The Wellington Anglican Chinese Mission, Ramsey House (the Anglican chaplaincy at Victoria University) and St. Peter’s on Willis are working together to hold an outreach service to the Mandarin speakers of the international student community in the capital.
There will be a simple service conducted in Mandarin followed by refreshments, and leaders hope that this group of students will find a place to gather and be part of a community, throughout what can sometimes be an isolating experience. “There are not may places for them to gather outside the halls of residence,” says Co-Vicar of St Peter’s on Willis, Archdeacon Stephen King. “Willis Street has a number of large Halls of Residence, the student community is part of our neighbourhood. So we should be looking for ways to meet the needs of the student community.”
The service will be conducted by the Chinese Mission’s Rev Henry Yap. By working together with St Peter’s on Willis which is so close to where the students live, Henry hopes to offer a place where students can find fellowship, but also where the parishioners of St Peter’s can offer hospitality. And it’s a natural partnership, says Stephen. “Did you know that the Anglican Chinese Mission was founded out of St Peter’s? A mission to the Chinese was begun by St Peter’s in 1900. A hall was built in Frederick Street in 1907 for services, educational classes and adult educational activities. This was the forerunner of the Anglican Chinese Mission.”
But it’s not just for historical reasons that this partnership makes sense, says Stephen. “We rise together, we are diocesan family. We’re in the same cluster along with Ramsey House, and we share a desire to minister to the student community. In this instance, [we’re focussing on] the Chinese student community because of the unique abilities of the Chinese Mission. We are delighted to have the chance to work with the Chinese Mission and Ramsey House.”
The service will be held at St Peter’s on Willis, on Saturday the 10th of March, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will be followed by light refreshments. The service is open to all, and Mandarin speakers are especially welcome. The service will be in Mandarin. Enquiries to Rev Henry Yap, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 472 8543.