Archives for: March 2017

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CWM Global Youth Forum, Johannesburg South Africa

22-28 August 2017, Johannesburg South Africa

 

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) has been invited to nominate two young adults (18-30) to the CWM Global Forum.The nominees should be actively involved in the church, ecumenical and socio-civic movement and able to bring the stories of young adults from their context.

PCANZ can nominate 1 male and 1 female person. CWM will decide if the applicants are invited to participate. CWM will fully fund the trip, other than Passport and visa costs.

If you are interested, please send

  1. Completed application form
  2. Copy of your passport
  3. Bio or CV

to matt@pym.org.nz by 10 May.

This is what CWM says about the opportunity:

God’s mission in history has always been a celebration of bearing witness in the midst of Empire. God became flesh in Jesus Christ in an imperial world, and Jesus lived out his life in accordance with the will of God as a counter-imperial praxis. The mission of the church is therefore to continue the praxis of Jesus to contest the claims of the Empire by affirming, protecting, and celebrating movements of life. Mission in the midst of Empire is the Christian praxis of engaging in the public affairs of our times offering critiques, insights, and alternatives to transform our social relations, based on the vision of the reign of God.

CWM has committed that young people should be included in the life and witness of our communities, not as recipients but participants in God’s mission and vital to the Ministry of Jesus. Young people should be encouraged to participate in leadership roles thus giving them an opportunity to shape the life and witness of an inclusive community.

Our young people believe that there is an objective and urgent need for radical and rapid change in the society in which we live. There is need to struggle for a total liberation of our people from structures which do little honour to human dignity and enslave them and stunt their lives. The gospel of Jesus convinces us of the obligation of the Christian community to get deeply involved in this struggle for freedom and to become a sacrament of liberation otherwise the Church will no longer appear credible.

As part of 40th Anniversary celebration of CWM, we are organizing a Global Youth Forum with the theme Building Disciples in the context of Empire: Reimagining Church on 22 to 28 August, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We are expecting more than 100 young people to take part in this worldwide gathering to create a platform for young people to address the challenges they perceive Empire poses and how to address to establish a just society. This will give an opportunity for envisioning a fresh vision towards reimagining church.

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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.

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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.

Instructions to receive via Text Message (2degrees and SPARK customers)

  1. TEXT 8987 ‘follow kiwichurch1’

Instructions to receive via Twitter

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