25 September 2017
Next year in Our Neighbourhood
Next year brings the 150th anniversary of the Papatoetoe district with events planned throughout the year to remember and celebrate. As this parish is 158 years old next year we are part of those celebrations. The opening service for the year will be on New Year's Day in conjunction with the Pukaki Marae, at St Johns.
Later in the year will be the annual Many Choirs Festival which is proposing to have the event on Sunday, August 5th 2012, in the evening at St Johns. All our singers and those of the other churches are invited to participate – a great chance for singing parts with a large choir made up from all the churches and individuals who want to sing.
The cemetery is also recognised as part of the district's heritage and the local board has asked us to apply for a heritage grant to repair some of the old grave stones as it will be part of the new Papatoetoe heritage trail, along with the church.
Next Year in Our Parish
In 2012, our parish is participating in the new way of training ministers. 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. 70% of the intern’s year is spent in supervised ministry, normally in the parish setting, and 30% of their time is spent in structured learning, including the attendance of block courses organised by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. The learning requirements of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, including the intern’s attendance of block courses, have priority over the ministry needs of the local congregation.
The Session decided, as a contribution to training new ministers, that we would respond to the request from Knox to have an intern and along with the Board approved our having a ministry intern for 2012. Apart from the ministry course requirements outside the parish, the intern and his family are part of our parish while they are here. As a parish we will benefit from having another person around to contribute as well as our mentoring of the intern.
Session met our intern for next year who will be Nathan Pedro. Nathan's placement will commence on 7 February 2012 [we will welcome him formally - probably at the Sunday service on Feb 5th] and conclude on 31 January 2013. The internship will be reviewed in August to determine whether to continue for a second year in this parish.
Nathan Pedro, is married to Liz [daughter of the late Rev Liu JosephTepou, former minister at Grey Lynn PIPC] and they have an energetic 2 year old son – Paulo Charles Chu, called Chu. Nathan's parents were from the Tokelau Islands and he was brought up in Hawaii. He was 20 years in the US military as a marine. and retired as sergeant. He then worked in the US development office in Hawaii after obtaining a degree in management. He has experence of a wide range of denominations but has been worshipping as a member of the Grey Lynn congregation in recent years.
We look forward to working and growing in faith with Nathan in the coming year. Liz also brings a wealth of experience with her.
We are urged to be ready to take every opportunity to share our faith and pass it on.
In Psalm 78 the nation of Israel is reminded “to teach ithe word of God to their children. So the next generation would know, and all the generations to come— Know the truth and tell the stories so their children can trust in God”
May we recognise and be ready to sieze the opportunities that God places in front of us to ensure that others can know the way and love which Jesus brings to us.
May God bless each one of us as we wait through the advent season to celebrate the hope Christmas promises.
Rev. Margaret Anne Low
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