Welcome to Lauren Williams as new advisor. Lauren has background in counselling, music, drama, English and Education. She is a teacher, and is involved in youth and children's ministry at her church. She also leads the worship team. Lauren will be joined soon by Cedric Wilson as Business Development Manager.
He is a keen Christian and involved in a church in Howick. He and his wife see this as a call from God. With his background in education and management he will have considerable input into our recruitment, training and resources, and quality of teaching and chaplaincy.
Recently Hilary Baskerville and Brian Pegler visited Hamilton and Thames, to be part of the training days, and to have time with the Regional Committee. It was exciting to be present at the formation of a new Local Area Committee formed in Thames for the Thames Valley, Hauraki and Coromandel areas. Mary Petersen offered to facilitate locally based training for the area, and Rachel Cheeseman will be Secretary
Welcome to Warren Salisbury as new Advisor. Warren is already a CEC Bible in Schools teacher, and had taught for about ten years. He is a pastor in the Church of Christ in Hamilton, is a very accomplished pianist, nad is combining the one day a week advisor's potion with other part-time occupations. Warren and his wife Lorelei have a little girl, Alexandra.
CEC is grateful to Jeanette Houghton for carring the role of acting advisor for a fair while, and for doing it superbly.
Greater Waikato Conference: Saturday 6 May at Chapel Hill Community CHurch.
Local Area Coordinator: Douglas Gibbs 189 Miro St, Taumarunui 2600 Ph 07 896 6618
Rotorua are hosting the Chaplaincy Training course in late March. Local committee have been working with helen McGhie on all the organisation required to bring this week long training course to readiness. School visits will be to the Kawerau district.
Tauranga launched their training days on 23 February with a Food and Fellowship evening. Sessions on the modules needed for accreditation are;
Thurs 9 March (Lesson planning), Thursday 23 March Classroom Management), Thursday 6 April (Child development), Thursday 11 May ( cross cultural communication), Sat 17 JUne ( How to do.... drama, storytelling and lots more)
From Miranda Finlay, Chaplaincy Coordinator for Bay of Plenty-Tauranga is leaving for Dunedin. Here are her comments on the work of a chaplain, from the regional newsletter:
“Chaplaincy continued to progress through 2005, thanks to the support and commitment of all involved. How do you measure the success and contribution chaplaincy makes to five Bay of Plenty schools? Not by how many interviews, or by how many hours, and not by how many schools have chaplains.
Measure success by the depth of one relationship and another relationship –one by one. The hand that is extended and taken by one lonely child, the one person who has left feeling listened to and encouraged, and for the one child who receives a smile for the first time that day. For the one church who endorses and supports a new Chaplain to train and enter a local school, one by one, day by day, year by year.
It is the depth and meaning from connections between people that will encourage, challenge, care for, stimulate, surprise and inspire one another –one by one.
It has been a passion to serve as Chaplaincy Co-ordinator, as a Chaplain and Convenor and Bible in Schools teacher in Tauranga. I am laying it down as my family nd I relocate to Dunedin. God bless you all as you serve our God.”
h.. Gisborne/East Coast:
Advisor: to be appointed
Please contact Secretary Heather Alexander in the meantime, P O Box 2002, Gisborne.
After nearly 12 years of being Advisor to the Hawkes Bay region Joan will step down at Easter. She has built up a strong rapport with schools, staff and Principals in the area, as well as her local Conveors and teams, and has had a real hands-on energy for the work of RE in schools.Thank you, Joan, and Niven, too for all that commitment.
Fiona comes to her new role as a trained Chaplain and as an RE teacher. She has a background in teaching and youth work, and has been involved with Youth For Christ and a s a youth leader for her church, Hastings Apostolic. She is married to Brendon and has two young daughters. Welcome, Fiona.
Welcome to Debbie Larsen who has already started by visiting schools and meeting with Chaplains, to enable her to get her finger on the pulse, and be better able to advise the CEC Committee on meeting any needs. RE and Chaplaincy are both strong in Taranaki, and there are good foundations for her to build on.
Debbie is married to Andrew, and they have four children. She is a qualified school teacher with experience in setting up and leading groups both in the UK and in New Zealand as varied as Mothers and Toddlers, Aglow International and women’s ministries.
Here is Debbie’s message from the Taranaki CEC newsletter:
“it is with great excitement and a sense of God’s clear direction that I step into the role of Advisor for the Taranaki region. Reaching the young people of this generation with God’s message of love has to be the Church’s priority, for these children are he future church. We may not expect mass conversions in the classroom but we should expect seeds to be sown, and I know that God will bless each one of you as you take His love into the schools. Having recently returned to New Zealand from the UK, I feel as if I’ve come home, and to be able to serve God in such a strategic position is a real challenge, but also an answer to prayer. I look forward to meeting you all over the next few months, and pray that my experience as a teacher, involvement in women’s ministry in leadership and administration will all contribute ( alongside all you do) to making the Chaplaincy and Bible in Schools here in Taranaki, a vehicle for God’s amazing grace and power.”