TokerauLast Saturday I attended a meeting at Mornington Presbyterian Church led by our Moderator of General Assembly, the Rt. Rev Ray Coster. It was an opportunity to hear his thoughts on ways to encourage mission in the life of our Presbyterian Church. But he began by presenting some very sobering statistics of the present reality PCANZ congregations overall. In the last 10 years, significant decline between 30 & 40% has been noted in various areas such as membership, child attendance, baptisms, and active ministers. The converse saw increases in the number of congregations with attendance below 40 people as well as congregation expenditure. We are decreasing in number, but increasing in expenses. These figures are not exactly encouraging. In a way, they reflect a culture of disengagement, disassociation, and separation from, and perhaps within, church communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Church
SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
( each Sunday except Communion Sundays when there is one combined service at 11am)
10am Morning Worship,
12 noon Cook Islands Service
2pm Samoan Service

NEXT COMBINED COMMUNION SUNDAY 11am Sunday SEPTEMBER 7

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