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Rev Clay Gets Inducted!

On Sunday 20th October in Queenstown, in front of a packed church, Clay Peterson De Oliveira was inducted as a minister into the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand …

Leaders Attend W.O.F Training

At the end of 2018 the Council of Assembly produced a new Child Protection Policy for all churches within the PCANZ. With a goal of staying up to date …

UCANZ Forum

The Standing committee of UCANZ met on Thursday 17 October. It was our usual meeting that is normally held in Miramar, Wellington. In coinciding it with the Forum made …

Sewing Seeds into South Dunedin

TEAM ATTENDS LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND  At the end of August, Linda, Alice, and Julie from The Seedling South Dunedin attended “The Lighthouse,” an event for mission innovators in Auckland, facilitated by …

Connect Welcomed at Marae

What an incredibly special weekend we have just had at our National Marae, Te Maungarongo where we had our National Youth Leaders Conference; Connect. And Connect is what we …

Connect 2019 Subsidies

Connect 2019 Subsidies   PYM TRAVEL SUBSIDY Southern Presbytery Reimbursement: For participants flying from the South Island, we have 20 reimbursements on offer. To receive a $80 reimbursement. Send the email confirmation of …

Pukerau Camps Celebrate 75th

Pukerau Christian Camps Celebrate 75 Years! “From humble beginnings in 1944 when the Mataura Bible Class District Committee held its first Easter Camp in some tents at Wyndham, to the …

A Warm and Wonderful AGM

2019 Synod AGM. A warm and wonderful day! On Saturday, April 13th, Synod members and guests gathered at Camp Columba in Pukerau for the 2019 Synod AGM. It was a …

Invercargill Churches Unite

Invercargill Churches Combined Worship Service a Great Event On Sunday 17th March, all of the Presbyterian Churches in Invercargill put a line through each of their own Sunday morning worship …

Dunedin Easter Camp - AWESOME

Dunedin Easter Camp Keeps Growing! The camp has outgrown the Tirohanga Campsite and is starting to fill up the A&P Showgrounds... Dunedin Easter Camp this year was awesome. Over 200 young …

Pukerau Easter Camp - AMAZING!

75 Years On And Still Going Strong! Pukerau Easter Camp is always special. But this year's Easter Camp, held out at Camp Columba was extra special. Pukerau Christian Camps celebrated …

Youth Work Job - East Taieri

East Taieri Presbyterian Church & The Saddle Hill Foundation Trust are looking for a new full-time youth worker to join their team. The Saddle Hill Foundation Trust (SHFT) was established …

Ordination of Aaron Johnstone

Aaron Johnstone Now Ordained and Begins Hawea Ministry On Thursday 21st March, well over a hundred people squeezed into the quaint St Ninians church in beautiful Hawea Flats for the …

Youth Leaders Gathering a Success

re:Gen Draws in Youth Ministry Leaders From Across Otago & Southland On Saturday 9th March, approximately 80 youth leaders from across Otago & Southland gathered at Calvin Community Church in Gore …

February Presbytery Gathering

February Presbytery Gathering This was an enjoyable and encouraging experience with the Mataura people hosting us very warmly. Interesting reports were presented from the 5 Resource Groups noting lots of energy …

Assessments for CV's

Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa New Zealand Assessments for Cooperating Ventures Cooperative Ventures (also known as Union Parishes or Cooperating Churches) have two or three Church Partners – principally PCANZ, MCNZ and Anglican …

Church Schools Resource Office Job

Church Schools Resource Office Director Role The National Church is currently looking for someone to fill the role of Church Schools’ Resource Office Director. The ideal candidate would have a …

2019 KCML Lent-Inars

The 2019 Lent-Inars - with KCML Presbyterians thinking deeply, carefully and holistically about faith in life. Brought together by KCML and published as Snapshots in Mission - a collection of writings reaching back …

A New Addition to the Team!

KIDS FRIENDLY FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR Welcome to Rachel Bates who has recently joined the Southern Presbyterians team! This is a new 10 hour role, working alongside both Cheryl and Brad …

New Regional Alpha Support

Kia ora everyone! My name is Matt Stevenson and I am the new Alpha NZ Relationship Development Coordinator for the Otago/Southland region. I took over the role from Mary Somerville …

Maori Chaplain Otago Uni

Part-time Māori Chaplain (0.2 Permanent) at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic   Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board   The Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board (OTCTB) is an ecumenical Christian Board responsible for …

Armistice Day Resources

Armistice Day THIS SUNDAY! If you are looking for resources to use to remember Armistice Day during worship this week, then you may find the following resources useful.   Rev Malcolm Gordon For …

Season of Peace

Remembering Parihaka Seeking Peace in a Troubled World You are warmly invited to gather to affirm our commitment to seeking peace in a troubled world during this Season of Peace. Haere mai tātou!             Hikoi of Peace Sunday 4th November Meet …

Buddy Programme needs you!

The Buddy Programme is growing and needs more adult buddies!! This programme contributes to the emotional and social well-being of children by matching them with carefully selected and trained adult volunteers …

First Church Dunedin VACANCY

First Church Dunedin is seeking a new Senior Minister. For more information and to see a Parish Profile, click here.        

