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Presbytery Central Youth Ministry Team Update

As many of you will have heard a lot has changed with our Presbytery Central Youth Ministry Team. A review was completed last year looking into the Enabling roles and how to best support the great youth ministry in our Presbytery. It was decided to restructure and employ 5 staff, rather than 2, who will be able to be closer engaged in the communities they support as they will be based in those areas. There will be an enabler in Hawkes Bay/Gisborne, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington/Wairarapa, and Taranaki regions. Nga Rolston is the Team Leader supporting our Regional Enablers. We are currently building the team. We have three so far but are still looking for our Hawkes Bay/Gisborne Enabler. So for now if you need support, or have questions get in contact with Nga or the enabler in your area.



Scripture Union Āpōpō Training Saturday 30th March 2019, 10am - 3pm St Barnabas, Plimmerton, Wellington

$15 pp + a plate for a potluck lunch

Apopo Training

Mental illness and suicidal ideation are huge demons for our young people today and we want to provide anyone working with young people in our Presbyterian churches with some tools to help! A few of our youth leaders experienced part of this training at Connect last year and all agreed that it was vital that we offered the training to anyone working with young people in Wellington!

We are offering this training for anyone who has contact with young people, whether this be your key youth worker, your volunteer leaders and/or your junior leaders. It's a really engaging and interactive training suitable for your whole team, and will provide some good tools to use in all walks of life, not just at youth group!

If you are interested, please Register HERE

For more information about the training, please check out the Āpōpō website ( or get in touch with Rebecca (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Also as a part of the training day, the facilitator has recommended that we have some counsellors and/or chaplains floating around in case it brings up issues for people. If you know of anyone in your circles who could help in this capacity and would like to experience the training for free, please do let me know.

Easter Camp! 19-22 April

Easter Camp 2019


Join us for another fun weekend this Easter at Presbytery Centrals Easter Camp! We're really excited to announce that some awesome young adults from some of our churches are going to be our speakers at camp this year. You can find out who, and everything else you need to know by going to

We'd also love to encourage each group to bring their own "camp parents" this year! We believe there is room at our wee Easter Camp to provide the opportunity for other adults in your congregation to come and walk along side your young people. We want our young people to know that they are deeply connected to our churches and the people in them as we believe this will help them to develop a faith that sticks! Find out more about this and why we're doing it on the "secret" leaders page of our website! You'll also find all the information you need to know if you're a leader coming to camp this year. Check it out here

Camp is going to be held at El Rancho this year, from the 19th -22nd April. Cost is $155 per person. Spread the word among your churches and your young people!




Helplines and local Mental Health Service

In this resource you will find a directory of helplines and local mental health service contact details. 

Mental Health Helplines and Contacts


Mental Health Resources

All free and will be posted out to your parish.

Free Resources



We have the best opportunities in our churches to support our young people and actually all ages with their mental health and wellbeing. Building up resiliency helps people face all kinds of life challenges. The more confidence you have the better chance you have to come through as positively as possible.  Research shows that the following factors, which are our bread and butter, can help people become more resilient: having a sense of belonging, a sense of value that's affirmed, a positive outlook and faith, and being are part of a mutually supportive community ( a support circle). I also learnt today that the more children learn, the more capable they feel, which of course makes sense but this is key for us to take note of as this is such an opportunity for us. As we have so many avenues to help teach our tamariki new skills. Give them opportunities to learn, to trial, to fail and to succeed in a safe environment, this in turn can help them navigate their way through this ever changing world.


Youth Resilience


Has some good activities that could be adapted for NZ youth groups - to build up resiliency skills

Save the Children Resilience skills manual for facilitators.




Love Prayer Cards in themes of Struggles

This resource has been designed by Jono Craig from EPIC and St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Waipukurau and is happy if you want to use it in your context.

One Sunday Prayer cards were handed out to parishioners, each card had a theme that a young person may be struggling with, things like; Brokeness, Suicide, Anxiety/Fear. They were asked to take them away and reflect on the struggles with the prompts on the card and then write a prayer for the young person struggling with that issue on the blank side of the card.
The cards were then returned to Jono who had them at a special night of prayer where young people could pick one up to encourage them in this time of struggle. The parishioners were also invited to the night of prayer that was hosted after the normal youth group time.

Such an awesome way to help enable to congregation to engage with young people in prayer. These moments help teach all involved so much about prayer. Let's all find opportunities to invite all of our church to prayer together for each other!

It was really cool to have youth and adults from our church praying together, encouraging for our youth that there are adults in our community who will come out at 9.30 at night to pray for them (shows they care). And encouraging for our church to see the next generation getting involved! - Jono

PDF of Prayer Cards

Resources are based from heartache for youth NZ, see more resources here including Prayer Stations

Pray for your Community

Created by Ben Tennent from St Barnabas Plimmerton Presbyterian Church.

Who's in your community? Ben has always had a huge heart for wanting to know the community around him better. Over 5 weeks earlier this year their parish have been actively getting out literally walking around their community and praying for it. Check out HERE the awesome resources he has created for his parish to engage in the walks.



Jasmin Vanderwerff


Youth Enabler (Manawatu, Whanganui Regions)

Jasmin Vanderwerff
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027 353 5753



Rebecca Wilcox


 Youth Enabler (Wellington, Wairarapa Regions)

Rebecca Wilcox
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027 389 2313



Jared Dixon


 Youth Enabler (Taranaki Region)

Jared Dixon
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022 329 8947



Nga Rolston


Youth Ministry Team Leader

Nga Rolston
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