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2012 AGM Highgate Dunedin

The Synod had it's AGM at the Highgate Church, Maori Hill, Dunedin on the 20th and 21st of April.  The meeting started with a service of worship and communion where the incoming Moderator, Prof. Graham Hill, was inducted by the outgoing Moderator, the Rev. Richard Gray.


Some 110 people registered for the weekend.


Prof. Hill took as his focus 'What might our church look like in the 2020s?'  Graham spoke at the service on the subject,  "A Dream and a Prayer"


Communion was followed by a dinner at Columba College, Highgate.  Barry Kelk spoke passionately about connecting with our wider communities and that perhaps our traditional methods may not be the most suitable.  He drew from Highgate parish's' experience with BACH – a breakfast church held on Sunday mornings that has grown over time to about 250 attending.  He raised questions about style and time if we want to connect with families. 


Saturday was the main business day and opened with a devotion by Prof Murray Rae around the Moderator’s theme.   The AGM then went on to approve the granting about $1.7 million through its funding committees ( Ecclesiastical, Education and Mission & Evangelism) to various parishes and community education groups.   As well, the meeting received reports from the Synod's Mission Advisor, Youth Coordinator and Kid's Friendly Advisor.  Reports were also received from the non funding committees, Synod Life and Ministry Resource committees.


At the recommendation of the Synod Life Committee, Bruce Fraser was elected as the Moderator designate for 2013.


In line with the theme of the church in the 2020s, the Moderator arranged for a panel to answer prepared questions as well as ones from those present.  Richard Dawson, the Moderator of the Southern Presbytery chaired the panel which was made up of the Prof. Murray Rae, Graham Redding, Kathy Dido, Jono Ryan and Barry Kelk.   There was no shortage of questions and the panel had no difficulty in filling the hour that had been set aside for the discussion.

Catering for the day was provided by various groups from the Highgate congregation.

Following lunch, Graham Redding summed up the theme of the day.  Reports were received from the Archives  Research Centre of the PCANZ, Council and Commission of Knox and Salmond Colleges and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.


The meeting concluded with prayer at 3pm.


Throughout the day music was provided at points of worship and over meals by musicians from Highgate congregation.  Others had also contributed in various ways during the service on Friday evening – one being a vocal solo by the Moderator's granddaughter, Emily Hill.  Musicians from Columba College entertained guests as they arrived for their meal.

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