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Donkey a Hit at Christmas Show at St Aidan's, Tokomaru 
20 December 12

Christmas packed out Tokomaru's historic 110 year old St Aidan's church recently. Seventy five people and a donkey crammed into the tiny decorated church to enjoy the Christian Religious Education breakup concert. While a great deal of work had gone into ......    |   Donkey at St Aidan's  >

Ted Dashfield's Diamond Jubilee celebrated in Style
13 December 12

Wairarapa Anglicans en masse – and members of the Dashfield family – celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Reverend Ted Dashfield's Ordination to the Priesthood with great style on Advent Sunday, 2 December 2012. 
|   Ted Dashfield's Diamond Jubliee  >

Hataitai Parish - Demolition of Parish Hall

06 December 12

More than 50 years after the Parish Council decided to replace its dilapidated hall, the first demolition blows were struck at All Saints Hataitai on Sunday 25 November. Vicar the Rev Simon Winn was joined by former All Saints clergy, the Venerable Ian Bourne (1971-95) and John Anderson (2007-2010) to wield sledge hammers....   |   Demolition  >

White Ribbon Run Shows Men Opposed to Violence

06 December 12
Three Anglican Priests donned their robes and ran through Wellington's city centre yesterday for the White Ribbon Day run.  About 80 Wellington men and boys took part in the annual event....    |  White Ribbon Run  >

The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor – Seminar Followup

06 December 12

Over 100 from the local community and elsewhere attended the Seminar at St Luke's Wadestown on 15 November to hear this issue – one of the two pressing issues on which the Diocese is....  |   Growing Gap  >

Ordinations 2012
22 November 12

Ordinations took place on 24 November 12, at Cathedral of St Paul Wellington.  

Below are some reflections, photos and a videoclip of Bishop Justin's sermon.   |  List of Ordinands and their introductions  >

I like to attend the annual Ordination Service at the Cathedral when I can, and it always lifts my spirits.

This year's service was a special treat as I was one of the nine Lay Ministers from different parts of the Diocese invited to be Lay Assistants at the service.    |    
Ordinations 2012  >
Partnership – Cathedral Linen Guild Share Their Talents 
22 November 12

The Cathedral Linen Guild was approached two years ago about the possibility of making a new Fair Linen altar cloth for St Barnabas church in Roseneath.   |  Partnership Cathedral Linen Guild share their Talents  >
Parish of Shannon-Foxton Youth Disco 
15 November 12

The Parish of Shannon-Foxton held an awesome disco/performance/youth event on 31 October as a community connecting initiative. The event was organised by Sharon Humphrey, who is the Kids' Club Coordinator in Shannon. The event was very well attended and all present had tremendous fun.   |   Youth Disco  >

First Working Bee at Ruapehu Vicarage
15 November 12

Bishop Mwita, John Rowan and a bunch of enthusiastic locals spent Saturday lifting carpet, removing the kitchen and, stripping rooms and architraves, etc. The house is all ready now for the Gib to go up and the painting to begin in earnest.
|  First Working Bee  >

The Storm Before the Calm: Living With Job
15 November 12

Over 40 people crowded upstairs in the Anglican Centre on Saturday 3 November for the third and final Job Seminar from the Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT). The WIT team had already been to Carterton and Feilding with the programme: the October-November Biblical Seminar is a travelling roadshow so that people across...   |  WIT seminar  >

Urban Dean Commissioned in Palmerston North 
08 November 12

In a vibrant and joyful service of worship held recently at All Saints', Palmerston North, Bishop Justin commissioned Reverend John Hornblow to the role of Urban Dean.  |  Urban Dean commissioned  >

Patronal Festival Celebrations in Rongotea 
08 November 12

On Sunday 28 October the Faith Community of St Simon and St Jude, Rongotea celebrated their Patronal Festival.  St Simon and St Jude's is a lovely 117 year old church ...   |   Patronal Festival  >

