The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
This CWS Christmas Appeal, in the season of hope, helps us all to focus on the challenges facing God’s world and particularly in our Pacific region, where the impact of climate change is so apparent. Where so many of the world’s people do not have access to even the most basic necessities of life, shelter, food, water, we can each contribute in a small way through our support of this appeal. We encourage you to give generously, as we have ourselves so generously received.
The Most Rev Don Tamihere, Archbishop
The Most Rev Philip Richardson, Archbishop
The Methodist Church of New Zealand – Te Hāhi Weteriana O Aotearoa
In Advent, when we recall the coming of Christ into our world to help us in our need, it is a good time to remember how God comes to all in need whether that need is spiritual, emotional or material. My approach to being President of the Methodist Church for the next two years is one of service, following Christ who came not to be served but to serve. This theme fits very well with the style of evangelism shown by Christian World Service.
It is often frustrating when we hear the news of disasters, especially in the Pacific region, and feel powerless to help. CWS is one of the best ways of giving the help we know we are called to give as Christians, and so I urge all congregations and members to offer their support to the work CWS does on our behalf to show the same loving service that mirrors that of Christ himself.
Rev Peter Taylor
President of the Methodist Church
Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Let Hope Flow is an apt slogan! There is a poignant segment in the advent readings for this year that finds John the Baptist languishing in Herod’s dungeon and doubting whether Jesus is the promised Messiah. Feeling hopeless, he sends his disciples to ask whether Jesus really is the promised Messiah, or should they look elsewhere? (see Matthew 11: 2-3)
I am sure that there are many in the world today who share that same sense of hopelessness because of the circumstances they find themselves in! The answer Jesus sends back is one of resounding hope. We can join in the hopeful response by giving to the CWS Christmas appeal this year. Presbyterian and Cooperating Churches in Aotearoa have a long history of supporting this annual appeal and I warmly encourage churches to support this appeal again in 2022.
Rt Rev Hamish Galloway
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Let hope flow this Christmas. We all need hope as we live in a world where the impacts of climate change are evident: floods, droughts, and wildfires all impacting on people’s lives. It is easy to feel hopeless and wonder what we as individuals can do. Let us help where we can. Clean water is an essential for a healthy life, but many in the world do not have access to this important commodity. This is one of many areas where we can help and provide hope. Let that light within each of us shine, and do whatever we can to make our world a place where all people have food, water and shelter to enable them to live in dignity and peace.
We endorse this Christmas Appeal as a way for us all to work together creating hope by giving gifts of love.
Anne & Alistair Hall
Co-Clerks of the Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa New Zealand, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Te Hāhi Tūhauwiri
Christian Churches New Zealand
Christian Churches New Zealand.