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Media Release 16 Feb 2011
“These Hills Workshops, Music and Ministry”

at St Luke’s Church, The Esplanade, TE KUITI 12 March, 10am – 4pm; 
and at Bell Block Co-Ooperating Parish Church, 2 Mangati Road, BELL BLOCK 13th March, 2pm to 5.30pm.
We will have NZ Hymnbook Trust’s Books and CDs available for sale, including 2 CDs of songs from ‘Hope is Our Song’ – a keyboard only Karaoke CD by Roald Barthow, and the brand new Choral CD sung by the renowned Auckland Choir, Viva Voce. (Cash or cheque please, no plastic)
Registration is Free, donations towards our expenses are encouraged.
Please send Registration to Gaynor McCartney, gaynormcc@xtra.co.nz or Phone 07 8778372
Poster and Registration form are available on http://www.nz-hymns.come2see.co.nz, or contact Gaynor

Our leaders are Roy Tankersley, his wife The Very Rev. Pamela Tankersley, and Rev Malcolm Gordon.
Roy Tankersley is gifted in teaching new songs from the keyboard. He will be teaching us this technique as he teaches us several of the songs selected from the NZ Hymnbook Trust’s books (Alleluia Aotearoa, Carol our Christmas, Faith Forever Singing, and Hope is Our Song.
Roy is Director of Music at the Presbyterian Parish of St Marks and St Andrews. He also directs the Manawatu Youth Choir and the Schola Sacra Choir in Wanganui and is a commissioner for the Royal School of Church Music.
Pamela Tankersley will present a workshop on “Community-facing Ministry”.
Pamela is a Minister and a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and United Nations Convenor of Association of Presbyterian Women. She was Minister at St David’s Church in Palmerston North until being appointed PCANZ Global Mission Coordinator earlier this year.”

Malcolm Gordon’s topic “Creative Worship” can be presented only in Te Kuiti as he needs to be home to lead the Sunday service.
Malcolm is a Presbyterian minister at Katikati. He writes and performs Christian songs well suited to youth, while also appealing for wider church use. His guiding principle is to create music that is true to the Christian Faith, ‘theologically authentic and culturally credible’. He believes that what we sing matters – ‘People remember what they sing. Ultimately, they believe what they sing’.

Media Release 16 Nov 2010

New Venture – a Group organising Ecumenical Workshops

In June 2009 three friends presented “These Hills Workshops” in Te Kuiti and Bell Block led by hymnwriter Colin Gibson and Rev Val Riches, and supported by the Taranaki Bishopric, NZ Hymnbook Trust, and the Kaimai Presbytery. After their resounding success, with people travelling as far as from Auckland to attend, the organisers – Gaynor McCartney (Piopio Co-Operating Parish) and Pat Gibb and Terry Tutty (Te Kuiti Presbyterian), decided to form an official group “Ecumenical Workshops King Country & Taranaki” (EcWS KC&T) to provide workshops for our sparsely populated area. Rev Carol Hancock represents the Te Kuiti Anglicans. Hosting the King Country Workshops will rotate between our three churches, and we hope to provide some events in or beyond Taumarunui. When selecting topics and tutors we try to meet the interests and needs of parishes. There will be three sets of workshops in 2011 – March (see below), ‘Parish Websites’ in June, and Colin Gibson returning in October or November.

“These Hills Workshops” will be led by Roy Tankersley, his wife The Very Rev. Pamela Tankersley, and Rev Malcolm Gordon. 12 March 2011 at Te Kuiti, and 13 March at Bellblock.

Roy Tankersley is gifted in teaching new songs from the keyboard. He will be teaching us this technique as he teaches us several of the songs selected from the Hymnbook Trust’s books (Alleluia Aotearoa, Carol our Christmas, Faith Forever Singing, and Hope is Our Song).

Roy completed an apprenticeship in Organ Building and then studied music at Victoria University and the Guildhall School of Music (London). He has had a life-long association with church music in various cities and has also worked with opera, community choirs, youth choirs and in music education.
The family moved to Palmerston North from Wellington in 2003. Roy is Director of Music at the Presbyterian Parish of St Marks and St Andrews. He also directs the Manawatu Youth Choir and the Schola Sacra Choir in Wanganui and is a commissioner for the Royal School of Church Music.

Pamela Tankersley will present a workshop on “Community-facing Ministry”.

Pamela is a Minister and a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and United Nations Convenor of Association of Presbyterian Women. She was Minister at St David’s Church in Palmerston North until being appointed PCANZ Global Mission Coordinator earlier this year.”

