On Christmas day, 1814 the Reverend Samuel Marsden preached on the text: “Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10) to Maori and Pakeha in the Bay of Islands. Clemency and I will attend the official events in Oihi Bay this Christmas celebrating 200 years since the Good News arrived.
Here in the South, we will celebrate the bicentennial with a campaign of activities to share the gospel in our communities. I am inviting each of you to participate in making our campaign to share the gospel a success.
Our bicentenary campaign continues on from Te Harinui Hikoi. A distinctive feature of the Hikoi was the bright yellow of our walking shirts and billboards, and as a sign of the continuing pilgrimage, this will be our mark. I hope that the distinctive billboards will become a talked about feature in every worshipping community. We can expect to see the Good News spread across the diocese in a sea of fluorescent yellow.
The Diocese has a dedicated team coordinating the resources to commemorate the bicentenary; I am delighted by the enthusiastic response to our plans thus far. Emma Neas, who attends St John’s, Roslyn, will be coordinating the team’s efforts; her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be providing the following resources to assist you with sharing the gospel: an Advent Prayer Guide (Nov 11 – Feb 17) that includes Bible Studies from around the Diocese; special Service and Sermon outlines; Activity booklets (adults and children); a Christmas story book (children); tee-shirt week (Dec 8 – 12); bicentenary opinion pieces and photos in local and regional newspapers, and hopefully local and national radio.
Please expect campaign updates from Emma over the next three months. For the most up to date information, you can also check our website: www.calledsouth.org.nz/good-news/ and our new facebook page: www.facebook.com/CalledSouth!
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