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8 June 2020
Family of God & Followers of Christ

COVID-19 | recovering & responding

The Covid-19 lockdown has affected us all in different ways, but there are a couple of common threads (or perhaps some shared knots).
There are those for whom the end of lockdown is a profound relief: home dynamics have been stretched and sometimes broken. For others, Level 2 has concluded a wonderful family time
that has deepened and restored relationships. Isolation persists for many while those who were once isolated have discovered new ways of connecting that have transformed their lives. There is the challenge of arrested grief where loved ones have died without the opportunity to say goodbye. And all of this exists with the enduring threat of a new flare-up or outbreak. 
Now that we can begin to gather again we have the opportunity to address these issues - and you are encouraged to do exactly that. Please work with your communities to discern what the greatest needs are and give some thought to what will work in your context. For example, the Waikato Cathedral and te Manawa o te Wheke are planning a service of sorrows that will enable people to acknowledge and express their grief. Other parishes are exploring what it means to support parents who are not only coping with their own response to the virus but also with their children's struggles. Our younger generations are recording extraordinary levels of anxiety, frustration and a sense of being overwhelmed. In this regard, the Diocese is receiving advice from experts to ensure we respond appropriately as well.
So please pray together, listen to one another, and share your responses so that we might all benefit from the work of the Holy Spirit in your place.


Learn about the origins of Christian Meditation and experience how it's practised.
Rev Rosie Dell (Te Kauwhata & Hospital Chaplain) leads a rolling six-week course and you are most welcome.
Learn more.


As we adjust to the changing lockdown levels and new normal, we will gradually restore cancelled and deferred calendar events. To that end, there will soon be another diocesan update describing our vision for the future.
Shortly after that, a series of online presentations will be broadcast to invite people into those priorities. These sessions in applied theology will be open to all. Details will be advised on our website and in future editions of Connected.



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 15 people contributing each week, but it normally lasts 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.
The Value of Every Human Soul

PENTECOST | the power of the Holy Spirit

Bishop Philip Homily


The University of Otago Theology Programme is offering free continuing education sessions via zoom. Each session will involve input followed by facilitated discussion. 
Learn more.


At this year's General Election all voters will be invited to support or reject the End of Life Choice Act 2019. Although the Act was given parliamentary assent last year it cannot pass into law unless a majority of voters support it. At our 2019 Diocesan Synod we reaffirmed our rejection of euthanasia and physician-assisted dying by passing this motion: 

Motion No.13 Euthanasia Bill before Parliament:

“That this Synod reaffirms its decision of 2014 (Motion 4) and continues to oppose any move to legalise euthanasia or physician- assisted-suicide in New Zealand. Furthermore, it urges ministry units and individuals to:

i) Make submissions opposing the End of Life Choice Bill to their local MPs;

ii) Advocate increased spending on and resourcing for enhanced palliative and end-of-life care.”

Right now we are developing resources to help you and your communities understand the significance of this Act. This is especially important as recent surveys continue to demonstrate how misunderstood this legislation is. Ultimately our advice will be to vote "no" in the referendum to reject the flawed End of Life Choice Act 2019.


If you love working with young leaders across a diverse range of cultures, we want you! The role of Youth Commissioner in our church provides the unique opportunity and challenge to lead and walk with youth leaders from Māori, Pākehā, Fijian, Samoan, Tongan and New Zealand Polynesian backgrounds.
The right applicant will be someone who has proven leadership, great interpersonal skills that can work cross-culturally, and effective communication (in multiple languages would be a bonus).  The Three Tikanga Youth Commissioner role works closely with all members of the Anglican Church, both nationally and internationally, and is accountable to the Tikanga Toru Youth Commission.
We are seeking a person who can contribute to the mission and priorities of Three Tikanga Youth Ministry. The role is full-time, Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work. A location will be negotiated with the successful applicant. A space is available, if required, at TUIA – General Synod Office, Meadowbank, Auckland.
We seek an experienced person who brings the following skills and experience:
  • Experience working in the Anglican Church structures
  • Able to develop and fulfil strategic direction and policy
  • Able to deliver and evaluate events and programmes
  • An Advocate for Youth Ministry throughout the Anglican Communion
  • Background in Youth Ministry and leading Youth Groups
  • Experience Managing Staff and Budgets
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Capable with Microsoft Office, databases, website and social media
If you believe you have the right attitude, along with relevant experience, to make a difference to the Anglican Church’s Youth Ministry, we would like to hear from you!  Applications Close on Friday June 12, 2020
Please send your application, with a cover letter and CV to:
Three Tikanga Youth Commissioner Vacancy
General Secretary
PO Box 87188, Meadowbank, Auckland 1742
Due to current travel restrictions the interview process will occur virtually by videoconference.
If based in Aotearoa/ New Zealand applicants should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa, and preferably a current full NZ driver’s license.


The Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC) comprises a broad composition of Churches. We are committed to promoting, maintaining and developing, relevant, flexible, and competent Chaplaincy services within the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare environment. The primary purpose of our ministry is to foster good health through excellence in pastoral care. Our Chaplains stand alongside other healthcare professionals in the hospital setting. We are committed to the principles of partnership expressed in the Treaty of Waitangi. Spiritual care and support are provided by Christian Chaplains in the most appropriate way for all recipients regardless of religious denomination, faith-orientation, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Recipients are at liberty to access the spiritual care of their choice. Our Chaplains’ role is to coordinate that process.

If you are interested in this very special ministry and believe that you have suitable qualifications and would like to come and live in the Hawkes Bay please apply.

Applications are being sought from experienced Chaplains and other suitably qualified ordained clergy for these Two Full-time positions. (40 hours per week.) Ecumenical Hospital Chaplaincy position at Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.

Family of God | Followers of Christ

Loving God,
For whom there is neither Jew nor Greek,
Slave nor free, male nor female;
Make us all one in Christ Jesus.
As we witness unrest, racism, and conflict,
May we also witness to your peace, inclusion, and reconciliation.
Open our hearts to gratitude,
Open all doors to discipleship,
Open our communities to transformation.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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