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In July 1841, shortly after his arrival in NZ, Bishop Selwyn issued a license to the first vicar of St Paul’s. The original license was among the many items gifted to St Paul’s recently. On it is a handwritten addition which says: “Provided also so that you shall use due diligence in the study of the language of the native inhabitants of New Zealand, and be ready when required to minister to their spiritual wants in like manner as to those of all the other inhabitants of your District without distinction of persons.” You can view this and other treasures on our FB page: The Story of St Paul’s.

wed 23 aug | 7-9pm | st paul's church | $10
Still thinking about coming along to The Life Course but feel like you've left it too late? We are up to week three but there is still a space for you and your friends at the table! Don't miss this once a year opportunity to be a part of something big. If you are new to the church this is a great way to get to know people and hear engaging stories from inspiring people about their journey to faith. Click here to register.


tues 5 sep | 7.15pm | st paul's church | free parking
We are excited to have David Peters from SpiritLIfe Ministries at our next Deeper. He will be speaking and leading us in a time of prophetic ministry. David and his wife Greta have many years of experience and minister all over the world so it's a great privilege to have them at St Paul's. Chris Cope and the worship team will lead us in extended worship. It's going to be an exciting night as we encounter more of God. All welcome!

thu 24 aug | 7.15pm | st paul's annex
St Paul's Prison Ministry is hosting an evening for those that may feel led towards this ministry. The evening will be an opportunity to hear from Mark Claasen who is currently involved in prisons, and will be a chance to pray about what is on God's heart for us as a church exploring this area. Click here to RSVP.

Arriving in New Zealand as a young refugee, it was the constant encouragement of faith, hope, love and compassion from the people around me that got me through the challenges of starting a new life. Therefore, I want to reach out to as many people as I can, and be a positive voice for them via Be Encouraged Today on instagram. I post daily encouragement so click here to sign up and Be Encouraged!

fri 8 & sat 9 sep
Lou Bridges is leading the intercessory team during the Anglican Synod council meeting at the Cathedral this September. This is a significant gathering and Lou would love to see as many as possible from St Paul’s joining her team on the 8th and 9th September - come for an hour or for as much time as you can spare. Lou says, “I can guarantee that if you love praying, you will love this group.” For more info get in touch with Lou.

We are so grateful to Artisan Flooring and the McLeod family from St Paul’s for their incredible generosity in providing the replacement carpet for our beautiful church. The old carpet was installed in 1969 and was long overdue for replacement! The new carpet, which will provide a walking perimeter, is of stunning quality, hard wearing, eco friendly and will help to dampen the sound of footsteps during services while protecting our kauri floor for subsequent generations.

Do you love to pray? We have an amazing team of intercessors on our PrayerMail Team and we’d love you to sign up and join us. You will receive our emails with prayer needs sent in from our staff team and church community- and with praise reports of wonderful answers to prayer. To sign up email Sally.

Hold on to your hats, our children's church newsletter is on the move! We're swapping to a different mail provider, so the first time it hits your inbox it might go to your junkmail. Watch out for our first edition on Weds 2 August. Not receiving Ignition yet? Click here to sign up!

sun 20 aug | 9am & 11am services | st pauls church
Our next infant dedication & baptism services are coming up soon . If you're interested in having your little one dedicated or baptised with the support of our wonderful church family please email Shelley.

Personal freedom is the cornerstone of western society. In the modern era, whole countries have been founded on this principle alone. So it raises the question: what is freedom and what is it for? As our culture has got less and less tethered to a coherent vision of reality, freedom has come to mean essentially autonomy or independence: license to do whatever we want or, within postmodern culture, whatever comes to hand.

But the Exodus Story leads us back to a bigger vision of reality that gives our lives purpose. And true to the Biblical script, God does this via the counter-intuitive route of the desert. This iconic story confronts us with the question: “what good can come in these barren places and why would God allow us to go through them, or even more troubling, lead us there intentionally?

