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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Fasting Fridays

Lent, in the Christian calendar, is defined as a period of spiritual preparation for the highlight of the Easter celebration.

Easter is the highpoint of the Christian calendar. Arguably it is from this point that all liturgy and Christian worship begin.

One of the most common approaches to Lent was the practice of fasting – largely from food or specific food types. Why fasting?

In the Old...

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Click to download the autumn 2018 edition of Spanz. In this edition Presbyterians speak...

Tuesday 20 February 2018

The date for public submissions on euthanasia and assisted suicide has been extended to midnight Tuesday 6 March 2018. You can send make a submission to the Justice Select Committee considering the End of Life Choice Bill before the Bill gets its second reading in Parliament.

Have your say on this important issue.

The Interchurch Bioethics Council has collated some resources to help congregations engage with this important issue. Check the resources, including a short video which discusses what euthanasia is (and isn't): http...

Monday 19 February 2018

Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand (PWANZ) has launched their International Women’s Day Special Collection, 11 March 2018.

At General Assembly 2016, the Assembly decided that a PWANZ Special Collection be taken on the Sunday nearest to International Women’s Day each March to support the ongoing advocacy role of Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand locally, regionally, internationally, as well as at the United Nations.

Please support this collection and the work of the PWANZ. ...

Thursday 08 February 2018

Read the message from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) Moderator, Rev Tan Beng-Chi (Chen Ming-Chih) and General Secretary, Rev Lyim Hong-Tiong concerning the devastating earthquake which struck Taiwan on 6 February. The letter shares details of the rescue efforts so far and asks New Zealand Presbyterians to remember the victims of the disaster and their families in our prayers. They also ask us to pray for the health and well-being of rescue workers who continue to search for survivors.


Thursday 01 February 2018

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

The whole point of the Treaty, as I see it, was to form a partnership between two peoples – a partnership which valued the culture of each fully and equally. What formed thebasis of this agreement was a deep understanding that each culture had significant taonga (treasures) to offer a combined people.

One of the fundamental treasures of each culture was, without doubt, the language. Yet today – despite the fact that it is an...

Friday 15 December 2017

The Assembly Office team will be taking a break over the holiday period and returning refreshed to assist you in the New Year.

The office will close at 5:00pm, Thursday, 21 December and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday, 8 January. For any emergencies or urgent matters during this time use the Assembly Executive Secretary and service team leaders mobile phone contact details, which can be found on the Contact Us section of our website.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New...

Thursday 14 December 2017

Act Leader David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice” bill has just had its first reading in Parliament, where 76 MPs voted in favour and 44 against. The bill will now move to the justice select committee. If passed, the bill provide terminally ill patients with the option of having an assisted death.

The InterChurch Bioethics Council - an ecumenical cross-cultural body supported by the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand - is urging Parliament to vote against the “End of Life Choice” bill....

Wednesday 13 December 2017



Dear Friends

Christmas is a struggle for the lonely. Nothing compounds feelings of  loneliness quite like seeing others celebrate a festival for families, and being asked common pleasantries such as if family are coming to visit. It’s not the fault of Christmas but it’s what happens. Christmas is hard on the lost. Who can begin to be found when everyone’s so busy with each other that no one’s even looking for the lost?

Christmas is tough for the unlovely. Those who feel rejected...

Tuesday 05 December 2017

Click to download the summer 2017 edition of Spanz. In this edition we explore how parishes around the country are sharing the Christmas story with their communities. We profile the life and ministry of Rev Taimoanaifakaofo (Fakaofo) Kaio, who will be presented to the next General Assembly for election as the Church’s Moderator 2018-2020. We...


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