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1st August 2018

Ask, Seek, Knock | Te Huinga 2018


Picture supplied by Rev'd Ngira Simmonds
After Jesus taught his disciples to pray he went on to describe what prayer was like (Luke 11: 5-13). He offered us the image of a persistent man who kept knocking on his neighbour's door and pleading for bread: for surely the neighbour will eventually relent. He encouraged us keep on asking; keep on looking; and keep on knocking: for surely what we need will be provided.
But he didn't say that it would be easy. Neither should we presume that our faithful devotion will guarantee health and wealth. Nevertheless, God will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.
One of the greatest challenges of prayer is learning how to navigate the tension between what we want and what we need. Perhaps the next is how we respond to what we receive.
At the end of last week Te Huinga | The Gathering (Clergy Conference) was a gift. It offered us relationship within and across Tikanga. It provided teaching in karakia, ethics, leadership, and discipleship. It invited us to reflect on our ministry, our future and our priorities. We sang and worshipped together. We ate and laughed together. We taught one another.
Surely our prayers were answered. Amen.
 
 
The Seasons for Growth in the Waikato
Seasons for Growth is a peer support programme for young people aged 5-18 who are suffering grief and loss through death or life-threatening illness of a parent or close relative; separation or divorce of parents; long-term imprisonment of a parent or close family member; long-term placement with foster parents; migration or other circumstances.
Support is provided in small, age-appropriate groups of young people who work alongside two volunteer adult companions. Each volunteer is police-checked and undertakes a rigorous training programme prior to supporting young people. The programme runs from nine weekly sessions and guides young people along a structured journey to explore feelings and develop sustainable coping strategies for grief and loss. Our programmes operate in New Plymouth, North/Central Taranaki, South Taranaki, Hamilton, Katikati and Waihi-Waihi Beach
VOLUNTEER COMPANIONS NEEDED
We are seeking anyone interested in becoming a volunteer companion for this programme. We are also interest in working with anyone who has experience with Seasons for Growth who may like to be part of this important outreach.
Hamilton: Christine Forster, 027 3665 373, hamilton@seasonfg.org.nz
New Plymouth: Judy Wood, 027 7033 769, newplymouth@seasonsfg.org.nz
Central Taranaki: Tania Hanlon, 027 8010 633, central@seasonsfg.org.nz
South Taranaki: Sharon Albrechtsen, 027 5346 067, south@seasonsfg.org.nz
Katikati: Lesley Jenks, 022 043 4060, katikati@seasons.org.nz
Waihi & Waihi Beach: Deanna Elliott, 022 083 5478, waihi@season.org.nz
 
Introducing the Children & Family Ministry Coordinator
Hello all, I'm Christen Reed, your new Children & Family Ministry (CFM) Network Coordinator, for the Waikato Bishopric. I am very excited to take on this work and want to take this opportunity to share a bit of my vision for this role. My short-term goal is to create a platform by which our CFM workers can collaborate, find resources, get news and important information, and more easily connect with each other and myself. You all hold such valuable knowledge and insight and that deserves to be recognised and shared. Longer term, I will be working to bring in more resources to our parishes to address the specific needs of our CF ministries. I see myself primarily as your advocate, so please don't hesitate to contact me by email at christen@wtanglican.nz or phone at 027 555 1862.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
Part-time opportunity
There is a part-time ordained ministry opportunity in the Parish of St Paul Huntly, to work alongside the Priest-in-charge. There is remuneration provided.
For more information please contact the Waikato co-archdeacons
Ven. Paul Weeding 07 843 6332 or Ven. Joyce Marcon 021 616 390.
 

St John's College Trust Board Scholarships

  • The St John's College individual scholarship applications are now OPEN
 

Vicar of St Stephen's Tamahere
Installation Service for the Reverend Sue Burns

We are blessed to be able to welcome back the Reverend Sue Burns into our Diocesan family. Sue will be installed as the next Vicar of St Stephen's Tamahere, this Friday. You are all invited so please add these details to your calendar.

Where: Parish of St Stephen, 14 Tamahere Drive, Tamahere
When: Friday 3rd August 2018
Time: 7pm
Clergy are invited to wear alb with red stole.
We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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