The Read Scriptures app has to be one of the best Bible apps around for encouraging young adults to read scripture on their own and see how the Bible is one large story that all flows together. It allows the reader to not only track where they are reading but it also breaks up the Bible in sections that we believe are very helpful to understand the larger story.
On top of that, each section has an intro video that’s extremely helpful and simple at the same time to help the reader understand more.
This app has been created from the folk behind the Bible Project, and you may well recognise some of the videos, as this Bible app has become an awesome home for all their videos.
We highly recommend this app for young people 15+
We have had over 270 youth and children’s leaders complete our WOF training day. As part of your ongoing development, we ask that you sit down with your leadership teams and work through at least some of the scenarios listed below first citing any material from the WOF manual that may be relevant, then discussing what you would do and why.
The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed in July 2017 – June 2018.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand adopted the Living wage at GA2012 as the minimum an employee should be paid. The Living wage is currently set at $20.20. This is the minimum amount any lay ministry staff member should be paid.
In addition to the current living wage, it is recommended churches take into account qualifications, experience, responsibility and their location when determining the pay.
It is hoped that the pay scale will encourage lay ministry workers to work longer for churches and to get better qualified.
It is recommended once employed, the lay ministry worker should be reviewed annually, with an increase in salary set on 1 July based on the Labour Cost Index to March, issued by the Department of Statistics.
Keeping young people out of hospital and youth and children’s workers out of prison…
***Key leaders please pass this on to your teams***
PYM and Kids Friendly are happy to announce this free warrant of fitness training days
21-23 July – @ Connect – Waikanae
12 Aug – Oamaru (Weston Community Church) – 9am-2:30pm (lunch provided by Synod)
16 Sept – Auckland (Ranui PIC) 9am-4pm
11 Nov – Christchurch (venue tbc) – 9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: Free to people from Presbyterian or Uniting churches. $20 for others.
The warrant of fitness training day encompasses vital training on the youth and children’s code of ethics and health and safety practices and is strongly recommended for all leaders working with children or youth.
For more information on the WOF training please visit http://pym.org.nz/wof/
Participants must attend the full day in order to receive the PCANZ WOF certificate.
The Council for World Mission is offering a month-long study programme in Palestine in September and October this year.
This is a fully funded programme that is open to students of theology who are members of the Presbyterian Church. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the complicated and challenging context of the Middle East under a guided study programme with theological students from around the world. The programme will be hosted at a theological College in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Closing date for applications is Monday, 31 July.
Information about the programme, and an application form, can be downloaded here. Applications need to be endorsed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. Further information can be obtained from Global Mission Coordinator Phil King. Contact Phil
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is pleased to announce that the annual ‘Asian Ecumenical Institute (AEI)’ of 2017 will take place in Yangon, Myanmar from 25 September to 20 October 2017, in conjunction with the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) – 2017, which will also be held in Yangon, Myanmar (11 to 17 October). The intensive month-long ecumenical formation training programme of the CCA will give opportunities for the AEI – 2017 participants to attend the Asia Mission Conference and other related events, including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the CCA.
CCA member churches and councils are encouraged to nominate names of suitable candidates to attend the AEI – 2017.
The main objective of the AEI is to train young ecumenists and prospective church and ecumenical leaders in Asia through an intensive month-long training. The AEI has been designed to help participants to envision wider ecumenism with new theological insights, which will empower them to understand the concept and scope of ecumenism from a strong sense of rootedness in one’s own Christian faith, tradition, heritage, as well as involving them in the crossing of boundaries across denominational/confessional, cultural, social, economic and political strata.
The opportunities for living together in an inter-cultural and inter-denominational settings, worshipping together and learning together about Asia’s emerging realities, and identifying ways of developing ecumenical responses contextually will be an enriching and unique experience for each participant of the AEI.
The theme of AEI – 2017 will be ‘Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia’.
Before applying, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) invites applications from young Christians belonging to CCA member churches and ecumenical councils in Asia to serve as stewards for the Asia Mission Conference (AMC) to be held in Yangon, Myanmar from 11 to 17 October 2017.
The stewards program will last for 10 days, including three days of ecumenical formation training and pre-AMC orientation; with arrival on 8 October and departure on 17 October 2017.
An opportunity to serve as a steward in a major Asian ecumenical event with historical significance is a unique experience. It will help to develop a sense of togetherness, working in a multicultural context, interacting with a wide range of participants of the AMC – church and ecumenical leaders from around the world, theologians, missiologists, social activists and interfaith scholars.
The deadline for receiving applications is 10 July 2017. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
The AMC will be a major ecumenical event with the participation of 400 representatives of churches, ecumenical councils and related organisations in Asia, Europe, North America and other continents. The theme of the AMC is ‘Journeying Together: Prophetic Witness to the Truth and Light, in Asia’. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the CCA also will be held during the AMC, on Sunday 15 October 2017.
Fifty stewards, 20 international and 30 local stewards will be selected to work together with the CCA staff and the local host committees to assume various responsibilities during the AMC, and in participating in the two historic events of the CCA – the AMC and CCA’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Diamond Jubilee of the CCA will be commemorated on Sunday, 15 October 2017 in a grand event in the presence of a gathering of 5000 selected invitees, including the 400 participants of the AMC and international guests.
Before applying, contact email@example.com to discuss travel subsidies from PCANZ and the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.
July is Bible Month.
The Bible Society, as part of it’s Good for Life campaign, have released some great resources that might be useful for your youth ministry. They have some excellent testimony videos, Bible Studies, A Bible Summary, posters and a six month New Testament Reading Challenge which includes a completion certificate.
The Bible Society have also given these tips for studying the Bible.
PRAY – ask God to help you understand what you’re about to read.
READ AND LISTEN – read the passage slowly and carefully. Think about the parts that stand out for you. Read those verses again.
THINK / REFLECT – ask yourself some questions:
• What’s the main point of the passage?
• What does it say about God? Does it say anything about
what God wants for me?
• Is there something I need to learn? Is there an example to follow, or a warning? Is God giving me a promise?
• How does God want me to respond in my thoughts, words and actions?
WRITE / JOURNAL – it’s also good to write down your thoughts and the verses that really stood out for you in a journal so you can look back on what you’ve learned.
PRAISE – thank God for his Word and what you’ve learned today. If you find your Bible hard to understand, have a look at some advice on finding an easier to read Bible.
Chaplaincy – walking alongside students to help school communities thrive.
Use your caring skills and connect with young people who need a “listening ear”. We can help shape your natural pastoral leanings at a Lifewalk CARE course.
Join our next course on 24-25 June at Palmerston North to begin the training needed to equip you for this important role in our State schools.
Contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and the opportunity to join others, from the Lower North Island, who want to positively impact young lives.
Following this intensive two-day course, you will be ready to be matched to a school and begin ‘on the job chaplaincy work’, whilst receiving continuing training and supervision. (www.lifewalk.org.nz).