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Service to Others

In Chapel we are constantly reminded through our call to worship, ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’. Students are encouraged to grow in their concern for others and be involved in community initiatives that make a difference.

‘Let us love, not just in word and speech, but in truth and action.’ 1 John 3:18

It is a delight to have Woodford students involved in meaningful service to the Hawke’s Bay Hospital. Twice a term or more, members from the Chapel team and other students volunteer their services, offering cheerful help on a Sunday morning at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital. Patients are carefully wheeled to the Chapel to attend a morning service led by one of the rostered duty Chaplains.

At Woodford we believe that one of the ways Christianity is best expressed is through service to others. It is our hope that students learn that freely giving themselves to the service of others is a lifelong and highly rewarding opportunity.

Harvest Chapel Service

A big thank you to all who contributed towards bringing items for our Foodbank appeal. This year because of your generosity we have a lovely offering to share from our school.

At our recent Harvest Service, during our homily (short talk that usually picks up a theme or passage from the Scriptures and explores ways in which it can connect to our lives) we listened to an interesting reflection via a media illustration, ‘If the world was a village of a 100 people”.

If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

  • The village would have 61 Asians, 13 Africans, 12 Europeans, 9 Latin Americans, and 5 from the USA and Canada
  • 50 would be male, 50 would be female
  • 75 would be non-white; 25 white
  • 67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 16 would be unable to read or write
  • 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
  • 33 would be without access to a safe water supply
  • 39 would lack access to improved sanitation
  • 24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
    have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
  • 8 people would have access to the Internet
  • 1 would have a college education
  • 1 would have HIV
  • 2 would be near birth; 1 near death
  • 5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
  • 48 would live on less than $2 a day
  • 20 would live on less than $1 a day.

No amount is too small to help some of the more unfortunate ones of our Global village

The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God. Meister Eckhart

Many blessings,

Reverend Joy Hamilton-Jones, Chaplain


Coming up

Combined Schools Service – 28 June at 7.00pm

We welcome Te Aute College and Hukarere Girls’ College. “Celebrating Matariki through song and prayer.”