Saturday, 9 June 2018

Operation Refugee Challenge this month

Operation Refugee Challenge this month

Two years ago some may recall that we participated in CWS's Operation Refugee Challenge and we have been advised that, in the last two years over $100,000 has been raised to support refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan. We found the challenge of living off refugee rations for 5 days most educational and can recommend it as a learning experience. CWS supply the food box.

So far this year 60 people have registered to do the challenge but CWS advise that the need in the refugee camps is still critical as the situation with summer coming on is unbearable. The containers the refugees live in heat up like ovens and the tents offer little shade from the sun.

CWS would like to have another 90 people do the challenge from 16 to 20 June this year. You can register at www.cwsoperationrefugee.nz or maybe you know someone else who you could sponsor who might enjoy the challenge. You can also donate direct on that website.

Mental Health Changes for Mental Wellbeing

Public Issues for Parish Newsletters & Bulletins
Mental Health Changes for Mental Wellbeing
The mental health and addiction inquiry is a most welcome and timely initiative by the government. Community consultations are still under way in June. https://www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/
New Zealand led the way in closing psychiatric institutions in the 1990’s.
This inquiry is on deinstitutionalizing mental health treatment and how to make services accessible and joined up, with less focus on medical treatment. When mental health is treated as a matter of wellbeing we see that income security, housing and social connectedness are as important as medical support. There’s a link between employment and mental health - 80% of people receiving mental health services do not have jobs. Inclusive church communities contribute to mental wellbeing.
A Wellbeing Manifesto shows what mental health wellbeing looks like www.wellbeingmanifesto.nz/
The ‘New oCreation’ guidelines and Backgrounder are 
Betsan  Martin –Public Issues


60th Anniversary of Trinity at Waiake 23+24th June 2018
                                        

There as been a fantastic response to the dinner and bookings are now closed.  We will always welcome any new or old faces to the service on Sunday 24th at 10 am.  Please remember to bring a small plate of finger food to share after the Service. 

Paul Nel has been working hard on the restoration of the video of Nehemiah which we produced as a congregation in 1988 and we hope to run it during the dinner evening and at the morning tea after the Sunday service.

Diane Dempster

Fellowship over the 60 years.

David   Bell sent out an email and requested your help to get some social history written down for the day.  If inspiration strikes, please email David with a few sentences or paragraphs of your thoughts about our fellowship in Christian service down the decades. It doesn't matter if you are the newest member or the oldest - everyone counts at this party. We will print these out for the mix and mingle. There is also the opportunity to add these & view others comments on  https://kiwiconnexion.nz/view/view.php?id=1434 which will auto-generate any daily updates as folk write in their comments