to the Anglican Schools Office
The Anglican Schools Office exists to support, resource, provide training opportunities and build fellowship between the Chaplains and Religious Education teachers working in its associated schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and encourage interaction between the schools and the church.
The new school year is underway! Anglican Schools provide wonderful opportunities for young people to form lasting relationships with others in a Christian environment where the name of Christ is honoured and students are enabled to find in Christ the wellsprings of life, faith, hope and love.
This year, the season of Lent has started already. The season of Lent began first and foremost as a time when the Church showed people how to be followers of Jesus, and how our lives should be shaped by the life of Jesus. This is a special season for learning the Jesus way of being generous to others, generous to the world, and generous to ourselves. In ages past Christians did this in preparation for Easter. They would learn about the faith; they would learn how to pray, how to read the bible, how to focus our love beyond ourselves and on to others. They saw this was the way of Jesus, who focused all his living and loving beyond himself and toward an intimate relationship with God and toward other people. He showed us that the more we do that, the more God is able to help us grow into fullness of life and to be the people God created us to be.
This Lent, open your hearts to receive all the grace God has to give. God’s desire is that we learn to pass on the love and grace we receive to others, so that we become involved in God’s work of transforming the world. We can do that with the little choices we make such as being kind to others, making time for quiet and fun, and sharing what we have. Why wait any longer? Why not start doing these things today and transform your world this Lent!
Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of Christchurch
Some images from the October Prayer Vigil