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Feed My Lambs, the amazing programme run by St Saviours Kaitaia that helps young, at-risk mums is needing some winter lovin’! Please find below some suggestions of grocery needs that will help top up their supply cupboards. Please shop for your stuff, pack it into either a box or shopping bag and return it to St Paul’s by THIS SUNDAY.

BUY A BABY PACK: 

1 packet of nappies 
10-15kg (Toddler) OR 13-18kg (Walker). Feel free to buy boys or girls or both. 
If buying Huggies, please only buy NZ-made.
+
1 tin of formula 

SMA Formula 
OR Nurture Infant Formula (under 6 months, with a blue lid) 
OR Nurture Follow-On Formula (over 6 months, with a red lid).
+
1 pack baby wipes 

Any brand.

OR

BUY A PAK’N’SAVE GIFT VOUCHER:

We can donate gift vouchers to St Saviours so they can purchase supplies when needed. 
(note: Pak’n’Save is the only supermarket in Kaitaia so no Countdown vouchers, thank you).

Thank you so much for your generosity, a little help goes a long way… 
This drive is brought to you by the Kaitaia Fire Cluster. Read more about Feed My Lambs here.

To join the Kaitaia Fire 'first response' team, responding to practical and prayer needs from the north, please sign up here to receive our updates.

We invite you to go 'Deeper' this coming Monday! Sy Rogers will be speaking about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and exploring God's invitation to go deeper with him and to step into the ‘river of the Holy Spirit’. Chloe Williams will lead us in worship with plenty of space for ministry. Though the event will be hosted by St Paul’s Women (formally Sheer), everyone is invited (yes, we're looking at you, oh manly man). So invite your friends, organise your homegroup and get yourself along. We promise - no girly fluff! Monday 1 September, 7pm.

After a tremendous three years, we are sadly saying farewell to our wonderful church manager, Peter Cox. Peter has been an integral part of the good ship St Paul’s, especially during the interregnum as he worked closely alongside Newt and kept things propelling along smoothly. As a staff, we will all miss his dedication, support, smile, kindness, humour and random St Paul’s knowledge in the office. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. With all our love x

The mood was somber at St Paul’s this morning as our priest in charge, Mathew Newton, shared the news of the tragic helicopter crash in Wanaka that claimed the life of one of our own, Jerome Box, and put 4 more of our boys in hospital.

A ‘boys weekend away’ skiing adventure went horribly wrong last Saturday when, at 12.20pm, a helicopter carrying 5 members of our church family, crashed into the slope of Mt Alta.

Passengers on board with Jerome were Dave Reid, Dave Bensley, Craig Peirce and Greg McLeod along with pilot, Dave Matthews and guide, Mark Sedon. Also on the ski-trip, and thankfully present to rally around those injured, are Jonny Grant, Phil Skinner, Logan Batts, Ben Green and Steve Copley.

Newt spoke of Jerome this morning, “He was an amazing man of faith, he lived life at full throttle and had a real sense of adventure about life - he loved skiing and was a very experienced skier. Jerome also dearly loved his family and is survived by wife, Adelle, and two young children."

As a church, it is hard to know how to respond, what to say or what to feel as we process this sad tragedy but do know that we do this and are in this together. We urge you to pray and keep on praying for the Box family and friends, for privacy, comfort and the presence of the Holy Spirit as they pull together, grieve and process.

Please pray too for those who were injured but survived, for their recovery and for their families and friends; for the rest of our boys down south who are rallying together; for our church leaders, especially Jonny in the thick of it; for the medical teams who are working with our injured and for all affected by this tragedy.

Says Newt, “Those who survived have a real mixture of feelings around this - they are a very tight group of friends who have experienced an incredible shock together and are trying to make sense of it all. Some also have a strange sense of guilt about being one of the survivors and really they are trying to deal with losing a really close friend. For the injured, the sense for them is not necessarily just the physical injuries but really the emotional trauma of the whole incident - that’s what is hitting them hardest.”

When asked this morning, “What scripture is giving you strength as a church?” Newt responded, “We opened the service today with Psalm 121, that verse that says ‘I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.’ This frames up the whole incident. This tragedy takes place in the context of God who created all things and that even this can’t move beyond the scope of God’s strength.”

He continued, “Faith forms the absolutely foundation of our ability to face the tragedies of life squarely. Central to this is our faith in the resurrection of Jesus. This is why we are not just whistling dixie when we are praying and supporting this family - we have our hope firmly and squarely in the resurrection of Christ. Faith is absolutely critical to walking through this together.”

