An Open Letter on Vaccination from Rev Dr Richard Waugh

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This open letter comes from National Superintendent Emeritus Rev Dr Richard Waugh. Richard currently serves as the Senior Minister of East City Wesleyan in Botany, Auckland. Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Ah nyoung ha se yo, Bula Vinaka, Ni Hao, Noaia, Greetings, Blessings to you and your family at this time of continued social restrictions. While these are demanding days, at the same time we can be hopeful of a more positive future. Irrespective of what political persuasion you might be, it is so encouraging to see the increasing vaccination rates across our nation. The vaccines are safe … Read More

Loving my Neighbour

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This week’s Good News Story is from Rev Jone Kacivi, Minister of New Life Wesleyan Church. Now I am fully vaccinated. Why did I take the vaccine? In my role as a pastor, I was blessed to be part of a group of Pasifika pastors that meets with a top medical expert who advises the government and approved the use of the current vaccine. During our first meeting with them, there were three questions I wanted to ask this expert. Is the vaccine safe? What is the vaccine made of? The ethical background on how the vaccine was produced? I … Read More

Crossings: Knowing Our Identity

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Cession Community celebrated 5 baptisms this past Sunday! The church was overflowing with family and friends who attended in support. The service marked an encouraging milestone for the church’s children’s ministry, with all 5 candidates being active participants in Cultivate Kids.  Pastor Brett Jones commented, “The service was so encouraging for our church community seeing our children owning their faith in such a personal and public way.  It was a real tribute to the discipling that has happened in the home and through the ministry of our Children’s Ministry team led by Director, Sarah Johnson.”   A large number of friends and … Read More

Crossings: Steps of Faith

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This week’s Crossings story is from Rev Mike Yates – Assistant National Superintendent Church Development & Minister of Shore Grace Wesleyan. April 4th was a special Sunday at Shore Grace, not only because of resurrection Sunday but because we celebrated with someone new to the faith making a crossing to get baptised. That’s a tribute to the Lord who does ‘add to our number those that are being saved.’ We baptised Izzy, who didn’t come to us and to the Lord, through one of our community outreaches. It was through our online presence as basic as our church website. Her … Read More

The Journey: Endings & Beginnings

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On Sunday 28 March 2021, the members of Journey Church in Dunedin celebrated their final service together as a Wesleyan Methodist Church. Brett Jones and Clint Ussher represented the Wesleyan Methodist Church and shared in the service, as together the church remembered and celebrated God’s faithfulness and his continuing call to serve Him. Brett preached from John 12:24: Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Truly this has been a journey of endings and beginnings across the … Read More

Crossings: Taking The Plunge

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What better way to experience the JOY of Advent but through participating in the joy of baptism as four of our young people took the step of witnessing to their Christian faith by being baptised on 20 December 2020 at Redoubt North Wesleyan. Senior Minister Rev Peter Benzie recalls the journey, “What a joy it was to be able to baptise these 4 young people who have grown up in our church. I am reminded how young they were when they first came to our church – 2 hadn’t even started school. What a joy it has been to watch … Read More

Crossing Into New Life

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Five Rangatahi from Redhill, Papakura are drawing closer to Jesus at a Wednesday after-school youth group held at Papakura Wesleyan Church. These students have consistently been part of the youth group for just over a year, even amidst the ups and downs of 2020. It has been a humbling experience to see the Holy Spirit at work in their lives and in the lives of their whanau. At our final youth group meeting in 2020, all five students expressed a commitment to Christ on some level! One the more silent youth wrote in the survey, ‘I will learn to love … Read More

Forward Progress at The Well (Christchurch)

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On Sunday, 9 August 2020, The Well Church (Christchurch) celebrated the induction of David Graham as their new Assistant Pastor. After a prolonged hiring process (extended due to Covid-19), David started into this new role at the beginning of August. It has been very encouraging to see the many ways God has actively been guiding this process with David from the very outset. There is a clear sense of call, a strong sense of ‘fit,’ and an answer to prayer. Please read on (below) for a bio of David, Sydney, and Norah Graham. It was an encouraging time of forward … Read More

Back in the Pulpit

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This past Sunday represented a significant milestone in Rev Dr Richard Waugh’s recovery journey as he preached his first message at East City Wesleyan since Christmas 2019!  Taking Luke 10:25-37 as his text, Rev Waugh drew comparisons between the parable of the Good Samaritan and the life and ministry of TV show host Rev Fred Rogers aka “Mister Rogers”.  “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood” was part of East City Wesleyan’s “At the Movies” series where popular movie themes are interwoven with the timeless truths of scripture, to present gospel challenges for the 21st century. The day was made special … Read More