City by City – Hastings

City by City – Hastings

We are really grateful to God for all he is doing in the city of Hastings. A good number of the Pastors in the city gather together once a month on a Tuesday morning to pray, study the Word of God and fellowship.

There have been monthly gatherings where we have had leaders representing 20 different churches present, crossing many different denominational lines. There is a growing sense of unity amongst the leaders of the churches, where we are not threatened by one another but are praying for each other, helping one another and choosing to speak well of one another.

Outside of our monthly gatherings, we hear reports of Pastors meeting with other Pastors to encourage one another and learn from one another. Some great friendships and levels of trust have developed and are developing, where we genuinely want to see each other blessed and see our city transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have had a number of stories of churches blessing other churches in the city, even financially!

One testimony which has happened in the last 2 years is that one church was given $30,000 by another church in the city.

This gave the church that received the finance the final resources they were trusting God for to buy a building!

So God used one church to answer the prayers of another church to the tune of $30,000. God is certainly at work in our city and surely these are all the seeds for a city-wide and even region-wide revival!

Cliff Cherry, Pastor
Redemption Point Church

City by City exists to help encourage unity, prayer and transformation throughout New Zealand.

How good it is to see Christians in each town or city worshipping and praying together regularly.

 

How good it is to see Churches honouring one another, seeking to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of their locality together.

 

Colin & Grace Shaw

City by City – Northland

City by City – Northland

Changes are occurring in Northland – In the last six months, the Maori led Churches of Northland have been blessed by the Holy Spirit, and have come into a wonderful oneness of fellowship and ministry.

Together with this, there are hopeful signs, towards a merging of Maori led Church leaders with the non-Maori Church leaders, in the leadership of the Northland wide Leaders’ Gathering, held every three months since 1986, in Te Punawai-Moerewa Christian Fellowship centre, Moerewa.

The November Leaders Gathering was a demonstration of this flowing together and resulted in much joy and thanksgiving.

A second-way change is occurring in the North, is that God is granting an increasing number of miracles to confirm the preaching of the Gospel. God is granting increasing faith, to believe for, and expect the miraculous.

Village Church, Hikurangi, is a Church where many are being saved, and where miracles of healing are frequent. Last Sunday afternoon, at Kowhai Park, Kaikohe, Village Church held an evangelistic- healing gathering, with miraculous healings and people responding to Jesus. Recently, a long-time friend of mine, who had a serious condition of osteoporosis in his vertebrae, was prayed for in his Church, in Doubtless Bay, (Baptist), and the subsequent x-ray revealed that there was no osteoporosis. As he was being prayed for he felt a warm glow go down his spine.

In the last two years at Te Punawai-Moerewa Christian Fellowship Centre, Moerewa, there has been a fourfold increase in the people of the town using the Church facility, as a place of social interaction for many events and fellowship. The community and the Church are meeting together daily. Moerewa Christian Fellowship was established by Howard Edwards in 1979-80, and “Howie” and Vicki pastored the Church until recently when they transferred the pastoral responsibility to Laurie and Glenda Anderson. Howie and Vicki have picked up our itinerant role in the North visiting many Churches.

Ken Bassett
A pastor to pastors in the North

It was a privilege to celebrate all Ken and Dorothy Bassett have done in Northland at our last gathering of the year. [2017]

Over 120 pastors and leaders gathered from around Northland to honour Ken and Dorothy for their 40 years of ministry.

Shaun Foster
Frontline Church Keri Keri

King’s Daughters, Northland

“King’s Daughters, Northland” meets alternate months (on a Friday evening) at Kerikeri Baptist Church and its vision is to unite and to encourage local Christian women in faith and life. It aims to allow them space to come together to hear God’s Word, to worship, pray, be creative, and to develop and strengthen friendships.

For the other months (also on a Friday), it hosts a “DVD & Prayer Ministry” evening. There, women can be inspired, challenged, and encouraged by Christian international speakers via DVD

King’s Daughters began In November 2016, celebrating our unity as women of God

Since then the gatherings have seen on average a hundred women from different churches and towns across Northland, New Zealand, come together for a time of worship, encouraging testimonies, fellowship, creativity and prayer ministry.

Sarah Angus
King’s Daughters

City by City exists to help encourage unity, prayer and transformation throughout New Zealand.

How good it is to see Christians in each town or city worshipping and praying together regularly.

 

How good it is to see Churches honouring one another, seeking to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of their locality together.

