Life FM is partnering with churches and youth groups all throughout Aotearoa to show kindness and generosity this Christmas! Watch the video of Bjorn and Josh showing how it works, and if you want to take part, download the printable card and video to show your church and youth group from the Life FM website. Remember to tag Life FM, your church and the mates you’re challenging with your social media video upload!
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God-talk is an initiative of the ‘All Together’ team, initiated by Dave Mann and the Shining Lights Trust.
The resources have been created by a team of current and past youth leaders.
In the GOD-talk leadership video series, Youth leaders will be provided with 12 leadership-training video-tutorials (with discussion guides) on how to (i) build an outreaching culture, and (ii) how to attract crowds and facilitate some great programmes.
Do you use social media to connect with others?
Do you respond supportively to friends through social media?
Have you ever used social media to let people know that you need support?
We are interested in hearing from people between the ages of 16 and 21 about how social media can be used to provide support to young people experiencing emotional distress.
Take part in a WhatsApp digital interview and receive a $30 voucher.
If you are interested please email Kerry Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 027 2185484
This research is being undertaken by Associate Professors Kerry Gibson and Susanna Trnka at the University of Auckland.
Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 8 December 2017 for three years. Reference number 020441.
Jasmin and Tim are the hosts of the new fortnightly podcast, ‘Youth Ministry in New Zealand.’ Their vision to see everyone who workswith young people in Aotearoa equipped with relevant resources.
The Podcast aims to equip inspire and uplift all those working with young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Each episode will include a conversation with those from around the country who work with young people in a variety of contexts.
Jasmin in a Presbyterian Youth Pastor working for the whole community of Marton. Tim is an Anglican Priest in the Rangitikei, with 10 years youth work experience.
They started this Podcast because they saw an opportunity to capitalise on the wealth of experience and wisdom in New Zealand. And a need to address our own unique context.
You can subscribe to the podcast by searching through your usual podcast app or
Example Podcast with our very own Matt Chamberlin:
A mission trip to Nepal in early 2019 – will you join the team?
The Leprosy Mission New Zealand’s Youth Advocate Scholarships enable students with a passion for overseas mission to experience our work, learn about the causes and consequences of leprosy, share time with people affected by leprosy and raise awareness and funding for Leprosy Mission projects.
In the past eight years the Leprosy Mission has organised a team who traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal. They will organise another team in 2019 to experience the continuing progress in the aftermath of the earthquakes on some of Nepal’s most vulnerable people – people affected by leprosy.
The past Youth Advocates have provided funding for vehicles and electricity generators that have been vital for the effective delivery of services at the Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital following the earthquakes. The hospital has managed a tide of crush injuries in makeshift wards and sending teams into the community to assess and attend to their needs.
Past Youth Advocates had this to say…
“Amazing trip that has included so much in a short time”
“The complete environment – place, people, experiences have all been perfect”
“My favourite was when we went into Anandaban Hospital and I got to spend time and take portraits of the patients, speaking to them with the little Nepali that I had. That was such an incredible experience!”
You now have an opportunity to be there and get involved.
Get in touch to say, “YES – I Am Interested”: email@example.com / 021 537 356 / 09 631 1806
Or download the application now Click here to download.
Once again, we have been staggered by the post feedback we received from Connect 2018. We’ve been contacted a few times since Connect asking for some of the content used.
We have put together a folder that has content such as the epic Prayer stations from the Saturday night, the wording to the Mihi Whakatau including the grace, Abby’s mainstage prayers and a good number of the workshop handouts.
Once again, we have been staggered by the post feedback we received from Connect 2018. We are so thankful for each person who attended, because we know the awesome vibe we had at Connect came from you.
Connect has been based in El Rancho in Wellington for the past 3 years and before we sign on the dotted line to run Connect 2019 at El Rancho, we thought it was a good time to pause, reflect, survey our people, and seek God’s will for the venue for next year.
For both Matt and I in our quiet time we have had a sense that Connect 2019 should happen on our national Marae in Ohope. We have a sense, this would be an amazing shared experience for us, and on top of the usual Connect experience, we would engage and be upskilled on our bi-cultural commitment. We could really explore what God mission in Aotearoa looks like in 2019.
At Ohope, participants would have the option of sleeping marae style, or in bunks, or staying in local B&B’s, hotels, cabins etc.
We acknowledge getting to Ohope isn’t as easy as a major centre, and this may affect attendance. Whakatane has a little airport with planes coming in from Auckland. Rotorua and Tauranga have airports an hour and a half away. There are also well priced bus services leaving from Auckland and Wellington that go through Whakatane or Rotorua.
So we want to ask you our whanau, what is your take? How does this idea sit with your soul? Does it feel right, that for a one off, we should run Connect at our national Marae in Ohope? Please answer this survey here.
See Survey here
From the makers of Faith Box, Faith4Families have just launched Faith Talk Trigger Cards.
The trigger cards are the size of a deck of cards and are an ideal resource to recommend to your parents of teenagers.
Each card has “would you rather” openers followed by topics from Reputation to Forgiveness, Temptation to Peer Pressure.
NUA is all about exploration: it’s a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith. Discuss your worldview and wrestle with the things that don’t seem to make sense—this film series is about the life-changing experience of working out your faith.
Session One // How Did We Get Here?
Session Two // Jesus: Fact or Fiction?
Session Three // What About The Resurrection?
Session Four // What Was Jesus Really Like?
Session Five // Why Do I Like Jesus, But Struggle With Christians?
Session Six // How Can You Say That God Is Good?
Session Seven // Has The Church Caused More Harm Than Good?
Session Eight // What’s Jesus Got To Do With Me?
Now in its 3rd year Operation Refugee so far has raised over $100,000 in support of Syrian Refugees who have fled their homes and are now living in Lebanon and Jordan. Many refugees are in debt, living in cramped informal settlements and are losing all hope of a brighter future.
WHAT IS OPERATION REFUGEE?
The Operation Refugee fundraising challenge is to survive on the same rations as a Syrian refugee 5 days from 16-20 June 2018 for Adults or any two days between 16-20 June for young people You will help raise money so refugees who have to live outside the camps have enough to eat. $87 will pay for one food package which will last 15 days. The more money you raise, the more food coupons and packages can be distributed. And by sharing this powerful experience, you can bring the refugee struggle closer to home in a way that’s impossible to ignore. Together we can make a difference for refugees and create a more compassionate world.
WHAT FOOD IS CONTAINED IN THE RATION CHALLENGE KIT?
Operation Refugee will supply the food box, you survive the experience, and all funds raised go to Syrian refugee families.
The Ration Challenge kit is based on the food that a Syrian refugee family receives living in a refugee camp in Jordan or Lebanon – a small amount of rice, split peas, salt, fish, flour and oil.