The answer goes to the very heart of what freedom is and it concentrates our attention on what lies at our core — our deepest desires, motivations and sense of identity. The Exodus story, which Jesus walked himself generations later, weans us off a vision of freedom as autonomy (essentially to be free from other people and things), and it forms us in the rhythms of trust that lead to the freedom of following the loving Creator who sees our lives from a bigger perspective.

Last Sunday I spoke about my own wilderness wandering in the “beautiful desert” of Vancouver before we came home to St Paul’s. In that time, as many of the old certainties melted away, two questions rose to the forefront of my mind. The first was why God had seemingly called me down a series of paths that now felt like loose and disconnected threads, and also how he could make life add up after what seemed like a significant slipping back down the sand dune of progress. As I look back over that time and the years since, I marvel at the way God miraculously wove all of those threads together in a way that I could never have mapped out for myself, and also the way that he, not only filled in the years, but added in more still.

The Exodus Story is a story of salvation, which means both rescue and restoration. Through it God rescues us from the narrow confines of our own independence, and shows us how to enter into the expansive life that he is calling us into. Most dramatically, the Exodus story is about God setting captives free. So today, we’re looking at two equally dramatic ways that God is doing the same thing in our times through people who have been shaped by the Exodus Story. What would setting captives free in its most essential form look like today? Well, freedom from prison and prostitution seems like a pretty good place to start.

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

When I was 9 my best friend and I went to see Rocky III at the movies. Before the intermission there was a documentary about Australia, and so we assumed that the whole show—including the boxing—was a true story! The film changed our young lives and we came away pumped up with a new vision of the future: to become famous fighters and to defeat the likes of Mr T, Apollo Creed and Hulk Hogan just like Rocky had. Later that afternoon we began an intense training regime and we planned to join a boxing gym. But I remember that initial thrill giving way to the crushing reality a few weeks later, when I spotted an article about the ‘real’ heavyweight champion at the time, Larry Holmes. It was then that my short but promising boxing career came to an end.

For ancient Israel, the Exodus story was a similar journey. The excitement and promise of leaving Egypt soon gave way to the daily reality of living in the harsh wilderness beyond the waves of the Red Sea. And it wasn’t long before they wanted their money back. A few weeks into the adventure the wheels began to fall off, and the ravages of fear, control and nostalgia took hold. Even though they were now free, the people pined for their old lives in Egypt. It’s a powerful insight into the human condition.

What that wilderness generation missed is that the same God who had miraculously delivered them from their slave masters, had something much greater in store; a land of abundance prepared for them. But, first, they needed to learn how to be free—to rely on God’s guidance and provision.

The Exodus story is full of interesting characters. Last week we described the artisan Bezalel who built the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant. But the person who towers over the whole story is Moses. Moses was not perfect. Once a Prince of Egypt, he killed a man and fled to a distant country. He was aware of his own weaknesses, making the obvious point to God that he stuttered when being called to challenge Pharaoh. But Moses seized God’s calling and pursued it with conviction, holding his nerve when people turned against him or circumstances looked hopeless. It seems as if God constantly tested him, but Moses stands as an example par excellence of courage, resilience and perseverance.

We all face different “Egypts” in our lives, and different forms of “wilderness wanderings.” But as we consider what it means to live out the Exodus Story, I encourage you to approach it with the courage and conviction of Moses. As Paul says:

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” (Phil. 3:12-14)

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

C. S. Lewis is known as one of the great cultural raconteurs of his day. He brought his huge intellect and imagination to the question of life, meaning, and faith, but not in the warm safety of the church. He largely held these conversations in the midst of a world in turmoil. His book Mere Christianity stands as a timeless description of our faith, but the most powerful aspect of this project was its context. The book began its life as a series of radio shows broadcast in Britain during the darkest days of WWII. It was Lewis’ inspired response to the questions and challenges faced by his culture—to bring comfort and clarity to a people cowed by War.

