Would you like a simple, quick way to engage with the RCL Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel readings for each Sunday and other important days in the church calendar? These short introductions to each Bible reading will get you started. Use the entries in this book as a preface the Bible reading in a service, as sermon sparks, for personal devotions and in your church bulletin. Full Scripture Index
Discover a prayer to cover every aspect of rural life. Anglican priest, Bill Bennett understands the complexity of rural life with its overlapping communities and its deep dependence on seasonal life. His 117 prayers are arranged into broad themes: the seasons, environment, community, mission and ministry, work, crisis and loss. Also includes 6 Eucharist and 5 general liturgies.
Powerful stories of Christian social service.
Journey with deacon Shirley-Joy Barrow as she shares her inspiring story of being City Missioner in Whanganui from 2004 to 2011.
Working together, her team found that they could achieve much more than their individual skills and capabilities led them to expect. They developed effective ways to respond to the people on the margins of society.
Do you want to learn how to preach and lead worship, but don’t know where to start? This practical guide by experienced Methodist Lay Preacher Rosalie Sugrue will get you going.
“This book is just what New Zealand churches need to support the emerging lay leadership in worship services.” John Thornley, Lay Preacher, Palmerston North.
Church folk often take ourselves too seriously. Jim’s warm-hearted, but edgy, cartoons help us to see the funny side of church life. No one is spared – clergy, organists, parishioners – all get a gentle prod. Good, thought-filled fun, well balanced between the trite and the bite of cartooning humour.
This collection gathers more than 100 of Jim’s best tech cartoons and his written thoughts on his experiences communicating about technology as it’s evolved over the last crazy, game-changing decade. Get it before it’s all obsolete!
How do we each define our own intimate culture? How do we know where we belong? Daughter of New Zealand Baptist missionaries, Patricia Booth was born in north-east India during World War Two. In recording her childhood memories, she has pondered on the various cultural influences she experienced. How have they shaped her understanding of who she is and where she belongs as she enters old age?
This essay on rural ministry reflects on its long evolution, its current challenges, and its continuing viability for the future in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Bennett highlights key issues and opportunities for rural ministry today.
Meg’s poems flow from her deep faith and a longing for a peaceful world.
Poems in the first half of the book, Light of the World, are a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life. 13 poems focus on Peace. Also includes a section of Tributes to family members and other people, poems about nature and a set of happy haiku.
Use these poems in worship services, for devotions and for personal inspiration.
Spurred on by the death of their first child, courageous young Scots Irish couple William and Jeanie Wallace go on the adventure of their lives to settle in 1860s New Zealand.
Follow three generations of the Wallace family from rural Ireland during the potato famine, to Scottish mining towns and on to eventual hard-won prosperity in New Zealand.
The 71 songs in this book started out as responses to The Psalms but Mark soon found himself wandering to all sorts of places, the Psalms being good jump-off points. The songs are numbered instead of having titles, in the hope that this leaves a degree of open-ended-ness, so that God can say to you what you need to hear. Dip into them at random. May there be a few holy surprises here for you.
How is religious faith affected by our life’s experiences? NZ’s Trish McBride started with a traditional Christian faith. This has evolved into a belief in a God who is free of denominational church boundaries. One poem and prose step at a time, Trish weaves the scattered patches of her life into a compelling narrative that will touch your heart, and invite you to ponder your own faith journey.
When sexual abuse of adults by clergy and spiritual leaders comes to light, religious institutions need robust procedures in place to deal with offenders and support victims.
Based on her long experience in ministry working with sexual offenders and their victims, and the training she has undertaken, Anne Stephenson shares the wisdom she has gained.
What was life like for a Tongan migrant in New Zealand in the 1970s and onwards?
In this tribute to Sione Tavo Manukia, his daughter Ruby tells of his early life in Tonga and his experiences in New Zealand, as he sought a prosperous life and further education for his children. He helped to found the Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church.
Green, Ho! is an extended version of Greens and Greys that adds another dimension in the form of hidden disability.
Journey with Molly Sinclair through her 1950s childhood on the West Coast, her move to Christchurch for teacher training, drama-filled OE in the UK and Europe, and as she returns to NZ in the mid-1960s. This engaging tale sweeps us along as she meets unexpected joys and setbacks.
Severe earthquakes struck Christchurch in 2010–2011. For many people, the city and life they knew has gone, but they are not yet able to move forward – they are stuck in-between. In this moving collection of psalms, poems and haiku, Methodist minister Mark Gibson tells their story.
