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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.

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’

 

 

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Young Ambassadors for Peace in Asia Program

Participants YAPA – 2016

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The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications for the annual training of Young Ambassadors of Peace in Asia (YAPA) 2017.

The YAPA 2017 program will be held from 28 May 2017 to 3 June 2017 at the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Initiated by the CCA, the YAPA program’s main aim is to train a new generation of young peace activists and nurture their role in respective societies as peace builders.

The week-long YAPA training focuses on intercultural and interfaith learning as a base for addressing topics, such as conflict transformation and peace building. It emphasises the links between intercultural and interfaith dialogue, human rights and conflict transformation as key elements in long-term sustainable peace processes, while exploring and developing the participants’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.

The eligibility criteria for applicants is between 20-30 years of age; the ability to use the English language independently in both written and oral communication; and be motivated to apply the YAPA values and approaches for peace building in their home countries.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 10, 2017. More details about the YAPA program and a background paper can be obtained upon request.

For the YAPA application form, please click here.

For additional information about YAPA, click here.

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I Love Taiwan Youth Exchange Programme 2017

28 June – 15 July 2017

Applications are invited from young adults who attend Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand to participate in a two week programme in Taiwan in July 2017. This programme, “I Love Taiwan” will  include young adults from many different countries, who will join together in a variety of cross cultural experiences, including a mission camp, cycling tour and sharing in youth activities of the PCT.

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Youth Gathering Leipzig 2017, ‘Meet the World’.

Are you aged 18-25? Would you be interested in meeting with young people from around the globe?

The World Communion of Reformed Church is holding their General Assembly in Germany in June, and there is a youth gathering prior. This will involve Christian young adults from throughout the world sharing in worship and key issues affecting us globally.

  • Social transformation: Social justice
  • Global challenges: Climate change
  • Models of change: Post-Growth movements
  • Spirituality: Praying and Bible study
  • Methods: Lectures, debates, panel discussions

People interested in representing PCANZ are invited to register their interest by contacting Gordon Fitch gordon@pym.org.nz

PCANZ will cover the cost of the youth gathering which includes programme, meals and accommodation. (Maximum of two from PCANZ will be accepted).

International travel will be at the participants expense (churches will be encouraged to fundraise to support them). It will be an amazing experience well worth the investment.

http://youth.wcrc.eu/

 

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Liturgy Of The Cell Phones

Kara Root has put together this awesome liturgy to use in youth group or youth services when collecting and returning devices.

RELEASING PHONES

We surrender our phones
To acknowledge that we are not as essential
as we would have ourselves believe.
And to recognise how essential we are
to this moment, this conversation, this process.

We put down our phones
to put down the false belief
that we can be more places than here,
doing more things than this.
And to commit to being fully present, here and now.

We turn off our phones
to turn to each other and to the moment at hand,
with full attention, creativity and welcome.
May we receive the gifts of full presence and essential connection.
May God meet us in this moment.

Amen

 (phones are shut down and surrendered eg basket passed around and phones placed in them)

 

RETRIEVING PHONES

We return from this moment, taking with us the gift of being fully present.
May we return with gratitude and perspective
to the tasks before us and the noise around us,
a little more willing to resist the urgency
and a little more able to receive the quiet gifts of each moment
where God is present alongside us.

Amen.

(Cell phones are retrieved)

 

Copyright Kara Root

Shared with permission.

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Job: PT Children’s and Youth Pastor Katikati

St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Katikati, is seeking a Children’s and Youth Pastor for our growing children’s ministry. Our desire is to help children and young people flourish in their faith in Jesus Christ. A key focus for us is seeing our older children transition into a youth orientated ministry over the coming years. This is a 20 – 25 hour a week position.
The successful applicant will:

  • resource, support and work alongside a team of quality volunteers to run the
  • Sunday children’s ministry
  • initiate and lead a youth group
  • work with parents and caregivers to encourage their children in their faith
  • seek ways of integrating children and young people into congregational life

For more information contact Rev. Reece Frith
021 112 4035
07 549 2286
reece@stpaulskatikati.org.nz