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A Journey of Faith through Confirmation

JESUS gave an important invitation: “Come, follow me…” (Mark 10:21) It was an invitation with a promise: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
What is Christ’s purpose for the confirmation journey? “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

God uses ordinary people to do great things. It is in the ordinariness of everyday life that God journeys with us. Often it is not until we look back on an event that we think, yes, that was a ‘God moment’.

Confirmation is happening at Woodford on 11 October.

Jesus said that you are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) The word ‘confirmed’ means ‘with firmness’. The purpose of confirmation is to help ‘make firm’ the roots of our faith in God. If you love God with heart, mind, soul and strength, your relationship with God will be strengthened and your faith will grow and mature. It’s about our relationships with others and self.

Jesus also said you are to “love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) Companions journey with the candidates preparing for confirmation. This is a supportive and prayerful role.

At our beginning Term 4 service, five students will step forward in faith, to be confirmed by Bishop Andrew Hedge. Please pray for Eliza, Prue, Anna, Tommy and Katarina as they prepare for this special occasion.


The Refugee Crisis

What does freedom mean to you? Is it about choice? How you live, where you live? Is it deciding what you eat? When you eat? What does freedom mean? Does it mean to live a life without fear?

The Syrian conflict has left more than 12 million people in need of urgent help – engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, farmers. Mums, Dads, children, people like us. Many are now refugees who have had to flee from their country. Four million people, the population of New Zealand, are on the move. They are escaping the violence, fleeing the fighting. They have had enough.

In the middle of all this disaster are innocent children. More than five and a half million children! Whenever there is war, it is always women and children who suffer the most.

Meet some of the forgotten millions affected by the Syrian Crisis: https://www.worldvision.org.nz/portal/give/syria.aspx

It’s been four years since the Syrian conflict began. Two hundred thousand are dead. And there’s this massive swathe of humanity caught in the middle.

So What Can We Do?

  • Pray
  • Donate to World Vision
  • Give a gold coin donation at our next Chapel service on Sunday, 20 September to help World Vision who are providing lifesaving aid to many of these refugees.

Prayer from our Bishops for the global refugee crisis

Let us pray…

God of compassion and mercy,
Your children cry out in their distress.
We pray for your guidance in bestowing wisdom upon
our leaders. May their hearts be attuned to Your will.
May they respond with open arms to welcome those
who flee terror and war.
We ask your protection on all those without homes,
and we who have shelter give us a hunger for justice.
May the power of Your Holy Spirit inspire us to speak out for those without voice.
In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour we pray,
Amen.

Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain