South Island Notices



Book of Acts Sabbath School Study Series QTR 3

Special Announcements for Local Church Leadership, Pastors, Sabbath School Teachers, Elders, and Church Social Media Coordinators.
13 short videos aligned to each topic of the lesson series will be available at

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  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to enable this lesson study series to be a transforming encounter with the methods of Jesus in disciple making and the methods of the apostles in movement building and church planting.
  • Share them on your Church Facebook page to engage your Church with the lesson.
  • Show them in Sabbath School time. Includes ideas for discovery Bible reading and group discussion.
  • Watch how the Holy Spirit led the church in growing the movement through Acts.

Order free Discovery Bible Reading Bookmarks from your Union Sabbath School Department. NZPUC


Conference Office Hours – Important Notice

Dear Friends in Christ

We live in a world that increasingly reminds us that time is very short.  As you will be aware most of our office staff are part-time, which can mean that sometimes there is only one person in the office.  Recently there was a workman who came to the office that made the one lady in the office feel very uncomfortable.  We shared this concern with EXCOM and it was voted to extend our office hours Monday to Thursday but close on Friday.  While the team will be working longer on those days, their availability will remain the same, i.e. the office will open at 9:00 am and close at 5:00 pm.   Thank you for your understanding.

Also, can I please request that people planning to come to the office to phone first and make an appointment.  Because our role is people focussed there are times when we are not here and if we have only one lady in the office, it will be closed for her protection.

– Paul Devine, General Secretary, South New Zealand Conference


Pray for Five, Disciple One!

The last command Jesus gave us while he walked on this earth was to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising and teaching them. This command was supported by the promise that He will always be with us, even to the end of the age (Matt 28:18-20).

To help us take up this challenge in a meaningful and manageable way, we are starting a Conference-wide initiative to pray for five people and to disciple one person. Each local church has been provided with cards and flyers to equip us to do this. Pastors will also be regularly checking in and initiating corporate prayer time for all the names on our cards.

It is our prayer that this initiative will continue to grow God’s ability to use our Church to bless our communities. Let us pray for even more wisdom and strength as we actively look for ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus. May we be about our Father’s business, loving and caring for those around us, and drawing them irresistibly to Jesus.

-Yavanna Boulton, Evangelism Coordinator, South New Zealand Conference


Websites for Local Churches

Does your church website lack luster? Designed especially for churches without a tech savvy webmaster, Adventist Place website builder enables basic computer users to easily create and manage a church website. Unlike the Simple Church sites, Adventist Place websites are customisable. The sites are free and include tech support. To get started or find out more


2018 Adventist Mission Film Contest

Young people: Are you passionate about serving God through media? Enter the Adventist Mission film contest and show the world how mission is alive today! Go to  for details.

Submit your film by August 31, 2018.


First Place: The winner will accompany Adventist Mission/Mission Spotlight® filmmakers on an international, all-expense-paid film trip. All essential costs for airfare, transportation, lodging, and meals on location will be covered, as well as any required visa fees. The winner will be responsible for any passport and vaccination fees. The winner will help film a mission story on location somewhere around the world and/or be featured on camera. This film will be given special recognition and will be screened online, on social media, and/or other venues.

Second Place: The winner will receive their choice of a GoPro HERO6 Black camera or DJI Spark drone. This film will be given special recognition and will be screened online, on social media, and/or other venues.

Third Place: The winner will receive the DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer. This film will be given special recognition and will be screened online, on social media, and/or other venues.

Honorable Mentions: Up to 5 entries may receive an honorable mention, which includes a cash prize of US$25 each. These films will be given special recognition and will be screened online, on social media, and/or other venues.

Judges Choice Award: The winner will receive a Ricoh Theta SC Spherical camera. This film will be given special recognition and will be screened online, on social media, and/or other venues.