Last Sunday I spoke about how we are being formed by the daily habits, patterns and rituals that we spend our time and energy engaged in—whether it’s shopping, work, social media, fitness, and so on. Philosopher James K. A. Smith makes the insightful point that there are no religiously neutral times or spaces in our lives. Even the things we do that seem most neutral or functional actually carry a specific vision of life—what Smith describes as “secular liturgies,” which are essentially devotional practices that point our lives in a certain direction, towards a certain goal. So, if we are (at least in part) made by what do, last Sunday we spoke about how we can be “Sabbath-keepers” who carry the peace of Christ with us 7 days a week.

The flipside of this, of course, is that we are also called to articulate the hope of our faith in words and ideas that relate to every context of life. Just as C. S. Lewis engaged with the challenges of his times, we are also scattered as salt and light in ours, to cleanse and clarify. We follow in the footsteps of one of the iconic characters of the Old Testament, King Solomon, who stands as an exemplar of our role in the world as God’s people. In Solomon’s humility, God granted him wisdom in every sphere of life, which travelled far beyond the confines of Israel. Foreign rulers came from every part of the known world to draw on his wisdom and knowledge. (1 Kings 4:34)

So, with these illustrious mentors in mind, today we’re exploring what it means to engage with some of the urgent questions and concerns bubbling up within our own culture. These sorts of topics may feel strange to be discussing in church, and yet they go to the very heart of our faith and calling in the world.

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

I recently gave a lecture at a graduate college and was struck by the words of a student there. He was wondering aloud whether we can say anything with much certainty as Christians. Given that previous generations have so often got it wrong on issues like race and gender, how could we be sure we’re not falling into the same mistakes on different issues? It’s a sobering question and one that should give us plenty of humility as we seek to make our way in our faith.

But it’s also a question that gives way to a more assured answer. Responding to this sort of uncertainty, theologian Stanley Hauerwas observed that “we don’t know everything, but we have enough to go on.” Our faith is a bit like marriage. There is a certain naiveté about standing in church in our relative youth and making grave promises about a shared but unknown future. Much complex uncertainty lies ahead, but in our love for each other we have enough to make a start.

So what do we have to go on in our faith? In a word, it’s the Incarnation. Rather than our faith consisting of abstract ideas and beliefs, like a philosophical work or political manifesto, it has taken shape in human form—in the flesh and blood of Jesus’ body, in the rhythms of his life and teaching, and in the world-changing significance of his death, resurrection and ascension.

The Apostle Paul sums this up in his amazing description of Jesus in Colossians: “We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end.”

So what does all this mean for us? Most significantly, although we can adhere to ideas, we can actually follow the person of Jesus. Just as Paul did before us, we can walk in his footsteps and model our own lives on his. In Jesus, the invisible God becomes visible. So there is at least something very right about the impulse behind the “WWJD” movement and ones like it. In Jesus we see God in the flesh, working out His purposes in the world.

The student in my lecture was right, in part. God in His wisdom has not shown us everything, but He has given us enough to go on, and He’s given us each day as a field to play on. One day we will see in full, and until then we see in part. In the revelation of Scripture, in the community of the church, in the breaking of bread, and through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, the invisible God is made visible in our lives.

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

One of the challenges of being a man is that when searching for things in cupboards, sheds, or on the kitchen bench, what we’re looking for can be right in front of us but still physically invisible. It’s known as the legendary “man-look”; a legitimate gender disability which we can’t possibly be blamed for.

The same can be said of aspects of our faith as followers of Christ. The sorts of things we confess in the Apostles’ Creed, for instance, are so audacious that they can easily feel disconnected from the practical hustle and bustle of our daily lives, and so fade into our background consciousness. And yet it is these astounding convictions about true reality, human identity and the destiny of the world, that breathe transforming life into the things we do everyday—the vocational contexts we travel in, whether in our families, jobs, studies, and other pursuits. Genesis 2, Psalm 8 and Isaiah 61, for instance, infuse everything we do with divine and eternal purpose, even those things that seem mundane or insignificant. God’s calling is often hidden in plain sight within the contexts and conversations of our daily lives.