Greytown Parish Fair
01 November 12

What a fabulous day for a Fair!
This past Labour Day, St Luke's Anglican Parish in Greytown held its annual Parish Fair.  |  Greytown Fair  >

Diocesan Youth Meet
01 November 12

College Leavers Dinners with Bishop Justin
The last of the College Leavers Dinners with Bishop Justin was held last week.   |  Diocesan Youth Meet  >

Installation of Dean Frank Nelson as Dean of Adelaide Cathedral
25 October 12

Nine Parishioners from our Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, along with Archdeacon Bernard and Hilary Faull, journeyed to Adelaide, South Australia, to support Dean Frank Nelson as he was Installed Dean of Adelaide on Friday 12 October 2012.   |  Installation of Dean Frank  >

Firefighters Honoured
18 October 12

Tokomaru residents marked St Aidan's Day recently with a service and special thanks to the village's firefighters. St Aidan is the patron saint of firefighters.   |   Firefighters honoured  >

Newlands-Paparangi celebrate Centenary
18 October 12

Past and present parishioners of St Michael's and All Angels', Newlands-Paparangi enjoyed a weekend of catching up on 15 and 16 September as the Parish celebrated its centenary.  |  Newlands-Paparangi Parish Centenary  >

Taita for Lunch!
18 October 12

The Taita Pomare Anglican Mission Project held its third holiday "Cook –Off" during the first week of the recent school holidays.   Based on television's popular "Master Chef" programme...    |  Taita for Lunch  >

Base Camp 2
11 October 12

Base Camp 2, a 28 hour training and support event for volunteers in youth ministry, started with speed dating amongst ....   |   Base Camp 2  >

Regional Community Awards
11 October 12

For the second year in succession the Taita Pomare Mission Project was nominated in the Hutt City Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards in the health and wellbeing category.  |  Regional Community Awards  >

Farewell to Archdeacon Damon Plimmer and Family
11 October 12

Josephine Plimmer (pictured right), daughter of Damon and Raewyn, carries the Sunday Club candle from St Alban's Church at the farewell liturgy held to farewell ...   |   Farewell to Archdeacon Plimmer  >

Cathedral Music Alive and Well
27 September 12

If the other weekend (8 and 9 September) is anything to go by, the state of New Zealand's Anglican Cathedral choirs is very healthy. Despite Wellington wind's best efforts, over 180 choristers made it to Wellington Cathedral of St Paul for a weekend of singing. 

Coming from the cathedrals in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Napier, Hamilton, Auckland...  | Cathedral Music  >

Farewell to Dean Frank and Christine Nelson
27 September 12

It was in best Cathedral style that we said farewell to Dean Frank and Christine Nelson on Thursday 13 September. 

A warm and convivial crowd of 300 parishioners and well-wishers from Wellington and further afield enjoyed the hospitality of the Loaves and Fishes...    |  Farewell to Dean Frank  >  

Spring into Mission
20 September 12

Thank you to the 100+ people who attended the Spring into Mission event on Saturday 1 September. It was a day of challenge, encouragement and information. 

Rev Mike Hawke, Church Support Officer of Anglican Missions Board, encouraged us to...  |  Spring into Mission  > 

Bronze Award for Mary Houston 
13 September 12

From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September, the Australasian Religious Press Association held its annual conference in Wellington.   At the Ansvar Insurance sponsored awards ceremony, LinkWell's Electronic Synod News 2011  (Editor Mary Houston) received the Bronze Award for ....    |   Bronze Award  >

A Growing Congregation Builds for the Future
13 September 12
St Andrew's in the Paddock, just outside Masterton, has contributed their talents, donations and skills towards providing the extra space this small but growing congregation and children's programme needs – plus finally after almost 90 years, a lavatory!   |   A Growing Congregation  >

Training of Curates in the Rangitikei Parish
06 September 12

These photos were taken on a Parish fishing trip in response to the commandment to "go and fish for men". 
The Parish thought it said "go and fish with men"!!   It was a wonderful day ...  |  Training of Curates  > 

