NUA: Move

SU Ireland and SU Scotland together bring you NUA:Move – A brand new 3 part series helping those leaving primary education make the big Move to secondary school!

Available: May 31st 2021!

Info: 3 Episodes – approx 6mins each (suitable also for church youth groups or at home)

Join Sarah Campbell, Darren Bourke and Mark Murray in exploring the feelings we face during a big change like this, the influences that shape us and the growth opportunities among the challenges.

Alongside the videos is a downloadable resource pack with quizzes and reflection activities formatted for classroom delivery, youth groups and home learning.

Young Adult Ministry Essentials – Online Training

It’s no surprise to any of us when we hear the data saying there are less and less young adults in our churches. Many of us in ministry are experiencing this first hand. Whilst there is no silver bullet to change this situation, understanding the way young adults think about faith and life and how that might differ to other generations is a key starting point if the church wants to connect with and be relevant to the young adults in our community.

We have invited Paul Humphreys to come and share with us and lead us in a conversation around engaging with young adults. Paul has had years of experience working with and journeying alongside young adults as a youth pastor and in camping ministry, both in New Zealand and overseas. Alongside Paul’s hands on experience, he has also read widely and thought deeply about the church’s engagement with its younger members. Currently Paul serves as the National Leadership Facilitator for Scripture Union New Zealand.

7:00pm – 8:30pm Monday 10 Maay 2021:
Young Adult Ministry Essentials
via Zoom, from anywhere in the country. 

[Register Here] 

After registering you will be emailed information on how to attend the training.

Future Connect Online dates for your calendar: 

  • 12 July, Intermediates
  • 13 Sept, Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School.
  • 8 Nov, Helping parents win

These are our provisional topics, we may change topics if circumstances require us to tackle another topic urgently.

The Justice Conference – 22 May 2021

It can be difficult to know how to start making a difference in a world filled with inequalities and uncertainties.

We often see how broken relationships and injustice can keep people trapped in poverty. But God’s at work amid the world’s chaos, and we can partner with him in transforming and restoring relationships, communities and the world.

That’s why Tearfund are excited to invite you to The Justice Conference 2021! A global gathering of Christians who are passionate about living out the message of Jesus and making justice a way of life!

Since 2016, Tearfund has been hosting The Justice Conference in New Zealand. This year, the conference will be online, broadcast on 22 May 2021 from 11 countries over 24 hours. 

You’ll be hearing from top notch speakers around the world whilst also having the opportunity to join with thousands of Christians as we pray, worship, discuss and take action together.

 

Tearfund have an inspiring line-up of speakers including Danielle Strickland, Krish Kandiah, Lisa Sharon Harper and many more, tackling topics such as racism, poverty and climate change from a biblical perspective.

The conference starts at 6pm New Zealand time, but don’t worry we’re not expecting you to watch at 2am in the morning! The sessions will be available to stream On Demand, so why not host a watch party with your friends, family or church group on a day and time that suits you?  

Tearfund invites you to join us as we dig deep into God’s word and get equipped to follow his call to ‘do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God’ (Micah 6:8).

 

 

Blessings,
The Justice Conference Team

Applications invited for CCA’s Human Rights Training Programme

The Institute on Human Rights (IHR) is a new initiative of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) to train prospective human rights and social activists from among young Christians in Asia.

Spanning over a period of two weeks from 17 to 28 May 2021, the intensive training course is designed to enable young people to understand the principles of human rights and human dignity from Christian theological perspectives as well as to help them to understand the international human rights instruments and protection mechanisms.

The theme of IHR–2021 is “Being Defenders of Human Rights and Human Dignity”.

The IHR will be conducted virtually.

The resource persons will include a wide range of internationally acclaimed human rights defenders practitioners, academics, and legal luminaries specialising in international human rights law and human rights protection mechanisms, including experts in human rights advocacy at the UN.

The syllabus for the course will cover the principles and foundations of human rights, human rights from biblical theological perspectives, human rights from interfaith perspectives, international human rights instruments and human rights protection mechanisms, human rights advocacy at the UN, and specific human rights issues in the Asian context.

The IHR will help prospective human rights defenders to develop their skills on the practical application of theoretical and legal human rights instruments while being engaged in defending human rights in their respective contexts.

Admissions to IHR–2021 will be limited to 25 participants between the ages of 25 and 35. Participants will be selected from among applicants who have an interest and commitment to human rights advocacy and ability to communicate in English.

The deadline for receiving completed applications for IHR–2021 is 10 April 2021.

If you are interested in applying in this opportunity please contact Gordon Fitch by the 31 March 2021. (gordon@presbyterian.org.nz)

 

Connect Online

7:00pm – 8:30pm Monday 10 May 2021Setting up your ministry to thrive
via Zoom, from anywhere in the country. 