This week as a church we’ve raised over $15,000 to ease the bleak daily experience of Syrian refugees. Seen in one way, it’s a mere drop in an ocean of need. But seen from the perspective of heaven, this is a spring of generosity poured into God’s redemptive mission in the world, bringing joy and hope to real people. So thank you St Paul’s!

One of our greatest challenges as Christians in a secular world is keeping our vision fixed upon the greater story that we’re part of. That is, the bold conviction that Christ is Lord over all creation and is bringing all things under his rule; that we already live in that future age made present. The incredible hope of the Christian message is that everything we do in God’s name, whether it’s overtly spiritual or not, is swept up into this future. Put another way, none of what we sow into this kingdom will be lost.

This vision gives huge significance to everything we do—our training and education, our acts of love and compassion, those all-nighters nursing sick children, advocating for the dispossessed, and our care for God’s creation. As Chris Clark from World Vision said last Sunday, the key is that we are not called to bear the burden of changing the world, but simply to join in with God’s mission to save and restore His world.

C.S. Lewis sums this all up in Mere Christianity: “A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. … It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in"; aim at earth and you will get neither.”

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

Our perspective on things is decisive for how we approach and travel in the world. For instance, whether it’s been a good week for the Lions tour depends a lot on which side of the fence you stand. And whether Jimmy Spithill is a good guy depends a lot on which boat you want to win.

Along these lines, Eugene Peterson makes an insightful observation about how we tend to see things as modern people. In relation to our faith, for instance, our scientific paradigm tends to treat any mystery as uncertainty to be clarified and made certain through sharp-lined description. If we can just solve the mystery then everything else will fall into place. And yet the most important aspects of Christian belief terminate in paradox. Who can fully explain the divine trinity, or the incarnation, or what embodied life in the Age to come will be like? Yet, as Peterson says, our faith does not present complex problems to be solved, but rich mysteries to be entered into and explored. Even in the fruition of that future age, we will never reach the end of our understanding of who God is.

For me Peterson’s insight also provided a pastoral epiphany. Forming an authentic community of faith is a messy business and it can feel, at times, like people are complicated problems needing to be fixed. This never-ending slog ultimately creates an unbearable burden for those involved. Peterson helpfully flips this perspective on its head, so that becoming part of a community of faith is less like solving a murder mystery and more like admiring the pattern of an intricate Persian rug. It is our joy to enter into the unfolding mystery of relationships as we enable the Spirit to bring transformation in each of our lives. Just like that Persian rug, this brings coherence to the complexity of our community rather than simplifying it!

The same is true as we look across our world. One perspective would be to see endemic chaos, corruption and violence, and to throw our hands in the air or to engage in mission as an act of defiance. But it’s here where the divine lens gives us a radically different perspective, which brings with it hope and energy for mission. As Tom Wright says, the central message of the Gospels is not to prove that Jesus is God but to show that, in Jesus, God has become king of the world. His peaceable kingdom has come in power and one day we will see His rule throughout the whole of creation. Although we don’t always see the evidence of this on the surface of things, every act of generous love we make is sowing seeds into this eternal and unshakable kingdom.

I’m proud that St Paul’s is such a generous community and actively engaged in God’s mission in the world. As we highlight missions this month, I hope you can take this opportunity to sow more seeds of generosity into the great work going out from this community.

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in the same place. Suddenly from heaven came a sound of a strong, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared tongues of fire, distributed among them so that one settled on each of them, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:1-4)

Nothing sets kiwi hearts racing like the haka before a big game, especially when it’s against a Lions team full of muscle and bravado. This pre-match ritual conjures up a heady cocktail of pride, memories and anticipation of what’s to come.

The Day of Pentecost plays a similar role for us as followers of Christ, but with a twist. For those first believers, it was a reminder of God’s ancient faithfulness to his people, as it marked the beginning of the harvest each year — “the day of the firstfruits” (Num 28:26). The Pentecost described in Acts gives this festival powerful new meaning, fulfilling an old promise and providing a new beginning.

