Diocesan Family Camp (New Wine)

Diocesan Family Camp (New Wine)

The Wellington Anglican Diocesan Family presence will be huge at New Wine 2017! We’re invested in making this a wonderful festival experience for our parishes and mission units. The fantastic New Wine team work out all the logistics, and we can turn up with our parishes and mission units to grow, learn, and have fun together. This could actually be your 2017 church camp! There’s plenty for all age groups. So let’s get away from it all in the inspiring outdoor environment of New Wine camp.

Now is the time to organise your parish or mission unit to join Bishop Justin and the rest of the Diocesan Family.

Your Church Camp

Church camps are great community builders- there is nothing like camping for bonding!

They can be challenging and expensive to organise. Why not consider the New Wine festival as your Church Camp? New Wine provides great worship, teaching (foster spiritual growth), and opportunities for getting to know one another at a deeper level.

Promote this as your church camp and invite everyone along, then break it down so it’s not a one-size-fits-all. Let people know the various ways (e.g. accommodation options) they can come, and make it easier for them to see how it can work for them. Check out the New Wine promo video here.

The Basics

The dates for Kapiti New Wine are the 19th – 23rd of January 2017. Registrations for New Wine 2017 are now being accepted. Early bird discount until 30 November—you will want to start planning today! This year, our Diocese is partnering with New Wine to subsidise the cost for families. Heaps more information and a link to register on the New Wine website.

New Wine provides zones for all members – from toddlers through to adults.  The mornings are zone times, the afternoon family/workshop/free time, the evening zone time followed by more optional activities.  There is something for everyone.

This year the Diocese is running the Just Expressions tent, a great place to hang out and be involved in social justice based discussions.  Many of the people that serve in zones are Anglicans, and this is a great way to develop gifts in different ministries. Consider serving!

What would a timeline for making this happen look like?


Fundraising can be a great community builder and it also helps to offset some of the cost which can be large if you have a big family (even at $480).

Click here for some suggestions for fundraising.

You will also want to think about the various accommodation options and about how you manage catering. It is a big effort, but a great community builder to do some form of joint catering. You are not on your own though,  read more here about how other parishes have managed accommodation and catering and what facilities are available at the site.


There are excellent programmes for all ages held over seven zones (preschool, young primary, older primary, junior youth, senior youth, young adults (night-time only) and adult). Most sessions are a combination of worship, teaching and prayer. There is also a leaders’ lounge as an Oasis for folk in leadership roles in their churches. The teaching and worship predominantly comes from the evangelical and pentecostal/charismatic traditions but there are also opportunities for Eucharistic and more contemplative worship as part of what is on offer.

In free time there are some organised family activities that can be opted into and a range of displays by various expressions of church and mission engagement areas. Free time and meal times are fantastic opportunities to get alongside folk of all ages in your church and build relationships and community.

If you have further questions relating to getting your parish to New Wine please contact Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala (021 118 3657) who can help connect you with a leader from a Parish with a similar demographic which has been before.