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Financial Support for Approved 2021 Courses at Avondale College NSW

17 September 2020

The North New Zealand Conference is now receiving applications for sponsorship of approved Avondale College courses for the 2021 school year. The policy and criteria for applying for financial support is outlined on the Conference website here and will be subject to the availability of funds as well as the ability of candidates to undertake study either on-campus or remotely during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th October at 4 pm. Applications may be emailed to the Conference Secretary via Adeline Teina ([email protected]).

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Volleyball Weekend – Cancelled

15 September 2020

As we gradually descend in alert levels, we won’t have enough concrete time to prepare for the special weekend of connection and worship. We also want our young people to have enough time to adjust their plans. So, we have prayerfully decided to cancel the Youth Rally & Volleyball Tournament and encourage youth groups to plan their own worship or sports gatherings in their region. Pr Willie Iererua is available to support these if any youth leaders would like to reach out.

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Cancelled / Postponed Events

15 September 2020

Please note that the following events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID restrictions. If you have registered for one of these events you will be reimbursed. Please keep an eye on our PLUGIN and website for further updates as a number of our events are under review.

  • Pathfinder Leadership Award 2 – CANCELLED.
  • Master Guide Training – CANCELLED.
  • Adventurer Camporee – CANCELLED.
  • Women’s Retreat – re-scheduled to 27-29 November.
  • 92nd North New Zealand Conference Constituency Session – re-scheduled to 17-18 October 2020.
  • Volleyball Tournament – CANCELLED.
  • Youth Rally – CANCELLED.
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NNZC Conference Calendar (UPDATE 15 September 2020)

15 September 2020

We have had many changes to our events with many being cancelled or postponed. For the latest digital copy of the 2020 calendar see below to download.

There will likely be more changes so keep an eye out for calendar updates in the PLUGIN or refer to our website for the latest information adventist.org.nz/resources/nnzc-calendar

We also have blank editable 2020, 2021 and 2022 year planner calendars that you are welcome to download and use for your church’s event/meeting planning.

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#weRtheCHURCH – Content Needed

11 September 2020

Are you or your church sharing the gospel in a creative way? Perhaps it’s by personal testimony, Bible study, small group, literature or social media. Share your story and be an inspiration to others. Here’s how:

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Session Date Update

8 September 2020

Please note that the date for the North New Zealand Conference 92nd Quadrennial Constituency Session Meetings has been rescheduled for October 17-18.

  • Venue: East Auckland City Church, 47 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga Heights.
  • Registration Starts: 17 October at 2:15 pm.
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September is ADRA Appeal Month

9 September 2020

For the last 25 years, we’ve been changing lives right here in New Zealand and around the world! But, there are still families living in poverty and hardship. There are still families without plenty of food to eat, communities without access to water, and children who cannot afford to attend school. We invite you to stand with ADRA and change this future. Become a committed giver and together let’s bring change for the next 25 years and beyond. More info at www.adra.org.nz/25years

September is ADRA Appeal Month from Adventists New Zealand on Vimeo.

Download video at vimeo.com/455987532

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FREE to all participants until 31 October 2020

24 August 2020

Due to the second wave of COVID-19, the South Pacific Division are making the following courses FREE to all participants until 31 October 2020. Please note it will only include access to the soft copy of the resources. For further information and to register for any of these courses please contact [email protected]

The Live More Project
Are you ready to give your health and happiness a boost?
The Live More Project brings together scientifically-proven strategies from Neuroscience, Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine into a fun, experiential and life-enhancing program. Developed and presented by Dr. Darren Morton, the Live More Project is helping people improve their health and happiness around the world.

De-stress and thrive
Do you want to manage your stress and experience greater happiness?
De-stress & Thrive is an exciting new resource developed to help you develop emotional intelligence and resilience so you can buffer the stress of life. De-stress & Thrive offers simple solutions for complex problems and shares principles and skills applicable to most stressful situations.

Forgive to Live
How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life
Everyone has a story. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anybody can start today and make a new tomorrow. Forgive to Live can help you start a better journey.

Retirement Ready
Retirement is not just about the money. Get the bigger picture!
Retirement Ready offers a personal and practical guide to making the most of the exciting opportunities of retirement, and meeting its inevitable challenges. While life is uncertain, planning for this stage of life gives the best possibilities for living well in retirement.

