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        22 February 2019
"Wear your heart on your sleeve"
The imposition of ashes has been a feature of Lent for more than 1000 years
You probably know a few people who 'wear their heart on their sleeve' - people who make their feelings about someone or something pretty obvious. However, you may not know that this phrase originates from medieval tournaments. Knights who wanted to display their affection for a particular lady would tie her hanky to their sleeves and then charge at someone with a lance. It was considered to be a very courageous display of loyalty...
On Wednesday, March the 6th, we invite you to 'wear your heart on your sleeve' by attending an Ash Wednesday Service. During this service you will receive the sign of the cross - a symbol of our mortality, penitence, and belonging. When we see that sign on other people's foreheads we are reminded that we belong to the tribe of Jesus; we are part of a movement. By receiving the imposition of ashes we become a public witness to the work of God. It is a public and courageous display of our loyalty to the One we love. 
So, go early, go often, and be seen! 
Almost 100 years after the foundation stone for St Andrew's was laid by Bishop Averill, Anglicans continue to worship. They might not be in the church anymore, but they are not phased either! Here's an update from the Rev Robyn Freeman:
We are settling into the hall and tweaking a few arrangements so services flow well. I am so proud of the way our people have done this – no moans but total support for each other.
The end of each service is quite funny. It is like ‘take up your mat and walk’: everyone (of their own initiative) picks up their chairs and stacks them in the lounge. Then they have their morning tea. Those who cannot do this themselves have it done for them. Two people have volunteered to help me set the hall up every Saturday.

Please continue to pray for Robyn and the Parish of St Andrew's as they dream dreams about the future of mission and ministry in Inglewood. As their plans unfold we will continue to provide updates. In the meantime, know that the church is not for sale!
Seasons for Growth is a peer support programme for young people aged 6-18 who are suffering grief and loss. This might be due to the death of a loved one; life-threatening illness of a parent or close relative; separation or divorce of parents; imprisonment of a parent or close family member; long-term placement with foster parents; migration or other circumstances.
Since its launch in 1996, Seasons for Growth programmes have reached more than 300,000 children, young people and adults across six countries, including New Zealand. It is an innovative, evidence based education programme which leads young people on a structured journey to explore feelings and develop sustainable coping strategies for grief and loss. The programme does not provide counselling or psychotherapy.
Support is provided in small, age-appropriate groups of young people who work alongside two volunteer adult companions for apx. 1 hour/week over 9 weeks.
Volunteer Companions
We are seeking volunteers who: enjoy working with children/young people; like working in a team; are comfortable leading a group; have experienced grief themselves and can be flexible.
Each volunteer is police checked and undertakes a rigorous training programme prior to supporting young people.
This is a wonderful way to gain experience and make a positive difference in your community.
For programmes in Hamilton please contact:
Coordinator: Melanie Black
P:  07 857 0436
For further information please visit:

If Seasons for Growth sounds like something you would like to support but you are unable to volunteer, you could consider making a donation toward the Seasons for Growth library. We have a number of picture books we would like to purchase. You don’t have to find the books – we’ll do that.
Alternatively, you may like to sponsor a child on the programme ($25) or their journal ($15).  Give it some thought and give Melanie a call!
Congratulations to St Barnabas, Opunake and St Mary's, Gordonton! You are the winners of the  Kiwi Audio Bible on USB. Thanks to all those who have contributed photographs of their worship centres. A number of parishes are still outstanding - if you wish to have a picture on the new website please submit your image as soon as possible: 

St John’s College Trust Board Funding

St John’s College Trust Board is our primary funder of theological education, professional development and new initiatives. Last year it moved to online applications, and this year (for the first time) it has two funding windows. The first closes on March 31 (for study in the second half of this year) the second closes September 30 (for study commencing in 2020).
To find out more see here:
If you wish to make an application please contact

February 25, Holy Trinity, Fitzroy

The service and graduation will celebrate 4 years of study, learning and reflection!
6:00pm: EFM display in the church and an opportunity for you to bring anyone who may be interested in or seeking information about EFM.
6.30pm: EFM Service & Graduation in the Church.  Archbishop Philip will be involved in this ecumenical service.
                (Followed by a light finger food supper in the Holy Trinity Church Hall.)

In late July 2019 we will be starting the 12-week ecumenical EFM Programme “The Church in Aotearoa New Zealand”
In this programme we will learn more about God’s love in action in our corner of the Pacific, and discover the unique character of the early church in these lands, and trace the development of the Christian story throughout the first 200 years.  Please contact Valda McBeth for more details:  Phone 06 755 1851 or 027 442 5569 Email:

2019 Diocesan Education Programme

Bishop's Clergy Training Days scheduled for March 23rd and August 24th in Te Kuiti.
St Luke’s, Te Kuiti 10-3.30, March 23 Pastoral Care to the Dying
The first Bishop’s Training Day for 2019 will see Bishop Philip and Canon Sue Pickering collaborate. Clergy registrations will open in February. Bishop’s Training Days are mandatory for all licenced clergy (those with PTOs are welcome but not required to come - registrations will open in February).

Episcopal Lecture Series: This year, Bishop Philip will lead three blocks of three webinars, with emphasis on hospitality, community, and rural ministry. All sessions will be recorded and made available each week. Bishop Philip will be accompanied by our own specialists in delivering this new series. 
Block One | Hospitality
  • March 5, Tuesday, 7pm: Bishop Philip
  • March 12, Tuesday, 7pm: Rev Dr Jekheli Kibami-Singh (Vicar, St Luke's, Te Kuiti)
  • March 19, Tuesday, 7pm: Ben Ong (Diocesan PhD student at St John's College)

Lay Training Workshops: In 2019, the Diocese will hold a lay training day with an introduction from Bishop Philip and an afternoon of workshops including: anointing, preaching, pastoral listening, pastoral visiting, and missions. Dates and details to be confirmed.

Enrolments now open for Semester 2. For more information click here

Diocesan Prayers

  • The work of the Episcopal Commission (Nick Young, Rev Trish Malcolm, +Andrew Hedge
  • The Motion 7 Response Working Group (Sue Court, Joyce Marcon, Imogene Burgess, Haydn Burke, Sue Burns, Stephen Black, Malcolm French)
  • The Euthanasia Response Team (Heather Major, Juliet Drage, Julian Perkins, Sue Pickering, Andrew McKean, Stephen Black)
  • Taranaki Archdeacons, Dean, and Regional Deans (Mele Prescott, Trevor Harrison, Peter Barleyman, Lance Pilbrow, Julia Moore-Pilbrow)
  • Rev Julie Guest, new Vicar of St John's, Te Awamutu
Wonderful Counsellor,
Source of wisdom, fountain of innovation;
Inspire your servants to new ways of thinking,
Enable them to hear your will,
And to communicate it to your people.
Give them strength, courage and persistence,
As they seek to guide and equip.
In Jesus' name we pray. AMEN     
The Parish of St Aidan, Claudelands is looking to replace its long-serving Parish Secretary, who is retiring at the end of March.
A list of duties is available on request.
The successful applicant will be expected to work between 9.00am and 12 noon, and may choose not to work during school holidays.
Applications for the position, with a CV, should be sent to the Parish office, or e-mailed to
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