[pause] for a cuppa – Special Update


This Sunday 10th August we’ll be pausing for a cuppa.  This is an open time to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.  We usually ask that everyone bring something along for afternoon tea to share, but this Sunday we’re asking you to bring along something a little bit different.

We have decided to get behind the ‘Homeless Help Pack Challenge’ .  This involves putting together a pack of some basic items that are useful to those living on the streets.  They can be new or in good second hand condition.

Below is the list of items, please bring along as many items from this list as you can rustle up when we gather on Sunday and with our powers combined we’ll put together as many packs as we can.  If you can’t be there on Sunday but would like to contribute some items then you can drop them off at the Powell’s anytime between now and Friday the 15th August.

What you need for a full pack:

1 x backpack (needs to be big enough to fit everything below)
1 X beanie
1 X scarf
1 x gloves
2 x socks
1 X emergency blanket (you can get them from most camping equipment stores also at the warehouse)
1 x toothbrush
1 x toothpaste
1 x deodorant
1 x soap bar
1 x wet wipes (small packet)
1 x razor
1 x comb 
1 x hand sanitiser
1 x small jar peanut butter/marmite etc.
2 x small cans of tuna/chicken etc.
1 x packet of  crackers
1 x packet of fruit cups (small tubs of fruit in juice)
1 x small can/jar of apple sauce
2 x breakfast bars / muesli bars
2 x small juice boxes 
2 x small bottles of water
2 x plastic spoons
1 x toilet paper roll 

As the organiser acknowledges, responding to this challenge doesn’t speak to the underlying causes of homelessness, but it does allow us to extend kindness and a human touch to those in our city who are living and sleeping rough.

Lets do this thing.




Coming Soon: Artist’s Way Creative Cluster

We are excited to announce that we will be facilitating an Artist’s Way creative cluster at Oranga Community Centre in Term 3.

Details are below or you can download a PDF version here: Artist’s way advertisement

When:     Thursdays 8pm, commencing July 24th (Term 3)
Where:   Oranga Community Centre – The Wiberg Room
Facilitator:    Hayley Reffell
Cost:   $25 (13 weeks) / or $2.50 per session (casual rate)

Have something simmering away in your imagination that you haven’t managed to get out?

Want to live your life more creatively?

This group is for you…

The Artist’s Way is a course in exploring and cultivating your creativity.  Using Julia Cameron’s book ‘The Artists Way’ as a guide this creative cluster will meet weekly exploring themes from ‘The Artist’s Way’ and looking at how each impacts our own creative work– or lack of it!  The creative cluster will also aim to provide support, encouragement and accountability for one another as we embark on our own creative projects – whatever they may be.

‘No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.’

Julia Cameron

Whether your aim is to develop work you want to sell or perform, or just to be more creative with your home cooking, there is something in this course for you.

Course Outline:

Introductory Week             Exploring the Basic Tools
Week One                           Recovering a Sense of Safety
Week Two                           Recovering a Sense of Identity
Week Three                        Recovering a Sense of Power and Anger
Week Four                          Recovering a Sense of Integrity
Week Five                           Recovering a Sense of Possibility
Week Six                             Recovering a Sense of Abundance
Week Seven                       Recovering a Sense of Connection
Week Eight                         Recovering a Sense of Power Strength
Week Nine                         Recovering a Sense of Compassion
Week Ten                           Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection
Week Eleven                      Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
Week Twelve                     Recovering a Sense of Faith

For more details contact Hayley:     02102947735   or     hayley.reffell@gmail.com


[pause] for a cuppa – Bookclub Edition

Tomorrow we’ll be gathering for a special [pause] to have a cuppa and discuss ideas from:

Brene Brown’s   ‘Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable    
                                  Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.

If you haven’t managed to finish reading the book, or haven’t started yet – Don’t Panic!  You can still come along and join in the discussion.

If you haven’t already, we recommend that you watch Brene’s TED talks (see below) on vulnerability and shame.  Or if all that’s too much for you – there’s an animated short film, ‘The Power of Empathy’ it’s only 3mins long!

If you know others who would enjoy being part of the discussion please invite them along.

If you can’t make it along tomorrow we will be posting some thoughts for reflection related to the book throughout the month of May, so you’ll still have a chance to join the conversation.

Ka kite apopo!

[pause] for a bite

Don’t forget [pause] for a bite will be happening this Sunday 12pm at the Powell’s.  We will be roasting the ‘fatted pig’ so to speak.  Come along, bring a friend, we look forward to seeing you!

(You can find more info on our facebook events page or contact us by emailing : admin@taongawesleyan.org.nz )

Typhoon Haiyan: Responding to Crises

When we find ourselves faced with crises like typhoon Haiyan which recently devastated the Philippines, we can easily feel overwhelmed by both the magnitude of the destruction and our own inability to contribute meaningfully to the problem.  The news on our screens, in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, brings us face to face with the realities of disaster.  And yet for most of us our hands & feet are left unable to touch the lands or faces we see before us, to bring the healing and hope we wish we could dispense in an instant.

It can leave us feeling lost, debilitated.

Here are some ways you can mobilize your ‘body’ to reach out in a very real way to those in need.


Take some time to pray for those affected by, and those responding to this crisis.  If you are unsure where to start and need some help we’ve put together a prayer resource here:  10 for 10,000: A Prayer for the Philippines


There is an old Whakatauki which says,

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi‘         ‘With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.’

With a disaster of this size, it may seem like you don’t have anything significant to give.  But if each of us shares the little we have, it becomes a whole lot.  Please consider giving to one of the many organisations who are working to provide emergency services and aid to the region over the coming months.  Even a very little can go a long way.

Here are some links to local organisations who are responding to this crisis:

TEAR Fund Christian Action

OXFAM New Zealand

 New Zealand Red Cross

unicef New Zealand




[pause] in the park

On Saturday 2nd of November we are going to be taking some time out in God’s good creation to recognize God’s presence.  We will be taking a prayer walk in a local park and finishing with a Eucharist ‘picnic’.


[pause] for a cuppa

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us today to [pause] for a cuppa and share communion together.  It was great to reconnect with you all.  We look forward to journeying with you over the next few months as we seek direction for the future.