Retreat Schedule for 2013

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 protected] 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.

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Movie Fundraiser – thanks!

A quick note of thanks to all those who supported the fundraising film evening.  Heartfelt appreciation – from all the Team.

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Tickets available for Movie Night

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 [email protected] 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.


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Film evening

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 protected]

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Next Upper Room Meeting

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: [email protected]

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RVR Conference Report

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.

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‘Open Arms’ Remembrance Service – 12 Feb

The ‘Open Arms’ Remembrance Service is an opportunity for prayer and reflection on the lives of children lost to abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth or other pregnancy losses.

This service of acknowledgement and remembrance is to be held on:

Sunday 12 February, 2012 from 3-4pm

at the Home of Compassion Chapel
2 Rhine Street
Island Bay, Wellington

Afternoon tea will follow.  All are very welcome.

For further information and enquiries, please contact:
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  027 254 9222

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NZ Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for 2012

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Schedule for 2012:

24-26 February, 2012  Wellington
22-24 June, 2012  Wellington
9-11 November, 2012 Wellington

Contact: Wendy Hill, 027 254 9222
email:  [email protected]

All enquiries are confidential.

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Retreat Programme for 2011 completed

The third Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for 2011 has been held and the Wellington-based Retreat Team has a programme of three more scheduled in 2012.

“It has been a rewarding, if at times challenging year for this work,” said the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats Site Leader, Suzanne O’Rourke.  “The first Retreat took place a few days after the February earthquake and the second Retreat took place, quite literally in the shadow of the Chilean volcanic ash cloud.  To have successfully managed three weekends, drawing participants from throughout New Zealand, has taken a quiet army of support, for which we are very grateful.”  RVR Thank You for 2011

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Reflection: Respecting Life – inside and out

Wendy Hill, Wellington
Working as a volunteer at Arohata Women’s Prison has given me uncomfortable insights
 into how hard it can be to ‘respect life’.

I was called in to work in my capacity as a pregnancy counsellor with women who don’t qualify to keep their babies with them in the prison system.  My job is to prepare these women for the birth of their babies and for the separation which will inevitably follow.

It is work that involves deep grief and at times, very brief glimpses of hope. Continue reading

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