(Pictured: Rev Kathy Eddie baptising a member of the Living Waters Wesleyan community at a recent baptism service.) This week marks Rev Kathy Eddie’s last Sunday as Senior Minister at Living Waters Wesleyan as she returns to Australia to support her family. We are so grateful for Kathy’s ministry in Napier and for her service as National Children’s Ministry Leader. We pray for Kathy and Andrew for this next part of their journey in ministry together and in particular for the joy and sadness of this transition.
(Pictured: Rotuma Wesleyan Church had their first dose of the Pfizer Vaccination at the Otara Vaccination Station together on 23 May) *This post was updated on 28 October 2021 to reflect newly available information and the introduction of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid Protection Framework. “It’s not just about this decision for yourself; it’s also about the opportunity to do something for your neighbors…Brothers and sisters, this really is a love-your-neighbor moment.” (Francis Collins director of the National Institutes of Health during a webinar called “Evangelicals & COVID-19 Vaccine” April 2021) We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 over the … Read More
Today the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a formal apology on behalf of the Government for the 1970’s “Dawn Raids” conducted as part of a policy of immigration enforcement. The government has acknowledged these raids were disproportionately targeted to immigrants from the Pacific and that the tactics employed were routinely severe and often demeaning. This was an exceedingly difficult time for our Pacific peoples and today’s apology will no doubt have raised a range of conflicting emotions. Some will have found a level of closure through the announcement; others may have relived memories they would prefer to forget; many will live … Read More
As Wesleyan Methodists, it’s in our DNA to be involved in the wider community and ecumenical scene. We’re celebrating recent opportunities for 3 of our number. Brett Jones – Secretary, National Church Leaders of Aotearoa-New Zealand (NCLANZ) Rev Brett Jones was recently elected as Secretary to the National Church Leaders of Aotearoa-New Zealand for a 2 year term. In recent years the NCLANZ membership has grown to 22 churches and encompasses most of the Churches in New Zealand, including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Wesleyan Methodist and the wider Evangelical and Pentecostal family of churches. Rev Dr Richard Waugh previously served as Chairperson until 2020. National Church … Read More
(Pictured: Members of Rotuman Wesleyan Church at their Easter Camp Weekend.) The members of Rotuman Wesleyan Church recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the church with a worship service and feast as part of their Easter weekend camp. (Pictured: RWC 10th Anniversary Cake) Lead by Rev George Aptinko, Rotuman Wesleyan Church meets on Sundays at 1:30 pm at the Redoubt North Wesleyan Methodist Church Centre. Congratulations Rotuman Wesleyan Church on achieving this milestone.
Pictured clockwise: Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, Housing Minister Megan Woods. Jason Ravens (DPMC), Archbishop Philip Richardson, Charles Waldegrave, Brook Turner, Pastor Charles Hewett, Rev Dr Richard Waugh, Darren Ward, Andrew Crisp (Chief Executive, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development), Commissioner Mark Campbell, Ian Hutson, Lisa Beech, Cardinal John Dew, David Hanna , Rev Etuini Talakai, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. National Superintendent Emeritus Rev Dr Richard Waugh brought his season of the leadership of the National Church Leaders Aotearoa New Zealand to a close this week with a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Leaders of some of the country’s … Read More
The Health Minister, Chris Hipkins, updated the nation today on recent developments concerning the “A-Z Employee” case in the Auckland CBD and the “Defence Worker Cluster”. While there are currently no Alert Level changes, this is a weekend for us to be vigilant and self-check our current processes. You can watch the full update here. In particular: (a) Please reaffirm to our people that if anyone is feeling unwell they should stay home from church, seek Healthline or GP advice and take a COVID test where recommended; (b) This weekend is a good time to assess your current contact tracing procedures – a good diagnostic … Read More
Tēnā koutou, You may be aware that a health worker working at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. They are isolating at home along with a household contact who has since tested negative. You and those in your church may be wondering what this means for ConneXion 2020 which commences in Christchurch this Friday. Indications from the Ministry of Health are that there is minimal risk to anyone in the community. ConneXion 2020 will therefore proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if necessary. Rest assured that … Read More
This morning, National Church Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand released the following statement on the upcoming referendum regarding The End of Life Choice Act. A Joint Statement by the National Leaders of Most New Zealand Church Denominations We urge the people of Aotearoa New Zealand to vote very cautiously in the two Referendums, because both decisions carry the risk of inflicting serious long-term damage on our society, endangering vulnerable people, and making our country less safe for everyone. The End of Life Choice Act As church leaders, we are very familiar with people being terminally ill and dying, and we … Read More
This morning National Church Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand, released the following statement statement on the upcoming referendum regarding The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. A Joint Statement by the National Leaders of Most New Zealand Church Denominations We urge the people of Aotearoa New Zealand to vote very cautiously in the two Referendums, because both decisions carry the risk of inflicting serious long-term damage on our society, endangering vulnerable people, and making our country less safe for everyone. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill We support the recent new provision in law (2019) for cannabis-based medicine to be available … Read More