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        7 November 2019
Photo Credit: Reverend Canon Sue Pickering
At Synod this year the following motion was passed:
“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: 
  1. Make submissions opposing the End of Life Choice Bill to their local MPs;
  2. Advocate increased spending on and resourcing for enhanced palliative and end-of-life care.
  3. To request Standing Committee to appoint a group to advise and comment on any amendments to the Bill.
On 13 November Parliament will vote on whether the End of Life Choice (euthanasia and assisted suicide) Bill should become law. If the majority of MPs vote against it, there will be no referendum.
In accordance with the motion passed at Synod, we urge you and your ministry unit to make submissions opposing this Bill. There are many ways to express your opposition to this Bill: Finally, please plan prayer meetings on Wednesday November the 13th to pray for the process and all those involved in it. When you have made a plan let Stephen know and he will promote it online.
For your diary - on Thursday 28 November there will be a Celebration of Ministry service at All Saints' Eltham at 5.00pm followed by a Pot Luck Dinner in the Hall. Please bring along a main or dessert (or both if you are feeling generous). On this occasion we will give thanks for the wonderful ministry in Central over very many years and look to future ministry with faith and excitement!! Reverend Peter and Jan Barleyman have given the most extraordinary service to God and the community of the Central Region and although they are adamant that they don’t want a fuss we must give thanks for all they have been and given of themselves. Peter and Jan will be leaving the Central Region on 30 November - I am hesitant to say retiring as I don’t think that is part of their vocab.
(Belinda Holmes)
A new diocesan website with an emphasis on mission, education and vocation is almost ready to be released. This site will promote local mission strategies and opportunities, make our education resources available (including all LiFT recordings and training), outline spiritual practices (lectio divina, colouring-in, Ignatian Meditation, etc), invite you into a regular spiritual reflection with Reverend Canon Sue Pickering, explore vocations, and provide all the diocesan admin you are accustomed to.
A new Catechism (based on the questions and answers in our NZ Prayer Book) is about to be printed. It is a simple introduction to key questions of faith - that lead to more questions... This notebook-style resource targets families and youth, is full of rural and urban images of Aotearoa, and has been designed by the very talented journeymancreative (Tori Veysey). 
Sample from "He Akonga : Disciples in Aotearoa New Zealand".
Alongside questions and answers from the Catechism it includes bi-lingual versions of the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed, and concludes with the Beatitudes. 
To find out more and order copies contact Stephen.
On the first day in December 2019, the first Sunday in Advent, the Common Life Liturgical Commission invites you to celebrate with us 30 years of liturgy, and we offer you a reflection, sentence, collect, and hymn written for this occasion.
In celebrating 30 years of A New Zealand Prayer Book I He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa we are called to remember its illustrious past; the thought, discussions, disagreement, and many decisions that make up the beloved whakapapa of this ‘taonga tongarewa’. Each contributor, having left a little of themselves woven into each word and illustration, are forever bound in every page.
This prayer book tapestry was never destined to be woven by one strand alone and as we survey the book’s cross each thread, including the loosed ones, carry the filaments of liturgy from its past to the present and into future whakapapa making. Now, with the luxury of technology, its prayers, liturgy, and history, proudly traverse the globe and its contents are sought after on the international stage, daily.
A host of audio versions of our Te Reo Maori liturgies are available online in small chunks for ease of learning. Click on the image to see the whole list and to commence downloading!
Introducing Christina Syratt

I worship in the beautiful church of St John the Evangelist, Waihi, where I have been a worship leader since 2015. As a trained singer I also lead the congregation singing and sing during communion when not otherwise engaged. 

I live on a five acre lifestyle block with my husband Steve, dog Lizzie, and half a dozen cattle. I am so blessed to be surrounded by the wonder of nature, my environment gives me constant joy.

I have worked as an accountant at a small accountancy practise in Waihi for over 22 years. We are a small and close team, which makes it easier to fit my church responsibilities in with my work responsibilities. 

After many years competing in triathlon my leisure time is largely spent on long walks, cycling and swimming. I also love gardening and working on our land.
(Christina will be ordained Deacon on Saturday November 30 at 2pm in the Waikato Cathedral)
Light Parties continue to be celebrated across the Diocese. Thank you to all those volunteers who give up their time to create a fun and safe space for our young people to gather. 
Let us know what your most popular games are and we will put them in a new online resource for next year!

The Diocese is full of Good News stories and we want to celebrate all that is happening in our shared life. We rely on each Parish or Ministry Unit taking the time to share what is going on in their community with us. If you want to share what's happening in your space please email

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Friday, 8 November 5.30pm, Taize Service, St James', 82 Nixon St, Hamilton
Saturday 7 December from 4pm, Fashion Show Fundraiser, St Mark's, 82 Breckon St, Hamilton (Download Poster)
Would you be willing to commit your Christmas Day to a lunch in Hamilton? Contact Stephen for more information.
Ordinations: Fri Nov 29, 7pm, Taranaki Cathedral & Sat Nov 30, 2pm, Waikato Cathedral.
This Training Day was born out of our own need at All Saints to equip members of our congregation who participate in leading worship (incl. musicians, song leaders, intercessors, readers, etc.) so that we have a more cohesive and worshipful end
Having spoken to a few colleagues, who expressed a similar need, we decided to open the day to any person who might benefit from this training – we would love to have you and your members join us!
There is no cost for the day and all are asked to ‘bring a plate to share’ for lunch. Please could you let us know by 13 Nov (via the email address below) the names of those who will be attending so that we can offer appropriate hospitality.
(Rev Andrew Evans, All Saints, Matamata)
Australian and New Zealand Association for Theological Education (ANZATFE) warmly invites you to attend this year’s biannual conference from 19-21 November on the theme: Ethics Matter! Formation of ethically-responsible ministry.  Please click on the link below for full information on the conference and to register.
For registration enquiries, please contact Rebecca deJong, Email:
The Motion 7 Roadshow is intended to explain the effects of General Synod’s response to the question of same-gender relationship blessing. It is a 90-120 minute presentation and includes the opportunity for participants to provide their feedback to help the Bishop understand what their views are.

Diocesan Prayers

Family of God | Followers of Christ
  • Marked by Gratitude: please give thanks for all who provide palliative care services: for all institutions, nurses, doctors, counsellors, chaplains, friends and ancillary staff. May God bless them for their commitment to compassion and comfort.
  • Growing Disciples: Inspirational God, may we demonstrate our growth as disciples by standing up for what we believe - may the strength we derive from you motivate others to love. 
  • Transforming Communities: May our action in community usher in your Kingdom. May our communities know who we are through what we change.
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