First Day of Lockdown

Greetings All,

On this ‘unprecedented stressful day’ with the whole county closing down you probably haven’t taken time to read the MCNZ message from the Pope that invites all Christians all over the world to unite by saying the LORD’S PRAYER at MID-DAY TODAY. (That is actually mid-day in Rome, so you have until midnight, but the Pope made it quite clear that anywhere, anytime was quite ok.)

You are unlikely to have read this by then but it is a lovely idea. You may like to intentionally say the Lord’s Prayer every day at mid-day reminding yourself the world is in this together and no matter what we stand firm in our faith. ‘There is never a time to stop believing’ – may the radio pips prompt you to pray!

Terrible though this pandemic is, the reaction of the world is so much better than past terrible world crises when people have united to hate and harm each other.

Let’s not get ICE-OLATED let’s stay WARMLY-CONNECTED with faith messages and fun messages. Keep on acknowledging the Divine in everyone.

Namaste [‘nam-astay’],


(Cancelled) – People at Prayer II

This seminar has been cancelled for March 21st 2020 due to CoVid-19 concerns.
We want you to stay well.
We will reschedule this session at a future date.

People at Prayer II
Mar 21 2020 0930 to 1230 21st March in Remuera. St Paul's Methodist Church lounge.

Dear Friends, 

We’re now in March and looking forward to the first Lay Preachers’ Gathering 2020 on Saturday 21st March in Remuera. St Paul’s Methodist Church lounge around the back of the church.9.30-12.30. Please bring a plate to ensure a great morning tea and a koha of $10. 

Rev Dr Mary Caygill will be leading us through Part 2 of People at Prayer. If you missed part one last year you’ll soon catch up with what went before. Please see the attachment

Parking can be challenging in St Vincent Avenue. You’ll need to park down the Avenue to avoid timed parking or around the back of the church if walking is a challenge. 

Places are being taken quickly. We can only fit in 30. 

RSVP to me now to avoid disappointment!

See you there!

Linda Hall 09 521 5360


A prayer for worship March 15th 2020

Praying with and for each other.
From "Earthly Mission" website

Like the assassination of President Kennedy,
the first landing on the Moon,
or the death of Princess Diana
we will always remember where we were when we heard
those first reports a gunman,
a mosque,
two mosques,
we will always remember that dark afternoon,
that fearful evening
as the death toll mounted.
How often had we heard of such events
in other places and felt just a little smug?
It could never happen here,
but it did, and there is no shred of comfort
that the gunman was a foreigner,
he could not have done this
without a network, support,
one year ago today 51 people died, 49 were injured
and almost 5 million people lost the illusion of our innocence.

Let us sit with our thoughts, feelings and memories

(Two minutes silence is observed)

To those who mourn, grant consolation,
to those who are fearful, bring peace,
to those who challenge hatred and intolerance grant courage and resilience,
may their cause be ours

Rev. David Poultney
Used with permission

Today in Christchurch

Join us for an introduction to some new hymns by Norman Brookes and Norman Goreham to familiar tunes -and a few new ones.

Hymnbook Launch: With A Song in Our Heart

Today, Wednesday 11 March, 7.00pm at Christchurch North Methodist Church, corner Chapel Street and Harewood Road.

Join us for an introduction to some new words by Norman Brookes and Norman Goreham to familiar tunes -and a few new ones.

Hymnbooks are available for $20.

All welcome

Free Workshop – Music For Worship

Free Music for Worship Workshop
for Lay Preachers and worship leaders
21 March 2020, 9:30 to 12:00 noon
Waiwhetu Uniting Church
6 Trafalgar Street. Waiwhetu Lower Hutt.

Leader: Philip Garside.
Guest composer: Jonathan Berkahn.

RSVP to Lyn Price 
Email: or Phone: (04) 567 4356

Signs of Life: a look at John’s Gospel

Waikato-Waiariki Methodist Synod invites Lay Preachers, Presbyters, and anyone interested, from any denomination, or none, to a Training session with Dr Derek Tovey.

Waikato-Waiariki Methodist Synod invites Lay Preachers, Presbyters, and anyone interested, from any denomination, or none, to a Training session with Dr Derek Tovey.

