Faith Communities

Our Life and Faith

Below are some videos that capture key moments in our faith communities.

We have videos in yearly Playlists in our You Tube Chanel:
Diocese of Dunedin Faith Communities 2020
Diocese of Dunedin Faith Communities 2019

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To wrap up our questions with Bishop Steve this year, we ask: what’s the best Christmas present anyone can give?

Rev’d Dr Katie Marcar was ordained by Bishop Steven Benford to the Diaconate on Friday 26 November 2021 at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dunedin.

Some photos taken at an event at Holy Trinity Church, Port Chalmers, celebrating the original foundation laying of the church with a new Foundation Fund to support the local community. Port Chalmers School were part of the celebration and received some resources (mental health) for their school library. For full article, see:

This month (with COP26 in mind) we ask Bishop Steve about how we can respond to this as Christians in our part of Aotearoa (and not put our heads under our wings!).

This month, mindful of announcements taking place on new Traffic Lights system (to be implemented around COVID-19,), we ask +Steve: what does a traffic light system look like for the Church?

We talk to Bishop Steve Benford and the Venerable Anne van Gend about Mulled Conversations – a joint venture between The Diocese of Dunedin, the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin and local Presbyterian churches. The invitation was for all to join Bishop Steve Benford and Bishop Michael Dooley for a relaxed evening of drinking mulled wine and mulling over questions about life, the universe and everything! See the YouTube descriptor for a list of the questions asked. 

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 with the theme Take Time to Kōrero – we ask Bishop Steve: How is Faith part of creating positive mental health?

Bishop Steve reflects on Mark 9: 30-37, where Jesus asks the disciples what they are arguing about… leading to a redefinition of what “greatness” is all about. Recorded via Zoom on Sunday 19 September 2021

Bishop Steve Benford leads morning prayer, reflecting on the Gospel of Mark Chapter 8: 27-38 where Jesus asks the disciples, “who do people…who do you say I am?”

A reflection from the Ven Michael Godfrey, Diocesan Ministry Educator, given at Sunday morning prayer by Zoom on 5 September 2021. Scriptures read were Psalm 125, James 2: 1-17, and Michael talks about the remarkable (nameless) woman who encounters Jesus with determination in Mark 7: 24-37.

A quick capture of Bishop Steve speaking on the Scripture readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time/Te Rātapu Rua Tekau mā tahi o He wā noa iho: John 6:56-69

A question with Bishop Steve: what are some important things to remember right now? Filmed on 18 August as we moved back to Alert Level 4

With all of the Mulled Evenings that are currently happening, we asked Bishop Steve what was the best question he had heard so far at them? See

All Saints’ Dunedin (Dunedin North Parish) Fruit and Veges have been serving the greater Dunedin area for over 6 years. We paid a visit on Thursday 22 July 2021, joining volunteers before the sun was up who were off-loading produce, preparing veges and packing bags. Cynthia Greensill and Glennys Faulds talk about why they do this and we get some photos of all the action.

Join with Rev’d John Graveston and the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 23 April for John’s ordination as an Anglican Priest. Service led by Bishop Steven Benford with many others contributing. Video footage filmed by the Cathedral Church of St Paul..

We ask Bishop Steve: what does having confidence in the Gospel mean to you? Filmed and produced at Peter Mann House on 17 June 2021, photograph is of an icon in the office Chapel area.

We ask Bishop Steve about procrastination – is this bad, or can we look at it differently? Filmed and produced at Peter Mann House on 19 May 2021. Extra photographs: Andrew Metcalfe and Kelvin Wright.

On Sunday 2 May the Rev’d Dr Anne van Gend was welcomed into her role as Diocesan Community Ministry Enabler in a special service at St John’s Waikouaiti. It was more than just celebrating “another pair of hands” to try and do a challenging task…

We all may have our favourite Psalm, with Psalm 23 with sheep safely grazing still widely known today. The Psalms play in important part in the Daily Office and in our regular worship services. So…why do we still read them? We ask Bishop Steven: What’s the impact of regularly reading the Psalms?

