St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
The Association of Anglican Women (A.A.W.) was formed in September 1969. It is an Anglican New Zealand-wide organisation which also includes Polynesia. It is open to all women, and we have our own national magazine entitled the “CIRCLE”. There are branches throughout the Dioceses, which offer Christian support, friendship, social interaction and fellowship which is a great way to network with other women.
Overseas and Outreach is one arm of A.A.W. and it is very active within New Zealand and overseas. Funds given by members support projects to help women and children anywhere. An Emergency Fund is set up to provide relief in natural disasters both within New Zealand and overseas.
A.A.W. is affiliated to the National Council of Women, which gives our members a voice for lobbying Government and to work for positive change through our own Social Concerns arm. A.A.W. groups have representatives who attend N.C.W. meetings in their areas.
A.A.W. has taught women how to be leaders, to develop public speaking skills, to be involved in worship leading, and many other skills, which not only help them in their daily lives but also in parish life, with nurturing Christian family life, pastoral visiting and reaching out into the community. Some A.A.W. members take an active part in ministry work or other work on Diocesan, regional or community committees.
The Johnsonville Branch meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Hunter Lounge.