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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a very special Christmas and some relaxing time to enjoy this beautiful summer!  We have a number of exciting things coming up in Central Presbytery which will be communicated as the year continues plus for those already locked in the details are below.

We look forward to another awesome year with you all!
Young Adults Retreat
Why Jesus? What is God revealing to you? How do we build a rhythm so that we know we are serving his will and not our own? How are we ending for justice? Just a handful of the questions we wrestled with last weekend at our first Presbytery Central Young Adults Retreat. Thank you to all who supported in helping make this weekend happen, and to all of you who prayed for us. We sold out the retreat with young adults from across our Presbytery. We had an incredible time joining together and growing closer with God. The picture is from our early morning worship session. That's right they even got up for sunrise! We may be lacking sometimes with our young adult numbers but we need to raise up and celebrate those we do have. They are our church of today and they are ready to be that. Engage with them, pray with them, hear their voice.
We all can't wait for next year, and hopefully we can sell out an even bigger venue! If you have feedback on what held back your Young Adults from coming this year please let me know in the hope we can make it more accessible next year.
Easter Camp!
Join us for another fun weekend this Easter at Presbytery Centrals Easter Camp! We're really excited to announce that some awesome young adults from some of our churches are going to be our speakers at camp this year. You can find out who, and everything else you need to know by going to 
We'd also love to encourage each group to bring their own "camp parents" this year! We believe there is room at our wee Easter Camp to provide the opportunity for other adults in your congregation to come and walk along side your young people. We want our young people to know that they are deeply connected to our churches and the people in them as we believe this will help them to develop a faith that sticks! Find out more about this and why we're doing it on the "secret" leaders page of our website! You'll also find all the information you need to know if you're a leader coming to camp this year. Check it out here

Camp is going to be held at El Rancho this year, from the 19th -22nd April. Cost is $155 per person. Spread the word among your churches and your young people!
Āpōpō Training 
We are pleased to be bringing Scripture Union’s Āpōpō training to Wellington this year!    
 Mental illness and suicidal ideation are huge demons for our young people today and we want to provide anyone working with young people in our Presbyterian churches with some tools to help! A few of our youth leaders experienced part of this training at Connect last year and all agreed that it was vital that we offered the training to anyone working with young people in Wellington! We are offering this training for anyone who has contact with young people, whether this be your key youth worker, your volunteer leaders and/or your junior leaders. It's a really engaging and interactive training suitable for your whole team, and will provide some good tools to use in all walks of life, not just at youth group!

The Training will be held on 
30th March 2019 at 10am at St Barnabas, Plimmerton
Cost is $15 pp + a plate for a potluck lunch

(The cost will cover flights for the facilitator and the rest will be a donation to Scripture Union for providing the training. Please get in touch if you have a large group coming from your church, as we may be able to give you a discount.) 
If you are interested,  please register here:
For more information about the training, please check out the Āpōpō website or get in touch!
WOF Training: Taranaki 
Training our leaders in safety is paramount in our responsibility to keeping the young people and children safe that come to us each week.

This training is essential for your team and is now a requirement for anyone in your parish who has a role where they are responsible for children and young people. On the 11 Dec 2018 The Council Assembly published a Child Protection Policy for the Presbyterian Church, this is a stand-alone Supplementary Provision to the Book of Order.

Children and Youth Leaders

  1. Must be police checked once every three years
  2. Must attend the PCANZ Safety WOF training once every three years

It is an interactive, lively workshop that not only will teach you a lot but help your team work closer together. Sign up here to save your spot.

Cost = $5. Potluck lunch - bring something to share.
Saturday 15th June, Knox Waitara, Taranaki. 9am - 3.30pm.
Register here by Mon 6th May so we can ensure we have enough manuals printed.


The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand believes that ministry to young people is a high priority for the Church. While youth ministry can be challenging, if a new youth minister is coached by an experienced youth minister, they are more likely to lead a healthy and effective youth ministry. 

These are the topics that participants will explore

1. Long Range Planning
2. Communication (with parents, volunteers, staff)
3. Event Planning
4. Building a volunteer team
5. Self-care
6. Relational Youth Ministry
7. Helping in Crisis

For more info please click HERE or contact your local youth enabler.

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