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...

In 1908 Reverend Watson became the 4th Vicar of St Paul’s. He left his mark by overseeing the installation of many of the stained glass windows. He also revived an old English custom of “Blessing the City” and once a year the clergy and servers would go out in a formal procession and bless the fields, the sea, the ships and anything else of local importance. In 1915 he wanted to incorporate a direct link with the “ancient church in Britain” so wrote letters to the Deans of the Cathedrals of Canterbury, York, St Paul’s and Westminster asking for a stone from each! They obliged, and these stones are set in the walls of the Requiem chapel.

Are you "on your way to the chapel and going to get ma-a-a-rried"? Our marriage preparation course is coming up on Tuesday 18 October 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 running from Tuesday 18 October to Tuesday 15 November, 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 in the Wilson's carpark. Register here or email Kyleigh for more info.

As part of growing the Social Space after the 18:30 service, we are looking to increase the number of nights where we have live music being played. Are you a musician/band who can bring good vibes into this a relaxed, low-key setting? Whether as a one-off or on a regular basis, it’s a unique chance to let loose your creative talent whilst adding to our amazing community at St Pauls. If you are interested or have any questions please email with Phil. He’d love to hear from you.

Gian Thompson of St Paul’s youth, along with 11 other young Anglican Bold members, is embarking on a ministry exchange to Dreketi, which is a rural province on Vanua Levu, Fiji. To help raise funds for the trip, Gian will be walking 50km – the equivalent of Vanua Levu's width. Please support Gian through his Givealittle page as he diligently works to partner with all that God’s doing in Dreketi.

This week a host of experts came and inspected the western corner of the crypt. They agreed that the foundations and walls are strong, despite sitting in water for so long. We have been given the green light to proceed with drainage work to take the water out of the building. There are huge stones that support its structure that are a metre square and at least a metre deep – we are literally a house built on rock. "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:23.

The Families Team is keen to speak to anyone who would be interested in leading a children's choir to perform alongside the Children's Christmas Production. Rehearsals would take place during the 11am service on all Sunday's in November and through to the performance on 11 December. All the music will be supplied. Sound like something you'd like to support? Get in contact with Cara.

If you love to pray for others we’d love you to sign up for the St Paul's Prayermail. You will receive email requests from time to time when a prayer need arises. It’s an exciting ministry to be a part of as we continually hear of amazing breakthroughs in tough circumstances. To join up email the Prayermail team. #powerofprayer

Has your shuffle playlist become a little blah lately? Does your morning cardio routine scream out for something more power-punched than a Tony Robbins cassette tape talk? Make your day a little brighter and listen to a recent St Paul’s podcast.

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.

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!

Family 3 bedroom home for rent in Birkenhead close to primary school, cafés, shops & Leisure Centre. $550 per week, includes lawn & hedge cutting. Phone 0272770662.  

We are situated in the Garden of Eden… Mt Eden. There are two rooms available. A fully furnished (that includes 2 heat pumps to keep us warm in the winter), four-bedroom, three-story house, known as ‘The Treehouse’ on a quiet cul-de-sac, just off the mountain itself. It’s in a prime location - only eight minutes drive to the CBD, and half of that to the Mt Eden village, which has a range of cafes, take-outs and restaurants. The local supermarket (Countdown - though yes, we too wish it was Pak n Save) is just a five-minute power walk or 10-minute stroll. We’d love to live with someone who’s a working professional/student in their twenties. Someone’s who’s motivated, friendly… and knows a thing or too about rinsing dishes. As for us, we’re aged between 22 – 25. We cook our own meals and have different schedules but enjoy catching up and hanging out when we’re all together. Caitlin is currently at Bible College, Quintin is fashion designer and works in the textile industry. The rent includes power, water, unlimited internet and some flat supplies. Rooms available from the 1st of October. Let us know if you’d like to have a look around and check the room out. Please leave your number if you email me thanks. Our contact email is: str8tfashion@yahoo.com And number: 02102524938

We are looking for a sweet person for an awesome master bedroom (with ensuite!) for our flat in Ellerslie! Room available from 1st October.

It backs onto a beautiful park so is really nice and quiet.  We also have a cool cafe about one minute walk away which is great for pre work or weekend coffee!  House is lovely and sunny, also has a heat pump which is amazing over the winter.

There are 4 others in the flat, 3 girls and one guy. Preferably we are looking for a guy to even out the numbers but happy if the right girl came along too! We all lead pretty active busy lives, so home is usually a nice relaxed vibe where we top up the tanks :-) Everyone gets on really well together.  

Rent is $200 + $30 expenses (including netflix).

If you are interested text Jo Bell on 021 2708790 :)

Gian Thompson, a member of St. Pauls Youth along with 11 others (from churches connected to the Anglican Diocese of Auckland) are going on a ministry exchange to Dreketi which is a little village on  Fiji. Sponsor Gian for his ministry exchange. He will be selling treats and the drinks desk on Sundays after the service. If you have any further questions about the trip or the fundraising you could ask him in person or email him - giannithomo@gmail.com

 

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

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.