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Synod 2020

Synod 2020

Election results, the Yearbook reports and Motions are now available.

Royal Commission into Abuse

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into historic abuse in faith-based care will be holding its redress hearing from Monday 23 November to Friday 11 December 2020.  This hearing will focus on the redress processes of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and Salvation Army.

Diocesan Facebook Page

Our Diocesan Facebook page

will be updated regularly. Please "Like" the page and invite those within your parish to "like" it also.

The Facebook address is: 


Church Resources


Link to Church Resources

Nelson Diocese Service led by Bishop Steve


Live Stream Service

Held on May 10th led by Bishop Steve and Rev Watiri Maina



The Witness Autumn 2020

Read The Witness Autumn 2020 here

Ad Clerum March 2020

Read the March 2020 Ad Clerum here.

The Witness Summer 2019

Find The Witness Summer 2019 here

Royal Commission into Abuse


Please refer to our Standards page for information on the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care.

Ad Clerum November 2019

Read the November 2019 Ad Clerum here.

Ad Clerum October 2019

Read the October 2019 Ad Clerum here

The Witness Spring 2019

Read The Witness here

Ad Clerum May 2019

Read the May 2019 Ad Clerum here

2018 Synod Video Series - Having a Heart for Jesus

The following videos formed part of our Synod this year - the theme was 'Having a Heart for Jesus'

Synod Address 2018

A link to Bishop Richard Ellena's Address to the Nelson Diocese Synod 10th August 2018.

Resolutions of Synod

The Resolutions of Synod 2018 are below.

Anglican Care Conference

Videos from the Anglican Care Conference:

Introduction by Mr Laurie Gabites

See below for the Resource Material document.

Ad Clerum June 2018

Read the June 2018 Ad Clerum here

Ad Clerum May 2018

Read the May 2018 Ad Clerum here

Ad Clerum April 2018

Read the April Ad Clerum here

Ad Clerum March 2018

Read the new look March Ad Clerum here.

December 2017/January 2018

Greetings everyone, 

Ministry Education

CPE 2019

  • The dates for CPE in 2019 are:

November 2017

Greetings everyone,

Synod Series - The Why and What of Ministry

The Nelson Synod Series of videos are now available

Resources - Diocese Synod page.

October 2017 Ministry Education

EQUIP - For this year EQUIP is going to run a little differently.  Rather than 3 Saturdays in each region, EQUIP is going to have a focus month in each region so that in

Children and Families October 2017

Safe Here:  As of this week Claire Savage has been employed 4 hours per week to

October 2017

Greetings - Last Friday I had the joy of attending Steve Benford’s ordination as the 10th Bishop of Dunedin.

Bishop's Synod Charge 2017

Watch the 2017 Synod Charge here

Ministry Education September 2017

For this year EQUIP is going to run a little differently.  Rather than 3 Saturdays in each region, EQUIP is going to have a focus month in each region so that in that month, 4 evening sessions will be held on the topics of

Children and Families September 2017


Training opportunities are high on the agenda for September.

Social Services September 2017

Dear Everyone Just a note to advise that there will be another Anglican Care conference in the early part of 2018.   We need to work dates around the rural churches conference which is in April.  The organising  group has met and details will be well sorted in the

Children and Families Ministry (CFM) August 2017

The next exciting training opportunity for children’s workers and ordained clergy is coming up in Nelson at the end of September. This is always a great day and I would encourage clergy to attend with their children’s ministry workers.

Social Services Enabler August 2017

Greetings Everyone This month ACCT will be considering applications for Eldercare ministry from those parishes needing to reapply.  Grants will be made for 2 years (2018/19).

Ministry Education July 2017

EQUIP Ministry Education

Children and Families Ministry July 2017

Safe Here-Please check that you have everyone who is involved in a ministry within your parish trained to the required ‘Safe Here’ level for their responsibility.

Social Services July 2017

Dear everyone, A couple of things to note this month:

Ministry Education

EQUIP Ministry Education

Older Persons Ministry

Dear friends,

Social Services May 2017

Dear everyone – ACCT has been very occupied with the Accountability reports you have provided and it has turned into a two-meeting task (April and May) in or

Children and Families Ministry May 2017

Only a week to go before Mark Griffiths is in Nelson. This is really exciting and such a privilege to have a world renowned speaker and writer in the Nelson Diocese. I would urge you to attend and bring your ministry team.

Youth Unit March 2017


Ministry Education March 2017

Why Ministry Education?

Older Persons Ministry - March 2017

Dear friends,  Recently I attended a meeting in Stoke at which Annette King of the Labour Party along with Metiria Turei of the Greens came to discuss aged care in the community.  Only ab

Social Services -February 2017

Warm greetings everyone.

September 2017

Greetings everyone - It was a wonderful gathering of clergy and lay at Mapua for this year’s Synod   My deepest thanks to Hills Community Church who so warmly welcomed us to Mapua and provided a great venue.

Ministry Education 2017

Ministry Education Programmes

Kaikoura and Seddon Earthquake Response

The earthquake that hit Seddon and Kaikoura on 13 November caused a great deal of damage and hardship to those communities.  The Nelson Diocese is collecting money to assist people in need, and we ask that anyone wishing to donate contact this office for bank account details. 


Hi everyone, It's Movember season and a couple of weeks now after Spring Camp! What a weekend it was.

Ministry Education


 EQUIP Ministry Education

Care of Older People

Dear colleagues in ministry,

Social Services

Dear everyone – Did you know about the Anglican Care conference?   What a wonderful range of speakers and workshops – a very positive response has been received from those who attended – even for part of the 2 days.

Bishop's Blog November 2016

Greetings everyone,

St Arnaud Leadership Conference Videos

Videos of the keynote speakers at the St Arnaud Leadership Conference are now available -

Rosemary Dewerse

Toward a 2020 Strategic Plan

The Diocese of Nelson, Toward a 2020 Strategic Plan can be found under 'Resources- Diocese - Policies' of this website.  This outlines our purpose, our vision and our strategic priorities.

St Andrews Family Trust

Applications for Funding.

See attached the code of ethics and funding criteria by which St Andrews Family Trust assess applications for funding, along with an application form.

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