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July 2019
How are our Young People’s voice’s heard?

The Chief’s in general are very sensible men, and wish for information upon all subjects. 
They are accustomed to public discussions from their infancy. 
The chiefs take their children from their mothers breast, to all their public assemblies.
They hear all that is said upon politics, religion, war etc by the oldest men. 
Children will frequently ask questions in public conversation, and are answered by the chiefs.
I have often been surprised, to see the sons of the chiefs at the age of 4 or 5 years sitting amongst the 
Chiefs, and paying such close attention to what was said…
There can be no finer children than the New Zealanders in any part of the world. 
Their parents are very indulgent, and they appear always happy and playful and very active.

- diary entry from Reverend Samuel Marsden

A colleague of mine recently sent me this quote and I was so taken with it. It is from Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds By Anne Salmond. I have not read the book but I have loved reflecting on this quote from Reverend Samuel Marsden about what he learnt from observing Aotearoa culture after he had arrived in New Zealand.

How are we still doing this? Are we doing it? Has it been lost in our New Zealand culture? Can we get it back?

Our children's voices are so important. How are we making space for those of all ages in all we do? How are we including our tamariki in our parishes? Are they involved in our meetings? Do we give them opportunity to sit and listen and learn from a young age? Do we really listen to them when they share?

We are missing young adults in our parishes. Have we given them true opportunities to become part of our parishes. Those young adults I have seen who have been given real opportunities to be involved, to understand the workings of their parish and the Presbyterian church have thrived in it. They have loved having their voice heard and understanding how we have such a unique set up where in fact their voice is so important and that our systems have been designed to hear all voices.

But in reality have we lost some of this for our younger generations? Often our young adults have reflected once they have learnt how things worked have been saddened they didn't understand earlier, that their friends hadn't understood and many have and still feel their voices aren't truely heard.

How can we help change this?

Connect: National Youth Leaders Training 

Looking forward to catching up with lots of you there! All of us Regional Enablers will be around so let's book in those meals and catch up!
Key Leaders Retreat: Queenstown 

Are you the Key Youth Leader at your parish? If you are we have an exciting opportunity for you! Come join us for an all paid retreat in Queenstown. Food, accomodation, activities, speakers all covered for you. All you need to do is get yourself to Queenstown.
We know the roles you do require a lot, you give out all year to others and so we have created a retreat that will give back to you. Check out more details here
Ask your parish to pay for your flight down as this retreat will benefit them too. It's for one volunteer or paid key leader per church. If you have another key leader at your parish you can pay for them to come. This only comes round every two years. Only clause is that you need to be coming to Connect this year.
St. Barnabas Church (Plimmerton Presbyterian Parish) is looking for a full-time staff member to focus on two specific and related areas of ministry on a 50/50 basis of time allocation, namely:
•             to actively lead, encourage and develop all aspects of Christian life with and for youth and their families/whanau in alignment with the St Barnabas mission plan; and
•             to be actively engaged with and in the community of northern Porirua, providing missional outreach to youth and their families/whanau through the Schools, sports clubs and other locations where youth gather.
Applicants should possess appropriate attributes including: a strong Christian faith; boundless enthusiasm, integrity and honesty; initiative, confidence and self-motivation; strong communication and interpersonal skills; competent administrative skills; ability to function both as a team leader and team member; and flexibility of hours.
To apply for the position, or to enquire about the role or receive a full job description, please contact Rev. Richard McLean, or 021 202 5945.  
Applications close 30 July 2019.
3 parish Youth Ministry Worker role

Three Parishes in the western area of Wellington, Wadestown Presbyterian, Ngaio Union and Khandallah Presbyterian (The Hub) are looking to recruit a Youth Ministry Worker to strengthen their joint ministries of faith. This half time role will have an emphasis on ensuring the needs of young people within the community are identified and developed. Along with a call to Youth Ministry you will share the Hub vision and direction.

For more information contact the Reverend Ryhan Prasad, Applications will close on 5 July 2019.

Christian Leadership and Mission Internship with Focus on Children and Families

Christian leadership and Mission (CLAM) Internship for young adults aged 18 to 25 years. If you know any young people who want to grow in their faith, lead well, get experience in ministry and mission especially with children and families (but not exclusively) and are willing to set aside time to do this then this could be an opportunity they'd be interested in. Due to commence Mon 13th January 2020. Contact Jennie McCullough or check out this link for more details
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