Kaimai Press October 2017

‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See I am doing a new thing!’ – Isaiah 43 vs18-21

Well, this is a new thing for me!  My first letter for the Presbytery News!  It’s a privilege to be called to serve the Presbytery in my role as Co-Moderator, and I’m looking forward to the years ahead.  I’ve enjoyed serving on the council for the past year, getting to know others in the Presbytery, and also growing in my knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face in a time of seeming constant change.

Change is often more than a bit scary, and I take comfort from passages like Isaiah 43 where change is definitely in God’s sovereign hands, and will be for good.

The end result of God saying ‘See I am doing a new thing!’ is ‘the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise’ v21.  You may be familiar with the words of the catechism that says our chief end ‘is to glorify God and enjoy him forever’.  Now there’s a goal for us individually and as a Presbytery, and what an impact that will make!

God bless
Rev Ian Pittendreigh

Needed:  Presbytery Finance Convenor

The Rev. Chris Barnard is currently Presbytery’s Finance Convenor but wishes to step down from this role by the end of this year, after doing a brilliant job.

We invite applications for this role.  Ministers and church councils – please actively look for an appropriate person.  Applications should be sent by 20th October to Rev. Ian Croft at convenor@kaimaipresbytery.org.nz

Full details of the work involved can be obtained by contacting Rev. Chris Barnard on chrisbarnard@outlook.co.nz  or 021 903403

Ministry Vacancy –  Kaimai Presbytery Convenor

With the coming retirement of the Rev. Ian Croft, The Kaimai Presbytery seeks interested candidates for the Presbytery Council Convenor position beginning in January, 2018

A ministry description is available on request by contacting Ian at convenor@kaimaipresbytery.org.nz, who is also happy to answer any questions about the role.

The position is equivalent to 20% of basic Presbyterian stipend and allowances per week. The successful candidate must be an individual with deep commitment to the polity of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and a sound understanding of the Book of Order and Supplementary Provisions. This position includes responsibility for managing the judicial processes of the presbytery and giving advice on points of process. Some travelling is required.  Terms may include a one to three year covenant agreement.

Those interested in exploring this unique service to the church are asked to submit (1) a cover letter indicating what skills you bring to the position and why you are interested in the position, (2) a brief resume including a description of past activities related to Presbytery work.

Please send completed documents, including names and addresses of at least two references to the Rev. Ian Pittendreigh at minister@bcchurch.co.nz

The deadline for applications is October 20, 2017, with interviews to take place on or around the end of October.

Edgecumbe “Have a heart have a Break”

They are looking at providing opportunities for farmers with their families to have a break away from their farm for a few days.

To do this they need your support. If you have a batch or holiday home on the beach, at the lakes, somewhere in the area that can be made available at no charge for a family that would be wonderful. They would organise their placement with you and provide them with petrol vouchers and food hampers from the donations already accumulated. They would also organise someone who will stand in for them on their farm for those days. If you know of someone who can give of their time to help please let them know.
Email Chris Barnard – chrisbarnard@outlook.co.nz

Presbytery Assessment Day

The co-convenors of the Kaimai Candidate committee would like to advise that this year’s Presbytery Assessment Day has been set for November 18th 2017. Details will be confirmed later but at this stage it is likely to be held in Tauranga. The assessment day will consider applications for both Locally Ordained Ministry (LOM) and Nationally Ordained Ministry (NOM). Prospective candidates are advised to begin the process well in advance of this date, in the first instance contacting one of the co-convenors to assure themselves of the requirements in preparation for the day. Ministers and Parish Sessions/Councils are encouraged to share this information with any person they believe may be called to ordained ministry.
Alistair McBride denalmac@orcon.net.nz for those in the Waikato.
Marion Sanders mumbelina51@gmail.com for those in the Bay of Plenty.

The Rebuilding of the William Gray Memorial Church, Tanna Island, Vanuatu Project

Funds raised so far

With God the Way is Easy (Waisisi)

When I wrote to Neville Jones (PCANZ Global Mission Worker in Vanuatu): “Just wanted to share the wonderful news that we have reached our fundraising target for the Waisisi building project – as a matter of fact, we have exceeded it to such an extent that we do not need to use the $9,000.00 of the Moderators Fund! It is amazing and I am quite overwhelmed with how God has provided far beyond expectation.”, his response was: “What wonderful news and we seem to always be surprised of what God does, but we shouldn’t be surprised.”

God first whispered into my heart that the rebuilding of this church in Waisisi will bring hope, encourage faith, will be an example of the Body of Christ caring for each other, and have significant missional value, while I was standing in front of the brothers and sisters you can see in the photos. Back home, when I got disheartened, God sent Iain Dickson and Ann Owen to stir me up again. I saw the enthusiastic endorsement of the project by the Global Mission office and the Kaimai Presbytery as God’s confirmation and blessing on the project.

The fact that Global Mission was prepared to underwrite the project with the last $9,000.00 available for work in Vanuatu, and a generous matching of the amount by the Mission in Motion group of Matamata, was further motivation and brought a sense that God is doing this.

God moved in people’s hearts and donations came from individuals, congregations and even as far afield as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the USA. Every dollar is going to encourage the faith of a small congregation who has been praying for very long that God may restore their beloved William Gray Memorial Church. A very generous donation from Cambridge Union Church stirred deep emotions and again gratitude for God’s goodness through his people. A heartfelt THANK YOU to each person, group and church who responded to this call! You were part of God’s love in action. 

We await God’s guidance as to the application of the $4,337.00 raised in excess of the quote we based the target amount on. It will cover inevitable variations in costs and perhaps buy some Bibles and a few chairs for the congregation to sit on. All money raised will be used for ministry in this congregation.

Neville has flown over to Tanna, from Port Vila – where he is based – to assess the situation on the ground and get the project going. He will keep us updated.

Please pray that God will bless the building process and that the congregation will be able to give thanks to God as they welcome the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu in their building in August next year.

However the project proceeds from here on, I know God is leading the way. May this project encourage many people on their journey to eternal life. “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to earth.” (John 17:3)

Rev Dr Jaco Reyneke
(St. Paul’s Papamoa)

Upcoming Events

The Reformation 500 Conference will be held in Hamilton, New Zealand, at the Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral from 29 – 31 October 2017.

Look Who’s At The Well – Women’s Assembly (incorporating AGM) supported by CWM with a “building capacity” grant. 3 – 5 November 2017. Click here to download the Registration Pack.

Presbytery Events to mark in your diaries …

Licencing Service of current Kaimai Presbytery Inters Mike Kirby-Sing, Mike Coutts & Mark Maney will be held on Sunday 3rd December, 3pm, St Johns Rotorua at their temporary premises 276 Fenton Street (next to Rydges Hotel).

The Ordination and Induction Service of Mark Maney will be held on Thursday 7th December, 7pm at St Andrews Church, 3 Macville Road, Mt Maunganui. The Presbytery will meet at 6.45pm.

Farewell Service for Rev Ken Olsen at Chartwell Cooperating Church on Sunday 17th December.

Ministry Opportunities


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