In May this year the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia decided to allow diocesan bishops to authorise the blessing of same-sex marriages and civil unions.
Following the decision of the General Synod a number of clergy and their congregations decided to leave the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, while still wishing to remain Anglicans. They felt that they could no longer stay in a Church, which had abandoned the teaching of Jesus and compromised the fundamental principles of their faith.
At the end of September, there were nine clergy and four congregations, representing approximately 1000 members who have or are planning to disaffiliate from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, in addition to a parish in West Hamilton, which has already disaffiliated in anticipation of these developments. In taking this step, church leaders have forgone their income and possibly church property.
The Archbishop is encouraging Sydney Anglicans to support these faithful brothers and sisters who wish to remain part of the Anglican family as they seek to establish an extra-provincial diocese. Gafcon Australia, with the support of Synod, has launched an appeal through Anglican Aid to assist them as they set up this new structure. Funds will be disbursed through the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand.
Please give today to support our brothers and sisters in their ongoing ministry.
Direct Deposit donations can be made to our bank account BSB 032078, Account Number 253514, Account Name: Overseas Ministry. Please place your surname and "NZ" in the reference line. Please email the office with details of your donation at email@example.com.
Cheques can be posted to – PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office NSW 1230. Please make your cheque out to 'Anglican Aid'.
ABN 94 609 182 072
If this appeal is oversubscribed, excess funds will be allocated to other Anglican Aid overseas ministry projects approved by the Board.