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August 2019
Connect 2019

What an incredibly special weekend we had last month at our National Marae, Te Maungarongo where we had our National Youth Leaders Conference; Connect. And Connect is what we did! On all levels. We reconnected back with our whanau at Te Maungarongo, we connected with our fellow youth leaders and we connected with God. 
If you had a youth leader attend the weekend, ask them to share in your parish about what a special few days we have just had in Ohope! 
I am so thankful so many of our Presbyterian whanau joined in us travelling from all over Aotearoa to join us in a very full and life giving weekend. We learnt from our clever speakers and workshop presenters, we worshipped together, we had deep fellowship together, we wrestled with how to support our young people in their journies and we reflected on how to be leaders in our areas. We have incredible leaders in our church. Let’s find time to hear them, reflect and dream with them. 
Thank you also to The Rev Taimoanaifakaofo (Fakaofo) and Ruth Kaio for joining us this weekend. It was very special to have you with us the whole time. Thank you for you words of encouragement, and for all the In/out you have over our time.

Marton Mission 

Recently Marton’s youth group took a visit to St johns in the city in wellington. While there we spent an evening doing some 40 hour famine activities and getting to know each other better. It was a great evening of fellowship and Games. From our end in Marton it was cool to see that even in the bigger cities young people are all the same. It was also great to see the young people connecting with those they had already met through Easter camp and continue to build that relationship. 

There was however a wider reason for beginning this relationship between the two churches. At the end of September in the school holidays St John’s church will be taking a mission trip down to Marton for a whole week. We are so excited to be hosting them in our little town. Often Marton gets a bad reputation and sometimes its true there are a lot of needs and not enough people who are able and willing to address those needs. But it has a great heart so we are stoked to be able to show off some of what Marton has while using the extra pairs of hands to run some great things for our young people in this town. 
Our plan is to run a holiday program for years 1-6 in the morning and then different community projects that hit the varying target markets in the afternoon. This will be things like a project with the council, outreach at the skate park, entertainment and afternoon tea for the over 60’s and a youth night. All of these things will be done by our amazing youth from each church and a few adults to help out. It definitely will be a great time of stretching a growing for them. 

When I was a youthie the times that I grew the most In my journey were the times that I went on different local mission trips and got stuck in a served the community there so I am so excited for our young people to partner with St Johns to do the same here. I can see a lot of growth and new understand of God’s power coming over this week. I also am excited for the on going relationship this will form between St John’s and St Andrews Marton. 
Young Adult General Assembly Commissioners for 2020
Very soon we will start to open up our applications for YA Commissioners. This is an amazing opportunity to learn how our church nationally functions, and have a voice at our important governance gathering. All YA Commissioners get full voting rights. Successful candidates will join us for both of our Gatherings next year prior to GA and be part of some of their parishes council/session meetings leading up to October 2020.  This is so that they can learn how the process of all levels of our courts work. All our commissioners who have been before have spoken of how the experience was very different to what they had expected and how helpful it's been in helping to understand how our church works. For many it has also helped to them to discover their voice in our national church. General Assembly will be in Hawkes Bay next year, hosted by our Presbytery. So there may be opportunities for some young adults to also help on the volunteering team. If you would be interested in applying to be a YA Commissioner (must be the age of 30 or under) or would be interested in helping out at GA get in touch with Nga or Jasmin. Approx dates of GA are 29 Sep - 2/3 Oct.
Hawkes Bay Gathering 21st September

Matt Chamberlin from PYM will be joining us at our Hawkes Bay Gathering on Saturday 21st September in Hastings at St Andrews. This is what he'll be sharing on. Come hang out with us at the Gathering! 
Outsmarting Porn: Smart approaches to equip our teens and parents for the pornography epidemic

Presbytery Central Easter Camp is moving venues

That's right we are shifting from El Rancho to a beautiful boarding school in Marton, Rangitikei. We are very excited about the move for many reasons. Here's just a handful of reasons; we get the whole venue to ourselves, lovely accomodation, we have more break out rooms to use for youth group and elective time than we could ever need and no more water bogged muddy sports grounds- check out the astroturf! It's also great to move more central in our Presbytery to suit more parishes. Join us Friday 10th - Monday 13th April to discover more.
Key Leaders Retreat: Queenstown 

Key Leaders come join us in Queenstown! Check out more details here

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