Journey with Molly Sinclair through her 1950s childhood on the West Coast, her move to Christchurch for teacher training, drama-filled OE in the UK and Europe, and as she returns to New Zealand in the mid-1960s. This engaging coming-of-age tale sweeps us along as she meets unexpected joys and overcomes life’s setbacks.
Can you imagine sailing to the other side of the world with no hope of returning home? Mary Neylon (County Clare) & John White (Donegal), who arrived in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1864 and 1865 respectively, are two such adventurers. We know few facts about these great grandparents of the author’s wife, but, with sustained imagination, he tells the story of their early years in New Zealand.
Earthed in Hope will enrich the funeral ministry both of those in the Anglican tradition and also those from other Churches. It is a valuable resource for funeral celebrants, counsellors and anyone supporting the bereaved and dying. Hendery reflects on and responds to spiritual, theological, liturgical, pastoral and cultural questions, and offers practical suggestions and insights.
Rev Ngahe’s enthusiastic and deeply thoughtful, methodical approach will provide inspiration for all who are engaged in multicultural, community-facing Christian ministry. Tongan Methodist minister ‘Alifeleti Vaitu’ulala Ngahe has been in full-time, ordained ministry for almost 10 years. This book reflects on those years in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist parishes in Auckland, New Zealand.
Arising from a New Zealand context and touching on universal issues, Connections offers 45 responses from the people of Dunedin Methodist Parish to the challenge of being church and living out the gospel in their community. The articles, selected from weekly contributions 2007–2013, are grouped into five broad categories, and cover diverse topics.
Are you ready for retirement?
Bruce Woodley will get you started on planning for a financially secure, happy and healthy retirement. By exploring how to handle our savings and investments in a practical and common sense manner, both when we are working and in retirement, he shows that it is possible to reach our retirement goals and provide a future which is both fulfilling and enjoyable.
This revised and expanded edition of Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, puzzles, plays and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare. Great for convenors, leaders, teachers and diversional therapists.
This lively book, based on personal experience, is full of practical suggestions for people preparing to retire. While based on the New Zealand scene, readers in other countries will also find the material thought-provoking and encouraging. Topics covered include:
- Getting started
- Where will we live
- Home - the house we live in
- Interests and hobbies
- The joy of being a grandparent
Lay preacher Rosalie Sugrue’s short plays and meditations are ideal to present in church. They encourage us to engage with Bible and historical characters and explore important themes. Staging is simple. Few props or costumes are required. Nearly of these play readings are suitable for children to present. Most work best with a combination of children and adults. The book was revised & expanded
Christian pacifists opposed all war, at all times irrespective of political developments. They shared a core and absolute belief, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, that war was a moral and ethical sin.
In March 1936, Wellington Methodist Minister Ormond Burton and his circuit steward A C Barrington established the Christian Pacifist Society of New Zealand. This is it's history.
This precious collection springs from the tradition of revealing God by telling stories. Baptist pastor, Simon Brown shares his spiritual insights into everyday life.
Evocative images of people, artwork and places add depth and another dimension to reflect on.
Parables and Poems will stir emotional connections with this land and its people.
Compelling story of a World War II conscientious objector captures a piece of New Zealand history that is not well known. The small group of people described here had a strong influence on the thinking of others as New Zealanders later grappled with the issues raised by the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and the nuclear ships issue more recently.
New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors were treated harshly.
Imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs, Chris Palmer and Merv Browne were held in military defaulters’ camps in the central North Island.
To bring conditions in the camps to public notice, in 1944 Chris and Merv escaped to Wellington.
This classic book tells of their audacious adventure and consequent punishment.
James Stuart argues that John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, can help Methodists find a new vision today if they are prepared to listen and learn from Wesley. He paints a challenging portrait of Wesley, profoundly transformed and driven by the love of God, who chose to stand alongside the poor and dislocated people of his day and offer a message of healing, hope and personal transformation.
Growing in Age covers many aspects of ageing:
- Society and it’s attitudes
- The personal journey of ageing
- How relationships change
- Changes and challenges of loss and grief, depression, dementia and dying
- Caring for older people in their homes, in family and in residential care settings
- Contributions older people make in their community and their legacy for future generations.
Anne Millar provides encouragement for older people in these inspirational reflections on the meaning and purpose found in growing older.
These short, readable articles are grouped into broad topics of:
• Making Meaning
• Health and Harmony
• Relationships and Realities
• Edges and Endings
• Seasons and Stages
The rural church has been profoundly affected by economic and social change, and by theological and liturgical revolution in the wider church.
Underpinning this book is the hopeful message that parishes who accept the need for change, and are willing to adapt and respond to the needs of their community, can not only survive but thrive into future.