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FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP SEMINAR 2014: September 13th

Please note that early bird registrations close in 4 days.

LOCAL (NZ) CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS
WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US FOR …

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP SEMINAR 2014
Sowing seeds about how to grow strong Christian families

September 13th
LEVIN, NZ

To view, download and print brochure please click on the link below:

Sowing Seeds Seminar Flyer 1.1(1)

“Is there a better way to teach the Truth to my children?”

At this one-day interactive Seminar we will discuss important tools and principles to seed and grow strong Christian families. We will hear how a strong family is built around solid biblical principles and needs support from a strong church family. At times churches seem to be competing with parents for the hearts and minds of our children, rather than complementing and uniting families. We will hear how this can happen and discuss ways to better integrate family and church life.

You will hear from parents who are actively involved in raising their children in the ways of the Lord and desire to encourage others. Take advantage of this opportunity to take a day out to learn and prayerfully consider the best way to grow your strong Christian family.

GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE: 

Jason Winslade: Pastor-elder of the age-integrated Redemption church, Christchurch. Home educator, father of four.

Kris Baines: Pastor-elder, home educator, father of seven, with a ministry in the restoration of Biblical Manhood.

Samuel Blight: Home educating father of seven, from the rugged West Coast. A Deputy Chief Executive in his spare time.

VENUE: 541 Queen Street East, Levin, Horowhenua, NZ
TIME: 9:00am – 8:30 pm – Doors open from 8:30am for registration
REGISTRATION: Online: http://j.mp/FamilySeminar2014, or E-mail: bart@vanderwee.kiwi.nz
INVESTMENT: $25/FAMILY FOR EARLY REGISTRATION (before 1 Sept)
$10/PERSON or $35/FAMILY (after 1 Sept or on the day)
Children’s Programme: $2.50/child up to max. $10.00/family
PAYMENT TO: Home Education Foundation 03-0726-0495399-00
Please use your surname & “SowingSeeds” as reference
CONTACT: Bart or Alison (06) 342 7570

SEMINAR PROGRAMME:

8:30 REGISTRATION
9:00 Welcome – Introduction and opening comments
9:15 Session 1 – ‘State of the Nation: How Are We Doing in NZ?’ Facing the problems in our homes, our culture and our churches
10:00 Session 2 – ‘Home Education or Biblical Discipleship? ’ Making the transition from education to discipleship.

10:45 MORNING TEA

11:15 Session 3 – ‘The Need For a New Kind of Father’ The critical role a father has within the life of his family
12:00 Interactive 1 – Breakout Sessions
12:30 Session 4 – ‘Age integration in churches’. Introducing ideas for better integrating family and church

1:00LUNCH

1:40 Optional Workshop – Learn about the benefits of home education, the exemption certificate process and how to get started in home educating.
2:00  Session 5 – ‘Age Integrated Church – Our Journey’. Experience transitioning from an age-segregated to an age-integrated church model.
2:55 Interactive 2 – Panel Discussion Q&A Opportunity /review presentations

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA

3:45 Session 6 – ‘Where the Rubber meets the Road’ A working family economy – making family business work
4:00 Session 7 – ‘Family Economics 101’ Family economy – Why? How? Who?
4:45 Session 8 – ‘Living & working together’. Vision in action. Describing a working family economy & vision

5:30 DINNER

7:00 Welcome Back – Children’s Presentation Children’s programme presentation
7:20 Session 9 – Testimonial. Growing up as a Christian homeschooler & carrying this through to the next generation
7:35 Session 10 – ‘Practical tips on family Devotions’ Encouragement regarding family devotions
8:10 Interactive 3 – Wrap up Review, next steps, actions

SUPPER

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CHILDRENS PROGRAMME
Children of all ages are welcome to stay in the main hall for the seminar talks, but we appreciate it’s a full day so we are making a children’s programme available for 5-12 year olds.
A team of committed young people (both current and graduate home educated) are leading the programme which will focus on the character quality of loyalty using Scripture verses, Bible stories, songs and crafts. Siblings are not split up and older children are encouraged to help the younger ones.
If you wish your children to attend some of the children’s programme and some sessions in the main hall with you, just let one of the children’s team leaders know.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MEALS
Lunch: BYO for each family/individual.
Dinner: Shared dinner – please bring a quantity to share that would be enough to feed your family.
Morning/afternoon tea: Hot drinks will be provided. We would appreciate if families could bring a plate of finger food to share for these breaks.

ACCOMMODATION
For those requiring overnight accommodation please ask and we can put you in touch with families or accommodation facilities.
Those who live within an hour or so of the seminar – if you are able to have a family to stay please advise us and we will put them in touch with you.

