And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  Romans 10:15

Welcome to the website for this year’s Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp.  The camp is for Vicars, Priests in Charge, Assistant Priests, as well one key leader from each ministry in each parish or mission unit, and their families and spouses.

Invitations have been sent out, and registrations close on the 16th of June.

This year’s camp:

Being sent is about being equipped to spread God’s Good News to those around us who desperately need it.  As local faith communities, there is much we can do to support and send each other into our unique spheres of influence to love, and to care for the last, the lost and the least.

This year’s Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp is for our key leaders across the Diocese, and is for a time of renewal, inspiration and connection, as we reflect on being “Sent People.”


Registrations are still possible, please click here to register.

This year’s programme is still being compiled, but here’s a brief run down of what we’re planning:


  • Registrations from 3pm
  • Dinner
  • Family worship
  • Bible study
  • Session with Bishop Justin
  • Supper
  • Evening prayer


  • Morning prayer
  • Breakfast
  • Creche, children’s and youth programmes operating throughout morning
  • Family worship
  • Bible study with Bishop Eleanor
  • Morning session (speaker TBC)
  •  Lunch
  • Afternoons: freetime and some scheduled family activities – helpers needed!  Contact Paul Carey to volunteer.
    • There are plenty of outdoor spaces and beaches in the vicinity for relaxation and free time.
  • Dinner
  • Family worship
  • Evening session with Bishop Justin (children and youth programme operates)
  • Supper


  • Morning session TBC
  • Lunch
  • Closing and clean up

Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp 2017 is being held at Forest Lakes Camp, Forest Lakes Road, just north of Ōtaki, from 3pm on Sunday the 16th of July until the afternoon of Tuesday the 18th of July.

When coming from Wellington:

Approximately 2 km or 2 minutes North of Ōtaki, turn off to the left down Forest Lakes Road.

When coming from Levin:

As you drive in a southerly direction and come to Forest Lakes Road, please pull off the road to the LEFT, completely off the highway. When it is all clear, then cross the highway into Forest Lakes Road. Please do not stop on the highway. Often traffic comes over the hill at speed behind you.

  • Clergy: Vicars, Priests in Charge, Assistant Priests
  • Chaplains
  • Mission Unit Leaders
  • Ministry leaders / overseers (that one key person who runs a parish ministry such as youth, children and families etc)
    • (Vicars and PICs – please forward your invitation email or share this page with the key leaders in your team.)
  • PLUS – the spouses and children of all of the above.

A koha towards the cost of this family camp would be greatly appreciated.  As an example, the cost of accommodation and food for an adult (over 13 years old) for the camp is about $130, whereas a child (from 5 to 12 years old) is approximately $100.  However we want all key leaders to attend, so whatever you are able to contribute will be perfect.

You can pay your koha online via internet banking:

  • Account name: Anglican Diocese of Wellington
  • Account Number: 01-0535-0089638-28
  • Reference: 460.140
  • Particulars: MLFC

Helpers are needed to run the children’s programme being planned, for both the pre-school and primary programmes.  The time commitment would be from 3pm, Sunday the 16th of July until afternoon tea on Tuesday the 19th.  For the pre-school programme, all planning and leadership is taken care of, but what is required are a few helpers to help make it a success.  The primary programme requires leaders who can help with games, small group activities and discussions.  In addition, people who can help run technology and provide music for worship times would be much appreciated.

If you’re interested and/or would like to know more, email Colette Stevens on

Wondering if we’re roughing it or glamping?  Well, neither… but the diocesan espresso machine will be there, so that’s a good start.  Here are some things you might want to bring to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay:

  • Gumboots
  • Torches
  • Wet weather gear
  • Oil heater or small heater for your room
  • And of course… a coffee cup or takeaway “keep cup” for espresso coffee!

Do you have any tips from previous camps that you want to share? Send us an email here!