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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).

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Porn and the Grace of God Tour

Jessica Harris is an author, blogger, and international speaker characterized by her courage, transparency, and grace.

Speaking from her own experience, and from her passion for authenticity, she brings to light the issues of women who are addicted to pornography. Jessica also speaks on relationships, abstinence, and prolonged singleness.

Her message encourages others to live abundant lives full of freedom. Few speakers address these issues from a Godly perspective with honesty, humour and candour pulling from her own life experiences.

Jessica has been featured in the documentary “The Heart of the Matter” as well as on ABC Nightline. She has been a guest author for numerous blogs, including Covenant Eyes, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Sheila Wray Gregoire’s To Love Honor and Vacuum. In 2016, she released her self-published memoir, Beggar’s Daughter, and is currently working on her next book. You can find out more about Jessica by visiting her website: beggarsdaughter.com.

Jessica is speaking over two days at venues in Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. Come and hear a story of God’s wonderful healing grace AND how you can know the warning signs AND how you will be able to help those in need.

Please Note: You will need to pre-register and pay for the seminars but not the evening meetings.

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Seminars: $20.00 pp

(for Pastors, Youth Pastors, Children and Family Pastors, and Counsellors)

Please PRE-REGISTER by clicking on the event you wish to attend:

Monday 29 May at 9.00-11.30am
Hamilton
Hamilton Central Baptist Church, 33 Charlemont Street, Hamilton 3200

Monday 29 May at 3.00-5.00pm
Tauranga: Lifechurch, 934 Cameron Rd, Tauranga 3112

Tuesday 30 May at 11.30-1.30pm (no lunch)
Auckland (Pakuranga): Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Drive, Pakuranga Heights, Auckland 2010

Tuesday 30 May at 3.00-5.00pm
Auckland (North Shore): Gracegate Church, 42 Parkway Drive, Sunnynook, Auckland 0632

Click here to download a flyer

Evening meetings:

(for Church Elders, Teachers, Parents and Youth). All Welcome.

No pre-registration necessary – just come along – an offering will be taken

Monday 29 May at 7.00-9.00pm
Tauranga:
Lifechurch, 934 Cameron Rd, Tauranga 3112

Tuesday 30 May at 7.00-9.00pm
Auckland (North Shore): Gracegate Church, 42 Parkway Drive, Sunnynook, Auckland 0632

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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.

Easter Camps 2017

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