The Prophet Joel saw a time when God would pour out His Spirit on all humanity, releasing Spirit-inspired prophesies, dreams and visions among the people. More recently John the Baptist had foretold that the Coming One would baptise with wind and fire. The Pentecost described by Luke in Acts truly was “the day of the firstfruits,” when God filled His people with divine inspiration and heralded the beginning of the harvest to end all harvests.

When the current crop of All Blacks pull on their shirts and perform the haka later this month, they’re carrying both memories of the past and hopes for the future. In fact, you could say it’s the memories that give power to the hopes they carry. When I think of the rushing wind and tongues of fire coming upon those early believers, it reminds me a bit of the haka. As Christians Pentecost is our living history; it’s a present reminder of who we are and where we’ve come from. That we are a radical people filled and united by the Spirit of God to take up our part in His mission in the world.

And here’s the twist. The haka is a war dance but Pentecost marks the beginning of God’s peaceable kingdom. Whereas the Tower of Babel marked the enduring conflict and division between people as symbolised through their different languages, at Pentecost God unites people through His one Spirit, and this unity is expressed through a diversity of languages — different tongues but all praising God.

Pentecost is a beautiful, radical and powerful living memory of who we are as followers of Christ and it’s also an expression of what we seek to become as his church here at St Paul’s.

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

Late on Monday evening the world stopped for dozens of young concertgoers in Manchester and their families and friends as a suicide bomber blew himself up among the revelers. It was a sudden and shocking reminder that there is something very wrong with our world, a perennial dark streak that refuses to go away. When we are capable of so much good how can we explain what happened on Monday night?

Over the years philosophers have come to radically different views about what lies at the heart of humanity and the cultures we create. Thinkers like Thomas Hobbes and Machiavelli painted a bleak portrait of people pitted against each other in endless rivalry and conflict, while German thinkers like Kant and Hegel envisioned the steady evolution of humankind towards a sort of heaven on earth.

In between these polar extremes of fatalism and fantasy, the Gospel presents a sort of Realistic Idealism. It faces square on the honest reality of who we are, but it also offers a journey of unimaginable hope. The key to unlocking the power of the Gospel in our lives is to understand the story we’re in, and to let it shape our whole reality. It involves knowing who we are, where we’ve come from and where we are going.

A few years ago in the US a couple of psychologists noticed an amazing link between how much kids knew about their families and their emotional health. Even having a basic knowledge of their family history and origins seemed to make a difference — it gave them a firm basis for their emerging identity and increased their resilience. Knowing where their grandparents and parents came from, how they met, some of the difficult experiences their family had made it through gave them a firm foundation on which to stand. The healthiest family story turned out to be the “oscillating family narrative,” which essentially said we’ve been through some challenges as a family but we always get through it and stick together.

It’s a great reminder as a church of the power of our ‘family’ story to shape our identity and to give us confidence for the journey ahead. One of our defining stories is that we are Pentecost People, meaning that we share in the legacy of that day when God breathed new life into a rag-tag group of followers and gave them a world-changing purpose.

One of the most distinctive features of that first Pentecost community is that they became a close-knit ‘family,’ united by their experience and love of God. It’s why we believe it’s so important for all of us to find places of deeper relationship at St Paul’s where we get to share our stories of God’s faithfulness with each other and go on the journey together. So if you want to host or lead a group, or find an existing one, talk to Lex & Barb or email them at barbara@stpauls.org.nz.

Blessings,
Jonny

Stories have so much power because they resonate on a human frequency. They are the landing place where truth becomes real — where it takes on flesh and blood. Our lives are unfolding stories, and so it’s no surprise that for the Creator to pursue intimacy with His creation, the Word would need to become flesh. The genius of the Gospels is that they land the unimaginable truths of God’s plan for creation in the messy details of real people’s lives. Instead of scientific formulas or pristine theology, God’s Kingdom takes shape in and through imperfect people.

