25 November 2017



2016
> The Hope of Christmas
> COMPASSION BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS

2015
> Northern Presbytery Moderator Christmas letter
> ANZAC DAWN REFLECTION
> Freedom of Speech or License to Stereotype?

2014
> Advent Hope and Interns
> 200 Years of New Zealand Christmas
> Prayer of the General Assembly 2014
> The Legal High Trade
> REFLECTION ON A JOURNEY
> Giving up for Lent - A Challenge from our Children

2013
> Christmas in the Graveyard
> FAREWELLS
> Mrs Hunters' Tea Party [Hunters Corner named ]
> PERSPECTIVE
> RISKS - HELP US GROW IN FAITH
> EMBRACING DIFFERENCE
> DOING OUR WORK
> 150years Ė We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Donít Do or Do?
> WATER, WIND and FIRE
> COUNCIL FOR WORLD MISSION at ST JOHNS
> Signs of Spring
> YOUNG, MESSED UP AND ON THE GAME
> REAL WORLD - AND THE HUNGER GAMES
> The Journey to the Cross - An Easter meditation
> Can Jesus Heal Cancer
> CHRISTIAN HERITAGE in PAPATOETOE

2011
> LIGHT ON THE HILL
> LOOKING FORWARD
> GOOD WORDS
> ALCOPOPS and EXCESS DRINKING
> COMPASSION in ACTION
> Christchurch Reports
> Shattered Illusions, Faithful journeys.
> EARTHQUAKE
> The Windows, Images of Faith - Opening Day

2010
> THE CITY CAN NEVER BE THE SAME
> "The Hope that Comes from Faith"
> SPARKING SPARKIES
> ADVERTISING A NON-GOD!

2009
> PRAYING FOR THE COMMUNITY
> DATES THAT COULD DESTROY
> MERCY, JUSTICE AND LIVING IN GOD'S WORLD
> Warmth in the Frost
> GENEROUS GIVING
> Hunter's Corner - A Dilemma of Publiic Space.
> Easter customs to tell the Story
> Our Mother Tongue God is too Small
> Tragedy at Fox Glacier

2008
> THE BIRTH STORIES OF JESUS
> CONNECTING WITH - FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
> WELL If you want it Quiet ......
> Finding Pearls
> Of Winter fuel and things
> Disaster and Relief Work
> Prayer on hearing the News
> Conflict of Interest
> Practical Christian in the community.
> Who are these Christians?

2007
> We still keep singing the Christmas carols
> Getting our pirorities
> Travelling
> Spring flowers shout that life is not dead.!
> Focusing on the task
> Change
> Real Families
> Water - Source of conflict
> Prayer

2006
> Violence and Children
> Faith and Reason
> PEACETIME AND HOPE
> Playdough and PC
> Violence to Children
> Climbing Everest
> Celebrating the Good things
> THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL OF JUDAS
> Focusing on the Essential
> Living with other Faiths
> SuperVolcanoes and other worrying things

2005
> Advent - Saving the Earth Saving its Peoples
> Halloween - The time of the Saints
> Responding to Terror
> Time of Winter
> Noah - a Story of Conservation
> Off the Tracks
> Moving On and Looking Back
> Tsunami Prayers

2004
> Upside Down Christmas
> From Assembly - Dean Drayton address
> In the Community
> Weaving together the threads
> 150 years of History revisited
> July - Faithfulness
> Getting 150 years in perspective -
> Passion -The Film
> Letter From Niue

2003
> Christmas hope
> Maintenance and Mission
> Annual reports June 2002- June 2003
> Who will come to the Party?
> Time to Change
> Unity is Strength
> Prostitution Laws
> Gone Fishing


Minister's Minutes
December 2014

Advent Hope and Interns

As we move into Advent and Christmas Ė a time of new beginnings Ė we look with hope towards the coming year.

The session has agreed to have John Schoneveld as an intern beginning with our welcoming him and his family at his commissioning during the morning service on December 14th. John Schoneveld will be our fifth intern, following Nathan Pedro, Tani Huanga, Thomas Kauie, and Chris Milham. John will be with us for one year. John is experienced in many aspects of parish work and we look forward to enjoying his gifts of ministry as well as contributing to his further training. This is something we do together to raise up new leaders for ministry and mission. It is particularly good that John will be around as I take up the role of Moderator of Northern Presbytery in February 2015 and Johnís special interest in Childrenís ministry will welcomed by Angela and her team.

Intern exchange
As you all know, our parish is participating in training of ministers for the PCANZ.. I remind you that instead of students of the ministry going to Knox in Dunedin for a number of years, as in the past, the ministry training scheme is now run by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, based in Dunedin but also with an Auckland centre.
Students for the Ministry of Word and Sacraments within the PCANZ have usually completed, or are completing, their theological degrees by the time they enter the selection process and are then accepted for two year ministry formation by the Knox Centre. In the new scheme they are placed in a parish as an intern. 65% of the internís year is spent in supervised ministry, normally in the parish setting, and 35% of their time is spent in structured learning, including the attendance of 3 x 10 day block courses organised by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. The learning requirements of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, including the internís attendance of block courses, have priority over the ministry needs of the local congregation.
John has also been selected by KCML and Kids Friendly to participate in a National Kids Friendly Internship for 4 weeks, working alongside Jill Kayser and the Kids Friendly team. This will occur for a period that is mutually agreeable to St Johnís, Kids Friendly and John and will be scheduled sometime between Easter and November of 2015.
John has sent us his profile.
I have been married to Jan for thirteen years and we have two daughters, Johanna (7) and Catriona (nearly 3). We currently live in Tuakau, ten minutes south of Pukekohe. The first half of my internship with my home church of St James Presbyterian Church in Pukekohe has been both a time of joy and a time of personal growth, and Iím looking forward to new learning as I continue my internship with St. Johnís in Papatoetoe. Before my internship I was on the eldership team at church and have been involved in children and youth ministries in a variety of other churches with diverse flavours over the years. I have also enjoyed doing supply preaching in a number of Presbyterian churches, both in New Zealand and Scotland (Janís home country). My passion for working with all generations, for opening Scripture and for outdoor adventure has been nurtured, in part, by my involvement with Scripture Union over many years, including four and a half years on staff as a Schools and Camps Worker. I am excited about the potential for church to be a missional community of Godís children sharing His life and love together and shining this life and love into their local community and beyond. In my spare time, I enjoy adventuring outdoors, reading, photography and spending time with my family.


We welcome John and Jan to St Johns this Christmas time as we celebrate the coming of God with us, Emmanuel. We also celebrate 200 years of Christian mission in New Zealand in 2015 and as you travel around there should be signs of the bicentennial being marked throughout all the denominations. The good tidings of great joy which Samuel Marsden and Ruatara brought on that Christmas day 1815 is still changing lives and communities in New Zealand today.
May you find your way to the manger at Bethlehem, journey with the wise ones and rejoice with the shepherds and find God is with us, in pain and joy, bringing hope and love and new life.
May God bless you all


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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