 

Colin & Grace Shaw

City by City – Greymouth

City by City – Greymouth

The Churches of Greymouth enjoy the benefit of a number of long-term clergy and pastors who have formed good friendships and relationships with one another combined with newer clergy and pastors who are keen to connect ecumenically. The result is a strong sense of ecumenical unity that plays out in joint activities, responses to issues and good fellowship and prayer at our Minister’s Association meetings.

One example of how that sense of unity has worked out long-term has been the annual Combined Churches carol service in the local Regent Theatre which has been running for close to thirty years and is a feature for many in the community’s Christmas celebrations, Christian or otherwise. It’s always a good night of singing, dance, drama, humour and a poignant message towards the end with three to four hundred in attendance.

A more recent example of our unity was our coming together this year (2017) for the new Alpha Film Series where many of the churches were involved from hosting the starting dinner to providing venues for courses. We share leadership across the churches and joined forces for the Holy Spirit Day. We were blessed to see quite a number of people growing in their faith, experiencing healings and more.

The town has struggled economically over the last few years but the consistency and unity of the town’s churches have I believe been a point of stability for our community.

Tim Mora, Archdeacon

Rev Tim & Nicky Mora

In 1999 the Anglican Church of Greymouth and Kumara appointed a new youth worker by the name of Nicky Mora. Her husband Tim had just arrived in the Parish as a trainee priest and both had had experience in youth work.

Very quickly under their joint leadership, the youth group grew and expanded into a community-based youth project for the young people of the Grey District with administration and oversight support provided by the church.

The church’s support also includes the provision of “The Shed,” a multi-purpose youth activities centre with an amazing range of facilities. The project has been very successful with around 20% of the High School aged young people in the Grey District currently on the total roll.

The project was put in place because it was recognized that on the Coast young people can miss out on opportunities and don’t always have the support they need to get through the teenage years and the struggles that brings easily. It was in recognition of this that the Greymouth Churches Community Youth Project was established and gathered together an amazingly dedicated team of volunteers.

The aims of the project are to provide weekly and other programmes and activities that meet the needs of the young people in the Grey District in a safe and controlled environment.

These programmes include social, recreational and skills learning activities. Camps and outdoor wilderness activities (often subsidized). We involve ourselves in community initiatives and run social justice projects. We are members of the West Coast Youth Workers Collective, network with DCYFS, the High Schools, the police and District Council and have twice been awarded the supreme Trustpower Award for overall best community project in the Grey District.

City by City exists to help encourage unity, prayer and transformation throughout New Zealand.

How good it is to see Christians in each town or city worshipping and praying together regularly.

How good it is to see Churches honouring one another, seeking to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of their locality together.

Colin & Grace Shaw

Tauranga – OneVoice: City-Wide Prayer and Worship Gathering

Tauranga – OneVoice: City-Wide Prayer and Worship Gathering

Unity and Prayer

For many years praying pastors have met on Thursday mornings with these scriptures in mind, John 17:20-23 “Father make us one……” and Isaiah 62:1-10 “…..for ‘Tauranga’s’ sake, we will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn…..”

So when Stephen Hanson shared the vision of ONEVOICE, there was immediate agreement and support.

James Muir

OneVoice

This initiative saw over four thousand believers from at least 22 churches come together from a number of denominations across our city. This included 5 well attended, Sunday night gatherings. There was a special theme for each night. The feedback through the course of the month, and since, was that a greater sense of unity was cultivated in our times together, and the desire expressed by many to continue to meet in 2018. One pastor said ‘we are growing up in love together’.

One Sunday night we had 11 invited guests representing the people of Tauranga in central government, local government, education, the police, and one of our local iwi. Pastors and leaders gathered around these men and women during the meeting and prayed for each of them. It was an incredible opportunity to bless and encourage these people. We received messages of thanks from a number of them the following week. The final Sunday evening saw dozens of spiritual fathers and mothers individually pray and bless many hundreds of people.

Each week throughout the whole month, we held 3-weekday worship and prayer meetings.

These were followed up with fellowship and teaching sessions. Some of the intercessors from different churches have continued to meet weekly to pray for the city. Others have been sharing the gospel and praying for people in the streets.

One of our goals was to prayer walk all the streets in Tauranga. We came close to covering the whole city, whole suburbs that have been covered, with a few areas across the city left.

We’re greatly encouraged by what is taking place in our city among the Body of Christ, and consider it a tremendous blessing and privilege to serve our city in this way.

