July is Bible Month

Yes – and the New Zealand Bible Society has a page of  resources – a Bible-reading challenge, testimony videos, sermon notes, wall posters, advice for reading the Bible in public, small group resources, research, and Bibles at special prices

In addition, our very own Rosalie Sugrue has prepared a liturgy for Celebrating Bible Month.




Workshop for Lay Worship Leaders – 25 August, in Christchurch

An A4 poster for this event is available here,
and a tri-fold brochure outlining the venue, cost and programme can be downloaded here.

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Brochure 2018






Liturgy for Disability Awareness Sunday

Liturgy for Disability Sunday (3rd Sunday in June) – by Rosalie Sugrue

Call to worship

To the God who walks on wounded feet
and heals with wounded hands,
To the God who stands beside us wounded,
all knowing and all loving,
To the God of imperfections
We offer our imperfect praise,
Trusting in the perfect love of the God
who knows what it is to be truly human.  …


The complete liturgy is available here.


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Disability Awareness Sunday

disability awarenessIn New Zealand, Disability Awareness Sunday (DAS) is observed on the third Sunday in June.  This year it will be held on 17 June.

It is an opportunity to be intentional about disability awareness and is a great way to educate your church. It is not just about raising awareness, but celebrating and encouraging people with disabilities in their gifts and ministries.

The Elevate Christian Disability Trust has a number of resources available on their website – just click here and scroll down the page …

While there, check out other pages on their site – it contains a lot of information about the Trust and the work it does.


Did you know …

… that there are at least three Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australian online sources of resources for worship leaders?


logov2_180xKereru Publishing – Resourcing Christian Spirituality – Andrew Gamman and Caroline Bindon write,  “Our dream is to provide resources to engage, encourage and inspire a generation of seed dispersers for the Christian faith.”

Check out their free resources …


Philip Garside Publishing – Your One-Stop Shop for Book Services –

Since 1999, we have published many New Zealand non-fiction print books, mainly on progressive/liberal Christian, social justice/history and pacifist topics.

We now also produce and help you to market eBooks and print books in fiction (novels and poetry) and all non-fiction genres.

We can produce small print runs via print-on-demand through Printing.com in New Zealand and Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace in the USA.

We also sell and distribute other publisher’s books, magazines/periodicals and CDs.

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And, in Australia, MediaCom Education Inc –

MediaCom is an ecumenical religious communications agency providing resources and training for the mainline churches of Australia. Serving the church for over 30 years, it produces a wide range of materials in the areas of Worship and Christian Education for clergy and church leaders. Since our founding in 1980 by Rev Dr Tony & Christine Nancarrow, we have grown from a small home based venture into one of the largest publishers of lectionary based curriculums, and religious magazines and periodicals in the country. In excess of 20,000 churches and individuals use our resources. MediaCom is an official agency of the South Australian Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.

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Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering

Date:  Saturday 7 July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  St John’s College, 202-210 St Johns Road
Auckland 1072

“Life And All Its Emotions”
Preaching from the Psalms, with Lynne J. Wall

“An insight into the NZLPA”
with Linda Hall

Linda will share the Objectives of the Association and some good news
stories of events held recently.

It will also be an opportunity for Lay Preachers to
ask questions,
express their views,
and identify how the Executive can be of most help to our members.

calendarCost:  $10.00 – pay on the day
Please bring a plate for a shared Morning Tea
Plenty of parking

Please email Linda to secure a place

Download an A4 poster for your noticeboard!

Preaching in a Cultural Context

Course offered by Laidlaw College
Tuesday evenings at its Manukau campus

564.615/715 Preaching in a Cultural Context

15 credits at NQF Level 6 or 7
Semester 2, 2018
Tuesday evenings: 6-9pm starting on July 17.


Through this course, students will identify trends in culture and explore modes of communication likely to be effective in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will examine how narrative functions to create meaning, and learn how to engage, interpret,  apply, and incarnate the Biblical text in faithful, creative, and prophetic ways. Special attention will be given to the link between theology of the church and preaching. Using a  collaborative environment, we will seek to nurture the heart and head of the preacher as well as the art and craft of preaching.

The course facilitator is Reuben Munn, who is an experienced preacher, teacher and pastor at Shore Community Church.

Students may enrol in the course for credit in a Laidlaw programme, for credit for just the course through a Certificate of Proficiency, or in a limited number of non-formal (not for credit) places.

To apply for the course go to the link below,
or contact us on 0800 999 777 or admissions@laidlaw.ac.nz
to talk to someone in person.


Dr Stephen Garner
Head of School
School of Theology
Laidlaw College

Phone +64 9 836 7800
Fax +64 9 836 7801
Email sgarner@laidlaw.ac.nz
Website http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz

Laidlaw College
Henderson Campus
80 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Private Bag 93104, Henderson
Auckland 0650, Aotearoa New Zealand