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        24 January 2020
A COMMITMENT TO PEACE & TO UNITY
Archbishop Justin Welby celebrates a new eucharistic liturgy on the banks of the Jordan River during the recent Primates' Meeting. It is hoped this new liturgy will help unite Anglicans across the global communion. 
Photo Credit: Alex Baker (ACNS)

Bishop Philip has recently returned from the Holy Land having attended the Anglican Primates' Meeting in Jordan. One of the emphases of this important gathering has been how our Provinces can continue to work together "despite the complexities we face." This reflects the Archbishops' shared commitment (from 2016) to “walk together, however painful this is, and despite our differences, as a deep expression of our unity in the body of Christ.” This commitment has been reaffirmed at every subsequent meeting. 
On the 5th Sunday of Lent (March 29) all Anglicans are called to participate in prayers of repentance and reconciliation. This is the result of work undertaken by the Archbishop's Task Force which has been asked to “restore relationships, rebuild mutual trust and responsibility, heal the legacy of hurt and explore deeper relationships.”

The Priamtes' gathering was shaped by prayer and Bible study, the welcome of twelve new archbishops, acknowledgement of the many serious challenges faced by difference provinces, a renewed commitment to safeguarding the vulnerable, and promotion of the Anglican Environmental Network's response to climate change.
We give thanks for our Archbishops and their commitment to repentance. May we all be agents of peace and reconciliation.
IN MEMORIAM
In the past month we have farewelled a significant number of special people from congregations across the Diocese, both lay and ordained. We give thanks to God for these faithful servants and for each ministry unit that has supported the grieving families and friends. 
We pray that God will grant comfort and strength to all who mourn;
draw near to the families and all who grieve.
Make your love known to them,
that they may turn to you
and receive comfort and strength.
Among those who have died was the Reverend Ailsa Claridge, Priest Assistant to the Taranaki Cathedral Parish of St Mary. Before she died, Ailsa was able to celebrate both her grandson's 4th birthday (in full pirate attire!) and Christmas. We are grateful that Ailsa died surrounded by her family and the love of God. Her life was celebrated at a funeral held in the Interim Cathedral where she was ordained. We give thanks for Ailsa's vocation, her pastoral ministry, and her commitment to peace and reconciliation between Maori and Pakeha (especially through her presence at Parihaka). Ailsa, beloved of God, may you rest in peace, and rise in glory. Amen. 
FROM THE DIOCESAN OFFICE
Grant in Aid Applications
The Finance and Audit subcommittee would like to consider applications for grants in aid at its 3 February 2020 meeting.
As such, if the parish Vestry thinks your parish has a need, please get the application into Charlotte Brown House (Hamilton) no later than 27 January 2020, stating the case for financial support e.g. a business case and a conclusion.  The Finance and Audit Subcommittee is obliged to prioritise the use of the small fund available for the financial support for parishes.  The highest priority will be afforded to parishes that are unable to meet their operational commitments or have emergency needs. 
Please contact Jill Schumacher if you have any questions (ea@wtanglican.nz
Email Correspondence
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Thanks for your patience, Jill. 
Minimum Wage
The Government has confirmed that the adult minimum wage will rise to $18.90 from April 1 2020. 
This means that parishes should expect a further increase of at least $1.10 next year to achieve the Government’s commitment to a $20 per hour minimum wage by 2021 (subject to re-election).
The 2019 Living Wage is $21.15.
ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS
The Christian tradition of the catechism goes back to the earliest church. It is a teaching tool that encourages people to ask and answer questions. At one level it has all the answers because it officially outlines what we believe. At another level it creates more and more questions. And this is what we hope for. We want to start conversations and encourage people to really explore our faith.
To learn more about our new resource (aimed at young people and baptismal families) please see our new website.
TELL YOUR STORY

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 stephen@wtanglican.nz

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INSTALLATION OF WAIKATO DEAN
Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha.
 
Ko Puke-rangiora te maunga, Ko Te Wherowhero te tangata, Ko Waikato te iwi.
 
Haere mai e ngā iwi, e ngā mana o te motu. Huihui ai tātou ki runga i te karanga o Ihu Karaiti.
 
The Cathedral Wardens, Vestry, and Chapter have much pleasure in inviting you to a service of Commissioning and Installation of:
 
The Reverend Wendy Scott
as Dean of the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter
 
by the Most Reverend Philip Richardson
Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki
Archbishop and Primate
 
and
 
The Right Reverend Ngarahu Katene
Te Pīhopa o Te Manawa o Te Wheke
 
Friday 31 January 2020 at 6:30pm in the Waikato Cathedral.