A few years ago Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the film “The Imitation Game.” It told the story of the introverted mathematician Alan Turing who broke the Nazi Enigma Code in WWII and became the “father of computing.” Turing’s early life reveals an awkward kid growing up, bullied and isolated by his boarding-school peers. He seems destined for a lonely and non-descript life. Yet his one friend at school says something that takes root and becomes Turing’s guiding principle. He says: “Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.” And so it was. Through his improbable work, Turing swung the destiny of nations and birthed a new field of technology.

This is also the guiding theme of the Gospels — that through God’s empowering presence, He engages normal people to do remarkable things for the glory of His kingdom. As Luke says in the Book of Acts, He does this “To witness to the mighty works of God.” The first leader of the early church, Simon Peter, is a clarion example of this and a model for us. An average person from a backwater province, Peter became one of the most prominent people in history. But what happened to this raw and impulsive fisherman that made the difference?

On Easter Sunday the risen Jesus ushers in a New Age. As this new reality dawns, it’s like a crisp, clear May morning, when white light throws everything into sharp focus. And although Peter isn’t physically resurrected like Jesus, in a sense he is birthed into a whole new existence and way of being. What’s most challenging and inspiring about Peter’s story is that it reveals God’s great compassion for us. Although Alan Turing was an unlikely hero, he still possessed a uniquely powerful intellect, well beyond most of our reach. But, in choosing Peter as the leader of his fledgling church, Jesus chose someone like us, someone who reflects our own struggles and frailties. You could say that in choosing Peter, Jesus has chosen us. He’s spoken over us (like Peter): “Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagines anything of, who (through God’s empowering presence) do the things that no one can imagine.”

Through Peter’s story Jesus cuts a path on which we can all travel. The question is do we have the courage like Peter to go where the journey leads us?

Blessings,
Jonny

Psalm 68 says: “The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host.” It seems fitting today, as we thank Jennie Milne for her great service to St Paul’s, to quote from the Psalms. They are the passion of Jennie’s life and they sum up her exuberance for who God is and the adventure He’s called us into.

It’s all too easy amidst the heavy burden of church ministry to lose sight of why we do this in the first place, and what makes it all possible, which is the love and power of God’s Spirit. But one of the most inspiring things about Jennie is that she always travels with God close at her side. She lives, as Eugene Peterson says, in a “Psalm-shaped world,” constantly turning life and ministry back into prayer and encouragement. In the words of the Psalmist she is always announcing the good news of God, and she is also a great host!

Which brings us to the second thing we love about Jennie. As many of us within the staff team and congregation can witness to, Jennie’s generosity and encouragement know no bounds. Even in her busiest times, she seems to have endless space to show care and support for other people. Ever since we arrived from Vancouver three years ago, Jennie has been a constant source of hospitality and reassurance for us personally, but also a strong leader guiding her team through the changes and challenges of the last season. So we’re thankful for her energy and joy, which are infectious.

Of course, as the old saying goes (or should have gone): “behind every great woman there’s a great man”! Scottie and Jennie are pillars of our church, and they’re an inspiring example of a couple ministering together as a powerful team. So, we’re very aware that although Jennie has been on our staff team, Scottie has also been a constant presence with her, delivering courses, encouraging our families team, and sitting on Vestry. We’re looking forward to all they have to offer St Paul’s in the years to come.

Jennie has achieved a huge amount in her five years since taking up the reigns of the families team. Everything she does is fired by a passion to see relationships, families and children flourish. We’re thankful for all the ministry areas and initiatives she’s built up over that time, but especially for the strong staff team she leaves behind. We’re praying today for Jennie as she oversees the challenging transition of her parents into managed care in Christchurch, and the words of Psalm 91 shape those prayers:

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

Blessings,
Rev Jonny Grant

Hello St Paul's Community

My name is Anna and my fiancé Tim and I are on the hunt for a unit/studio/granny flat/apartment for us when we tie the knot in October (just 56 days away!!!). I have been a member of St Paul's since 2011 and Tim joined me in early 2016.