Rev Dr Derek Tovey is a retired lecturer in New Testament, having taught at St. John’s College and the University of Auckland for 21 years.   Derek will introduce us to St John’s gospel and offer options to help us explore this book as a history, for preaching, pastoral care and our own devotional life. 

The session is being held on Saturday 29 February 2020 from 10.00 am to 2.30pm at All Saints Cooperating Prish, 191 Sandwich Rd, St Andrews, Hamilton. Registration and morning teas start at 9.30am.

You can download a copy of the flyer here.


Some Resources for 2020

I would like to suggest that Calendars (well, the right calendars) are a valuable but often overlooked resource

As we draw towards the end of another year, those of us that like to plan ahead start thinking about what resources we might need to support our calling as preachers in the coming year.  Of course, the problem is not that there is a paucity of choices – quite the opposite, in fact, ranging from comprehensive resource manuals such as the Abingdon Manuals through to simple Lectionary listings.

I would like to suggest that Calendars (well, the right calendars) are a valuable but often overlooked resource.  Think about it – calendars are positioned in conspicuous places, are constantly glanced at and can take advantage of that fact to gently encourage one to think about the themes and messages that the calendar promotes.  Here are a couple of options that lay preachers may like to consider.

The Climate Justice CalendarPRL191028 CJWG 2020 Calendar FrntCover

The Methodist Church of NZ last year created a Climate Justice Working Group to work nationally to support parishes and other church bodies to respond to the current Climate Emergency.  There are a number of elements to the group’s mandate, one of which is providing education and awareness resources.  They have published a 2020 Calendar as the first step to this end.PRL191028 CJWG 2020 Calendar BackCover

The end result is an A3 portrait calendar, produced on Forestry

Council Certified matt satin light card and (where available) printed with entirely vegetable-based dyes.  The calendar features stunning images and graphics contributed by members from throughout the Methodist Church community.

Each month of the calendar focuses on one aspect of climate change and climate justice.  It provides theological perspectives and practical actions on 12 climate issues facing Aotearoa NZ today.  The themes are based on reflections written for the calendar by Dr George Zachariah, lecturer in Biblical Studies at Trinity Methodist Theological College.  These reflections are combined with Practical Actions to address the issues relating to the months’ theme, for individuals, families and congregations to consider and adopt during the year.

Of specific relevance to lay-preachers, the calendar provides the Lectionary Reference & Liturgical Colour for each Sunday and special days from the 1992 Common Lectionary Revised as published by the MCNZ and the PCANZ.  Also, a Collect or Prayer has been written for each month and the Climate Justice Working Group encourages all congregations to consider using these regularly in their worship throughout the year.

The Religious Diversity CalendarRDC FrntCover

A second calendar that lay preachers may find helpful is the Religious Diversity Centre’s 2020 Calendar.

The goal of the Religious Diversity Centre is to foster appreciation, understanding and deeper relationships among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  This will ensure that New Zealand is an inclusive and safe society, where understanding and respect can lead us to a productive future in diversity

The calendar promotes that appreciation RDC BackCoverand understanding by including dates for Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Māori, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian celebrations and commemorations. They have also added New Zealand holidays and commemorations, moon phases, solstice and equinox dates, and astrological dates.  The 2020 calendar includes photos depicting the wide variety of faith and belief groups in Aotearoa New Zealand, all taken by local photographers.

How to get a copy.

The Climate Justice Calendar

The Climate Justice Calendar should be available from any Methodist congregation, or you can email either or to order a copy.

Calendars are available in English, Samoan, Tongan and Fijian.  Please specify what languages are required when ordering, together with a postal address for delivery.

Calendars may be purchased at $20 each including P&P.  Bulk orders for 10 or more delivered to one NZ address will attract a discount.  Payment can be made by cheque or internet banking – details will be provided at the time of ordering.

A donation will be made from the proceeds of sales will be made for solar panels in a Methodist Solomon Islands project, through MCNZ’s Mission and Ecumenical division.

The Religious Diversity Calendar

The Religious Diversity Calendar can be ordered by emailing the centre administrator,

The cost is $15 each, plus $5 P&P for up to five copies, or plus $10 P&P for up to ten copies.  Payment can be made by cheque or by internet banking – details will be provided at the time of ordering.

(PS: in the interests of full disclosure, I am a member of the Climate Justice Working Group and was part of the group that put it together.)