St Peter's, Palmerston North – New Parish Office and Vicar's Study 
23 August 12

The Parish of St Peter's, Palmerston North is thrilled with the completion of a new Parish Office and Vicar's Study. The new extension, designed by David Chapple, was blessed and opened by Archdeacon David van Oeveren on Saturday 18 August.  |  New Parish office  >

Beanies for Seafarers
23 August 12

There has been an overwhelming response to the call from Reverend Bob Peters, Chaplain to Mission for Seafarers, asking for beanies for visiting seafarers. But please don't stop now!   |  Beanies  >

Ohariu Archdeaconry Trip to Nuku'alofa, Tonga 
19 July 12

On Friday 29 June, a group of 35 people, mostly from Ohariu Archdeaconry leave for Nuku'alofa, Tonga, to spend a week working at St Andrew's Anglican High School.  |  Ohariu Trip to Tonga  >

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – 17 June to 1 July 
19 July 12

On 17 June, 24 Anglicans + one other (five from the Diocese of Wellington – all from Palmerston North) left from Auckland and Christchurch for was to be an amazing tour of many Biblical sites in what is now Jordan, Israel and Palestine.    |  Pilgrimage  > 

Installation of Reverend Pete Watson
19 July 12

Earlier this month at St Stephen's church, Marton, in the Parish of Rangitikei, the Reverend Pete Watson, together with his wife Angela and children ...   |  Installation  >

Gift to the Diocese from Bishop Tom
14 June 12 

Bishop Tom has presented the Diocese with the gift of the Belmont Cross. Bishop Tom writes.  'As a way of celebrating the years I have enjoyed....  |  Gift to the Diocese  > 

Cathedral Honours Professor Peter Godfrey 
14 June 12 

Professor Peter Godfrey was honoured at Choral Evensong in Wellington Cathedral as he celebrates his 90th birthday.  |  Cathedral   > 

The Way to Make a Difference
31 May 12

This article appeared on the front page of Tuesday's (29 May 2012) Dominion Post.   Matt Crawshaw, Russell School Board of Trustees Chair, is a member of Urban Vision in Cannons Creek.   It is a great story of the power of neighbourhoods to make a stand and make a difference. | The Way to Make a Difference  >

Parish of St Peter's, Palmerston North: King James Bible Celebration
31 May 12

Last year an old Bible was discovered in a back cupboard at St Peter's by Keith Hopper.  It has now been restored and returned to a prominent place in a cabinet in the church.  |  King James Bible Celebration  > 

Cathedral Companions
24 May 12 

The Annual Meeting of the Cathedral Companions of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul was held in the Loaves and Fishes on Sunday 20 May.  |  Cathedral Companions  > 

Diocesan Management Committee Meeting at Nga Tawa Diocesan School, Marton
17 May 12

The Diocesan Management Committee had their 15 May meeting at Nga Tawa Diocesan School in Marton. Management Committee enjoyed morning tea with the school staff, ....  |   Diocesan Management Committee  > 

Parish of Carterton: Unveiling of Barbara Scarfe's Mural "Journeys" on St Mark's Day
17 May 12

The Parish of Carterton celebrated St Mark's Day with the unveiling of Barbara Scarfe's mural entitled "Journeys". 

The Parish celebrated St Mark's Day, their Patronal Festival, with a Eucharist after which Archdeacon Bernard Faull, Diocesan Administrator and Registrar, who was accompanied...   |   St Mark's Day  > 

St John's SesquiCentennial Celebrations 
10 May 12

Over the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May, St John's, Trentham completed its SesquiCentennial celebrations with a dinner at Te Marua Golf Club on Saturday night, and a combined service on Sunday at 10:00am, followed by a shared lunch. 

This completes a series of celebratory events which began with a service on 27 December last year...    |    St John's SesquiCentennial  > 

2011 Stories
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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!