Dear Friend, Re: Fiji Project – Media and Public Release The Nation of Fiji has suffered greatly over the past year because of the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Health and Economy of its people have been severely impacted. From July this year Medical Authorities were reporting in excess of one thousand new cases a day and there have been more than seven hundred deaths reported. While the health situation has significantly improved in recent weeks due to high vaccination numbers the Economic situation of many Fijians is still dire with many losing employment and struggling to put food … Read More
The Advent season has begun! We’ve put together a list of inspiration and resources for local churches for the Advent Season. Advent Activities Resources How to make an Advent Wreath (Venn Foundation NZ) How to make an Advent Wreath with Children (Presbyterian Church of NZ) Hope Project Resources – NZ Advent Resource Roundup – Salt Project Advent Prayers & Liturgical Resources Advent Wreath Blessing Liturgies for Advent (Liturgy – NZ) Advent Liturgy – A New Zealand Prayerbook Daily/Weekly Advent Devotional Resources Venn Foundation NZ – Free Advent Devotional The Disturbing Arrival of Grace – Tear Fund NZ Advent Reflections … Read More
Navigating life and ministry amidst a global pandemic is a challenging task. As we continue walking with our communities through this season of constant change we find ourselves faced with new challenges almost daily. It can be overwhelming sifting through the constant stream of information. To help you find your way through the noise, we’ve put together this index of resources & articles which we’ll continue to update. (Last updated 16/11/21 – 8:30 am) Sharing the Gospel in Times of Crisis The Elephant in the Room – cession|community reflections on being the church Why Christians Should Avoid Alarmism (and what … Read More
(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.
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
(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
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