Rather than...
Many New Zealanders will be concerned about the news of the devastating tropical cyclone affecting the Pacific, with reports of severe damage being caused Vanuatu. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has a close relationship with the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, and is monitoring the situation closely. Six members of our church (three married couples) are currently serving in various areas of Vanuatu. The cyclone has made communication extremely difficult and so far we have been unable to get confirmed reports of the extent of damage. We will pass on information as and when...
The Rt Rev Andrew Norton, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand, joined other New Zealand denominational leaders in calling for peace in Syria and Iraq.The detail of the open letter signed by church leaders is below. Parishes are invited to use the liturgical resources provided by the World Council of Churches (links at the bottom of this page) this Sunday, 15 March (or any other Sunday in March) to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of conflict in Syria.
13 March 2015
Bible Society has produced more than 12,000 'think' inspired Gospels of Matthew for free distribution at Eastercamps, including to the nine Presbyterian Eastercamps held around the country.
Gordon Fitch of PYM says they are, “Stoked to be able to hand out the Bible Society youth-friendly Gospel of Matthew at our Easter Camps this year. The camp directors love the quality and campers love the look of them. Not all youth attending camps own a Bible, and so it means all campers are able to fully participate in small group discussions."
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Presbyterian Youth Ministry has published findings from a survey that asked youth workers how supported they felt in their ministry, and what, if anything, ministers could do to better support them in their work. Key findings from the research are published on the PYM website. Read more