Malcolm Gordon’s topic “Creative Worship” can be presented only in Te Kuiti as he needs to be home to lead the Sunday service.

As a pre-teenager, Malcolm performed in several television skits for a national children’s program, Spot On.
In 2001, he toured with Y-One. In 2006 he wrote and directed his first musical.
Malcolm is a Presbyterian minister serving the congregation at St Paul’s church in Katikati and combines this with writing and performing Christian songs well suited to youth, while also appealing for wider church use. His guiding principle is to create music that is true to the Christian Faith, ‘theologically authentic and culturally credible’. He believes that what we sing matters – ‘People remember what they sing. Ultimately, they believe what they sing’.

His One Voice Project, an organization set up to help creativity thrive within Christianity, is dedicated to ‘exploring contemporary expressions of Christian worship’. It has produced two CDs – “One Voice” and “Ministry of the Exterior and Interior”
He uses music creatively in services, encourages and inspires those hearing his workshops.

From the One Voice website: “Our spirituality …can’t be articulated without artistic creativity. Photography, design, poetry, music and dance all have something unique to offer. …. that is what One Voice is about; encouraging creative expression that is deeply embedded in the Christian story, and guided by the light of Jesus. Art ..is a mode of communication … capable of an even richer palate of expression than language itself.
(Much of this information about Malcolm is quoted from the Per Crucem ad Lucem website http://cruciality.wordpress.com )

Media Release 28 April 2010

Colin Gibson Workshops, 11 & 14 June
In what could well be a unique working together, the NZ Hymnbook Trust, SW Region of Kaimai Presbytery, and the Taranaki Bishopric are presenting Internationally acclaimed NZ hymnwriter and composer, Colin Gibson, to our part of the North Island.
 
The Organisers are so delighted that Colin is responding to the need for such an event in the Presbytery’s SW region that they are opening the workshops to people from all churches in the vicinities. We acknowledge the immense help from the Bishopric.
 
In Te Kuiti (12 June 10am – 4pm)  and Bell Block (14 June 4.30pm – 9.30pm) 
Colin Gibson will be offering workshops
(1) NZ Imagery in Worship and (2) Lay Leadership.
The Rev Val Riches will be offering
(3) Listening to the Stories. (at Te Kuiti only)
 
Those attending are asked to bring fingerfood for a shared meal.
Registration is free.
Donations towards expenses will be gratefully accepted.
 
Song Books and CDs from the Hymnbook Trust will be for sale at special Workshop discounts. (Only $25 each)  Cash or cheques please, (no cards). Orders taken.
See the Song lists with book and CD references at http://www.nz-hymns.come2see.co.nz
 
Enquiries to Gaynor McCartney,
email gaynormcc@xtra.co.nz 

Media Release – 2 March 2010

Workshops on New Zealand Hymns – 12 and 14 June 2010
(Enquiries to Gaynor McCartney, Phone 07 8778372)

Colin Gibson NZ Hymns Workshops in Te Kuiti and New Plymouth

The New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, the Taranaki Bishopric, and the SW Region of Kaimai Presbytery together will hold “These Hills Workshops” in Te Kuiti and New Plymouth in June. Members of all denominations are welcome. Organiser, Gaynor McCartney of Piopio, says she is delighted that hymnwriter Colin Gibson will offer workshops at both events. The idea for holding these workshops arose from Gaynor’s attendance at the 2009 Labour Weekend hymn conference in Palmerston North ‘A lot of energy and excitement was experienced at this conference,’ said Mrs McCartney, ‘I am keen to share it with the churches in this large rural region.”
Also resulting from the conference, the Trust agreed to her setting up a website Noticeboard for them. Information and registration forms for “These Hills Workshops” can be found there.
The website title is http://nz-hymns.come2see.co.nz/

Venues for the These Hills Workshops are :-
St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Te Kuiti, Saturday 12 June 2010, 10am – 4pm
Bellblock Co-Operating Parish, New Plymouth, Monday 14 June 2010, 4:30pm – 9:30pm.
Workshop Topics :- Colin Gibson: (1) NZ Imagery in Worship, (2) Lay Leadership,
Rev. Val Riches: (3) Listening to the stories (Te Kuiti only)

Enquiries and Registration forms – Please contact Gaynor email: gaynormcc@xtra.co.nz or Phone 07 8778372

Copies of the Hymnbook Trust books and CD recordings will be available for sale.

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