Stephen and Rechelle Hanson

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Prayer Walk

One of our goals was to prayer walk all the streets in Tauranga. We came close to covering the whole city, whole suburbs that have been covered, with a few areas across the city left.

City by City exists to help encourage unity, prayer and transformation throughout New Zealand.

How good it is to see Christians in each town or city worshipping and praying together regularly.

How good it is to see Churches honouring one another, seeking to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of their locality together.

Colin & Grace Shaw

Rotorua – The Church of Rotorua has gone from strength to strength!

Rotorua – The Church of Rotorua has gone from strength to strength!

The Waka Whakamua is made up of 30 providers, businesses, churches and organisations focused on working together to deliver services supporting and strengthening youth, whanau and the wider community. Scott Clifford is the Pastor of Ascend Church and also the representative of the faith-based collective, he chatted with Andrew Urquhart on Rhema.

We have seen a continuation of our traditional strengths: the Christmas Day Community Lunch (put on by the combined Churches, local businesses and the Mayor’s office) served over 500 of the most vulnerable in our city, and the Combined Good Friday Service saw about 700 Believers from dozens of different Churches worship together once again (not even a tropical storm could put us off!).

Two new opportunities presented themselves to the Rotorua Association of Christian Churches this year that were unique and timely. Waka Whakamua and Te Hāhi.

A community trust based on collective impact was officially launched (after 2+ years of dialogue and strategy). Waka Whakamua (meaning: Moving Forward, Together) is made up of 6 community collectives, including a Faith-Based/Church Collective. The vision of Waka Whakamua is “Transformed communities, full of hope and prosperity!” Having just received significant funding for this charitable trust at the end of 2017, the future is bright for the Church of our city to continue to impact those around us!

The Waka Whakamua is made up of 30 providers, businesses, churches and organisations focused on working together to deliver services supporting and strengthening youth, whanau and the wider community. Scott Clifford is the Pastor of Ascend Church and also the representative of the faith-based collective, he chatted with Andrew Urquhart on Rhema.

Interview with Scott Clifford

We have seen a continuation of our traditional strengths: the Christmas Day Community Lunch (put on by the combined Churches, local businesses and the Mayor’s office) served over 500 of the most vulnerable in our city, and the Combined Good Friday Service saw about 700 Believers from dozens of different Churches worship together once again (not even a tropical storm could put us off!).

Two new opportunities presented themselves to the Rotorua Association of Christian Churches this year that were unique and timely. Waka Whakamua and Te Hāhi.

A community trust based on collective impact was officially launched (after 2+ years of dialogue and strategy). Waka Whakamua (meaning: Moving Forward, Together) is made up of 6 community collectives, including a Faith-Based/Church Collective. The vision of Waka Whakamua is “Transformed communities, full of hope and prosperity!” Having just received significant funding for this charitable trust at the end of 2017, the future is bright for the Church of our city to continue to impact those around us!

Waka Whakamua launched to help Rotorua’s most needy

ROTORUA DAILY POST – includes video

When former policewoman Tui Keenan moved to Rotorua last year our city was blessed! Tui had started a cooperative between local Churches and local Police to help curb incidents of ‘domestic harm’ (including domestic violence) in her hometown of Gisborne and wanted to help facilitate the same thing here in Rotorua.

Te Hāhi (meaning: The Faith) began over the holiday period 2017 and is seeing the same fruit in Rotorua as it has in Tairawhiti. Local pastors, current and former Area Commanders, parishioners, chaplains and many others are banding together to help shift the atmosphere of our city and region!

Exciting times!

The other significant event we participate in together is the Christmas Day Community Lunch. In partnership with churches (providing volunteers and organisation), government (the Mayor provides the Events Centre out of the Mayoral Fund and local MPs get involved), business (donating food and gifts) and the community (with volunteers and participants) it is truly a cooperative effort!

Last year over 400 folks who would have gone without on Christmas received a top-notch meal with all the trimmings and presents for the children. As I was leaving I noticed one of our MPs still vacuuming away as almost everyone had gone home. Everyone chipped in. We would love to model more events on this type of collaboration in the future!

There is a sign on the way into the city of Rotorua along the State Highway that reads, “Feel the spirit!”. The churches of our city are working together to make sure this happens!

Scott Clifford: Chairman RACC, Pastor – Ascend Church Rotorua

City by City exists to help encourage unity, prayer and transformation throughout New Zealand.

How good it is to see Christians in each town or city worshipping and praying together regularly.

How good it is to see Churches honouring one another, seeking to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of their locality together.

Colin & Grace Shaw