Celebrating New Ministries with the ordination of Rev’d John Graveston at St Paul’s Cathedral Dunedin, Friday 23 April 2021, and the installation of Rev’ds Barbara and Francis Noordamus as Vicars of St Matthew’s Parish, Dunedin, 24 April 2021.

A collection of some pictures that capture some of Lent and Easter 2021 that with great thankfulness we were able to celebrate in person. Photographs supplied by Dunedin North Parish (Julanne Clarke-Morris, Andrew Metcalfe), Lorraine Benford (Gore and Balclutha Parishes), Wakatipu Parish website and Wayne McDougall (St Luke’s Oamaru Facebook).

A question with Bishop Steve: Could Lent be thought of as an extended Sabbath? Filmed at Peter Mann House on 18 March 2021, produced by Andrew Metcalfe. Images are taken from near En Hakkore retreat centre near Organgapai. Music.

Images and some sound from a Diocesan Training Day in Balclutha on 13 February 2021. For more information, see

Saying goodbye to the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Clyde as it is secularised in preparation for new owners. Have a look at what the NZ Historic Places Register says about St. Michaels, with the foundation stone laid by Bishop Selwyn in January 1877, it was consecrated on 7 October 1977 by Bishop Neville.

We ask Bishop Steve on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration: What’s the most important tasks for world leaders today?

Some snapshots of a few of the Advent and Christmas celebrations throughout the Diocese of Dunedin, 2020. Photographs from: The Otago Daily Times, Julanne Clark-Morris, Dot Muir, Lorraine Benford, David Wright, Andrew Metcalfe, compiled by Andrew Metcalfe.

A manger in a stable … or an altar in a dog trial shed: How can our communities be fed this Christmas? We ask Bishop Steve to reflect on our current Advent journey to Christmas.

On Sunday 6 December the Rev’d Lisa Barlow was ordained at St John’s Roslyn to Holy Orders as a Deacon. See for more information. Photographs taken by Kevin Watson, produced by Andrew Metcalfe.

Waverley Community Music and Playgroup has been based in the hall of St Nicolas Anglican Church since 2015. Otago Peninsula parish Warden Elizabeth Purdie and Playgroup Leader Kathy Duncan tell us about how this has connected mother’s and children in the community, plus some of the mums say what this group means to them.

We ask Bishop Steve: What’s most important for a new Government? Filmed at Peter Mann House on 28 October 2020,

This week was mental health awareness week, and we ran the following past Bishop Steve: mental health is all about taha wairua – spiritual wellbeing – discovering things that make us feel awe, hope, strength, unity and connection. What does this mean for you?.

Two stories of mission taking place in rural Southland and Dunedin City. Rev’d Richard Johnson talks about his emerging role as Rural Dean, connecting with farming families in Northern Southland, while Jonathan Wood reflects on a weekly intentional walk through Dunedin City that includes prayer, friendship and faith.

Bishop Steven Benford’s charge for the 61st Synod of the Diocese of Dunedin. Delivered at Synod on Saturday 12 September 2020. Filmed at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Shand Street, Green Island on 2 September 2012, recorded and produced by Andrew Metcalfe. Background Music: The Moment, by Robert Miller, Copyright © copyright control.


A question with Bishop Steve Benford: How do we live out the life of Christ? Recorded at Peter Mann House by Andrew Metcalfe on 19 August 2020. Image: Maniototo by Tony Bridge, Artist (July 2020) and Otago Harbour by Kelvin Wright.



Worship continues on St Paul’s Cathedral steps after fire damage on 11 August. The Cathedral choir and congregation are led by The Very Rev’d Dr Tony Curtis on Wednesday 12 August 2020. 

A question with Bishop Steve Benford: what’s so important about Prayer? Recorded at Peter Mann House by Andrew Metcalfe on 16 July 2020. Opening photo by Kelvin Wright.

Installation of the Rev’d Richard Aitken by Bishop Steven Benford into Gladstone Parish, Invercargill on Saturday 4 July 2020

Ordination of John Graveston into the Diaconate on 3 July 2020

A question with Bishop Steve: what might reading the Bible mean?

The project has been the preservation of the exterior of both the Parish Hall and the Parish Centre (the second oldest wooden building in Queenstown).