Saturday saw about 250 people arrive at Karori’s Samuel Marsden Collegiate for our second Team Training Day of the year. Over 80% of mission units were represented at the event, with whānau travelling from as close as Seatoun and as far away as the Parish of Ruapehu to be there. It was amazing to see so much of our diocesan family together once more.
This event was the first of its kind hosted at a diocesan school, with the day beginning with a mihi whakatau in which Principal Narelle Umbers and group of students warmly welcomed the bishops and all participants to the school. As part of our morning worship, Bishop Eleanor encouraged us to pray for the person next to us, waiting on God to give us a word of encouragement for them. Participants then selected from about 30 workshops spread over the day.
The workshops covered a huge range of topics, and from intergenerational worship and leadership to social justice topics and living the liturgy. As part of our vision to make these events more intergenerational, this event included perhaps our youngest presenter in Island Bay teenager Summer Henderwood. Summer co-presented a workshop aimed at teenagers and young adults on some of the social justice initiatives she has been involved in, and some of the more experienced attendees of the workshop said they learned a thing or two from their younger counterpart!
The weather on the day was beautiful, with the sun shining after a week of Wellington rain. This made for a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with friends from other parishes that they may not have seen for a while, whilst enjoying the stunning Marsden School grounds. It was great to see so many people there for their first Training Day, and by all accounts, it was well enjoyed by all.
Thank you so much to all who volunteered to make it such a fantastic day, and we look forward to seeing you all again at our Diocesan Thanksgiving and Ordination service in November!
(We apologise for not having photos ready for this edition of Movement due to sickness – stay tuned next week!)