Friday Programme

Anxiety in Children

Venue:

Workshop Room 1

Time:

2:00pm

This is about enabling everyone, especially children to thrive. Anxiety is a normal experience for us all, but sometimes we can become stuck in unhealthy habits and thinking.  Come and find out what is going on in our bodies and brains, and gain some strategies for healthy coping.

This workshop will include a discussion of scripture and how a relationship with God can provide us with some peace.

Presented by Rachel Anderson. Who is Rachel?

Rachel Andersen

Rachel Andersen

Rachel is passionate about enabling children to thrive and equipping families with the tools to facilitate growth. With a BA in Education & Psychology and a MA in Psychology along with years of professional experience, Rachel is skilled in helping parents understand recent developmental research as well as providing practical tools and strategies. Rachel runs workshops, private family coaching and parent classes on a variety of topics. We know how tricky family life can be, but we believe it is extremely important to invest in cultivating an environment where our children can flourish – which is why Rachel is with us again in 2024!

You can hear Rachel share in her workshop.

Anxiety in Children

Memorising Scripture

Venue:

Workshop Room 3

Time:

2:00pm

Does your brain feel over full with the things that flit away? Do you long to feast more solidly on memorised scripture? Come along to this workshop and learn this ancient and vital practice. Expect to get practical knowing that this is a key part of our discipleship – even Jesus did it.

Presented by Caleb Rowe. Who is Caleb?

Caleb Rowe

Caleb and his wife Billy are the co-vicars of the Whanganui Anglican parish. They are both passionate about ensuring all churches and believers feel part of the wider church whānau:

“…we are all on the Jesus waka together and from this place of unity and whānau comes the diversity of our discipleship and mission in our different contexts”.

This heart’s cry for unity, even within our differences, is backed up with Caleb and Billy’s mentoring initiatives for the bereaved, support for school students, fellowship and life story sharing for over 70s, programme to provide warm dry and affordable rental housing, and their own experience of living in community along with their three young kids.

Memorising Scripture

Powers and Principalities

Venue:

Meeting Place

Time:

2:00pm

Paul writes that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness.” Participants will learn what the Bible says about the nature of principalities and powers, their manifestations today and how we can faithfully resist them in our day to day lives and larger world.

Presented by Bob Ekblad. Who is Bob?

Bob Ekblad

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Bob and Gracie Ekblad are the Founders and Senior Leaders of Tierra Nueva, a ministry in Washington State that seeks liberation and transformation for people on the margins. They have a holistic ministry of worship, scripture, care, prayer, healing and restoration. They pastor and teach locally and internationally, bridging divergent worlds inside and outside of the Church. Their calling is to help recruit, equip, and empower people to communicate good news about God’s love that combines Word, Spirit, and Street perspectives at the service of people on the margins.

You’ll be able to hear Bob share in workshops, Meeting Place and the Living Room (for 18 – 30 year olds).

Powers and Principalities

Spiritual Liberation

How Do You Know It's God?

Venue:

Workshop Room 2

Time:

2.00pm

We know that God speaks to us, but how do we know it’s him and not just our own imagination? Learn from the pattern of the early to church to recognize the voice of God clearly and consistently in your life. It’s in recognition of his voice that we find the confidence to follow (John 10:27).

Presented by Tania Harris. Who is Tania? 

Tania Harris

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Tania Harris (PhD) is a pastor, speaker, author, practical theologian and the founding director of God Conversations, a global ministry that equips people to recognise and respond to God’s voice.

With a diverse history as church planter, pastor and lecturer, Tania ministers across the globe to all traditions and age-groups and is a popular voice on radio and TV in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

You’ll be able to hear Tania share in workshops and Meeting Place.

How Do You Know It’s God

How to Hear God’s Voice in Dreams and Visions

From a Whisper to a Shout Part 1

Venue:

Kids Zone

Time:

2:00pm

As the world changes by the second, more and more people are leaving the faith.  So how do we keep faith and church relevant in these shifting times? In this workshop, writer Alex Marestaing encourages church leaders, parents, and creatives of all kinds to rethink the way they live out their faith.  With inspiring stories of filmmakers, authors, and musicians  making an impact in the creative world, Alex hopes to inspire listeners to find their unique voice and develop a faith that’s honest enough to stir souls, brave enough to take risks, and relevant enough to resonate beyond church walls. (Note: You don’t have to attend part 2 in order to enjoy part 1).

Presented by Alex Marestaing. Who is Alex?

Alex Marestaing

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Once upon a time, American writer Alex Marestaing wrote a random letter to the Walt Disney Company asking if they needed any creative help. Fortunately, Disney had mercy on his embarrassing attempt to break into the entertainment world and gave him his first freelance writing job. Since then, he’s gone on to develop TV series, author books, and create innovative kids’ content for various companies including LEGO, Time Studios, The Los Angeles Times, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, and Gutsy Animations. 

Though he spends most of his time in the animation world these days, Alex loves speaking at conferences and appearing on radio talk shows when he gets the chance, encouraging believers to find their unique voice, champion the underdog, and bring faith to the fringes. And of course, when asked for life advice he will often say “writing letters to random companies isn’t always a bad idea”!

You’ll be able to hear Alex share in workshops and Meeting Place.

From a Whisper to a Shout Part 1

From a Whisper to a Shout Part 2

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