eNews for March

Tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

All of us wherever we live in the world are facing unprecedented times with the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus. Our Director, Lesley Snyman updates us on how Vaughan Park is ensuring the safety and well-being of guests and staff. 

  • Update COVID-19

    Update COVID-19

    Whilst we find ourselves in the middle of a dynamic situation, we want to assure our guests that Vaughan Park is still very much operational. We continue to welcome guests to our Centre. The safety of our staff and all visitors to our facility is our first priority at this time, and always. We have implemented additional cleaning schedules as well as having set up numerous sanitisation stations around the Centre. We are constantly monitoring the situation, and any decisions are made in line with guidance by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the Diocese of Auckland. If circumstances change, we will update our Facebook and the website immediately. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this worrying ordeal.

  • Haere Mai to Callie Mead, our new guest registrar

    Haere Mai to Callie Mead, our new guest registrar

    Callie Mead has recently been appointed Guest Registrar.  “We are truly blessed to welcome Callie to the team”, says Director, Lesley Snyman. “I’m really enjoying myself. The team here have made me feel so welcome” says Callie. “Not at any point have I felt like the ‘newbie’!”

  • St. Mary Mackillop School teachers visit Vaughan Park

    St. Mary Mackillop School teachers visit Vaughan Park

    It was a blessing to welcome back teachers from St. Mary MacKillop School. This photo was taken after a service of worship in the Ruatara Chapel.

  • Study group go on retreat

    Study group go on retreat

    A group from the Te Pihopatanga o Tai Tokerau and Auckland Dioceses gathered together at Vaughan Park from 25th – 27th February. The retreat was co-facilitated by the Rev. John Payne and the Rt. Reverend Te Pihopatanga O Tai Tokerau.

  • Rā whānau ki a koe!

    Rā whānau ki a koe!

    Happy Birthday to Dr. Bex Lewis, our Scholar for March and April. Here she is (first left and almost!), enjoying a birthday morning tea with some of our awesome team!

  • 28th March 2020

    An Interplay of Light: Discovering the spiritual in everyday creative expression

    Poet Ana Lisa de Jong and her sister, artist Shelley Cruikshank are facilitating a day retreat to create and play with poetry and art. Book your place now.

  • 28th May 2020

    Mindfulness and Christianity

    Facilitated by Linda Gow, this day retreat will explore the concept of mindfulness and how mindful awareness can enhance our lives and our ministry as Christians. Find out more and register.

  • Come, Listen, Engage with our scholar in residence, Dr. Bex Lewis

    Come, Listen, Engage with our scholar in residence, Dr. Bex Lewis

    A Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Visiting Research Fellow at St John's College, Durham University, Bex has been invited to speak at various events in Aotearoa New Zealand in March and April. Her event diary is @ drbexl.co.uk/events.

  • Ash Wednesday Eucharist in the Ruatara Chapel

    Ash Wednesday Eucharist in the Ruatara Chapel

    Guests and visitors observed the first day of Lent at a service of the Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes, presided by Archdeacon, The Venerable Sarah Moss of the Diocese of Auckland and The Venerable Dr. Lyndon Drake, Kaiwhakamana Amorangi ki te Pihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, and Pirihi Whakahaere mo te Takiwa o Manukau.


  • Lent, Holy Week and Easter resources

    Lent, Holy Week and Easter resources

    We are regularly posting resources onto our Moments, Facebook and Twitter pages for you to use and share in prayer, liturgy and contemplation during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Take a look:

  • A prayer for community in a time of pandemic

    A prayer for community in a time of pandemic

    The Corrymeela Community on the north Coast of Ireland has written some prayers to uphold us in these uncertain times. You can read them here.

    God of the good news that spreads faster than fear,
    God of the courage that comes from the heart:
    Be with us as anxieties rise
    and with us as uncertainty grows.
    Be with us when children ask difficult questions,
    And with us when parents seem farther away.
    Remind us that to be a community does not always mean
    to be physically present beside those we know well.
    It also can mean being spiritually present
    with those who feel very alone;
    and that you as our God, the God made flesh,
    are also the God who calls us from the tumult
    and tells us to be still
    and to know
    that you are God
    with us.




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    May your God bless you each and every day.