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Autumn Gathering

Autumn Gathering

Registrations for our Gathering in April are now open. This will be on the 5th – 6th April and held at St Margarets Presbyterian Church in Bishopdale. Alongside the Gathering we will be hosting two events for elders and church council members at St Margarets on the 4th of April. There is an option for dinner on Thursday – please indicate on the form if you would like dinner to be provided.

As part of the Gathering we will have Brett and Helen Mann share with us about their bicultural journey and why supervision is critical for those in ministry.

5th – 6th April

Optional sessions on the 4th April

St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church

94 Farrington Avenue, Bishopdale

$55 for the whole weekend

(all meals except breakfast included)

Helen Mann

Helen begin her life in Aotearoa as the child of migrant parents. She began her faith journey as a teenager at a Christian camp. She has been involved with a number of faith communities over the years including the Anglican and Apostolic churches and house churches.

She has a heart for biculturalism and a Treaty-based multicultural society and has been the Chair of the Ōtautahi Parihaka Network for five years. She is an active Amnesty member and is part of a number of not-for-profit group.

Her passions are film, history and social justice. She and Brett have two tamariki (children) and a couple of grand-cats. Although officially retired, Helen keeps active with reading, gardening, and engagement in diverse groups around Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Brett Mann

Brett has been a follower of Jesus for 50 years, a GP for 40 years, involved in the microchurch movement for 30 years, and a medical educator for 16 yearss. He is a visiting lecturer at Otago Medical School. His great, great, great grandfather was present at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and had a major role in bringing a formal end to the Waikato land war. Brett is part of Te Raranga, a Christchurch interdenominational organisation committed to Aotearoa New Zealand as a treaty-based multicultural society. Te Raranga works to facilitate church leaders and others’ understanding and connection to the Treaty of Waitangi and our Māori treaty partner. Brett has a strong conviction that the God of Nations has been deeply involved in the heart of our nation’s history and has been working out his prophetic purpose for our nation over the last 270+ years.

We are hosting a Q&A with the Executive Officer of Church Property Trustees, Russell Garrett at 4.30pm on the 4th April.

Russell will be addressing the issue of insurance costs for parishes and will also be available for questions as part of this time.

Eldership in a Changing Age

Adjacent to the Gathering we are holding an Elders workshop in the evening of the 4th April.

As part of this workshop we will look at the role of the elder and their place in the life of the Presbytery. We will also look to discuss moving into a space of discernment (as opposed to management) and how we connect with our communities. 

This workshop will be run with KCML (Knox Center for Ministry and Leadership). If you are planning to come along please indicate this on your registration form.