“There’s no better way to start the year”

“There’s no better way to start the year”

“There’s no better way to start the year” – according to New Wine’s promotional video, and there really isn’t.  Anglicans from many parishes throughout the diocese celebrated, worshipped, hung out and learned with Christians from other churches all over the Lower North Island at New Wine Festival over this Anniversary Weekend, where there was a strong sense of God’s presence calling us and sending us into our own mission fields.

The youth zones were alive with excitement – and not just from the games.  Firewire leader and Diocesan Youth Co-ordinator Luke Paynter told us that each evening session ended with invitations to receive prayer and ministry, and four fifths of the teenagers in the Firewire zone often responded, with ministry going on well past the allotted finish time.

Posted by Anglican Youth Movement Wellington on Saturday, 20 January 2018

Of course the games were a highlight too, and AYM’s own Rosanna Williams showed her commitment to the cause with this new take on bobbing for apples.

One of AYM’s epic youth workers going hard at FireWire! Way to bring it Rosie!!! #diofamilycamp #newwine2018

Posted by Anglican Youth Movement Wellington on Thursday, 18 January 2018

Things got a little crazy in Firewire here at New Wine… #NW18

Posted by New Wine NZ on Sunday, 21 January 2018

Meanwhile in Cutting Edge, led by Nga Tawa Diocesan School’s Rev Kim Duxfield and ably assisted by Josese Rokotakala and Zoe Williams, the preaching was top notch with Jasmine Fidow-Maiava, James Beck and more bringing the Word of God to the New Wine junior youth.




And in Blazing Ahead and Ignite, the primary aged children were learning about how Jesus is our super-hero – and they even performed their theme song for the whole festival at the final party on Monday morning.  The pre-school zone was not to be forgotten, with the under 5s taking over the stage for a rousing rendition of “Dancing Feet” – check out the video here:

Time to party together under one roof!

Posted by New Wine NZ on Sunday, 21 January 2018

And in the Meeting Place, the adults heard amazing speaker after amazing speaker, with several opportunities for healing prayer and other ministry.  Jackie Pullinger, who has ministered to the poor in the stark conditions of Hong Kong’s Walled City for fifty years, challenged us to stop guarding our own lives and to start losing our lives for Jesus so that we may save them.  Our very own Rev Mark Johnson challenged us to look for the opportunities to care for our neighbours in the everyday situations of our lives, and Pastor Sam Harvey reminded us that sabbath rest is a commandment, not a choice.  Steve Graham from Equippers College taught on the Bible and the Treaty, and James Beck relayed the story of Tarore, the young Maori girl who lost her life for the Gospel, but whose death catalysed the spreading of God’s Word throughout the tribes of New Zealand in the 19th century.

It was an incredible weekend of refreshing and reinvigoration, with many no doubt feeling “re-sent” into what God is calling them into.  According to this post, Johnsonville Parish will definitely be back next year – how about you?

Last night at New Wine with this incredible crew. A huge thank you to Marion H-B, the amazing co-ordinator and…

Posted by Johnsonville Anglicans on Saturday, 20 January 2018