Diocese News

Take a Minute – Buy the book!

Take a Minute to enrich your day!.

Rosie Staite, the South Canterbury based author of All Age Worship has just released her latest book… Take a Minute.

This book is something different. Open any page to discover Rosie’s photos, poems and reflections on topical themes and experiences. Put a copy on the table at home, workplace or in a waiting room, anywhere people have a minute to pause and reflect on life.

Give one to your neighbour or a friend. This book helps... View article

Bishops Statement on Climate Change

Love for our neighbour:

God’s people and God’s planet

A statement by the House of Bishops representing Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Dioceses in New Zealand, and the Diocese of Polynesia in anticipation of the COP21 Climate negotiations in Paris, December 2015.

For the sake of all people and other species on Earth, we pray for an ambitious, fair, and legally binding agreement to be reached at the COP21 climate... View article

CWS appeals for the World this Christmas

Christian World Service is asking churches to give their full support to the 2015 Christmas Appeal launched this Sunday.

A young Sudanese girl heading to school in a refugee camp in South Sudan provides the image for the campaign.  She carries her seat on her shoulder and hope for a violence-free future in her heart.  In launching the 70th appeal, CWS invites New Zealand churches to get behind the work of partners making peace in homes, communities and nations.

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Love the Earth

A Vigil on Climate Change Before the Paris Climate Change Talks (on 30 Nov – 11 Dec 2015) A opportunity to share our love of the earth through poetry, prayer, song and dance and  contemplation of many faiths. All are welcome whether you practice a faith or not. There  will be a special section for children to express their love of the earth. November 22, 7 – 10.30 pm Meet in Octagon then proceed to St Paul’s Cathedral and Crypt Contact

Advent 2015 Quiet Day with Bishop Kelvin

Encountering the Light in our midst’ – Advent discoveries

Saturday 12th December at St Michael’s Retreat Centre Clyde

Bishop Kelvin will guide this opportunity for quiet reflection in the midst of our Advent preparation.

The day begins at 10am, with refreshments available from 9.30am. Closing worship at 3pm

Bring your own lunch.

Morning, afternoon teas, and cold drinks provided.

Please email with enquiries and registration... View article

Refugees Update

The government provides assistance to refugees coming to New Zealand, but there is a vital community component which is invaluable in helping refugees settle in their new home. Immigration New Zealand is responsible for the selection of refugees coming to New Zealand, and for the six week programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre when they arrive. Once they leave the Centre, the Red Cross is responsible (through its government-funded Refugee Programme) for providing support and... View article

2016 Lenten Studies book for small groups

Stewardship: Through Lent with Mark, Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley and Peter Carrell This is the fourth in this extremely popular  series (over 3,000 copies were sold across NZ in 2015). This year’s studies  include additional discussion questions, to give leaders more scope and  options. Lent starts early in 2016 (Ash Wednesday is 10th February):  talk to your group leaders and order now! Early-bird rate $6 per copy (plus  P&P) if ordered by 15 January 2015; $7... View article

Anglican Missions Advent Cards

Anglican Missions have produced a set of Advent cards, with 27 artists from our Church. Each card contains a painting and reflection text and they can be re-used year after year. An excellent tool for parish notice boards, bulletins, Sunday school, prayer groups and individual reflection.

The price is $ 12.00, postage included.

Please orders at: Anglican Missions, Wellington, 04 473 5172

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Life in Abundance: An Anglican Conference on Mission and Evangelism

Anglican Board of Missions, Australia is organising a conference “Life in Abundance: An Anglican Conference on Mission and Evangelism”, at Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne 10 – 13 February 2016.

The program and schedule of workshops, based on the Five Marks of Mission, are available online at... View article

Introducing Brett Roberts

Hello, my name is Brett Roberts and the Dunedin Diocese will shortly ordain me a deacon in the Anglican Church on Nov 28th. However, I have been away from the South for the last 3 years and am aware that most people will not know who I am. Therefore, here is just a wee blurb about myself.

