Ministering to the Media: Rev Frank Ritchie

WMCNZ AdministratorChaplaincy, Good News Stories, News

The relationship between the Church and news media is often fraught with tension and misunderstanding. It’s a relationship that Rev Frank Ritchie from Commoners Wesleyan Community is seeking to reshape through his work as a chaplain with Media Chaplaincy NZ.   Frank is no stranger to the work of news media, having worked in radio broadcasting in New Zealand for many years. His insight into the demands of the industry and his skill in communicating have allowed Frank to fuse his passions for both media and ministry in a unique way, allowing him to come alongside media professionals to offer … Read More

Tackling the Challenge of Connecting with Kids

WMCNZ AdministratorChildrens Ministry, COVID-19, Ministry Resources, News

With the beginning of lockdown due to COVID 19 churches are scrambling to work out how to still provide a children’s ministry to their youngest members. Here is a list of great online services that are providing teaching and activities. Don’t forget the children in your ministries still need a personal touch. Whilst we can not visit them during this time – try to connect them via phone, skype, zoom etc. Children love talking to people on the computer. Go! Kids Church Online Spyence Bible Lessons Ministry to Kids A great article about staying connected with Sunday … Read More

Pray As One

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Events, National Superintendent Update, News, Prayer

At 6am this morning, Rev. Brett Jones led the opening devotion for the day-long prayer event Pray As One. All are welcome to participate throughout the day on Wed 1 April in an unprecedented gathering for unprecedented times. You can join the gathering by using the Zoom gathering link below.   Pray As One Zoom Gathering

Physical Isolation Doesn’t Mean Worship Isolation

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Ministry Resources, News, Worship

Though our buildings and meeting places may have been locked, the church – the people of God are still open. The author of life is still writing a story of hope in our hearts, in the church and in our nation. ​ The way we connect over the coming days and weeks might change, but we are still connected. We are still one body, of many parts, magnificently woven together.   There are two ways to provide worship opportunities at this time – link into a service streamed by another church or offer your own online worship service.   Link into a … Read More

Staying Connected – Ministering to Youth When You Can’t Meet Together

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, News, Youth Ministry

Tēnā koutou katoa to all my dear friends, who are ministering to youth in these strange and unsettling times,   I am writing to you from my small home in Onehunga (Auckland) while Josh, Maddie (3) and Jackson (2) are eating breakfast in the other room. I want to check in to see HOW YOU ARE & pass along some helpful resources I have been gathering from different ministry leaders I am in touch with/facebook connected to.    I wanna encourage each of you to think about ways that you can be connected digitally with your youth.   It is an unprecedented time in … Read More

Responding as the people of God at this time

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, National Superintendent Update, News

Tēnā koutou katoa, Bula vinaka, Mālō e lelei, Noa’ia, Ni Hao, Magandang araw, Greetings,   It’s been a week of significant change for our nation and our world.   Globally, we have watched on as the world strains under the weight of Covid-19. Locally, I’ve observed an increase in uncertainty as New Zealanders grapple with the implications of Covid-19 for their lives.  We have remembered the 15 March anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, but in a muted way as we reflect on the wisdom of large scale gatherings. We’ve started to grow in awareness that the economic and social … Read More

Our response to the Coronavirus

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Healing, News, Pastoral Care

ow has the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the spread of the coronavirus as a pandemic changed our WMCNZ response? In short it hasn’t. Given that the Ministry of Health assessment is that “With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low” we continue to take a cautious, measured approach and to monitor the situation through the Ministry of Health and other sources. At the same time we want to be prepared and we have initiated the development of a WMCNZ pandemic response plan. This will provide us with a roadmap for not only responding … Read More

Methodism in Aotearoa – Bicentenary Conference

WMCNZ AdministratorEvents, News

May 2019 marks 200 years since Methodist missionary Samuel Leigh made his first visit to Aotearoa. To commemorate this historic event a Bicentenary conference has been organised to take stock of the origins and impact of Leigh’s legacy on our shores. The Symposium will examine the British background that shaped the missionary movement out of which Leigh came and the Māori world the Wesleyan missionaries encountered. Attention will be given to Leigh’s pioneering work in Australia and his journeys and missionary efforts in New Zealand. The considerable significance of the Māori contribution to the process of evangelism will be recognised … Read More