OBJECTIVES OF THE SEMINAR
1. To bring parents and families together to grow friendships and support networks.
2. To encourage home-education as a means for fostering unity in families and making disciples.
3. To provide a vision and strategies for transitioning from home schooling to home discipleship.
4. To consider how God has designed church life and family life to bless each other, and explore the benefits of age-integrated church models.
5. To introduce the concept and explore the benefits of family economies/businesses.

WHO SHOULD COME TO THIS SEMINAR

  •  Home educating families
  •  Families and young adults looking to catch a vision for family and church
  •  People interested in restoring Biblical manhood
  •  People interested in building stronger unity between family and church
  •  Those concerned at the numbers of young people abandoning the Christian faith

To view, download and print brochure please click on the link below:

Sowing Seeds Seminar Flyer 1.1(1)

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

HEART Northland 2014

REMINDER
Just 4 weeks to go until…
Northland Annual Heart Retreat     29th – 31st August ….  Marsden Camp (30 mins. south Whangarei)     
Great Speakers  / fellowship round the open fire …with great food and coffee Smile                                    
follow the link to register

http://heartnorthland.wordpress.com/

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Above Rubies Ladies Camp: 21-23 November 2014

21-23 November 2014 Above Rubies Ladies Camp

Keswick Christian Camp, Rotorua

Speakers include:

Heather Jones (NZ Director)

Val Stares (Australia Director)

and daughter Natalie Stripp

For more information and registration forms 

Contact: Jane Hennessy

email jane@hennessymorris.com

Phone 06 379 9066 or 021 100 8934

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HEART Northland 29-31 August 2014

HEART Northland 2014, a Christian Home Educating Women’s retreat coming up this August 29-31

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS ..
Get your deposit in quick – first 20 received before June 30th get $10 off!
CHECK OUT THEIR NEW WEBPAGE:
http://heartnorthland.wordpress.com/
- further info – what to bring – speaker profiles – updates -
Programme:
PLEASE NOTE: Camp is open no earlier than 5pm
FRIDAY
5.30-6.30pm Dinner (available on arrival)
7.00pm Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Rosie Boom:
“Till the Stars Come Out at Night
SATURDAY
7.30-8.30am Breakfast
9.00am Sharyne Jaunay – ‘Encouraging Encouragement’
10.00am Morning Tea
10.45am Workshops:
Rosie Boom: ‘Learning to be an Encourager’
Val Rob and Barbara Halliday: ‘Help, my child has learning
difficulties, please encourage me!’
LeAnne Orams: ‘Encouraging Mother’s Dreams’
Cindy Cochran: ‘Encouraging Conversations’
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Free time / Vendors / Craft option with Cindy
3.30pm Afternoon Tea with Themed Panel
‘Your Emailed Questions Answered’
5.30pm Dinner
7.00pm Worship, Keynote Speaker: Rosie Boom: ‘The Building of Marriage’
Ministry, & Prayer time
SUNDAY
7.30-8.30am Breakfast
9.00am Workshops:
Rosie Boom: ‘Encouraging Words’
Rose Tattersall: ‘Encouraging Forgiveness’
LeAnne Orams: ‘Encouraging Mother’s Dreams’
Cindy Cochran: ‘Encouraging Conversations’
10.00am Morning Tea
10.15am Worship
10.40am Daughters sharing their Homeschool Experience -
‘Encouraging a Mother’s Heart’
11.45pm Lunch, Thank-yous, & Good-byes
1.00pm Clean up
Venue:
Marsden Bay Christian Camp, 89a One Tree Point Road,
Ruakaka, www.marsdenbaychristiancamp.com
Cost:
All prices are per person.
(ONLY IF YOU HAVE TIME a SMALL contribution of some home baking would be appreciated)
- BUNK, shared rooms – $95 pp, for 2 nights
- FAMILY ROOM A, (New Rooms) Sleeping 2 (Double & bunk bed) – $140 pp, for 2 nights
- FAMILY ROOM B, (New Rooms) Sleeping 3 (Double & bunk bed) – $125 pp, for 2 nights
- DAY VISITOR SATURDAY – $50 (incl. Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner)
- DAY VISITOR SUNDAY – $35 (incl. Morning tea & Lunch)
Financial Hardship Fund is available – See website for application details:
http://heartnorthland.wordpress.com/
TO REGISTER:
Please email the below information to: heart.northland@gmail.com
For more information:

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Home Education Awareness week 13 – 18 October 2014

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 13 -1 8 October 2014

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

More information on Previous Home Education Awareness Weeks:  http://hef.org.nz/category/home-education-awareness-week/

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/