Preparations are in hand for the final Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for the year, which will take place over the first weekend in November, 2013.
- Thank you to those who have asked to join the Prayer Network.
- Thank you to those who have offered to help with the catering and donations of food for the weekend.
- Thank you to those who have made offers to help with transport out to the Retreat Centre
Please email your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Wendy Hill on 027 254 9222
The Australian Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats network has bid a sad goodbye to Dame Julie Kelly, whose bravery in encouraging the Catholic Church in Australia to find a compassionate and healing response to women and men who have been hurt by abortion, saw the establishment of the first International Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat site.
Julie had been receiving treatment for cancer for some time and on Thurs 17 October, she died, surrounded by family.
No doubt much will be recorded in the Australian Catholic media of her commitment to the establishment of Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats in Australia and her prayerful support of this work now established in New Zealand, but to those who knew her, even a little, her graceful intelligence, elegant manner and quick wit are what many will miss most.
Our prayers are with our Australian Rachel’s Vineyard colleagues, and with Julie’s family who so generously shared her with us.
Suzanne O’Rourke, 19.10.13
You have been trusted to look after something precious…… 1 Timothy 1:13 -14.
You are invited to an afternoon of prayer, reflection and formation for those wishing to help with Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. Your contribution may be ‘small as a mustard seed’, but it has a place in this work.
Please join us in Lower Hutt for a light lunch at 12.30pm — we will finish at 3pm, Sunday 6 October. Please RSVP to Wendy Hill ph 027 254 9222 or Suzanne O’Rourke 021 549 528. Please download RV Volunteers postcard.
The Wellington CDF (Catholic Development Fund)management team have advised they have reviewed their account handling facilities and will be phasing out current accounts, in favour of investment account facilities.
As a result, Rachel’s Vineyard has moved its banking arrangements from CDF Wellington to Kiwibank.
Rachel’s Vineyard bank account (effective 01 March 2013):
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
Account number: 38-9014-0606936-00
Kiwibank, Lambton Quay Branch
For those who support the work of Rachel’s Vineyard by donations through automatic payment, a new payment authority will need to be started. This can be done either through internet banking or by contacting your bank directly.
When making a donation through internet banking or througha regular automatic payment, please ensure that you put your name in the reference box, so we can acknowledge your donation.
Next Rachel Vineyards Retreat (Wellington)
1-3 November, 2013
Any enquiries or requests for information on Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats can be directed to: email@example.com or to the Retreat Coordinator, Wendy Hill, Ph 027 254 9222.
All enquiries are treated sensitively and in strict confidence.
The Retreat Schedule for 2014 will be published soon. We expect to have three Retreats in 2014.
A quick note of thanks to all those who supported the fundraising film evening. Heartfelt appreciation – from all the Team.
We would love to have you at our fundraising evening for Rachel’s Vineyard and to ask you for your prayers for its success.
The next Retreat is only a few months away (in November) and to ensure that this goes ahead, we need this event to be successful. If you can help by attending or selling tickets please contact Wendy on 027 254 9222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The movie is an oldie but a goodie and has had good reviews so it should be a great night out. Tickets are $20. The movie starts at 6.30pm with drinks on Monday the 15 of October, at Lighthouse Cinema – 52 Beach Road, Petone. Thank you for your continued prayer support in the work to heal those affected by abortion. Please feel free to distribute this RVR film flyer. Blessings.
Nothing quite like a good movie with friends in winter! On Monday the 15 of October we have a film evening planned as a fundraiser. Tickets are $20 each and details of the movie and venue are to be advised – watch this space. Email email@example.com
The next meeting of the Upper Room is to be Sunday 19 August 2012, in Wellington.
The Upper Room is limited to those who have made a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat….with any Retreat Team. Upper Room meetings are held twice each year in Wellington.
The Upper Room is a safe and supportive gathering. For information, please contact Wendy Hill, ph 027 254 9222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australasian Rachel’s Vineyard Conference in Sydney ended with a commitment to better communication between Retreat Sites and more sharing of resources.
The keynote address on Friday night was by Theresa Taylor, a sexual abuse counsellor. Theresa shared insights on the aftermath of sexual abuse and the importance of self-care for those working to support or counsel victims of abuse.
Richard White, Director of Bereavement Services at one of NSW’s largest funeral directors, spoke about bereavement counselling as a ministry of accompaniment. He highlighted awareness about the impact of grief, recognising anchors in the cultural and spiritual practices around grief and the reality of delight as an important expression of life.
A panel comprised of Di Langham a prison chaplain, Anne Neville from Open Doors Family Counselling and Mehmet Ozalp of the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy, reflected on the place of ritual in an experience of bereavement.
Separate reports on each of the presentations will be posted.