Saturday 14th March 2020, Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Karori, Wellington

We all want to see God’s transformation in our local communities and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  To equip us for this calling, we are all invited to attend this year’s first Training Day.  It’s open to everyone, and it’s our opportunity to gather as one big diocesan family for shared learning and fellowship.

So get together with other leaders and leaders in the making from your church and carpool, bike or bus to Training Day at Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Karori, on the 14th of March 2020.

No RSVP is required.  A koha is appreciated to help with the running of this event.

Training Day March 2020 is to be held in Wellington, and is open to the whole diocese.  The day begins with morning tea and an “all together” session with the bishops, before we make our choice of workshops across a number of useful topics.  After we gather for lunch, we break into two more workshop options.  Then we gather together again with the bishops for one more session before home time by 4pm.

Later in the year, we’ll run another Training Day – but it will be run over two locations.  Firstly, we’ll run it in Palmerston North on the 15th of August, then we’ll repeat it on the 29th of August in Wellington – it’s the perfect chance to get the whole of your church team to a Training Day event.

Here’s the agenda for the day:

9:30amArrival and cuppa
10:00amMain session
10:50amMorning workshops
12:30pmLunch (provided)
1:30pmAfternoon workshop 1
2:30pmAfternoon workshop 2
3:30pmClosing gathering
4:00pmLeaving time for most

This year, we’re offering fewer workshops but focussing them on topics that are relevant to a wider range of ministries, focusing us on our theme of “mobilising for transformation.”  Browse the workshops below to make your choice, or simply choose from the listings displayed on the day.

Morning Workshops: 10:50am to 12:20pm
What Te Tiriti o Waitangi means for discipleship in Aotearoa todayJay Ruka, author of Huia Come HomeFor: everyone, including those in post-ordination training
Behaviour as Communication: Understanding Autism and Neuro-diversityCat Noakes-DuncanFor: everyone
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The Gospel and CultureRev Ana Fletcher (Intercultural Communities Enabler)For: everyone aged 15+
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Level Up training #1Andrew Spence (Youth Development Co-ordinator, Hutt Valley)For: youth and intermediate leaders (everyone welcome)
Afternoon Session 1: 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Creating spaces where LGBT Christians can be discipled and disciple othersArchdeacon Scottie Reeve, Esme Putt, Era Yuan (Blueprint Church)For: everyone
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Church PlantingRev Paul Fletcher (Parish of Whanganui)For: everyone
Godly Play for all agesRev Caro Willis (Chaplain, Chilton St James School)For: all ages, under 5s please bring an adult
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How do we engage young people?David Kendall (Cursillo Co-ordinator)For: Everyone, particularly Cursillo members and other young people that would like to share with us
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The role of Vestry in mobilising for transformationBishop Justin Duckworth & Bishop Eleanor SandersonEspecially for: Vestry members, and those in post-ordination training
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Level Up training #2Andrew Spence (Youth Development Co-ordinator, Hutt Valley)For: Youth and intermediate leaders (everyone welcome)
Mobilising for Global Mission: Anglican Movement goes global!Rev Rosie Fyfe (National Director NZCMS), Rev Peter and Helen Benge and Scott and Nikki Wheeler (NZCMS Mission Partners)For: everyone
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Holiness and Social ActionRev Dr Joe McGarry (Anglican Studies Co-ordinator)For: all adults
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Afternoon Session 2: 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Unpacking Godly PlayRev Caro Willis (Chaplain, Chilton St James School)For: All ages, under 5s please bring an adult
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Pirates, Unicorns, and Anglican Squatters: taking a Jesus community on the road in New ZealandRev Mark Johnson (Priest in Charge, Wellington South Parish) and the St Tom's Wheels on the Bus teamFor: everyone
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Governance to guide your wayAni Waaka (Chair, Governance Sub-committee, St Peter's on Willis Vestry)For: everyone, especially those in governance roles
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Level Up training #3Andrew Spence (Youth Development Co-ordinator, Hutt Valley)For: youth and intermediate leaders (all welcome)
Cluster Leaders and 2ICs WorkshopVen Nigel Dixon and Very Rev David Rowe (Archdeacons for Church Growth and Health)Especially for: Cluster leaders and 2ICs
The transformational power of Jesus through mental distress - a lived experience perspectiveSuzie BairdFor: Adults aged 18+ (minors require parental permission)
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What is the Spirit Saying to the Church?Bishop Justin Duckworth and Bishop Eleanor SandersonFor: everyone
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Team Training Day will be held at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Marsden Avenue, Karori, Wellington.

Parking is very restricted on-site.  We strongly recommend public transport or carpooling.

  • If you need to park on-site for mobility reasons, or you are a speaker and need to drop off materials for a workshop, please make yourself known to a parking warden at any street entrance to the school and they will assist you to find a park.
  • If you are being dropped off, feel free to use the Marsden Avenue entrance – which is right next to Reception, where the day will start.
  • If you are driving and parking your car, please allow extra time to park in the surrounding streets and walk.  The former teachers’ college campus in Donald Street is no longer available due to demolition.

Event kick-off: The event will commence in the school’s main Reception area, in Te Manawa o te Kura – directly accessible from the Marsden Avenue entrance.  Follow the RECEPTION signs from each entrance of the school.

Public transport: Check out for full timetable and fare information for the Wellington regional public transport network. The closest bus stop is on Karori Rd by Lancaster St. The reception building is roughly in the middle of the school on the Marsden Avenue side.

If you are from out of town, you can “park and ride” at many major railway stations in the Wellington region, then catch a train to Wellington Station and walk the short distance to Lambton Quay to catch the bus to Karori.  Trains only accept cash fares on-board, unless you have pre-purchased a ticket beforehand.

A koha is requested as a contribution towards the cost of the day.  You can offer this in cash, or via EFTPOS in the cafe space at Training Day.

Poster (A3)

Projector slide

  • Put this slide in your church notices on the big screen.  It’s a 16:9 image that can be inserted into most projection software, including PowerPoint.

Other resources

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Lunch is provided for the day.  We’ll also serve tea and coffee on arrival, and you can also purchase barista-made coffee from our diocesan baristas in the main foyer.  We encourage you to bring your own re-usable mug, or purchase your own Anglican Movement-branded cup to keep.

For lunch, there will be vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, however if you have other specific dietary needs, you are requested to bring your own.

Lunch is provided in the Samuel Marsden Cultural Centre.  Feel free to mingle with friends or find a quiet space to reflect and pray.

Please note: the baristas will accept payment by EFTPOS, and you can also offer your koha in this way.  You can pay using cash, but change will not be available – so consider this an efficient way to pay for your coffee and offer a koha at the same time!  You can see the Koha section for more information.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team to support our efforts to reduce our waste at Training Day.  The job is very easy and will involve a little bit of set up, monitoring, clean-up, and whakawhanaungatanga / relating to others on how composting and faith combine.  Team members will still be able to participate in the workshops throughout the day.

In addition, many hands make light work!  Are you keen? Can you think of a group of others who might be keen? Still wondering how Jesus’ life and ministry relates to compost?

Please email Elise on with expressions of interest and she will respond with further detail.