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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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FT East Taieri Youth Director

Key leadership position in a regional Presbyterian church.

The East Taieri Church (Mosgiel) Dunedin is seeking a passionate, energetic person to lead our youth work in church and community.

Already we impact 200+ young people a week through a vibrant range of church and community-based programmes.  The successful applicant will lead an experienced, well-resourced team of youth workers, interns and a large team of committed volunteers.

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PT Children’s and Families Leader – Cromwell

Cromwell & Districts Presbyterian Church

Children’s and Families Leader

          20 hours per week beginning February 2017 (2 years- fixed term)

 

Cromwell  church is committed to developing in the area of young families and their children.

There is already a solid base of children and young families’ ministries in the church.

The Cromwell community population is experiencing a rapid increase of young families, so there are real opportunities in this area.

     The aims of this position are to:

  1. Grow all children in their understanding of Christ’s love for them
  2. Resource and foster strong family life in the church and community
  3. Help families connect into the Body of Christ, the church
  4. Support the church to further develop a  Kids and Family/whanau-friendly perspective

 

For further information see the Job Description, and profile. Please send a covering letter and CV with your application.

Enquiries: office@cromchurch.co.nz   after 22.12.16    children.families.leader@gmail.com  034453078

Jocelyn 0273137681

Closing date- 22nd January

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Christmas message from Moderator

Christmas: Giving presents, being present

Greetings

As much as we know that Christmas is not about presents, we also know that somehow presents are still a really good part of Christmas celebrations. To have something handed to you that someone else has bought or made with you in mind, and having thought about what might bring you some joy is – let’s face it – just really nice. And that sense of being considered is multiplied if the gift is something appropriate, something you really like and something which has clearly been given some thought. And there, for me at least, lies the rub.

In spite of the rampant consumerism presents may reflect, in spite of the risk of being seen as a cheap expression of our consideration for those we give them to, and in spite of the way they so often betray the lowly and humble origins of Christmas – presents are still a great way to remind others that they are important to us.

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Dr Andrew Root – 11 Feb, Dunedin

“Encountering Christ in community together”

An inspiring day with Dr Andrew Root exploring ministry with children and young people in shared life-communities

 Saturday 11 February 2017, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

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Job FT: SU Youth Consultant

Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu, and Hawkes Bay

Are you passionate about:

  • Supporting youth ministry within the churches of New Zealand?
  • Equipping young people to engage with God through scripture?
  • Equipping young Christians to impact their schools and communities for Christ?
  • Developing young Christian leaders?
  • Camping and the use of it, in reaching young people for Christ?

Do you have the skill and the passion for supporting youth pastors and youth leadership teams in their ministry pursuits? Do you have a strong knowledge and the ability to teach on the Treaty of Waitangi

Do you have a strong knowledge and the ability to teach on the Treaty of Waitangi and it’s relevance to youth ministry in New Zealand?

Are you skilled and passionate in the area of music and the performing arts and have a desire to see young people and youth ministries equipped in these areas?

If you answer yes to these things and if you have at least 8 years youth ministry experience then you could be the person we are looking for, to be our youth consultant in this region. The candidate will have to be happy to be located in the greater Wellington area. Please note the job requires a lot of travel and time away from home and can involve weekend and evening work. If you are interested in this job then please contact Neville Bartley by email neville.b@sunz.org.nz and ask for a job description.

Applications close for this position on the 12 December 2016

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PYM Internship Palmerston North

Are you keen to make a difference in young people’s lives, and want to see your faith and the faith of others grow? Working as a Youth Intern at St David’s Presbyterian Church may be the role for you. You will strengthen our existing Youth Group by working alongside our current leaders and young people. The Youth Intern will be hands on in leading our young people (years 6-13) as well as involved in planning the church youth ministry programme. The programme runs during each school term.

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Going Global Myanmar, 28 Nov – 13 Dec 2017

Going Globa­­­­­­­­l 2017 is an exciting opportunity for young adults (18-30) from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to connect with their peers the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar.

Tahan Theological College has invited us to be part of their end of year and Christmas events. Their Christmas Fun Fete is a 2 night festival where TTC staff and students host the local community in a Christmas celebration.

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