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31 July 2020
A Family in God who are followers of Christ

BUILDING ON THE WORK OF THE MASTERS

“No one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid;
that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:11

2020 is a year of contradictions: we’ve been locked down in our homes and freed online, trapped online in our meetings and freed in our homes! And it's not over yet. As ministry units and as a diocese we have all been trying to accommodate new patterns and opportunities while seeking to balance high levels of stress and exhaustion. 

Traditionally we have hosted a 2-3 day, residential, clergy-focused conference. This year we decided to invite everyone to participate online instead - but with a special emphasis on ministry leadership teams. The hope is that this 4-week webinar will create conversations in context. After all, each ministry unit is the local expert - and every 'local' is a little different. However, we all share the same foundation and the same vision: that Jesus Christ is our cornerstone and that we are called to proclaim the Good News so that the Kingdom can grow. This is our inheritance - the foundation we have received from the master builders who preceded us.
Bishop Philip has articulated our vision through these qualities: 

  • Marked by Grace | Ngaakau Whakawhetai
  • Growing Disciples | Tupuranga Aakonga
  • Transforming Communities | Whakaahua Hapori
(See this video to learn more)
In the Foundations | Tuuaapapa webinar series, we are exploring this in more depth with reference to:
  • Vision and Strategy
  • Culture and Leading Change
  • Growth: Sowing, Growing, Shaping
  • Whanaungatanga: Reconciliation
(Watch the first two videos, read the resources and learn more here.)
Thanks to everyone who has been involved so far - and thank you for the terrific feedback!

MANNA YOUTH HOME OPENS

On Friday 10th of July one of our Diocese's latest projects was blessed and the new team commissioned. Manna Youth Home is a new joint venture between our Diocese, The Bishop's Action Foundation, and Oranga Tamariki.
A team of people have been working for the past two years with the board of an existing ministry, Manna Healing Centre, a respite care ministry that was exploring a different future. 
Working with our diocese, a new team was brought on board led by Priscilla McIvor to lead out a new ministry providing residential care as well as wrap around support to help young people get a fresh start at life. Oranga Tamariki came on as funding partner to make this new ministry viable. We are really excited about what this new ministry will be doing and encourage you to be praying for this team as they start out.
Story by Lance Pilbrow, photography by Julia Moore-Pilbrow.

JAM JAR GENIUS

Ethos cafe is an important part of our justice focus. It provides employment and training opportunities for men and women who are seeking to integrate into society. It provides great food and coffee to fuel courageous conversations on issues of justice. It hosts informative and challenging events. At the moment it is leading the charge in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa in environmental responsibility - definitely a justice issue.
Towards this end, Ethos has stopped offering single-use paper cups, and instead offers a Mug Library and glass jars with lids for takeaway drinks.
 
They write "Public support for this initiative has been amazing, but we are unable to keep up with the demand for jars. Should you have any spare glass jars with fitting lids, then we would gratefully receive and upcycle them. Craigs Jam Jars (375 gram) are an ideal size, but bigger and smaller jars are also welcome."
Rev Peter Sampson

TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC

What a great way to gather and give thanks to God for a job well done!
We had a great collection of teddies at our teddy bears' picnic at St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton last Sunday. A few others who had worked so hard during lockdown also showed up at Pukerangiora Hill: unicorns, sheep and even a penguin.
We blessed all who came, and shared in hospitality with honey sandwiches and a sausage sizzle. We also introduced our new children's choir - who were in fine voice! It was a lovely way to gather and celebrate as the family of God.
Dean Wendy Scott

THE ABBEY

This year The Abbey gathers together Anglican youth leaders and young adults from across the Pacific to learn together to be a people that dismantles the walls that divide in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Walls that separate our young people from their communities, indigenous peoples from their whenua, and of course our own hearts from the God who loves us.

The Abbey is a conference primarily aimed at those ages 18-30, however we welcome any young adults or those working with young people.

Please pray for our young people and leaders attending from WDSG and Mosaic Youth! (And if you are going too, let us know so we can connect you at The Abbey)

Foundations | Tūāpapa

The videos and associated resources for this webinar series are online here:
https://www.wtanglican.nz/foundations/
Join us for the next two Tuesdays to keep up-to-date with what we are trying to achieve together.
Please be in touch with Stephen if you are having IT issues: stephen@wtanglican.nz.
Chris Clarke is an experienced CEO and change manager who has worked across for-profit and for-purpose sectors in Aotearoa and overseas.

FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

FAMILY OF GOD

Each Monday to Friday you are invited to gather with people from across the Diocese for morning devotions. Each day is a little different with a team of people contributing each week. Prayers normally last about 15 minutes. We would love to see you there. Learn more
On Sunday evenings at 7pm you are invited to join Bishop Philip's household where he and Belinda host Night Prayer. This informal Prayer Book service commences with lighting a candle for the world - a moment replicated across every time zone. Learn more.
Details about this year's Synod are being confirmed at present. Please stand by for updates regarding Saturday, October 3 and a proposed 9-4 meeting.

A CLARE WAY TO BE FAMILY OF GOD - FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

Have you emerged into our post-lockdown world wanting to do things differently? To live more authentically? Simply? Prayerfully?
…how is that going? I know for me, and several friends and colleagues, we have been struggling to live into the vision we had of a different way of being this side of lockdown. You might be having a similar experience.

Reassuringly, we are not alone in a desire to change the way we live as Christians. St. Clare, a 13th century nun, is one of countless Christians throughout history who modelled an authentically Christ-like way of being that differed from what the Church or the World expected. 11 August is her feast day.

Like her inspirational companion, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare was drawn to the simple truth of the Gospel. Unlike Francis, who chose an active way of being – wandering the world, embracing lepers, making peace between Christians and Muslims as well as between humanity and wider creation, and generally embodying God’s love for all – Clare chose a contemplative route of prayer.

Francis and Clare’s outward work was different. The calling to honour the Gospel first and foremost was the same, however. This is well articulated in this diocese’s vision: to be marked by gratitude, to grow disciples, and to transform communities. Francis did this, yes; so, too, did Clare. Quietly and prayerfully, she drew women to lives of poverty, centred on Christ’s love.

Some of us, perhaps like Francis, have been blessed with a clear, active sense of how to live into this new way! Others of us, perhaps like Clare, feel deeply drawn to new ways of being without being quite clear how to do so. Clare is a reminder that being grounded in prayer is not only a powerful way to start – although it is that – but that for some of us, it will be our true vocation.

God, you are building the Church and bringing about the Kingdom, use our faith to serve your purposes. Amen.
Rev Peter Bargh
There are only 50 days to go until the general election and binding referenda. Many ministry units are engaging with these serious issues and several public gatherings have already taken place in our parishes. We are grateful for the priority being given to education. To that end we have updated our video, flyer, and diocesan guide. 
(Learn more here.)

A Family in God who are followers of Christ

Please pray that:
  • The example set by Ethos might encourage others to take our care for creation seriously.
  • That the men and women in hospitality training might know new opportunities opening up for their future.
  • The cafe staff might continue to reflect God's generous welcome and hospitality to all. 
Rev Peter Sampson
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