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...

One of life’s most basic realities is that we are seasonal beings and the same is true of our faith. Every year we go on a journey to Easter, the highlight to the season of Lent. Lent literally means “Spring” and it spans the 40 days leading up to Easter, the moment when Jesus’ resurrection life bursts into full bloom. There are plenty of creative ways that you can participate in it. It could involve taking up a new discipline, such as prayer, reading the Bible or expressing gratitude. There are plenty of online resources to help you enter into this season, but one we especially like is this one from Tearfund.

Are your grand plans for you and your beloved this Sunday looking a little shaky? Shocked that your friendly florist wants THAT much for a bunch of blooms, or that your favourite café WON'T take reservations? We have the perfect solution – join us for church lunch this Sunday after the 11am service. It’ll be a great time to catch up properly with people you haven’t seen in a while, make some new friends, or perhaps just spend the whole time hogging the bouncy castle from the kids. #valentinesdayissorted

Haven’t collected your pre-ordered Stories books yet? Then come and get them this Sunday after the 9am service, or during the church lunch. If you've already given all of yours away, you can even purchase more on the day. Here’s a tiny slice of the feedback we have received about the Stories book, “I am riveted by the Stories book. Have had several midnight nights as can’t put it down. It is very anointed and the way you have woven stories and scripture in there is beautiful."

Are you "on your way to the chapel and going to get ma-a-a-rried"? Our marriage preparation course is coming up soon in February and is designed for both engaged and pre-engaged couples wishing to build a strong and lasting relationship. Join Scott and Jennie Milne for dessert and coffee over five Tuesday evenings from 23 February to 22 March at 7:30-9pm. The excellent material is both relevant and helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith. $110 per couple (including dessert/workbooks). Free parking at the Wilsons carpark. Spaces are filling fast, so register here or email Kyleigh for more info.

Join us in the church on Tuesday 23 February as we pray for physical healing. Our teams will be praying between 7:30pm and 9pm. Each month we experience God's power at work for all kinds of medical conditions. Free parking in the Wilson carpark on Symonds St. You will need to display a dashboard pass which will be available on the night. Come, get well.

Are you, or is someone you know, quietly struggling with conception, pregnancy or fertility issues? Perhaps you know a couple who are trying to conceive and/or are on waiting lists for treatment/IVF or adoption. Our women's baby prayer group is getting together to pray and support one another on Wednesday 24 February in the St Paul's Church sanctuary at 7:30pm. By His power and grace, couples are overcoming medical odds, miscarriage, unexplained infertility and more. All welcome. All confidential. For more info, please email Louise. Free carparking at 47 Symonds street. A dashboard pass will be available on the night.

This Wednesday we will begin our regular international students' lunch and english conversation times, with students from many different cultures and backgrounds who are currently studying in Auckland.There are usually around 80-100 people that come along every Wednesday, so, if you would like to meet and talk to new people, and are 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 weekend 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 week-night event such as The Well, Baby Prayer or Deeper. It’s handy to keep one in the car. Remember the code is 1357 ‘IN’.

If you are the parent of anyone in Zeal or Core, we’d love to invite you to our youth parent evening on Monday 22 February in the St Paul’s Crypt, from 7.30pm (car parking available). Over drinks and dessert, Sim and Holly will explain their vision for St Paul’s Youth, the ins and outs of what we do in Zeal and Core, how you can stay informed, plus, you’ll meet some of the team and other parents. Please RSVP to attend.

Are you looking for a way to connect with families in our community? Do you love dancing, music or hospitality? If so, we would love for you to join our Mainly Music team. Mainly Music is a fun music group for parents or caregivers to enjoy together with their young child. Each session runs during the school term on  Thursdays at 10am. Throughout the morning children are introduced to music, creativity and more. Plus, families are given a chance to think about the 'God part of life'. If this sounds like you, please contact Rebekah.


I am hoping to find employment in a chemistry field having had 4 years working experience in Quality Control laboratory and different University laboratory environments. I have a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, (Computational and Theoretical Chemistry). I am currently working in Valleygirl store as a part-time retail assistant. Also, I work as a part-time reliever for Ooooby Company; provider of organic fruit and vegetable.

I really need a full-time job! :-)



Part time paid position (approx. 10 hours per week).


St Philip’s Anglican Church in St Heliers wish to expand our children’s ministry and are starting the process of looking for one or two people who are passionate and gifted in working with children.  The role would include preparing and delivering our Sunday morning children’s church ministry.  This takes place during our 9:30am service.


There are currently two age groups ‘Jesus And Me’ (2-5yrs) and ‘Kids Of God’ (6-11yrs) and so we potentially will be looking for someone to run each group.


If you think you might be interested please contact, in confidence, to Julie White, Parish Administrator,




Hi - I am looking for a reliable, kind and motivated after school nanny.

You will please be required to pick up our two eldest and easy going boys aged 9 & 7 from school in central Mt Eden.  Ideally every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon - from 3-7pm - but I can be flexible on the days to fit in with other schedules.

Duties will please include school pick-up (2 minute walk across the road), taking the boys to local after school activities as required, light housekeeping (e.g. laundry), cooking a basic meal & supervising the children, e.g. homework, getting ready for bed. From time to time, you may also be required to child mind our easy going 1 year old as well.

Hourly rate is $18-$20 (depending on experience). Starting asap, ideally for a decent period of time. A retention bonus will be paid every six months.

Must have full drivers licence and car. Petrol allowance will be provided. Must speak English. Previous child minding experience and references are preferred please.

Please contact Jo Green on 0272629756 or if you're interested.

Kia Ora,

I'm looking for accommodation, either rent or board, from the 13th of Feb through to the 27th of March.

I'm moving up from Rotorua to work for Recreate (a disability charity), which is based in Mt Eden. Accommodation around this area would be preferable.

I'm a 31 year old, kind and considerate male, I enjoy art and outdoor activities.
Feel free to e-mail me or phone  ph 022 139 2964

We are missionaries returning to Auckland for a home assignment and looking for accommodation possibilities.

Our 23 year old son will be with us and attending Auckland Uni so a two bedroom place is would suit us best.

If you can help we’d love to hear from you contact Gayle Wansong  - or 022 100 7228

Spring Home Group
Do you work with people in the community?
You might work in health or education, community law, corrections or social
services. We know it can be a bit of a mission field out there and it’s
important to be around people who get it.
We want to establish a group for people who are are looking for a place
where they can be themselves, share a few work stories, have a few laughs, get
stuck into scripture and just have fun. Whether you’re in the thick of it or
just have a passion for people in the community we would love to hear from
you.  We will be meeting on Wednesday nights in Central Auckland.
Email Rachel - if you would like to hear more about where you can find

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
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.