Hero photograph
Photo by pixabay.com

Events and Calendar

Various —

Read on for events throughout the Diocese, including community events which may be of interest.....

Let us know anything that your Parish, community service or other organisation is doing and we will place it here. Make sure you visit this page regularly and keep all that is going on in your prayers.

Link to Diocesan Office Calendar

Regular meetings and events at/organised by the Diocesan office in a monthly calendar format

Link to Christian Calendar 

Dates for feast days and other Christian observations 


Shared Worship Opportunities

Daily Morning Prayers: Tuesday to Saturday at 9 am via Zoom with Bishop Steve. No computer or smart phone? Telephone 04 886 0026 (it may be a toll call depending on your plan), then key in the meeting ID: 959 771 603 66

Daily Evening Prayer: Tuesday to Friday at 5 pm with Bishop Steve. Meeting ID: 934 8425 0283

See our website page for details on connecting electronically and in-person to worship.


Southland Based Events

CONTEMPORARY SERVICE: 7pm @ All Saints Invercargill on the first and third Sundays of each month except January. 


Dunedin Based Events 


Looking for a chance to develop a fresh vision for your mothering journey? Then join us fortnightly on Thursdays at 7.30pm, at St. John’s Roslyn, for food, drink and discussion. Join us for an informal get together, January 14th to find out more and decide if this group is for you! See this article for more information.

The Salvation Army Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit’s report State of the Nation 2021

  • Date: Thursday 18 February 2021
  • Place: The Haven – The Salvation Army Dunedin 575 Princes St 5:30pm for presentation – SPPU senior policy analysist Paul Barber
  • Food and drink from 5:00pm and following the presentation.

RVSP appreciated (but not necessary), contact David McKenzie david.mckenzie@salvationarmy.org.nz


Equipping for Ministry 

Licensed Ministers Training Day Saturday 13 February 2021

This day will focus on Relationships and conflict training and will be held at St Mark's Church, Balclutha. Please register before Monday 8 February (registration form attached in the "Relationships and Conflict poster") plus see separate article

SOUTHLAND ARCHDEACONRY MEETING: Tuesday 2 February at Holy Trinity Invercargill 12 - 2pm.

All are welcome, bring your lunch. Stay for all or part of the time. John Graveston, the Diocesan Child Youth & Families Educator will be sharing with us.

SOUTHLAND ARCHDEACONARY PRAYER BREAKFAST: The normal date would be Saturday 6 February but this is Waitangi Day in 2021. Stand by for further information.

LOCAL CHURCHES CONFERENCE: Tuesday 27 April. Further information to come


6 DAY SILENT RETREAT, 28 February - 5 March 2020, Orangapai

A 6 day silent directed retreat in the vast open spaces of the Maniatoto.

Date: 28 February - 5 March

Venue: En Hakkore, Orangapai (near Ranfurly)

Time: Sunday 28 February 11.00am to Friday 5 March lunchtime.

Cost: $510. Registration closes 19 February. Max 16.

Retreat Team: Barbara McMillan, Kelvin Wright, Lex McMillan, John Franklin

Registrations and enquiries to John Franklin, john.franklin94@gmail.com


ORDER OF ST LUKE THE PHYSICIAN - Fellowship and Healing Day 

Early notice. Please put in your diaries.

Saturday March 13th 2021, 10 am to 3 pm.

St Luke's on the Taieri in Mosgiel.

Bon Smith

OSL Southern Co-Convenor


THEOLOGY PROGRAMME AT OTAGO UNIVERSITY Pre- Christmas Summer School paper - Christian Theology and Science see this link 

Greetings from the Theology Programme at the University of Otago!

The Theology Programme offers a full range of papers in Theology, both on-campus and through our distance learning programme. Perhaps you, or someone you know, might be interested in studying Theology with us.

Along with our distance learning brochure and a Poster with our 2021 papers, we have also attached a brochure on our Postgraduate programmes. These are in the areas of Ministry, Chaplaincy, and Faith-Based Leadership and Management (with a separate poster on this). These programmes are all designed as professional qualifications for those who are involved in a range of ministries and in leadership.

Further information on our courses is also available at: www.otago.ac.nz/theology

Enrolments for Semester 1, 2021 are open. To enrol go to www.otago.ac.nz

If you have any questions or would like further information, please write to me at paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz. It would be great to hear from you.

Very best wishes and many thanks

Paul Trebilco, Theology Programme, University of Otago


AFFIRM Training Opportunities - a variety of these are planned for 2021, see the flyer attached below:

  • The Big Story of the Bible with Bishopdale College (Bible and Theology people), 6 Tuesday evenings 23 February—30 March
  • Prayer and walking in Spirit with SOMA (short-term mission experts), 4 Tuesday evenings 4-25 May
  • Worldviews and Communicating across cultures with BTC, 4 evenings in the weeks of June 7-29
  • Sharing the faith in practice with Church Army (gospel sharing experts), 3 Tuesday evenings 27 July—10 August
  • Prayer Ministry in the Spirit’s Power with SOMA (short-term mission experts), 4 evenings in the weeks of September 6—27
  • Confidence in the Bible with Bishopdale College, 3 evenings in the weeks of October 18—November 1  


Other Community Events 

New Baroque Generation Concert, Friday 5 February 2021at St Paul's Cathedral (and in other venues throughout the Diocese)

Baroque Convert Flyer — Image by: Supplied



The latest newsletter from Affirm (Christmas letter) is attached below

The latest newsletter from South Centre is on the website: https://www.calledsouth.org.nz/organisations/  


For Southland News to pass on, contact Keith Gover: keithgover@xtra.co.nz or 027 222 4055

For all other news, contact the Diocesan Office