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January 2021
A Family in God who are followers of Christ

It’s a New Year – En-JOY It!

The Venerable Jacqui Patterson

A comment I receive quite often at Christmas is, “It must be your busy time”.  I never know how to reply really.  I guess I could say something like, “Yes.  It makes a change from doing nothing all year,” or, “Yes, it’s hard work trying to compete with Santa”.  How many times am I expected to say, “Happy Christmas” or, now that it’s all over for another year, “Happy New Year”?
And what exactly IS happiness?  It often implies having what we want – which is usually a lot more than we need >>> CONTINUE READING


Let The Little Children Come To Me

by Cath McVey, Pioneer Minister, Taranaki Cathedral 
Strandz is the hub of children and families ministry for the Tikanga Pakeha in the Anglican church of New Zealand. It is a network of passionate and dedicated individuals from around Aotearoa.  As David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith say in Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus:
“For us, children’s ministry is anything and everything we do to serve children as they walk on their spiritual journey.  Children’s ministry is all that we do to care for the whole of children’s lives – mind, body and soul”  >>> CONTINUE READING

Evisioning The Future

It may be tempting for us to simply consider ourselves a small church in a small town and be done with it, but we must also remember we are part of the Body of Christ and are called to be open to what God is saying to us,” says The Reverend Peter Bargh, Missioner Priest at Whangamatā Anglican Church  >>> CONTINUE READING

We Have Come To Honour Him

Put yourself in the place of the Magi. What must have been their thoughts, their hopes, their fears as they began this incredible journey? As they ended it? They had, no doubt, risked their fortunes and their reputations to travel far --- only to have their purposes nearly thwarted and their lives threatened by a paranoid ruler CONTINUE READING >>>

Connecting With Young People  

While the Strandz resources are predominately made with the parish leaders of children and families in mind, they are very easy to adapt for home use and offer a great way for parents, grandparents and extended whanau to connect with young people and their faith journey. The website is easy to navigate and lots loads of free downloadable resources (created by Strandz and other vetted organisations) >>>CONTINUE READING

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