This past weekend we had the Anglican Diocesan Synod. It was held at St. Paul's in Kāpiti. It was a great weekend of catching up with mates and not many business items but we heard about the City Mission's new building, whakamaru. This is going to be our Advent appeal as a Diocese and we are aiming to raise $365,000 to build the chapel. If you want to find out more about it then click here.
At Synod we also set the Diocesan priorities for 2023:
The most challenging part for me of all of Synod was mentioned in Guy's sermon (you can watch that here), Bishop Justin's charge. Here he talked about churches in our Diocese doing two things:
It was by no means planned like this but is hugely relevant to that challenge as this week we start a new series on Acts. Looking at how a small group becomes a force that the empire is nervous about. How they spread from one small group in Jerusalem to a group that invaded all parts of the Roman society. So as we go through this series and look at how God moved this community to multiply and grow may we pray that too for All Saints. This is a place that has always trained and sent (even if unintentionally) people to do new things. How can we continue to be that place?
I would love to hear what you feel God might be saying to you about multiplication and growth as you pray!
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