Answers to Prayers – Please share with us

He does it all the time! He hears before we even speak! He cares and He answers! Please share with us the answers to your prayers. The little ones and the big ones! We would like to share your story on our weekly South News, website and social media in a series “Answers to Prayers” written by you. 300-500 words. We look forward to hearing from you. You can e-mail your experiences to us at snzconf@adventist, Any questions please e-mail

– Lindita Vani, Communications, South New Zealand Conference


Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programme Information Sessions

Note the dates for the upcoming information sessions for the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programmes coming up in Christchurch

CAS: 26th June 3.30 pm & 7 pm

Bishopdale Church: 24th June 6 pm & 25th June 7 p.m

Ilam Church: 25 June 7 p.m & 28 June 7 p.m

For more info contact Kerry Gosset on 0275365139

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Children’s Sabbath – 28 July 2018

Children’s Sabbath is coming up on the 28th July. While this is in the second half of the year, time is moving so fast it may surprise you to find this special Sabbath is only 2 months away! To help you be prepared, please click here for the recently finished resource provided by SPD for Children’s Sabbath this year.

I pray the as your children minister to their church this year that they are richly blessed. I pray also that families are reminded of the importance of ministering to their children.


Vanuatu Mission Trip – November 2018

The youth of South New Zealand Conference are joining together to make difference in Vanuatu!
Many villages lack safe water supplies, have no sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices. This results in poor health which does not only affect a person’s health and wellbeing, but also their ability to earn, learn, attend to family duties, and contribute to society. A lot of the sickness and disease in these areas could be prevented by having clean water!

So we are going to Vanuatu this November to assist ADRA in building a toilet for every household in the Khole community to prevent disease and constructing a large water tank to hold safe, clean drinking water for the community.  We are looking forward to running a kids club for the children where we can teach them life saving skills in sanitation and hygiene, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please come join our team, we would love to you have you. Or support us at get your tax deductible receipt instantly. All donations go straight to ADRA New Zealand for project costs.

Dates: 20th – 30th November 2018

Cost is: $1,500 fundraising for the project plus $500 personal cost.

Flight cost yet to be determined.

*Project cost based on a team of 15 people.

Please contact Rejieli Sikuri to sign up on 0274599142 or for more information
Vanuatu Mission Trip 2018


CHIP Training

Would you like to train to run a CHIP program in your church? This is a fantastic evangelistic tool and one that is well received by our communities. Katie Snyder & Kerry Gosset are ready to take you through the training and are looking for expressions of interest from anyone wanting to get involved with this program. Please phone Kerry on 03 3183 702 or 0275 365 139



Adventist Identity Style Guide / Church Logo

A pdf of the Adventist Identity Style Guide for the South Pacific Division is now available for download. For more information please go to our Adventist Identity Guidelines page.


Employment: Footsteps Christian Community Preschool – Head Teacher (Christchurch)

The successful applicant will be a practising SDA Church member, be a registered teacher, Primary or Early Childhood, (or have experience in leadership) with a  minimum of five years teaching experience.  This role involves time working as part of the teaching ratio. The core competencies of this role are: day to day organisation and management; provision of a high quality Christian educational programme; daily supervision and development of other staff; effective communication skills; health and safety compliance;  networking within the community; self-review, planning and reporting;  We have an enthusiastic teaching team, and awesome children and families

For application forms and detailed job description please contact Pat at or  phone on 027 3575014.

Applications close Friday 22 June 2018


Employment: Teaching Position (Waitakere)

Waitakere SDA School

Primary Teacher (Years 1-4) Tagged position.

We are seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Christian teacher who is passionate, well-organised, highly skilled and capable of teaching a multilevel class. The successful applicant will be required to develop creative and innovative learning strategies within the parameters of our Seventh-day Adventist special character environment. There are opportunities for playing a leadership role within a collaborative, future-thinking team. 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 appointment. Commencing term 3, 2018.

Please send your CV and a covering letter with 3 nominated references. To request a job application pack contact:

Applications close Friday at 5 pm, 22 June 2018.


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