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Kids Talents for Jesus Competition

24 July 2020

General Conference Children’s Ministries is celebrating 25 years of ministry to children and adolescents! To commemorate this event, we are calling all children and teens to show us your talents and gifts in our Kids Talents for Jesus. The theme is, Jesus is My Best Friend.  We would love to see all children and teens send in your best piece of art, or poetry, or media production.

All winning entries will be featured in the General Conference Children’s Ministries 25th Anniversary Kids Talents for Jesus publication.

For rules and guidelines and the submission form, you can download this from the General Conference Children’s Ministries website and Facebook page at: http://children.adventist.org; [email protected].

Submission: Submit entries with the accompanying submission form to the NZPUC Children’s Ministries director.
Deadline: October 13, 2020.
Categories: Art, poetry, media production
Child/Teen: Ages 5 – 14

Events

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Our Future in His Hands

5 June 2020

This is a free 40-week online course that will enable you to delve into prophecy for yourself.

An in-depth study of the Book of Revelation from the perspective of its structure and the relationship of its various parts to each other, this course will equip you with the tools to understand the text of Revelation. Each topic in this series is designed to lay foundations for the topics that follow. Through the series the meaning of Revelation will be progressively revealed.

To gain the maximum benefit from these studies, each participant will need to set aside some time during the week to reinforce the weekly study by spending time in the Word. Those who are faithful in doing this will finish the course with a deep understanding of the text itself, which will give confidence in explaining the messages of Revelation with others.

The course has now begun. You are free to join the course and start from the beginning at any time, and share it with your friends and family. 

More info & course materials >>

Resources

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Spirit of Prophecy and Adventist Heritage Sabbath

8 September 2020

17 October 2020

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was born after the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. On that day, we remember our roots and the heritage that the pioneers of the movement we belong to left us.

Each year on a Sabbath closest to October 22, Seventh-day Adventist churches all around the world celebrate the Adventist Heritage Sabbath.  This day is a time to draw closer to Jesus and connect with our spiritual roots as Seventh-day Adventists.  Churches also use this day as an opportunity to see how God has led in the past and apply in their lives the lessons learned. It is also an opportunity to fellowship together.

You can access material and resources for the Adventist Heritage Sabbath at ellenwhite.org.

Also, check out the Lineage Journey videos. Lineage is a multi-faceted educational tool designed to help you understand your spiritual heritage and explore the links between the past, present and future. www.lineagejourney.com

You watch and share the “Tell the world” movie. The movie shares the compelling story of a small group of farmers from the northeast region of the United States who would go on to set the foundation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

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Pastoral Appreciation and Family Day

8 September 2020

10 October 2020

With Pastoral Appreciation Day right around the corner here are some ideas about how you and your church family can show appreciation for your pastor and family adventist.org.nz/resource

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Creation Sabbath

8 September 2020

24 October 2020

When was the last time your church took time to specifically recognize God’s power and grace as Creator and Redeemer?

Creation Sabbath is a special time of celebration! A chance to rejoice, praise, and rest with God as we enjoy the creation He made.

For more information and resources on Creation Sabbath check out their website at creationsabbath.net

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Adult Lesson Resources: Education

7 September 2020

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Hunter Chronicles – Audiobooks

27 August 2020

If you have been enjoying the Hunter Chronicles books, why not try out one of these great stories on audiobook. Read by series co-author Tony Knight, these stories are great for road trips, family holidays, or even quiet times during the Covid-19 ISO period.
More info at awesound.com/tonyknight

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eGiving App

20 July 2020

  

Meet the best yet e-Giving App. It’s never been easier to give! Now you can give anywhere and anytime! You can track your giving and manage your automatic donations right at your fingertips! eGiving is a simple way to return tithes and give offerings and it’s available to all registered churches in Australia & New Zealand. Learn more about it, give with an easy hand and easy heart, share with others what and how they can do it too. And most importantly, be blessed, being a faithful steward, return what belongs to God and share God’s blessings with others.

For more tithe and offering resources go to adventist.org.nz/resources/category/stewardship

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Sabbath School Offerings

30 July 2020

Advance the gospel commission with your Sabbath School offering

During these uncertain and complex times, the gospel advancement is needed more than ever to the dark places of the world and its big cities. Sabbath School offerings are used to spread the Gospel in the 10-40 window (not General Conference office operating costs), pay missionaries, fund Adventist World Radio and Hope Channel. Also, Sabbath School offerings fund efforts to reach big cities.

