kia ora and welcome to st paul's, a vibrant community gathering in auckland's oldest city church. come along, get stuck in and help us in creating, relating, restoring and whole pile of other 'ing' words...

They swarmed in armed with Berninas and Janomes. Some came with tool belts, ladders and paint tins. The St Paul’s children’s rooms received a refresh last Saturday from an amazing, creative and energised working bee team. Thank you so very much for giving up your Saturday for the kids at St Paul’s –  they are buzzed.

We’re holding a special general meeting at 10:30am on Sunday 29 May to elect the final five members of the vestry. An agenda and the bios of vestry nominees can be collected from the welcome area on Sunday. To vote at the SGM, your name must be in our official parish roll – so if you’d like to join, you can do that here or by grabbing a form from the welcome area on Sunday. Note: we will be printing the roll on Thursday 26 May, so make sure you sign up before then. Please allow 15 minutes before the meeting starts to be marked off on the roll and to collect your voting papers.

"Rescue the poor and helpless from the grasp of evil men." Psalm 82:4. The plight of refugees fleeing the horrific situation in Syria has certainly gained our attention but many of us feel powerless to help in the face of such enormous injustice. The 40-Hour Famine has always been about living in someone else’s shoes. This year, funds raised will support refugee children. Please consider taking part in this year’s 40 Hour Challenge as an individual, a family or a group, set up an online profile and link to the St Paul’s Group here. Alternatively, we would love your help making our Refugee City Sleepover on Friday 10 June amazing for those doing the famine. Why not lend a hand?

Guys! Valiant Man is back at St Paul's. It's all about men developing and maintaining a healthy sexuality – every man’s battle. This program (with study and devotional guide) is designed to fortify and restore the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Valiant Man challenges all men to uphold their personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs. The course runs from Thursday 9 June to Thursday 11 August (10 weeks). Get there at 7pm for a start at 7:30pm. Cost: $75. Please register by email here or for more info, email us.

Have you misplaced granny’s heirloom Royal Dalton side plate and now you’re too scared to tell the family? Perhaps your flatmate's casserole dish is missing and you’re worried you might never get your bond back! There is hope on the horizon for you. This Sunday in the requiem chapel we’ll have an eclectic array of plates on display that’ve been left at the church. Maybe you’ll find what you’ve been missing. Come and take a look. Anything not claimed will be donated to charity.

We are looking for a team of people who we can ask once a month to stand at the door and welcome people at St Paul’s on a Sunday and to serve tea and coffee after the service. This is a wonderful way to serve and to meet all those who walk into our church. If you are keen to help and would like to join one of our 9am, 11am or 18:30 teams, Gabrielle would love to hear from you. Please email Gabrielle if you’d like to get involved or have any questions.

It’s nearly that super fun time of year…tax time! St Paul’s is currently transitioning from a manual to automated system and expect to be able to issue receipts by mid/late May. So don’t fret – these will be emailed to all those who have given to St Paul’s in the last tax year.

We’ve had an awesome response to our Spotify playlist and now we are spreading the love even further. You can now find us on Apple Music as well. Click here to listen to all your favourite songs on a playlist created for St Paul’s.

Did hearing about what’s happening with St Paul’s cross-cultural ministry at church last Sunday light you up? Come and join students from different cultures and backgrounds – it’s a great way to get to know people from all over the globe without having to use your airpoints! Our regular Wednesday International Student Lunch and English Conversation Group is growing, so if you're free any time between 12-2pm on Wednesday, please contact Conrad to get involved. Qualifications necessary: are you breathing? 'Nuff said. Volunteer today!

Pick up a St Paul’s parking dashboard pass this week at the welcome desk. A 'dash pass' needs to be displayed whenever you park in the Wilson’s carpark at 47 Symonds Street for any weeknight event such as The Well, Baby Prayer or Deeper. Please note that these passes are only valid after 5pm during the week for St Paul’s events only. It’s handy to keep one in the car. Remember the code is 1357 ‘IN’.

INTERN ROLE OPEN. POVERTY CYCLE. Tearfund are currently recruiting an intern who is passionate about ending trafficking and exploitation for our 2016 Poverty Cycle event. This is a great opportunity to get hands on experience in the Communications sector Tasks include: pitching to media, strategic campaign planning and event coordination Learn strategic and practical communications skills that are transferable across a range of industries This will set you up to step confidently into a graduate Communications or Event Management role. Contact:   Sophie Rice Marketing Engagement Administrator  sophie@tearfund.org.nz M +64 21 202 4150

  We are specialists in art installation and picture framing. We have an established client base and occupy a niche market within the art industry.    We are looking for a special someone who is passionate about art, with an arts/design degree and or a minimum of 1 year picture framing experience to help us respond to the growing demand for our services.  The right person will have a keen eye for detail and will take a hands-on role in our art installation and picture framing service.    You will be a key member of a small team and must be able to demonstrate:  Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to a wide range of clientele You are self-motivated and can succeed in an autonomous role You take pride in the accuracy and quality of your work Maths is your strong suit   Regardless of your background you will have exceptional personal presentation. Full training will be given. This role is initially part-time 15-20 hours per week, with the view to growing the role. Our studio is based in Mt Wellington, however driving to clients will be a large part of the role, so a drivers license and your own car is a must.       Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. Please contact: katrina@picturehanging.co.nz

"Each year, hundreds of babies are born in New Zealand to families who are struggling financially. These families are often unable to provide essential items like carseats and cots, prams or even adequate clothing. Littlemore provides all kinds of pre-loved baby gear to these families. We are always on the look out for people to join our Saturday morning volunteer team to help with the sorting and quality control of donations. If you would like to be part of our friendly team, please contact Jessica Bell on jess@littlemore.co.nz for more information."  

You are invited this Tuesday 3rd May at 6pm and Wednesday 4th May from 9am - 4pm to the AFFIRM conference at St Margaret's Hillsborough. Keynote speakers include,  Bishop Justin Duckworth, Bishop Richard Ellena, Jade Te Ur Karaka, Mark Beale and other snapshot speakers and workshops Visit our AFFIRM website for more details.

St John's Theological College is looking for a dynamic teacher to lead the new under twos area in its onsite preschool.

The preschool caters for children of parents studying for ministry and the surrounding community. With a maximum of five children and two teachers, set in the stunning grounds of the college, and backing onto the St John's native bush reserve this role is a unique opportunity to be involved in creating exceptional early childhood education. To find out more contact Natalie, 
director@sjcp.ac.nz

I have a home for orphan girls in Uganda and am going in early May. Would anyone have an IPad they would like to gift? I will load educational games to help with the girls learning. Please contact me on 021740943 or jaynebaileynz@hotmail.com. Thank you! Jayne

Hello, I am on the lookout for a keen basketball enthusiast who would be interested in giving my brother a few one on one sessions. My brother doesn't actually have any basketball experience but is really interested in the game and would love to throw a ball around with someone. Unfortunately our dad isn't on the scene so I thought I would put this out to the church and see if anyone was available.
If this sounds like you, feel free to email me on
GraceNyameyeNtreh@gmail.com

We are  looking for a fabulous home helper, Monday to Thursday from 4 – 6.30pm (4 weekday nights, total 10 hours/week). I’m a Mum with 4 young kids including a newish baby so I need help with cleaning, laundry, and getting ready for kid’s dinner and bedtime. Would suit a student who is familiar with helping around the house, as the hours would be after school / class. Call Kim:021778534 for details.

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.