Click to download the May 2019 edition of Spanz. In this edition we learn about the changing role of celebrants and who is leading ceremonies for our big life events; we tune into a Kiwi youth ministry podcast broadcast from Marton; we meet two Hawke’s Bay leaders who are beacons in the Cook Islands community; we discover new standards for child safety and who is responsible for meeting them; we celebrate a huge anniversary with the PIPC Newton; we share how life and leadership training is being offered to Pasifika young adults and also how a Hamilton church is successfully revamping its youth programmes; we hear how a church has made a thriving club where people with disabilities can meet and worship; we find out how Church schools are leading the way with environmental initiatives to care for creation; we congratulate the Presbyterian Research Centre on an award for their Deaconess Collection; we are inspired by six Global Mission volunteers who have returned from Vanuatu with a changed perspective on life. Read these stories plus many more in the May 2019 edition of Spanz.
Changes to Spanz publication
Please note that there are no summer, winter, spring editions of Spanz in 2019. Prior to 2018, Spanz was a quarterly magazine, published each year in Autumn (March), Winter (June), Spring (September), and Summer (December).
In 2018, Council of Assembly advised that as part of its policy of a balanced operational budget, resource allocated to the Spanz publication had been reduced for the year ended 30 June 2019, which meant a reduction from four editions to three in 2018/2019 .
In 2019, Spanz (no.76) will be published in May 2019 (there are no 2019 autumn nor winter editions). Spanz (no.77) will be published in November 2019 (there are no 2019 spring nor summer editions).
In 2020, Spanz (no.78) will be published in May 2020 (there are no 2020 autumn nor winter editions).
Council of Assembly Convenor, Richard McLean advises: "We are investigating the Church’s overall communication across our life together and note the high use of, and engagement with, online communication in the wider community. We are also aware of our need to care for creation and the increasing costs of printing and distribution. Any changes beyond May 2020 will be signalled next year."