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WOF Refresher Scenarios

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.

 

  1. A 16-year-old confides in you that they are regularly smoking marijuana and occasionally P and pleads with you not to tell their parents… What would you do?
  2. You are considering running a hunting camp for teens which involves firearms. Using the Wof manual, what steps will you have to take to ensure this is a safe camp that parents will consent to their teens attending?
  3. You are a male leader asked to drive a van load of girls home after an evening activity because no female leaders have their full license.
  4. One of the young males in your youth group has begun to excessively hug one of the female leaders and you have noticed the hugs grow longer in time.
  5. It’s Friday night and youth groups about to start but this week we are driving off site to go bowling. You overhear some of your volunteer leaders chatting about their day. One of them who is also one of your drivers has just been out for an after work drink before youth group.
  6. One of your single female adult youth leaders lets you know that a 15-year-old boy in the youth group is being physically abused at home, and so he has moved into her flat to protect him from the violence.
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Regional communications correspondent required – must be able to travel overseas

Are you a young adult member of a Presbyterian or Uniting church with working experience in communications or a degree in journalism and/or communications?

The PCANZ is assisting one of our international church partner organisations to find a suitably experienced person to act as their regional communications correspondent.

You will be required to attend our church partner’s events within the Pacific region, and possible further afield, and write short articles on, and take images of, these events. The church partner will use these in their worldwide communications.

You must be able to attend a communications training event in Singapore in late August 2017.

This is not a paid role.  The church partner will cover the cost of flights and accommodation and will discuss what expenses will be covered.

Qualifications and skills – you must have some of these:

  • Ability to write to a high standard with good grammar. Preferably have a journalism degree or are studying towards one.
  • Experience working in the field of communications or PR and/or a communications degree or studying towards one.
  • Ability to take well-framed, hi res photographs.
  • Design skills.

Essential:

  • Flexibility and availability to fly to events in NZ and other countries, sometimes at short notice.
  • Able to attend a communications training event in Singapore in late August 2017 for approx. four to five days.

Apply

If you are interested in this role please contact Angela Singer, PCANZ Communications Manager, angela@presbyterian.org.nz by Monday 31 July with your experience, qualifications and availability.

 

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Recommended Pay Scale for youth workers

The PYM Recommended payscale has been recently updated for staff being employed in July 2017 – June 2018.

Recommended Pay Scale

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.

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Ministry Coordinator job @ CYC Waihola

Christian Youth Camps Waihola (or CYC Waihola) is a Christian camp located at Lake Waihola in South Otago and is passionate about sharing who Jesus is with young people and advancing the Kingdom of God though camping. People who love God and want to share their faith are the key to this mission.

We have a full-time paid position for a Ministry Coordinator at CYC Waihola whose primary role will be to head up the Ministry side of the CYC Waihola organisation and to support the current Operations Manager in the day to day running of the camp-site.

The CYC Waihola ministry is diverse but the main tasks will be:

  • facilitating the many diverse holiday camps for children and teenagers we run
  • developing the potential of young Christians through leadership at these holiday camps and other leadership events
  • promotion and networking of our holiday camps to schools, churches and other social agencies

The role will also include from time to time:

  • rostered hosting of our on-site accommodation groups and ensuring their safety and that their expectations are being met.
  • various other camp tasks including housekeeping, kitchen and maintenance.

We are looking for applicants who have a sense of God’s call on them, a strong and vibrant faith and who will be compatible with CYC Waihola’s mission and objectives.

Ideally the applicant will:

  • Be physically fit
  • Be a team player
  • Be self-motivated and able to work alone on tasks
  • Have good administration skills and the ability to pick up new computer systems quickly
  • Have a good artistic and design flare
  • Be an excellent leader with good communication skills
  • Be mature, responsible and able to stay calm in emergencies
  • Be good at dealing with all types of people and able to work as part of a team
  • Be confident in their own abilities and able to inspire confidence in others
  • Be able to demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude in all circumstances
  • Have achieved a qualification in outdoor recreation and/or youth work and/or have the relevant experience
  • Have the ability and confidence to train and teach others, whilst remaining teachable and willing to serve

The applicant must:

  • Have had a clean full drivers licence for more than 2 years
  • Either be a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident or be allowed to work in a long term full-time position in New Zealand

To apply, please email careers@cycwaihola.org.nz and send:

  • a covering letter addressed to the Chairman of CYC Waihola
  • your current CV outlining any relevant qualifications and experience
  • two reference letters with contact details

Applications have been extended until 5pm 18th August 2017.

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Children’s and Youth Leaders Safety Warrant of Fitness Training

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.

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Fully-funded study opportunity in Palestine

Faith in the face of empire: face-to-face in the context of occupation

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

 

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CCA invites applications to Asian Ecumenical Institute

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.

Asian Ecumenical Institute – 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’.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be under 35.
  • Cost is NZ$4500 aprox / though full and part scholarships can be applied for

Full Info

AEI Invitational Letter
AEI Application Form – 2017

Before applying, contact phil@presbyterian.org.nz to discuss the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.

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CCA invites applications to serve as stewards in Myanmar

CCA invites applications to serve as stewards at the Asia Mission Conference in Myanmar

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.

For information about the AMC – 2017 and AMC Registration Form, click here.

For the Application Form of the Stewards Programme, click here.

Before applying, contact phil@presbyterian.org.nz to discuss travel subsidies from PCANZ and the necessary recommendation lettter from PCANZ.

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Tips for studying the Bible (July is Bible Month)

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.

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.

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Chaplaincy Training Course, 24-25 June, Palmerston North

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 wellington@lifewalk.org.nz 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).