"Love Reaches Out" - On Display

“Love Reaches Out - Caring for our World’  Art and Writing Competition 2018   151 entries in 5 categories 24 prize winners Preschool to Year 8 Visual and written art INSPIRING! THOUGHTFUL! FUN!   On display at Knox …

Pulpit Radical

Pulpit Radical A biography of the influential Dunedin Presbyterian minister Rutherford Waddell – Pulpit Radical: The Story of New Zealand Social Campaigner Rutherford Waddell – has just been published. From his …

Workshops on Trauma

Beneath the Surface: The Nature and Impact of Trauma and Ways to Provide Support This half-day workshop is designed for anyone working with those who have experienced trauma in their …

Women in Ministry Report

Women of the Burning Bush: Still Burning 25 Years On In 1990 there had been a survey of women following a celebration of 25 years of ordination for women. At …

M&E Funding Applications due

MISSION & EVANGELISM FUND APPLICATIONS CLOSE JUNE 15 The Mission & Evangelism fund supports projects that further and promote the extension of the Kingdom of God within the Synod’s region. Priority will be …

B@tch Seeks New Minister

B@tCH — an innovative church operating out of the Coronation Hall in Maori Hill, Dunedin, as part of the Highgate Presbyterian Church — is seeking a new leader. We …

Dunedin South Pastoral Position

Dunedin South Presbyterian Church is seeking someone to work in their parish in the area of pastoral care. The role of the parish pastoral worker will work in conjunction …

Six Young Adults Wanted for GA

Southern Presbytery Young Adult Commissioner Programme  (2018/19)   The upcoming General Assembly is taking place from October 3rd – 7th 2018 at St Andrews College in Christchurch. This means we are …

Courageous Continuum still going strong

When you only have five registration forms to fund a 30-thousand-dollar event, your heart might sink a bit. A sticky situation Tasha Francis found herself in five weeks out from …

Direct flights to salvation

Every year travelling Brazilians soar to Queenstown for work, and inevitably find themselves drawn to the doors of Global Community. Clay Peterson de Oliveira, Associate Pastor at Global Community, believes …

Church at Play

St John's walls hadn’t seen a child in nearly 10 years, but now they’re a second home for many. Carlton Johnstone, Minister at St John’s Presbyterian Church in Arrowtown, says their …

There's no "I" in Clutha

The unforgiving cold of South Otago made it’s presence known in the house of a young Balclutha Presbyterian family, last winter. Desperate for warmth, a call by the Minister of the Balclutha …

Church going global

What started as a seedling prayer has now grown into a fruitful international ministry, that is seeing First Church Invercargill welcome their first Asian members. Nyalle Paris, Minister at First Church …

A workload friendly role

Over the last eight years the Otago and Southland region has been blessed with a full-time, fully energized Kids Friendly resource in Cheryl Harray.  Now Cheryl has decided to take a few bricks off her …

Youth Leaders Gather Together

On Saturday March 3rd, youth leaders from across Otago & Southland gathered at Calvin Church in Gore to connect with other youth leaders and to upskill in the area …

Compelled by love

Forget flashy lights and the smell of hot coffee to entice people into your church, genuine love is the only ingredient you’ll need. Teina, Intern Minster at St Andrews Presbyterian …

Dials for change

With a rattle and a ring, every churches’ phone will be called, with questions that will shape the future. Southern Presbytery is running a review, that covers all the churches within …

Silver lining found after fire

In early morning stillness and cold, vibrant orange was seen glowing from within the churches’ stained glass. In 2015 at 5am, First Church Invercargill was the victim of a blaze …

Youth Leaders Retreat

Youth leaders were given respite from exhaustion after being treated to a free retreat, offering  restoration, value and relaxation.   Matt Chamberlin, Youth Director for Presbyterian Youth Ministry [PYM], decided to create …

Divine food deliveries

Angels will soon be sweeping through Wakatipu, gifting people in urgent need of food for the night. Though not technically angelic, BOB’s Angels is a branch off Baskets of Blessings, …

60 candles for camp

It been 60 years since Camp Columba was wild terrain of gorse, rocks and weed. Now it’s the home ground for adrenaline-pumping activities, teachings and worship. The camp’s 60th anniversary …

Moderators Exchange Briefcase

At the 151st annual Synod AGM, Rev Nyalle Paris was officailly inducted as the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago & Southland, taking over the role from …

Dunedin Easter Camp Doubles

Huge success for Dunedin Easter Camp 2017! Many Easter camps around the country were cancelled or postponed because of Cyclone Cook. Dunedin Easter Camp, however, pushed on as planned, but still had to …

Deborah Bower Goes to Nepal

  Deborah Bower in her role as Church Leadership Supoort Advisor and as a member and Elder of the Wakitpu Parish, travelled to Nepal with fellow members of the Wakatipu …

Youth Ministry Training Grows!

On Saturday 11th March at Calvin Church in Gore, 130 youth leaders from across Otago & Southland gathered together to receive training and be encouraged in the area of …