Our country was shaped by mission. Samuel Marsden, a CMS missionary, journeyed to our nation to share the Gospel on Christmas Day 1814. And that same Gospel continues to go forth.
This Hui will be held after the NZCMS AGM. We’ll be exploring the journey of mission from three different angles thanks to three unique sets of speakers:
Our Journey is Your Journey. Phil & Becky Sussex have spent the last four years in Cambodia with their four children. They’ll invite us to consider what mission looks like in our own contexts.
Weaving the Journey. Natalie Downes put aside medical school for a year to journey with God as a NZCMS Haerenga intern. She’ll share about how her story has been woven into God’s bigger story.
The Journey Goes Forward. NZCMS is now led by a Kenyan, Steve Maina, a dynamic and passionate speaker with a heart for bringing the Good News to our world. He’ll challenge you to ask how God wants us to engage in our rapidly changing world.
Join us for an evening of journeying through mission.
Presented by NZCMS in conjunction with All Saints Church
7pm, Saturday March 28
All Saints Church, 30 Vanguard Street, Nelson
On Sunday December 7 churches from around the city of Christchurch will be filling Horncastle Arena, an event inspired by the 200th anniversary since Nga Puhi Chief Ruatara invited the Reverend Samuel Marsden to preach at Oihi Bay.
Festival 200 is a collaborative work across the denominations, and in consultation with Ngai Tahu. Dedicated to Telling the Story, it is a celebration of the Gospel message in Canterbury and an opportunity to tell some of the exciting stories of how the church cares about society and positively influences communities. This is the most significant Christian combined-church event for some years and is supported by denominational leaders across the city.
The evening will be a celebration of the Gospel story by way of kapahaka, song, dance, prayer and story. Plus NZCMS has been invited to share a little of the story of New Zealand through the lens of mission.
So, come join us and up to 8000 fellow Cantabrian Christians as we celebrate all that God has done the past 200 years.
For more information, see raranga.org.nz
The Our Story: Aotearoa hui is fast approaching. You’ve probably already seen the promo video we’ve made for it, but have you shared it with your church? If you visit www.vimeo.com/105709277 you can download a copy of the video that can be played Sunday morning (or evening).
For more info about the Our Story hui, and for bookings, visit www.nzcms.org.nz/our-story/
The chance to get your early-bird discount for the October Our Story hui may have passed, but it’s not too late for you to join us! This is your chance to not only gather as CMS New Zealand, but also to rub shoulders with others from the global CMS community. These guests will include leaders such as Dennis Tongoi from Africa and Kan San Tan from Asia. We’ve been excited to see the momentum building. It seems people across the country are recognizing this as a key event for this bicentennial year – and not just people within the NZCMS family. We’re also hoping to have all age groups represented – if you know of some younger folk from your congregations who may be interested, please consider personally invite them to come along. Think of Jesus inviting his disciples to follow him – there is nothing more life changing than a personal invitation. For more details and to register visit www.nzcms.org.nz/our-story