Clergy are invited to vest and wear a red stole. 
Please pray for Wendy, her family, and the Cathedral congregation as they prepare for this new ministry.
LAY TRAINING DAY
The first lay training day for 2020 will be held:
  • Saturday, February 29
  • St Luke's, Te Kuiti
  • Tea and coffee from 10am, worship from 10:30am, concluding at 3pm.
Please register to ensure we can cater for you on the day. Sessions will include:
  • Anointing
  • Parish Administration (where to find things, how to do things, and an opportunity to ask questions)
  • Stewardship motivation (including a fund-raising strategy)
  • Evangelism (Part Two)
UPCOMING EVENTS

HOPE - A day to reflect on what hope means for us and how we exercise hope in the contexts of our lives, our communities and our world.

Facilitator: Jan Sampson (Spiritual director, retreat facilitator)

Venue: Saint James Anglican Church, 82 Nixon St, Hamilton East

Time: Saturday, February 8: 9.30-3pm

Registration: with Jan by Wed February 5 at spiritualdirector3@gmail.com

BYO lunch, journal, Bible. Morning tea provided.

Koha $20 appreciated

Diocesan Dates
Please remember that the Diocesan Calendar is available here, and is constantly updated.
Friday  31st January Installation of New Dean  - Waikato Cathedral
Saturday 29th February Bishop’s Training Day - Lay
Saturday 14th March Bishop’s Training Day - Clergy
Tuesday 7th April Chrism Mass – New Plymouth
Thursday 9th April Chrism Mass - Hamilton
Saturday 18th April BMA Training Day
Saturday 9th May – Friday 15th May General Synod - Nelson
Saturday 23rd May Bishop’s Training Day - Lay
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th June Clergy Conference
Saturday 13th June Standing Committee
Saturday 20th June Bishop’s Training Day - Clergy
Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th July Te Manawa o te Wheke: Winter Kura
Friday 7th –Sunday 9th August Diocesan Formation Retreat
Saturday 12th September Bishop’s Training Day – Clergy
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October Synod
Tuesday 27th October Readiness for Ordination Interviews
Thursday 26th -27th November Pre-ordination retreat
Saturday 28th November Ordinations

Children and Youth worker | St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Claudelands

Do you have a strong Christian faith with an ability to speak about Jesus in a warm and inviting manner? Do you have effective ministry experience with children/young people? Do you have an understanding of and commitment to fostering the local Anglican ethos and bi-cultural partnership? If so, then you could be the person we are looking for to support and aid the development of children and youth ministry within the parish of St Aidan, Claudelands, Hamilton.

St Aidan’s Anglican Church is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic Children and Youth Worker for 8 hours a week.

Ideally:

  • You will be a good communicator, able to develop and build positive supportive relationship with young people and their families. 
  • You will have effective ministry experience with children/young people.
  • You will be creative and able to develop and maintain an effective Sunday morning children’s ministry programme.

For a full job description, please email staidanshamilton@gmail.com.

Please then email your CV with a covering letter to Peter at staidanshamilton@gmail.com by 5pm Friday 31st January 2020.

https://staidanshamilton.wixsite.com/church

Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC) | Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital
Full-Time Hospital Chaplain (0.5 FTE Mental Health and 0.5 FTE General Health) based at Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital
.5 FTE   Mental Health
.5 FTE   General Chaplain
Closes 4 p.m. 24 January 2020

 Applicants can send their CV, Cover Letter and Application form to financeadmin@ichc.org.nz

Diocesan Prayers

Family of God | Followers of Christ
Empowering God,
We pray for empathy – a willingness to listen without judgement:
to ideas, people, and situations;
to ourselves, our faith, and our hopes.
We pray for curiosity – to know that it is only in our seeking
that we extend ourselves to different answers, perspectives and insights.
We pray for humility – the knowledge of our own vulnerability:
help us to accept our flaws
and make us willing to explore new ideas and possibilities, 
to live lives enriched by new experiences,
foreign horizons, and the things we thought impossible.
Enable us to accept that change can make us vulnerable:
as we become less capable of adapting, changes seem greater;
as our limits become more apparent, our abilities seem to decline;
as our anxiety grows, each small thing seems larger.
Free us from the anxiety of what seems to be
so that we can embrace the potential of a new reality.
Keep ideas, possibilities, dreams, and hopes growing in and around us -
so that change is not a barrier, but a gateway to new life.
Keep us curious about life, exploration and discovery,
that we might inspire one another.
God, you chose to come among us and see the world from our perspective,
grant us the grace to see one another’s point of view.
Give us the courage to accept difference and difficulty in one another,
To be grateful and to laugh together.
Amen.
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