Michael Hartfield was delighted to accept an invitation from the Association of Anglican Women (AAW) to attend the Provincial Golden Jubilee Service at the Wellington Cathedral earlier today. This grand service to celebrate 50 years since the formation of AAW in 1969 included a procession with banners representing AAW regional groups from across the country. The Venerable Judy Hardie led the Eucharist in the absence of Bishop Eleanor (who has been unwell) and Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala preached. The service was followed by a wonderful lunch with a speech from current President, Pat Vincent.
This was a humbling and inspiring occasion that Anglican Missions was delighted to be part of. AAW is a generous and long-standing partner of ours. In 2018 for example the AAW contributed $20,000 for water tanks and relief supplies which were sent to Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Gita, and this year, to commemorate its Golden Jubilee, AAW is fund-raising for St Patricks College in Vanuatu which was damaged following a series of volcanic eruptions on the island of Ambae last year. The money will be used to repair and refurbish girl’s dormitories and classrooms at the school. The offertory at the service raised over $450 which will go the appeal.
The AAW Prayer:
“O God, our Father whose love for all people is proclaimed in Jesus Christ, we thank you for uniting us in prayer and fellowship. Use us now in the mission of your Church. Help us to realise that everything we do and say reflects our love for you. Bless homes and families throughout the world, especially those unhappy or in need. Show us how, by our example and concern, we can take your peace and love wherever your Spirit may lead us, today and all our days. Amen”
Photo shows some of the AAW delegates to their 2018 Conference