Online Worship & Preaching Resources

Following on from the discussion at a recent Akl Ecumenical Lay Preachers gathering, the Diaconate of Church Technologists has published an online resource of online resources.

Following on from the discussion at a recent Akl Ecumenical Lay Preachers gathering, on storytelling in preaching, the Diaconate of Church Technologists has published an online resource of online preaching and worship resources.

It is hoped to grow the resource by incorporating comments and suggestions received by users, so click here to check it out and see what contributions you can make.

A Date for your 2020 Diary!

A second workshop on “The Role and Leadership of Public Prayer in Worship” will be held in Auckland on March 21st 2020.

PEOPLE AT PRAYER – THE ROLE AND LEADERSHIP OF PUBLIC PRAYER IN WORSHIP – PART 2.
with the Rev Dr Mary CaygillPRL191127 AELP People at Prayer 2 Flyer

Following on from the September 2019 workshop which made up the first part of this important exploration, a second follow-up workshop will be held on
Saturday 21st March 9.30am – 12.30pm at
St Paul’s Methodist Church in Remuera, Auckland  – 12 St Vincent Avenue.

In the first workshop held at St Johns Theological College, we had a most stimulating exploration of the place of prayer in public worship looking at some of the practical “how-to” aspects of engagement as worship leaders leading prayer.

This second workshop will engage in a quick overview of the key aspects discussed in Part 1 and then we will go further in looking at the following:

  • Prayers for the special times and seasons of the Church Calendar – eg: Advent and Christmas, Easter, Pentecost.
  • Children and prayer
  • Creative ways to lead prayer
  • Developing and resourcing our own capacity as pray-ers

This is such a rich and all-important area of discovery and learning. Come and be part of this creative exploration.

Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

from the NZLPA Executive.

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering – 2 November 2019

Presented by : Richard Bonifant

A fresh look at the imaginative approaches to
preaching, storytelling and making connections
between the World and the Bible.

When – Saturday 2nd November, 2019.
9.30am -12.30pm
Where- St John’s College, Auckland
Koha $10

Receive a free copy of …
Year A Matthew Lectionary 2020!

Also Books for Sale
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Please register your attendance by 26th October.
to Linda Hall
email: lindajeanhall00@gmail.com.
Phone: 09 521 5360

Please bring a plate.

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers’ gathering, 24 Nov 2018

Auckland Nov 18

Eighteen gathered to hear Rev Bob Franklyn introduce “Fresh Expressions of Church”  which was conceived in the UK and was introduced into NZ in 2010. We examined the changes in our society over the past 20 years: a big one being theology versus the developments in science, changing relationships, changing cultures, less knowledge of Faith, and a deep spiritual hunger. Church culture can stifle creativity. Churches can frame regulations and structures to order its life and protect against error, but these can create a “can’t do” rather than a “can do” mindset. People can feel restricted and disempowered.

We examined what is meant by church and were in fits of laughter with “Mr Bean Goes to Church” and a smile was left on our lips when it was mentioned spot the Protestants in Mass because they were just behind in the rituals, which led to “What makes Church Church?”

We were asked to design our own church. Everyone seemed to have space that could be utilised in many ways and one the great idea of a huge pop-up tent wherever it was needed. We were alerted to the wanting to please The People. Church has become the centre and we’re not meeting the needs of those on the edge. Bob said “He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.  It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”

We examined Acts 2 verses 42-47 in a negative way and we were shocked because the realisation that all the Apostles did really became so magnificent and fresh. Church should be an invitation to come as you are. Not just for those who are regulars or members but for future members: We were encouraged to put aside the things that were a hindrance. Bob talked of the Christ-shaped hole in us that cannot be filled by horoscope or palm readings.

A shared Morning Tea gave us time to get to know each other and then Linda Hall of Morning teaNZLPA extolled its virtues for Lay Preachers with access to the Website (https://nzlpa.wordpress.com) for preaching material, news of courses and Gatherings. The membership of $25 waged and $20 unwaged includes receiving “Word & Worship” booklets by post, 4 times a year.

Bob Franklyn continued by saying that Fresh Expression of church is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. The principles of listening, service and making disciples will have the potential to become a mature expression of Church shaped by Gospel and the enduring marks of The Church in the cultural context.

Fresh Expressions of Church is not taking away Sunday services. It is held at a time and place suitable for the community. But first a careful look at the community needs consideration; it’s demographics, the venue, a group of 5-8 lay people to get it off the ground; the styles of Church with Christ at the centre. 60% of all fresh Expressions is lay-led. Do not give up if you have failures!

A formative journey underpinned by prayer and an on-going listening relationship within the wider Church. A Listening, Loving and serving, Building community, Exploring discipleship, Church taking shape, DO IT, Gathered and centred in Christ, and DO IT AGAIN! The formats are numerous, but best to devise what is needed by your community or based on “Fresh Expressions” examples like Messy Church once a month art and craft all age involvement, Songs and a cuppa for the Old, Konnections; Morning Tea and a God Slot. Zac’s Place (Based on Zacchaeus) and open to all in the city using Bible study as a basis in a café setting. Bread Making in a Bakery-come-café setting. It’s Church Planting Jim, but not as we know it! (Taken from Star Trek speech.) It’s a development that is attractional: Come, Go and then come, go and stay with Fresh Expressions, form a community away from the Main Church but utilizing Church buildings.

Linda Hall
Correspondence Secretary
of the New Zealand Lay Preachers Association. (NZLPA)

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering

Preach 2 Inspire

Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preacher’s Gathering

Saturday 24th November 2018  –  9.30am – 12.30pm
St Johns College, 202 – 210 St Johns Road, Auckland

“Fresh Expressions of Church for Lay Preachers”
A changing Church for a changing world
with Bob Franklyn

Register please by 17th November 2018

Please bring a plate for a shared morning tea
Contact:  Linda Hall –  ph. (09) 521 5360

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