We are not fussy on location, but ideally would find a 2 bedroom place with a fully functioning kitchen (oven & hob etc).

If you have anything available or know of anything we'd love to hear from you!

tim.anna.dunn@outlook.com or 0211 529 588

 

Thanks in advance!

Looking for a central abode to rent?

Cute Epsom Villa apartment on Ranfurly Road will be coming available from the 2nd September.

Beautiful leafy suburb on quiet street, with off-street parking and a great cafe just next door and a park over the road. 

Ideal for a couple with or without up to 2 kids. 

Place is fully furnished, $500 per week including internet and water. 

Short-medium or longer term rentals open for discussion.

Please phone Malcolm on 021 355 545 to be shown through or discuss. 

 

I’m looking for some casual or part time work. Possibly cleaning your house once a week or nannying/ babysitting.  I can also do may handy man jobs around the house. I’m available to work Mondays Tuesdays and possibly Thursdays I’m a business student so can also help out in the office if you need. Call me on 02111358173 Laura Howe

 

Board available for a Christian female with our family. Located in Mt Albert our home is close to bus and train lines to city and university;  5 minutes from Unitec.  $250 per week, including all expenses. If you think you can cope with living in a busy, female-dominated household, please give Jo a call on 027 446 9112.  We'd love to hear from you!

 

 

Hi we are two christian ladies looking for a male flatmate to move into our cool house in Mt Albert area.

Must be working full time and is clean and tidy and reliable and mature.   Male or female flatmate.   Looking for flatmate aged 30 to 40s. 

Rent is $200 per week then pay towards the power, internet and phone,

Location very hardly to city and walking distance to St Lukes shopping mall.   We are both clean and tidy. 


Please contact Narelle 0226276077

Our renovated 3 bdrm 2 bathroom Ponsonby bungalow has had a room come free from the 3rd June. Super warm (well insulated with a Heatpump), great outdoor area, modern bathrooms and spacious modern kitchen with open plan living. Great for entertaining or just chilling out.

Both of us (both guys) are Christian, in our early 30s, work in the city, love a yarn and the occasional shared meal but also have lifestyles that make a flexible flat best. If you love something a little bit less rigid then this may be the place for you!

We are a short walk up to Ponsonby Road and have plenty of street parking (permit parking, so you are covered).

Give me (Evan) a text or call on 0275615902  with any questions.


Rent is $270 plus $30 exp (Power/Gas, water, unlimited fibre and all cleaning products). Available from 3rd June.


1x large room with deck, queen bed provided and a built in wardrobe!

2 existing flatmates, we are Christians looking for another likeminded person! We both work full time but enjoy catching up when we're home.

Quiet neighborhood, deck at front and back, garden.
10 mins walk to Morningside train station, 5 mins walk to bus stop, St Lukes Mall 8 mins walk away and great cafes!

If you don't mind a cat and don't mind helping out in the garden we'd lovely to meet you!

Room is $245 per week + expenses. Unfortunately we can't have couples.

Have you or someone you know planned a sojourn away for a month or longer? Need someone to care for your home/pets whilst you're away?? Well I'm your lady! :) Let's chat! Ask for Chelsea Bartlett 0210789820. 

To all those interested in social justice, ethical trade, consuming with integrity, restoring right relationships and making a difference... The Fairfield Trust warmly invites you to the inaugural Fairfield Conference, 10-11 February at AUT.

Empowering producers, traders, retailers and consumers to make ethical choices which bring freedom, integrity and allow all people to enjoy the work of their hands.

Through speakers, seminars and participatory workshops, a marketplace and documentaries, we will explore different approaches, models, issues and strategies.

Everyone is welcome! Attendance and food is free.

See the amazing speakers at  www.fairfieldconference.org.nz  and to register.

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.