General Assembly 2021

GA21 in Christchurch

General Assembly will be held from Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October 2021 at St Andrew's College, Christchurch.

GA21 will begin at 7pm on Wed 29 September with a powhiri and opening service at the St Andrew’s College chapel. The GA registration desk and accommodation at St Andrew's will open at 2pm on Wednesday. GA will conclude on Sunday 3 October with a communion service scheduled for 11am. Ministers' Training Day will be held Wednesday 29 September starting at 9.30am. See more on the GA21 website.

GA21 website & GA registratons

A dedicated stand-alone GA21 website http://ga2021.nz/ was launched by the GA Local Arrangements Committee 1 July 2021. As in previous years, the GA website is where you will register, and where you will find information on GA fees, travel subsidy, venue, accommodation, Moderator theme, the Ministers' Day, the full GA programme, and when the White Papers will be sent to Commissioners.

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GA21 logo

This is the Moderator designate's logo for his Moderator theme, "Empowering Generations". See more about the logo and theme on the GA21 Local Arrangements Committee website.

GA21 Updates

See the GA21 website for all LAC GA21 Updates. You will also find links to GA Updates below.

After GA21

For those who wish to stay on, a Moderator’s golf tournament is scheduled for after lunch on Sunday 3 October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. This will be a 12 hole fun event at central Christchurch Hagley Golf Club. The event will be Ambrose in nature, therefore suitable for a wide range of abilities. Golf clubs can be provided for those who don’t have them with them.

Venue change 2020

On 25 November 2020, the Moderator Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio and Assembly Clerk Rev Wayne Matheson, wrote to parishes, presbyteries, ministers and clerks and staff to advise of the decision to hold General Assembly from Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October 2021 at St Andrew's College, Christchurch.

"Our original intent was to continue to hope General Assembly would be held at Lindisfarne College in Hastings. As the months have gone by, we have become more aware of the challenges we face in pursuing this option. One of the major issues is air travel to and from Napier Airport, the limited options we face currently, and most likely, moving forward.  There have been conversations with the Local Arrangements Team around this and other matters.

"An approach was made to Central Presbytery to determine if the Assembly was relocated from Hawke’s Bay could it be hosted in the Wellington region. They advised they were not able to accommodate this change. Subsequently, we have been in conversation with Alpine Presbytery and they have warmly and graciously responded and accepted the invitation to host General Assembly 2021.

"Therefore, in the light of this, we as the Moderator and the Assembly Clerk, using the provisions of the Book of Order Section 14.29(2) have made the decision to transfer the General Assembly, now to be held within the bounds of Alpine Presbytery.

"St Andrew’s College have been approached and they confirm they can once again accommodate us and are grateful for the opportunity.

"The dates for the Assembly will be Wednesday 29 September to Sunday 3 October 2021.

"Some of you will be wondering what will happen to our plans, your plans, should we face Covid-19 gathering restrictions during September 2021. We would of course comply with any government recommendations and make a call on our gathering in a timely way. We are working with the Book of Order Advisory Committee, should an in-person gathering not be possible, to hold Assembly electronically.

"Please join us in praying for all who will be involved in the planning and preparation for General Assembly 2021."

Download the letter to all parishes, presbyteries, ministers and session clerks.

GA20 postponed

On 31 March 2020, the Moderator Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio and Assembly Clerk Rev Wayne Matheson, wrote to parishes, presbyteries, ministers and clerks to advise that in response to the ongoing  COVID-19 pandemic, using the provisions of the Book of Order Section 14.29(2), they had made the decision to postpone the 2020 General Assembly until September/October 2021, to be held within the bounds of Presbytery Central.

“We have listened to our public health and epidemiological experts who remind us that the measures we need to have in place will be required for some months. Even then, no one should imagine that the COVID-19 season will have ended, certainly not on a national scale.
 
“We have asked, what is the Spirit saying to the Church?

“We have spent time in prayer.

“We recognise the implications of this decision and will be working on those in the days and weeks ahead. We will keep you informed as we proceed.
 
“We invite you to join us in praying for our country; our people; our Church. And let us… ‘Stay home, wash our hands, and be kind’.
 
“Na, ma te Atua, nana te tumanako, e whakaki koutou ki te hari, ki te rangimarie, i runga i te tumanako ki a ia, kia hua ai to koutou tumanako, i runga i te kaha o te Wairua Tapu./ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)”
 
Download the letter to all parishes, presbyteries, ministers and session clerks.