In a statement of faith, alongside the tears of grief, St Paul’s church family joined to sing ‘Sovereign’ by Chris Tomlin this morning, the lyrics of which seem somehow even more pertinent today:

"Sovereign in the mountain air
Sovereign on the ocean floor
With me in the calm
With me in the storm

Sovereign in my greatest joy
Sovereign in my deepest cry
With me in the dark
With me at the dawn

In your everlasting arms
All the pieces of my life
From beginning to the end
I can trust you
In your never failing love
You work everything for good
God whatever comes my way
I will trust you."

We will keep you informed of ways you can help support our families in the coming days and weeks. If you are keen to make a meal(s), please coordinate through Angelfood, rather than approaching the families directly. It is important that we allow appropriate space and privacy at this time. 

If you personally need someone to talk to, do get in touch with our pastoral care team - we are on stand-by and here to help.

Thanks and much love to all.

Last week’s lunch was a fantastic occasion! Thanks to everyone who came along and helped out, we loved being able to connect over lunch as a wider church. We can’t wait for the next one and we’d love some specialist lunch volunteer teams to make sure they always run smoothly. If you want to join a team and help out with church lunches every now and then, please email Blake. Thanks!

We invite all avid golfers, whether beginner or advanced, to join us for the next St Paul's golf day. Come along on Saturday 6 September to Helensville Golf Course, 197 Peak Road, Kaukapakapa. Tee-off at 1:15pm. Costs $15 for 9 holes; $30 for 18 holes. It's a great way to meet other people from St Paul's! All enquiries to Kevin.

Would you like to be involved with the meaningful and fulfilling ministry of hospital chaplaincy? Our next chaplaincy service is on Sunday 7 September at 9am at Auckland Hospital. Come join with other St Paulians to assist patients to the hospital chapel. If you would like to get involved, please contact Gabi Anderson.

Can't believe it's been two months since the inception of the missions 'going global' enews. We've been pleasantly surprised and infinitely blessed by the feedback and support you have given to the ministry — every prayer and offering means a lot to the ones battling on the front lines! Here's to the kingdom coming, to the global co:mission, to our church family that is reaching beyond boundaries. Subscribe to the bi-monthly enews here.

Want to keep up-to-date with what's happening in the life of St Paul's? Every Thursday, we sent out an enewsletter to over a thousand subscribers — where you'll get the latest goss on upcoming events, important church dates and a prayer item or two! Sign up to the Happening newsletter here. If you've got some little munchkins at our children's programme, the Ignition enews is the one to sign up for too! Get it here to hear about the class programmes, room changes and rosters! For those with a heart for the co:mission, we compile updates from our network of missionaries — the appear under the site here, but it's even easier subscribe here. Ka chow.

Do you need time to check in with God? Would you like to pray with others to discover what is on his heart? Then come and join us at 6:45am on Thursday mornings in the church for community and coffee. We meet every week. It’s addictive.

Hi there I'm a 22-year-old German worker and traveller and looking for a new opportunity to meet new people in the church. If you have anything I can do like moving furniture, trimming the hedge, clearing rubbish or cleaning your car please contact me.

I don't need money or a place to stay, just something to do.

Cheers, Daniel
dnlhfr@gmail.com

We're a pretty social lot at St P's. So if you have great shots of our community, please share them on our photo social channels. 
You can get to them by clicking the icons at the top of our website, or here for Flickr, or here for Instagram
On Flickr, add your album or shots to our photostream. On Instagram, tag your shots #stpaulsauckland
Or if you have shots of anything and anyone in our community that you think might look ace on Happening or our Welcome sheet or as a website header or in a film, send em to me at spam@stpauls.org.nz
We're a pretty diverse lot, so the more contributors and the more creative the better. Shots of 'official' events are great. But so are pics of you and your church mates just doing your thing.

Want to know more about our story as Auckland's oldest church? The "Mother Church" of Auckland in fact? I've been beavering away at our formerly sparse Wikipedia article over the last few months, incorporating Kate Hannah's wonderful brief history, the Parish Profile we all helped create, various written and pictorial historic sources and some contemporary stuff including Tom Roberton photos. Hit the W icon at the top of this page or click here.

How can St Paul's reclaim the Treaty as part of our story? Read "The Gospel and the Treaty of Waitangi", the second article down here.

Thanks for all these great shots Tom, Louise, Ian & Garry.