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What's Happening in the Diocese - 2011

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Christmas at Taita   18 Jan 12
This year the annual Christmas dinner at St Matthew's, Taita was held in the Pomare Hall. 

Hosted by St Mary's, Silverstream along with Reverend Charles Noanoa and helpers from Taita, the team served Christmas dinner to over 70 people with presents for the children to follow. ....  read more >

Ruapehu Celebrates 100 Years    
15 Dec 11
Church Warden in the Ruapehu Parish, Ben Goddard, who is also a Ruapehu District Councillor, spearheaded the organisation of a very full and busy weekend of celebrations in Ohakune last month. It was a significant time for the community – as not only was Ohakune celebrating 100 years of being a Borough; it was also the centennial of St John's church in Ohakune. The joint celebration was a great way for the church to connect with its surrounding community!


Tokomaru School Visit to St Aidan's  
15 Dec 11
Away in a Manger took on extra poignancy for 30 Tokomaru School children when they visited St Aidan's recently. As they walked the short distance from the school to the church, some of them rehearsed the Carol they were going to perform. 

Russell Lyon brought Eli the donkey and Lamb Chops, .....   read more  >

Head Shaving for Canteen  
01 Dec 11
On Sunday at 1.00pm in St Christopher's, Tawa-Linden, there was a head shaving event to raise funds for CanTeen. 

Pictured right is Krystina and Natalie "having renditions of Enya"; Brendan "like a bowling ball"; while Julie remains in possession of her hair – as some of the older men....  read more  >

Kendall Family going to Mercy Mission in India
  25 Nov 11  
Parishioners of Pauatahanui Parish, Hilary and David Kendall, along with their four year old son Williams and 14 year old niece Maggie, are this week travelling to South East India to the Mercy Mission and will stay there for a little over two months.   read more  >

St Luke's Church in Wadestown up to its Old Tricks!   10 Nov 11 

Halloween has lots of traditions around it. Many of us are familiar with the more commercial ones of trolling the streets gathering of lollies through trick or treating. Although Halloween predates Christianity it has a lot of cool Christian traditions too. 

Halloween means – Holy Evening as it is the evening that begins All Saints Day..... read more  > 

Children's Day Cook-Off at Taita-Pomare
   03 Nov 11

The St Matthew's hall and kitchen were humming as over 50 people prepared for the first Children's Day "Cook-off" during the recent school holidays. Following a session with Scripture Union's "SupaKidz" Co-ordinator Raewyn Rowney, the children joined their parents in the hall to start cooking.....   read more  >

The Anglican Wellington City Mission 27 Oct 11

Rev Canon Susan Blaikie started work as Wellington City Missioner on 15 August 2011, and from that date has been very active in becoming familiar and very practically involved with all aspects of the Mission's work. As the new City Missioner she is working hard to....   read more...>

Ships Unload their Cargo of Rugby World Cup Fans!  20 Oct 11 

The Mission to Seafarers Chaplain Reverend Bob Peters is pictured standing on the deck of a ship berthed at the Port of Wellington with the Wellington Regional Stadium in the background, the Stadium being a mere stroll over the road no more than 200m away. International news Journalists, here for the Rugby World Cup, have marvelled at the prime location of such a major sports venue.....     read more...>

Fifth Sunday Church@Karori  
  13 Oct 11  

St Mary's Church Karori are a church on the move, especially every fifth Sunday! On that Sunday they have only one service instead of their usual three morning church services. Then, having harnessed their resources, in small groups they go into their local neighbourhood to carry out pre-arranged jobs such as: 

World in Union   06 Oct 11 
The congregation of St Philip's, Paremata recently celebrated the Rugby World Cup in a special service.... read more   >

The Challenge and Reward of being Mission-Focused Church   06 Oct 11 

You have been reading about some exciting local mission initiatives in the Diocese in recent weeks. Let's remind ourselves that the mission of God is both a local, and also a global phenomenon, for "God so loved the whole world that…" (John 3:16). 

In various ways, the Diocese is very active at the global edge of mission to make a difference in local situations overseas. Our Diocesan Overseas Mission Group (DOMG) headed by Reverend David Pask does some excellent work to promote and support the .....   read more...>

Abram and Sarai's Legacy Continues at Eketahuna!  29 Sep 11

The key emphasis and motivation of the congregation at St Cuthbert's church, Eketahuna, is to not let age or numbers deter them in the goal of being Christ-centred in their mission outreach. The oldest parishioner is 103 and was awarded a Bishop's medal at the tender age of 101! 

In Genesis 17:1 Abram was 99 when he was....   read more...>

A Rocha and the Fifth Mark of Mission     15 Sep 11

The Fifth Mark of Mission "to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth" is sometimes seen as the neglected mark of mission across the Anglican Communion. Lent next year offers another opportunity to redress this, with the help of a course coming out of the work of the Bible in the Life of the Church project. The five-week course will enable ....  read more...>

Who Let the Dogs Out?!!     08 Sep 11

Here's an exciting, potential, fresh expression of church of the canine variety! We said farewell to Happy Feet recently. Now it's hello to Happy Hounds in the hills of Stokes Valley! 

Heather Macdonald, the Vicar of Stokes Valley, reports that her daughter Erin advertised to start a small dog playgroup in their church hall on Sunday afternoons, for a couple of hours. The group started about the beginning of August with nine dogs. The second week five more dogs came! Then the week after, they sort of lost count! ... read more....>

A Rural Community That's Really Rocking!     

Well, a very exciting and innovative initiative has begun in one of our rural Parishes in the Diocese. In the Manawatu Archdeaconry the Parish of Pohangina with a regular congregation of about 50 people is setting up a Trust under the auspices of the Parish to be the driving mechanism for servant-hearted outreach into the wider community of Pohangina-Ashhurst.   read more...>

The Taita-Pomare Project!

'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, you sat and ate with me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me into the home of your whanau, I needed clothes and you clothed me with what I needed, I had no place to sleep and you gave me a mattress and bed in places that opened their doors, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison .....    read more...>

If you have a story that would inspire or encourage please contact Karen on email.

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!