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
Over this past week, Rev Dr Richard Waugh advised the National Council of his decision to retire as National Superintendent, a role he has fulfilled since 2002. The National Council met on Saturday 29 August by ZOOM to receive notice of his retirement and reflected with deep appreciation on the many years of sacrificial, fruitful service given by Richard in this role. An appropriate honouring of Richard’s ministry will form part of the annual Conference in November which includes our 20-year celebration. Richard has prepared a personal statement to share with the wider church: With my recuperation from medical treatment these recent … Read More
On the 24th August, WMCNZ ministers from the Central North Island region gathered along with their spouses to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of WMCNZ. 14 Ministers and spouses gathered for an excellent lunch at the Divine Cafe, Hastings. Pastor Timoci Kabakaba drove 3 hours from Wanganui, and Pastor Luisa and Ratu Meli drove from Palmerston North. Others in the group were from Napier, Hastings and Havelock North – Rev Kathy Eddie, Rev Duncan and Sirinthip Leighton, Rev Ravai and Becky Rennel, Pastor Hank and Hilda Overeem, Rev John and Jenny Bennett, Rev Edgar and Judy Hornblow. Jenny made a fantastic … Read More
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
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
Tēnā koutou katoa, Bula vinaka, Mālō e lelei, Noa’ia, Ni Hao, Magandang araw, Greetings, This Sunday will be our first in Alert Level 1! It’s a moment for celebration, a milestone of wellness for Aotearoa-New Zealand, as she has faced the threat of COVID-19. We should celebrate being the Body of Christ gathered in-person – it is a part of who we are to be gathered and for God to be embodied in our midst. As we hear in Ephesians 2:22 we are being built into a dwelling which God lives by His Spirit. It’s a wonderful picture of … Read More
We were excited to confirm last week that ConneXion 2020 will be going ahead in November at The Well in Christchurch. This will be the first time our national conference has been held in the South Island. We are looking forward to celebrating 20 years of WMCNZ with our hosts at the Well and the opportunity to connect with our Wesleyan whānau in the Southland region. Please watch this special invitation from Rev Clint Ussher to all our WMCNZ whānau to attend ConneXion 2020 (6-8 November).