North Pres News -25 August 2016

Large Blog ImageTake a look inside North Pres News -25 August 2016 for some of the dates and details of events and meetings around the Northern Presbytery.

This Sunday, is a Prayer & Worship Service for the Peace & Reunification of the Korean Peninsula at Glenfield Presbyterian Church.

On Sunday, 18th September, how about getting your youth along to a Combined Youth Worship Service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell? This is for all youth of all denominations around Auckland, not just the Northern Presbytery. A great opportunity to gather to worship together.

Final note is to remember to send us a copy of your Annual Reports & Accounts as you approach AGM season. A digital or a hard copy is required from each parish… thank you!



Hunua Easter Camp 2016!

12309886_10153847240287853_76338435339454040_oBefore you know it Easter will be here again. The Northern Presbytery is responsible for overseeing the running of the Hunua Easter Camp at the Hunua Presbyterian Campsite. It is time to start planning to get your youth along this year! The camp is for year 6 -10 kids at school.

The camp provides a fun weekend full of games, activities, food, and chapel sessions with a speaker, worship band and small groups. It also provides training opportunities for leaders (year 11 and above) to get practical experience learning servant leadership and to deepen their Christian faith.

Hunua is a great way of bonding as a youth group, making new friends and joining both regionally and across denominations with other churches.

Head over to and find out more about this and how to register.

Spring Presbytery 2015

Spring PresbyteryThe recent Spring Presbytery meeting on October 31st, was also a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Eldership and the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. A re-enactment of the debate of the 1961 General Assembly presentation of the report of the Committee on the Position of Women in the Church.

Thank you to all the participants and specially to Rev Nathan Pedro, PISYNOD moderator, Rev Mary Petersen, Past Moderator, Kaimai Presbytery, and the Rev Fei Taule’ale’ausumai Davis who helped it happen. Fei’s leading into the reflections brought us sharply into 2015. Also thanks to Mairi Ferguson for the research, personal recollections and presentation on the process of admission to women elders and John Schoneveld for working on the transcription of the 1961 debate.

Also the participants who so willingly took part in the drama. Andrew Norton, Martin Baker, Brett Johnstone, Nathan Pedro, Fakaofo Kaio, Mark Johnston, Doug Lendrum, Arona Tusega, John Schoneveld, Wayne Tolefoa, Jane Prichard, Taoro Taia, Robin Palmer and Gary Marquand, you made great Brethren and Fathers.

For those who want to access the files, photos scripts and historical materials from this meeting, you can access them here:


Spring Presbytery -October 2015|Women’s admission to leadership transcript; Script for dramatisation; material on women eldership beginning & copy of th report for 1961 Assembly

General Assembly_Proceedings & Report_Position of Women in the Church_1961

Blessings, Margaret-Anne Low, Moderator, Northern Presbytery





Spring Presbytery -an invitation to a celebration

clematis smallCelebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament & the 60th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Eldership



Saturday, October 31, 2015
at St Johns Presbyterian Church,
120 Great South Road, Papatoetoe (Hunters Corner)
(Turn off Southern Motorway at East Tamaki Road)

We invite all who are interested to attend – please indicate for catering if possible (see below)

WHEN THE MEN VOTED  – a re-enactment of the debate of the 1961 General Assembly

In this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman to be ordained to the ministry of Word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Northern Presbytery, (along with the PI Synod Presbytery, Te Aka Puaho and Kaimai Presbytery) looks at how the men made the decision to change the status quo.  This is about when the men of the church took this action to recognise that people are called to ministry regardless of gender. 

Members of the other Presbyteries are especially welcome to attend as are all our retired ministers and elders. We welcome any input from those who were there in 1961! Please contact Margaret Anne Low, Moderator, Northern Presbytery, via the Presbytery office

Justice & Action ~booklet launch

“There comes a time when you can no longer be silent,
a time when you are moved to speak and to action.
That time is now!”

Northern Presbytery is delighted to be associated with Presbyterian support Northern and PCANZ in the launch of the Justice & action booklet.

Join the Moderator, Andrew Norton, on Wednesday 2nd September at 10am, St Heliers Church & Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd.

Justice and Action

Recordkeeping Workshops

Do you create and keep records for your congregation? Keen to find out how to manage paper, digital and other records? Interested in making sure the archives and memories of your congregation are preserved? Our archivist Eva Garbutt will be holding a workshop on Recordkeeping in your area!


South/East Auckland Parishes: Wednesday September 9th at 7pm –Papatoetoe –St John’s Church, 120 Great South Rd, Papatoetoe

North/West Auckland Parishes: Thursday September 10th at 7pm –Te Atatu –St Giles Presbyterian Church, 1 Flanshaw Rd, Te Atatu

Eva says: “This is also about recordkeeping – managing records that are created now during the course of day-to-day business – and not just archives (which are the records of long term value which come out of daily business). Hence it will have immediate relevance for the efficient day-to-day running of parishes!”

It would be great to have a representative from each parish… please pass this on to the person in your parish that would benefit from attending this workshop.

More information Recordkeeping workshop_Poster. Please register your interest in attending by emailing

Tearfund ~Paul Omondi Tour

paul Omonidi tour

On Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm, Ellerslie/Mt Wellington -St Peters Presbyterian Church (at 7 Harrison Rd, Mt Wellington) are hosting a Tearfund event. Paul Omondi will be sharing about how child sponsorship has impacted his life and that of his family and community. He will be supported by Queenstown Singer songwriter Holly Arrowsmith.

Here is a link to the title track of Holly Arrowsmith’s  Ep ‘The River’.


Awhitu Campsite ~South Auckland Presbyterian Camp

awhitu camp

The South Auckland Presbyterian Campsite has been gifted a building to upgrade the accommodation at the camp. It will sleep 16 and eventually replace the smaller bunkroom. It is a wonderful opportunity but they need your help. Thanks to some very generous donations of time and money, they are able to cover the cost of transporting and siting the building but they need help to complete the project. They need to clear the site, carry out work inside the building including installing disabled toilet and shower facilities, upgrade the water system, and build decking and paths. Have a look in this brochure for more details about how you can help. This campsite belongs to all who are connected with the Northern Presbytery.

It is used by many different groups -church, youth and family coming from all over Auckland. It is one of the few campsites around that cater for smaller groups of up to 40 people. General information about booking and facilities are here.

You are also invited to an Open Afternoon on Saturday 22nd March from 1.30pm -4pm. Kay and John would love to see you come and view the campsite, enjoy afternoon tea and celebrate with them the progress so far. RSVP to 09 298 9992 or 027 659 3340