[Registration coming soon]

This is the first Connect online training of 2021. In this session we spend the first hour looking at what we can do to set up our ministry to thrive in this uncertain time. During the last half hour there will be time for group discussions.

We encourage leaders from the same church to sit together in the same room, perhaps have a meal beforehand, and during the group discussion segment chat amongst themselves. For leaders participating alone, we will use Zoom breakout rooms during the group discussion.

After registering you will be emailed information on how to attend the training. 

Future Connect Online dates for your calendar: 

  • 10 May, Young Adults 
  • 12 July, Intermediates 
  • 13 Sept, Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School. 
  • 8 Nov, Helping parents win 

These are our provisional topics, we may change topics if circumstances require us to tackle another topic urgently. 

The Buzz Feb

We invite you to read our Buzz Newsletter

In this month’s Buzz:
:

  • Connect Online
  • Regional Connect
  • Youth Leader Coaching
  • Easter NUA
  • Emerge Leadership formation
  • Teen Mental Health
  • Key Leaders Retreat – Queenstown
  • General Assembly

or you can watch it here

Connect is going to look different this year!

 

We would love to put on the Connect conference as a national gathering once again this year but we have to acknowledge that New Zealand isn’t out of the woods yet in regards to potential future lockdowns and travel and gathering restrictions related to Covid 19. We appreciate that this uncertainty can cause a lot of stress particularly for those travelling from different parts of the country.
We know that there is so much fruit that comes out from the national conference. There is much benefit from youth leaders connecting with others from around the country, from worship together, and from the quality training and resourcing. While we can’t replace a national conference, we will do our best to deliver on the same goals.
With your safety as the first priority here are our plans for 2021

Multiple Regional Connects.

We want to bring some of the fantastic learning, worship and fellowship opportunities that our national Connect conference is so well known for to each of our five regions. These day-long local events will provide a wonderful opportunity for whole leadership teams, ministers and elders to learn and grow together at a very low cost and with very little travel time. These events are also far less susceptible to the cancellations and limitations that may again plague larger events due to Covid 19. We will be sending communications out about the location and dates for these Regional Connect dates in the next couple of weeks.

Six Connect Online trainings

As already promoted we have six 90 minute long zoom based training times. It’s our hope that Church leadership teams will gather together in someone’s home or the church, share a meal and participate in any of the relevant training sessions together.
  • 15 March, Setting up your ministry to thrive
  • 10 May, Young Adults Ministry
  • 12 July, Intermediates Ministry
  • 13 Sept, Transitioning well, moving on from Intermediate and High School.
  • 8 Nov, Helping parents win
Next week we will send registration info for our first Online Connect

Queenstown Key leaders retreat – 26-30 November

We want to give our key leaders the opportunity to connect the network with each other around the country. As the government is planning to issue Covid 19 vaccines to anyone who wants them by the end of the year we think that a key leaders retreat later in the year will provide the best and safest opportunity for national networking to happen. The aim of this retreat to reconnect, acknowledge, refresh and equip key leaders from across the PCANZ.

Part time vacancy – Auckland

Greyfriars Eden Epsom Presbyterian Church

Youth Ministry Coordinator 2021

one year contract
Greyfriars Church requires a creative person with a deep Christian faith and a desire to help young people grow spiritually. You will help them to learn about the Christian faith and the Bible, to develop their relationship with Jesus, to have fun with friends and express their faith in creative ways. You will lead/support existing ministries, including Sunday Youth, ZED intermediate age, Friday “the Pack “and Young Adults programmes.

Applications close 22 January 2021

Send your application to the Parish Minister, Rev John Malcolm john@greyfriars.org.nz

FT YOUTH COMMUNITY WORKER WANTED – Wellington

St. Barnabas Church (Plimmerton Presbyterian Parish) is looking for a full-time staff member to focus on two specific and related areas of ministry on a 50/50 basis of time allocation, namely:

  • to actively lead, encourage and develop all aspects of Christian life with and for youth and their families/whanau in alignment with the St Barnabas mission plan; and
  • to be actively engaged with and in the community of northern Porirua, providing care, compassion and support to youth and their families/whanau through the Schools, sports clubs and other locations where youth gather.

Applicants should possess appropriate attributes including: a strong Christian faith; boundless enthusiasm, integrity and honesty; initiative, confidence and self-motivation; strong communication and interpersonal skills; competent administrative skills; ability to function both as a team leader and team member; and flexibility of hours.

To apply for the position, or to enquire about the role or receive a full job description, please contact Rev. Richard McLean, richard@ppp.org.nz.