The need to respond to Covid 19 is changing the rhythm and pattern of our days: plans and decisions are needing to be made and remade.
Please visit the Resources page for more ways to help.
It may be that some of our gatherings and events will need to be reconsidered, postponed or even cancelled.
 However, as a Synod we are taking advice from groups like the Government, Ministry of Health and the Methodist Church of New Zealand.
Keep an eye on these and consult with your church  leaders so that you are all in agreement about any decisions you make.

We are also trying to be sensible and proactive but aware that a state of panic doesn't help anyone.

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Girls Brigade Awards October 2020
First Otumoetai Girls Brigade Company Awards service iOctober.
Activities were shared, including: Study on Disciples, planting and care of seeds, and study of North American Indians.
Captain Ann Booth gave out Awards to the very deserving girls. She is completing 40+ years in Girls Brigade.
Teddy Bears from Lockdown

Plants cared for by Girls Brigade

Awards Table
North American Indian headbands

Youngest girls

Senior Girl

Colour Party

Hamilton Synod August 2020
Annual Synod was held at Hamilton East Methodist Church on 7th & 8th August.
Tributes were made to Raewyn Bayliss and Neville Jack, who have died since last Synod.

 Synod members gather for Synod.  Hymn for devotions.   Waikato Interfaith Choir taught us new music.   

 Alisa - Devotions

Maxine - Methodist City Action
Hamilton East Methodist Church Speakers

Andrew - University Chaplain

Metui - Hamilton Methodist - Sharing Devotions

A variety of books on bookstall from Philip Garside Publishing  

Combined Worship July 2020
 Wesley & St. Stephens, Tauranga, began a trial Worship plan, meeting 2 weeks at Wesley and 2 weeks at St. Stephens for a period.  Lovely gathering at St. Stephens on 19th July.
Thanks to Neil Everett for these photos.
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Synod June 5 2020
Susan Thompson welcomed the  48 people gathered by Zoom for a very different synod meeting. Bob Franklyn (Presbyter Matamata) shared devotions on new ways of being connexion, and challenged us to step out in unchartered waters and one of these could be, to be part of the Fresh Expressions movement which is about finding where God is already at work in the Community and joining Him there without any expectation that people will come to traditional church services. The church is a living organism. We cannot continue to live in our own little bubbles but must go out into our communities and into the future.
Some of the time was in small breakout groups for pastoral sharing and later in the meeting to share:
1.  What is one thing you are thinking about differently as a result of the last two months?

2.  Are there things you are doing in a new way?
3.  How can we as a community of faith embrace our new learning's and opportunities?

The findings of these groups were collated and are available for each church to consider.
This was a valuable way of being Synod especially when there wasn't a long trip home afterwards. We all look forward to gathering for synod again in August.

Inductions February 2020
Rev Melema'u Molitika Induction as Presbyter Cambridge Union Parish   Rev Melema'u making her response to 
Cambridge Union Congregation
 Melema'u with her support team waiting to enter the church  Rev Melema'u greeting people after Induction Service
Rev Bob Franklyn Induction at Matamata Union Parish  Bob responding to his Parish 
 District Superindendant Rev Dr Susan Thompson,
Synod Steward Viv Whimster led Induction                    Hospitality provided by the Parish at supper

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