Archives for: March 2017

There were 4 posts published in March 2017.
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SHORT TERM INTERNSHIP IN NEW ZEALAND

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AND MISSION (CLAM)

At St Paul’s Church, Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand

An amazing opportunity for 5 or 6 young people to spend 10 weeks from June 20th 2017 exploring mission and culture in New Zealand.

Based in a small rural community in Taranaki you will get to learn more about yourself, your faith and your mission. A small Presbyterian/Methodist church is experiencing some real growth especially with children, youth and families. This momentum is providing a catalyst for people coming to faith and the challenge is how to navigate through, with what God is doing.

For 10 weeks St Paul’s church is offering a great experience and opportunity for 5-6 Interns to join a team in Opunake, a small rural town with great surf beaches, close to Mount Taranaki. Here you will get involved in the local mission involving children, youth and families of all ages. You’ll get discipleship and leadership training, opportunities for personal development and lots of opportunities to serve and lead in a fun, practical environment under the guidance of a Mentor. (Check the 10 week plan)

You will get to live at the Mountain View Manse where board and lodging will be provided for free. You will receive a small weekly allowance. In addition you will get to do some travelling to see some of the sights of NZ, attend Connect the annual national youth leaders conference and help run a national leadership camp for young teens.

To be eligible you will need to be over 17/18 years, have an active Christian faith, have a sense of adventure, like working with people especially kids and youth and be willing to learn.

For overseas students you will need to purchase your flight to New Plymouth via Auckland and obtain a working/holiday visa prior to your arrival. You will need some pocket money if you want to do some of the more expensive activities like skiing at Ruapehu.

For more information and an application form please contact Jennie McCullough by email jennie@waitara.org.nz

 

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2017 Easter Camp Gospel of Luke

At Easter Camp this year, keep an eye out for Bible Society’s new Easter Camp Gospel of Luke (NLT) designed especially for us. Perfect for a Term 2 follow-up to Easter Camp, the Gospel will feature an 8 week discussion guide for youth groups, chapter summaries to help you understand what you’ve just read and pause reflection sections to help you pause and hear God when reading it.

This Gospel has been created especially to help youth hear from God and learn to follow Jesus, so ask your leader to pick up copies for your youth group.

Easter Camps 2017

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FT Youth Minister – Rotorua

The Rotorua District Presbyterian Church (RDPC) is seeking to develop and expand its youth ministries and is looking for a youth minister to join its team. This is an exciting opportunity to invest in the lives of young people and develop new ministries in Rotorua. The youth minister will be enthusiastically backed by the ministry team and leadership teams of the RDPC. This role will report to the RDPC Council and will be a key member of the Rotorua based RDPC Ministry team.

The Youth Minister will be skilled in working with young people and volunteers in an empowering, strengths-based manner, along with possessing strong communication and relational skills. The ministry will develop the existing church based youth group, and establish a new community based youth initiative in Rotorua.

The Youth Minister will help lead the RDPC as it seeks to develop youth ministry across the Rotorua area and enable the church to continue to develop its mission in the Rotorua District. It is essential that the successful applicant demonstrates interaction with others in a manner that is consistent with Christian values and a deep personal Christian faith.
For an application pack including the position description, please email the Rev. Ed Masters, ed@rdpc.org.nz.

Applications close for this position at 5pm Friday 24th March 2017.

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Touch Pause Engage

In most monastic communities the monks would meet together to pray several times a day.  It was part of their every day life, and it would become a habit – something that happens without thinking.  No matter what they were doing at the time, gardening, preparing food, study… when the bell tolled they would “down tools” and head to the chapel.

Being together regularly formed authentic community.  Being together with God meant that they developed a sense of being with God throughout their day – their day was “punctuated” with reminders that God was intimately interested in them, invited them to be in relationship with Him, and to be part of what he was up to in the world.

What does that look like in 21st Century New Zealand?  We obviously do not live in the same kind of monastic community, and our daily lives are spent all over the place.  This activity is possibly a way to try and replicate the same kind of habit forming, connecting with each other and with God.  It may be that by stopping, pausing, and engaging with God regularly every day, after a few months we will carry with us a more constant sense of awareness of Gods presence.

“Touch Pause engage” comes from the way rugby scrums used to be led – and doesn’t mean much at all except a novel way of thinking about how we connect with God.

Can we use 21st social media, in this case Twitter, to send out a “bell” 3 times a day (7am, 12 midday and 6pm) to remind us to “pause and engage” with God?  The reminder will have a suggested prayer, or questions.  The suggested process is once you “hear the bell” you down tools, pause (count to 5 silently), breathe deeply, and read the prayer.  At the same time others from our wider faith community will be doing the same thing. No rules apply, as we don’t want this to result in any sense of obligation, guilt or failure – they are not Kingdom expectations. You are simply invited to join or not.  The prayers will be simple and short like “God please lead me today.”

A woman I read said once, prayer is simply being aware of God.  You don’t have to do anything, or say anything specific, but pause and engage.  The one liner may prompt you to say something else to God, or more importantly listen to what God might be saying to you at that time. Just the simple activity of stopping and breathing deeply is beneficial for your soul.

Interested? Then set yourself up on Twitter and “Follow TPE” – instructions below.

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  1. TEXT 8987 ‘follow kiwichurch1’

Instructions to receive via Twitter

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  2. Sign up (or log in if already a twitter user)
  3. Search for Kiwichurch1 and select ‘follow’