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Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists

6 July 2020

Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? Who took the Adventist message around the world? Find reliable answers to these and other questions at your fingertips with the new Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists Online!

You can find the encyclopedia at encyclopedia.adventist.org

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Dealing Hope

4 June 2020

If you missed an episode of Hope Dealer, with Pr Eddie Tupa’i, you can watch them at the following links.

Facebook: AdventistsNewZealandPacific
Dealing Hope 2.0: vimeo.com/showcase/dealinghope2
Dealing Hope 1.0: vimeo.com/showcase/dealinghope1

Sabbath Morning Prayer
Join Pr Eddie Tupa’i for 15 minutes of prayer for the NZPUC every Sabbath morning at NZT 6:45 am on the NZPUC Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/AdventistsNewZealandPacific

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#weRtheChurch

3 June 2020

If you watched this program with the rest of the South Pacific Divison and want to see it again or if you missed out, you can find the links to the Friday night and Sabbath programs below.

COVID-19

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North Island: COVID-19 and Church Buildings (Level 2 & Level 1)

22 September 2020

22 September 2020

Churches

With yesterday’s government announcement that Auckland is now at alert level 2 and the rest of the country at alert level 1, Auckland church buildings may re-open from Thursday 24th September with an attendance limit of 100.  There are no attendance limits outside of the Auckland region.

All local churches throughout the Conference will need to continue to follow Ministry of Health requirements as directed by your church leadership, inclusive of good hygiene, physical distancing and registering your attendance through the use of the NZ COVID Tracer App or by completing a physical register. If you have any cold or flu symptoms please worship from home instead.

Additionally, where it is simply not possible to maintain physical distancing within church gatherings, we ask that a protective face mask be worn.  Examples of where this is necessary are inclusive of tightly confined spaces, footwashing and baptisms (for the one conducting the baptism as the baptismal candidate’s face will be wet when immersed).

For those unable to physically attend church there are some home church options listed below or your local church may have another option in place for you, such as small groups.

Let us work together and play a role in reducing the risk of COVID-19 as part of bringing hope and healing to New Zealand.


Alert Level 1 is not Alert Level 0

We need all New Zealanders to remain vigilant and do the actions we have all got so good at:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Call Healthline or your doctor for advice on getting tested. Get tested if you are asked.
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not travel. Stay home.
  • Only Aucklanders and those travelling into, out of or through Auckland are still required to wear a face covering on public transport, but others outside of Auckland are encouraged to do so. Wherever you are, face coverings are encouraged where physical distancing is difficult.
  • Wash and dry your hands regularly. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Keep track of your movements, using the NZ COVID Tracer app, if you can. We need everyone to do this at all Alert Levels, not just if there are cases in your area. This is because when a case appears, we need to trace their movements for up to two weeks prior.

Businesses must continue to display QR codes. We ask that churches do likewise.

More info and resources at covid19.govt.nz

Employment

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Teaching Position: Primary Teacher – New Plymouth

Teacher, permanent tagged, full-time.

New Plymouth Adventist Christian School is a progressive full primary school in the beautiful region of Taranaki. We aim to speak to our school vision ‘Educating for Eternity’ in everything that we do. We require an enthusiastic Christian teacher to join our collaborative team.

This position is ideal for you if:

  • You have innovative ideas to create an engaging and stimulating classroom
  • You have strengths within digital technology (we are a Google and Seesaw School)
  • You want to make an eternal difference in the lives of all children
  • You want to challenge the possibilities of learning within a Christian framework
  • You would describe yourself as a team player and ambitious for facilitating the holistic potential for all learners
  • You are organised, efficient and use initiative in multi-level teaching environment

In return, we offer a school that intentionally: 

  • Builds an inclusive team educating students for God’s kingdom
  • Recognises and utilises strengths
  • Has shared Christian values
  • Allows all learners to grow
  • Provides ongoing professional development
  • Enjoys many out of school adventures

Applicants must have a willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction and uphold the Special Seventh-day Adventist Character of the school is a condition of employment. The start date for the position is Term 1, 2021.

Applications close 9am, Monday 19th October, 2020. Please send a covering letter with your CV (including contacts for two referees and at least one “special character” referee) to the Principal; email [email protected]

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