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December 2020
A Family in God who are followers of Christ


From Archbishop Philip

It has been called the most beautiful story in the world.
So improbable – a young woman, barely beyond childhood, betrothed, conceives a child.
Her beloved is not the father but, against all convention, stays with her believing the unlikely story conveyed by a heavenly visitor that the child she will bear is the longed for Messiah. The child is born in difficult circumstances only to have to flee as a refugee in the face of a tyrant.
The rest, as they say is history … >>> CONTINUE READING



by Blythe Cody
The Hamilton Community Christmas lunch is not so much about providing a meal for hungry people on Christmas day as it is about creating a day of community. The Christmas lunch is not advertised as a meal for those who are financially in need (although it certainly may be that), it is a meal for anyone who would otherwise be spending Christmas day alone. For several years this lunch has provided a place for people to gather, sit at a table together, eat a chef-prepared meal, sing carols, receive a gift and leave feeling like they have spent their Christmas day with friends >>> CONTINUE READING


They say the only thing constant is change and that might certainly seem true for the parishioners of St Mary’s church in New Plymouth who have spent the last decade in a state of flux – with more change looming on the horizon  >>> CONTINUE READING


This month we investigate the power of prayers of gratitude, of being mindful of our blessings and thanking God for God’s gifts.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, whether tangible or intangible CONTINUE READING >>>


It's traditional to wish people a Merry Christmas, however the reality is that for many this time of year is stressful, exhausting and overwhelming.
Connected has collated some expert tips to help us look after our mental, physical, financial and spiritual health over the silly season >>>CONTINUE READING


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