I was born in Auckland, June 1990 (which makes me 25 years old), yet my earliest memories are from Mosgiel, Dunedin where we eventually moved due to my Dad’s job. I am from a blended... View article

CWS appeals for Afghanistan/Pakistan Earthquake Victims

Christian World Service is appealing for donations to help relief efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 quake at 2:09 pm 26 October local time.

The death toll currently stands at 382 with 2,368 reported injured.  Thousands more have been left homeless.  Initial assessments from CWS partner Community World Service Asia, indicate the people affected are in desperate need of food, winter kits, emergency health assistance and non-food items.

Freezing temperatures in both... View article

Advent Calendars, get in quick!

This is by far and away the best Christmas advent calendar we’ve seen for kiwi kids. Created and distributed by South West Baptist Church in Christchurch (formerly Spreydon and Halswell Baptist churches), it combines a beautiful kiwi nativity illustration with the message of Jesus. There is also space to put your church details on the back, so it is a perfect gift for any schools and outreach ministries you have. Available to order online in packs of 25, $2 a calendar. Orders have to... View article

Order your 2016 Lectionary now!

Hello Anglican Friends,

We are pleased to let you know that orders for next years lectionary are now open. We are expecting them in this month, so recommend getting your order in now so they are sent as soon as they arrive here at Church Stores. You can order any quantity that you would like, as well as alter the order amount at any stage if extra congregation members would like them also. The price will be approximately $8, with postage varying based on how many... View article

I Am With You: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2016

Though Lent is still some months away, here is a preview of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2016.  You may wish to include it in  your Lenten plans.

In I Am With You, Episcopal priest and theologian Kathryn Greene-McCreight examines the biblical portrayal of God’s presence among us as light in darkness. Close readings of Scripture are woven into a framework... View article

David Wright’s Ordination

The ordination of David Wright at St Paul’s Arrowtown on the 30th September.      From the left: Rev’d Chris Tweddell, Deacon David Wright, Bishop Kelvin Wright

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Retirement Villages Seminars

Upcoming seminar series. Thinking of living in a retirement village?. Practical tips for intending residents and their families.


The Retirement Commissioner works to ensure the legislative framework for retirement villages is effective in... View article

Out from St Martin’s

“Out from St Martin’s” is a newly published Missions book recounting the stories of 62 individuals or couples who have since proceeded from the Spreydon Parish to the mission field.  A resounding testimony to their faithfulness and to God’s goodness, provision, and protection, “Out from St Martin’s” is guaranteed to inspire and challenge.  Copies may be ordered by emailing or writing to: Lyn Smith, 49 Wyn Street, Hoon Hay, Christchurch... View article

Social Transformation Committee

Social Transformation Committee The Diocesan Social Transformation Committee was formed this year by Bishop Kelvin to attend to social justice and social services work. Members of the Committee are: Bishop Kelvin, Gabby Bruce, Jan Clark, Liz Liddell, Colin McLeod, Rose Scott and Michael Wallace.

World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Bishop Kelvin invited the Committee to consider how the diocese might engage with the World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice... View article

Prayer for the Refugee Crisis

Prayer which +Helen-Ann wrote about the refugee crisis and sent to Prime Minister

God of compassion and mercy, Your children cry out in their distress. We pray for your guidance in bestowing wisdom upon… our leaders. May their hearts be attuned to Your will. May they respond with open arms to welcome those who flee terror and war. We ask your protection on all those without homes, and we who have shelter give us a hunger for justice. May the power of Your Holy Spirit inspire us... View article

End in sight for Cathedral deadlock?

A Government-appointed consultant will be brought in to break the deadlock over the ruined ChristChurch Cathedral – and Bishop Victoria Matthews wants a way forward by Christmas.

 Bishop Victoria Matthews is determined that the deadlock over the ruined ChristChurch Cathedral should be broken by Christmas.

And she has announced that an independent Government-appointed consultant will be brought in to negotiate a way forward for the earthquake-ravaged... View article

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