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Mad Dogs and Missionaries

Mad Dogs and Missionaries

screening at Christ Church, Warkworth

Sunday 28th September at 3 pm.

From the recent issue of Taonga http://anglicantaonga.org.nz Bishop John wonders why is it that Anglican hearts are so strangely unwarmed by the story of the missionaries we are supposed to be celebrating.  We mark the centenaries of wars with more enthusiasm. 

And if Anglicans are ambivalent about our missionaries, then the secular society and mainstream media are downright scornful.  What drives this prejudice?

There are two things.  One, a virulent anti-puritanism deep in the Kiwi psyche, and evident in our literature, that writes religious people in general, and missionaries in particular, as Bible-bashing, zealous wowsers.

Two, a suspicion of missionary motives for allowing (as if they could do anything to stop it) the wholesale breakdown of Pakeha – Maori relationships with the land wars of the 1860’s.

Out of some misplaced bicultural cringe, Pakeha Anglicans seem slow at celebrating the missionary story for fear of offending.

But underneath this abiding unpopularity of missionaries is a simple, old-fashioned bewilderment.

Why on earth did they do what they did, often from a background of education and privilege, at such cost to themselves and their families?

Were they crazy, in the sense mad dogs and Englishmen are when they go out in the midday sun?

This presentation helps us to understand some of the story behind these seemingly ‘mad dogs and missionaries.’     

Within the presentation is the story of 17 year old Michael Noonan who was shot from his horse and killed in action against Te Kooti’s forces in 1867.   Bishop Bluck’s daughter, Jessica has turned his story into a short film which imagines young trooper Noonan’s short life, defined as it was by missionaries and the consequences of their work.

So, if you have been wondering how to find out more about the bi-centennial year this is your opportunity.  Christ Church, Warkworth, 28th September at 3 pm.

St. Leonardís Centenary

Occasion photos are available on. http://www.ianpiddington.org/page/gallery

The number of each photo is at the top i.e. 1/134. 

If you would like to order photos please email Ann Mansfield with photo, number and size required, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cost of prints are:-

·  10cmX10cm, 10cmx15cm,10cmx13cm are all about $0.20 each

·  10cmX20cm are about $0.30 each

·  13cmx18cm are about $0.50 each

15X20 are about $3.00 each20X25 are about $4.00 each
Selwyn Centre

Our group meets  

Monday Mornings 9:30am - 12:00 noon, Warkworth Parish Hall, Cost $3.00.  New members are always welcome.



Parish Fair


PARISH FAIR – St. Leonard’s Matakana -18th October

Setting up from 8 am - selling from 9.30 am

Convenor:  Derek Olsen – 0275 329266/ 09 425 0333,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

There will be the usual stalls available – stall holders if you are willing to

offer your regular stall please advise Derek at the above contacts.

Don’t throw it out!!!             Don’t put it in the rubbish!!!

Until and unless you’ve checked that it’s saleable. Storage is now available.

Leave goods in foyer of Christ Church or on the back porch of the Vicarage

Letter from the Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand
This letter is available electronically by email or for reading on noticeboards in Christ Church and St. Leonard’s today.    This is in regard to the upcoming elections and is not in any way designed to tell people how to vote….it is a letter to us all of our obligations as stewards as a people of God.  If you would like it emailed to you please email the office This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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