About Bishop Stephen:

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford, serving Essex and East London. Before this he was Bishop of Reading and before this served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mission Team. He was Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, and served in parishes in Chichester and South London. He is a member of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns; Bishop Protector for the Society of St Francis; the Anglican Consultative Council (he visited New Zealand with the ACC in 2012); and Chair of Church Army, an Anglican society for evangelism and social outreach. He is a member of the House of Lords and is on the Select Committee for Communication. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis. He is married to Rebecca who is a potter, and they have three boys. Among his many books he has written From the Abundance of the Heart; Catholic Evangelism for all Christians and is one of the co-authors of Pilgrim, the Church of England’s catechetical course for the Christian Journey. He has written a series of books re-imagining the Holy Week narratives – The Things He Did; The Things He Carried, The Things He Said, and The Nail. His most recent books are The Sleepy Shepherd a re-telling of the Christmas story for children and Striking Out, Poems and Stories from the Camino. He wrote this having walked a large part of the Camino del Norte in 2016.

Archdeacon Wendy Scott caught up with Bishop Stephen at a conference in Hong Kong recently – and shared this discussion with us all:

Message from Bishop Stephen:

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Wellington in August to share with you some of my thoughts and experiences about an approach to evangelism that flows from a catholic and sacramental tradition.  Such an approach to evangelism will be contemplative.  It will be rooted in prayer, aiming to help people share the fruits of their own our spirituality.  I hope this might be true of our time together.  I hope it might even feel as much like a retreat as a conference, refreshing us in our own ministries.

Catholic evangelism will be sacramental, for the sacraments themselves are evangelising; and in bringing people into the household of the church it is the sacraments that mark our belonging.  But it will also be catechumenal.  For most people today becoming a Christian is like a journey.  Therefore evangelism can be best understood as helping people make that journey.  We will explore what sort of ministries we need to help make this happen, remembering, of course, that God is the Evangelist.  It will be a practical hui.  We will have some real ideas to take home so that we can develop evangelistic ministry in our own contexts.

Finally, a catholic approach to evangelism will be prophetic and – I hope – be beautiful.  We want to pour a Christ like Church and a Christ like people into the world, not just drag the world into the church. And although, of course, the Christian faith is true and good (and we will, therefore, always have a concern for doctrine and ethics), the revelation of God in Christ is also beautiful. A catholic approach to evangelism will focus on the beauty of Christ, the beauty of the gospel, and the beauty of holiness.

There probably won’t be time to explore all of this, but I hope that these will be the threads running through our time together, and I pray that from them God may weave something beautiful that can be of lasting benefit to the Church of God in New Zealand. I also hope our time together will be encouraging, helping us to see and celebrate the good things we are already doing and even be evangelise ourselves, finding that time apart to think about these things will also refresh our spirits with the good and ever replenishing news of the gospel.”

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Meaning-making for Millenials

This workshop will look at our journey as a church of 18-30 year-olds to discover meaning and power in liturgy, sacrament and prayer. From firing pottery chalices, to building our own altar, and working alongside Diocesan liturgists to select Eucharistic liturgy that represents the life of our community, this is the story of how we have become young people deeply in touch with tradition alongside our charismatic roots

About Rev Scottie Reeve:
Rev Scottie Reeve is the Priest at Blueprint, an inner-city Wellington Church primarily comprised of 18-30 year-olds. Originally birthed from Pentecostal roots, Blueprint has been on a 15 year journey to becoming a community of young people who value liturgy, sacrament and common prayer. Through a series of neo-monastic community houses, Blueprint meets daily for evening prayer alongside rhythms of hospitality and mission at the margins.

Noble simplicity: Anglican liturgy learning from the shift from Pope Benedict to Pope Francis.

The Second Vatican Council taught: ‘The rites should be distinguished by a noble simplicity; they should be short, clear, and unencumbered by useless repetitions; they should be within the people’s powers of comprehension, and normally should not require much explanation’ (Sacrosanctum Concilium 34). In this workshop, we explore what this might mean within our Anglican context. What is worth changing in our individual contexts? What might we work to change in our province and beyond? What is the core that we want to make sure is preserved? How can we best encourage change that will be fruitful?

About Fr Bosco Peters

This workshop will be presented by Fr Bosco Peters who has served as a priest in urban and rural parishes and is currently Chaplain at Christ’s College, Christchurch. His publications include Celebrating Eucharist, a ceremonial guide to Celebrating Eucharist: a Guide and Supplement to the Eucharist in A New Zealand Prayer Book, He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, , a history of the Eucharist amongst Anglicans in this land. He is known internationally through his website liturgy.co.nz which ranks as the fourth most-visited blog based in New Zealand, as well as several high-ranking social media platforms.

Nurturing the child within: The child at Mass

Often when children do come to Mass the first thing we think of as a church is to send them out again! Yet the liturgy is so full of potential for engaging everyone at every age and at every stage of their spiritual journey.

This workshop will explore ways to make shared time together as the whole family of God possible for everyone. We will look at ideas for nurturing children within liturgy and also nurturing the child within us all. Exploring the use of picture books to complement sermons is one example. There will be opportunities to share ideas and practical solutions for the real contexts that we are part of or may encounter.

About Helen Peters

This workshop will be presented by Helen Peters who has had four decades of early childhood teaching. Last year, the Minister of Education presented her with the prestigious ASG (Australian Scholarships Group) National Excellence in Teaching award. She has a theology degree from Melbourne College of Divinity, and a St John’s College Diploma. Helen has many years’ experience in parishes (urban and rural) and in an Anglican school. She has run adult education groups, preached, and facilitated the involvement of children in church

Music as an expression of the human Spirit

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About Mark Dorrell

Mark W Dorrell enjoyed a remarkable career in musical theatre and opera in the UK, particularly in the West End where he collaborated with eminent theatre directors and performers.  He has worked extensively in music education both internationally and in New Zealand, notably at The Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music, Whitireia and Toi Whakaari.  He held the position of Music Director of the Orpheus Choir of Wellington for several years, and is in constant demand as accompanist and vocal coach throughout the country.  He has been Director of Music at St Barnabas Church Roseneath in Wellington for the last ten years.

Christians and interfaith relations

The events of Christchurch have marked us forever, and raised the issue of our relationship with those who are not of our faith, who worship and believe differently.

Many of us have grappled with our own individual Christian Church and its relationship with other Christian churches. But now we need to look at our relationship with other faiths, especially Jewish and Muslim, and even further afield.

About Fr Ron Bennett

Fr Ron Bennett is a Roman Catholic priest, working primarily in parish ministry. He has been a chaplain with Defence, Prisons, and Hospitals, and gives Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter weekends. He is chair of the Wellington Council of Churches, and Christian co-chair of the Wellington Abrahamic Council, composed of Christian, Jews and Muslims. He also attends meetings of the Wellington interfaith group.

Godly Play with Janet Hughes

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Janet will demonstrate some of the methods used in Godly Play.

A range of resources authored by Bishop Stephen will be available for sale at the Hui, and can be pre-purchased.  Click here to view and purchase.

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