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ACPNG Newsletter No 20

Here is the Anglican Church’s latest newsletter, featuring:

  • Message from General Secretary
  • Mt. Lamington Commemoration Service and Brief History
  • Literacy graduation at Taraka, Lae
  • Communications & Media officer’s visit to Injim and Kompiai
  • Parenting for Children development program ends it first tranche
  • COVID-19 update
  • Thanksgiving and prayer for the month of February

Norwich Cathedral – Service of Farewell to the Bishop of Lynn

Here is a link* to a farewell service in Norwich Cathedral on the occasion of Bishop Jonathan’s retirement. Bishop Jonathan is not leaving the PNGCP committee, but this completes his service as Bishop of Lynn and his steering of the Norwich-PNG Link.

From Norwich Diocese:

On Sunday 24th January at 3.30pm, as a Diocese we will bid Farewell to Bishop Jonathan. Bishop Jonathan will preach at a service which will be live streamed from Norwich Cathedral. Gathering together online we will give thanks for the many gifts Bishop Jonathan has shared with us during his time here as Bishop of Lynn and during his extensive and varied ministry in the Church.

* Or copy and paste the link here:

ACPNG Newsletter No 19

Happy new year to all our supporters.

We are pleased to share the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea’s latest newsletter.

In Issue 19:

  • Message from the General Secretary
  • Information sharing on Carols by Candle light
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Creative Artist makes portrait of the St. Paul’s and St. Peters Cathedral
  • COVID-19 Update

As a reminder, we store back copies of our (PNGCP) and ACPNG’s newsletters on our website, go to

Christmas Newsletter

Letter from our chairman and our Christmas Newsletter

Dear Supporters,

Christmas Newsletter 2020

  Greetings to you all at the end of this extraordinary year. The PNGCP committee has spent the year zooming instead of having our regular meetings at the Anglican Communion Office in London, which itself has been closed. I’m very grateful for their individual contributions, not least that of Simon Courage in setting up our virtual Supporters’ Day. Meanwhile, as always, John Rea has been busy producing yet another excellent newsletter*, which I trust you’ll find informative and encouraging as we seek to walk with our partners in PNG.

  There are plenty of ups and down to share. The saddest news has been the death of former archbishop, Allan Migi, who only recently resigned due to ill health. We have sent our good wishes to Mother Mary and their children in Gasmata, West New Britain. ACPNG will need all our prayerful support as a new archbishop and bishop for NGI Diocese are elected.

  According to the World Health Organisation, as I write this on 1st December, there have been 656 cases of Covid19 in PNG resulting in 7 deaths. No, I haven’t missed off some noughts! In the circumstances of the global pandemic and our own experience in UK, that is wonderful news. But it doesn’t mean that PNG has a fully functioning and adequate health service. There are many major problems just under the surface of PNG society, as the article from Heni Meke, National Director of Anglicare, shows.

  There are also positive stories to share concerning development of coffee business to help local communities in the highlands of Aipo Rongo, support from the GFS in Popondota and Port Moresby dioceses and the gradual but solid improvements at Newton College.

  Our supporters are scattered across the UK but it would be right to say that a particularly strong contribution comes from Norwich Diocese, thanks to their link of over 50 years. Bishop of Lynn, Jonathan Meyrick, has been their representative on PNGCP in recent years, and has been joined at our committee meetings by Ann Whittet, his secretary, who has been our efficient and cheerful minute taker. As he retires we thank them for their past contribution and future involvement and look forward to the next phase of the PNG/Norwich Link.

  Speaking of supporters, I was very sad to hear of the death of Sybil Bennett from St John’s Eltham. Over the years she wrote regularly to us in PNG, hosted us when home on leave and encouraged others to support PNGCP. My thanks for her and to all the other “Sybils” out there who support our work by prayer, donations and the sharing of interest in the Anglican Church of PNG. Thank you for everything you do. May you have a blessed, peaceful and healthy Christmas, confident of God’s presence with us at all times and seasons.

Bishop Peter Ramsden

* View our Christmas Newsletter through the links above, or copy and paste this URL:

REMINDER: Supporters’ Gathering – Wednesday, 16th September @ 7pm

As mentioned in our previous email update and newsletter stop press, we will be holding an online Supporters’ Gathering on Wednesday, 16th September (PNG’s Independence Day) at 7pm UK time.

We’ll provide an update on how PNGCP’s grants have helped Newton College, the response to the PNG Earthquake and health grants.

We hope you’ll be able to join us via Zoom – link and details below.

Topic: PNGCP Supporters Meeting
Time: Sep 16, 2020 19:00hrs London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 738 1237 6275
Passcode: 123456

If you have any problems accessing the link on the day, please call 07799 927496.

The meeting will also be recorded for those unable to make it live.

Supporters’ Gathering

In common with many organisations, we are holding our events and meetings online. Our annual Supporters’ Gathering is no exception, an opportunity we hope to use to feature material direct from Papua New Guinea, including updates on our recent grants to the Anglican Church.

Whilst we organise the format and confirm speakers, we ask you to please hold the date: 16th September at 7pm (PNG’s Independence Day).

ACPNG Newsletter No 14/15

Read the latest newsletter from the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea here. Produced by the National Office in Lae, this edition features:-

  • Message from the General Secretary
  • ACPNG Stories for the Month
  • Newton Theological College update
  • COVID-19 Update in PNG

We now feature the Anglican Church’s newsletters, as well as our own and other reading materials on our Dropbox site, giving – we hope – a direct feel for the Church’s work and service.

Archive Films

We’re delighted to post the first of a number of archive films from Papua New Guinea. Our first video is a fascinating treasure – archive home video from the Papua New Guinea highlands in the 1960’s, filmed and narrated by Father Peter Robin.

Peter went to PNG as a missionary in 1954, serving in the western highlands under Bishop David Hand who recruited him. At that the time the mission organisation was New Guinea Mission, and missionaries worked alongside recruits from other Anglican missions such as ABM. After working in a number of mission stations he was posted to Simbai in 1958, staying for many years. There he met Olive, who went to PNG as a missionary nurse in 1956. Peter and Olive went on to serve as missionaries at Koinambe in 1966, where they build their home the mission house and the airstrip in 1966. Together they helped establish the Anglican Health Centre in Koinambe, and Peter become Anglican Chaplain at Balob College, Lae. They had three children who were all born and lived in PNG until the family left in 1974.