well hullo, great to meet you and thanks for popping in. do stay a while and have a browse around our community in pixel form. there's a lot of love & joy here and even more in real life. get amongst it!

We’re feeling all kinds of jolly about our amazing Christmas services we’ve got planned and we’d love a few more elves to help make them happen. If you like serving Christmassy treats and you’re around on Sunday 21 December, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Jennifer and let her know what service(s) – 9am, 11am or 18:30 – you can help at! Thank you merry much.

If you were not able to make it to the services last Sunday and would like to find out more detail regarding our Children and Families Team announcements you can find them here. All of the exciting new names and groupings will commence on Sunday 18 January 2015 – our first service back in the New Year.

Thank you to each and every one of you who put together a special Christmas shoebox for a mum or a child in the Kaitaia Feed My Lambs programme - they are amazing and look stunning. We also raised over $1000 in Pak'n'Save vouchers which will be a brilliant help in restocking their supply cupboards with nappies, wipes and more. Dino will be personally collecting and driving your gifts north this weekend and is totally blown away. Thanks so much for making a difference this Christmas - a little bit of help goes a long way. May your days be merry and bright... x

Many thanks for the love and prayerful support you’ve been providing with the Grant family as Jonny recovers from acoustic neuroma brain surgery. He’s now resting at home and well looked after by Esther and their children.  The family aren’t up for visitors at this stage but you can stay updated on his progress on the 'Pray for Jonny' page. Thank you for your support. #wearefamily

Te Harinui // A homegrown Christmas play
Sunday 14 Dec // 9am & 11am
Everyone loves a Christmas play, and this year at St Paul's it's a super special one as we celebrate 200 years since Samuel Marsden preached his maiden NZ sermon on the beach at Oihi. Come and watch our kids and youth put their heart and soul into retelling this amazing story, complete with very cute preschool angels.

Christmas Carols at St Paul's
Sunday 21st December // 9am, 11am & 6:30pm
The great thing about Carol services is that it doesn't actually matter if you can sing or not. So come along, bring a friend or two (or three or four) and make the most of this opportunity for a good old Christmas sing-along, with coffee and sweet Christmassy treats for afters.

Carols, Candles, Communion, the lot.
Wednesday 24 December // 11pm
If you only go to church once a year, surely this has to be it. The whole of St Paul's, lit by hundreds of candles, and everyones favourite Christmas carols. Definitely a highlight in our church calendar, and world famous in Grafton.

Family Christmas Service
Thursday 25 December // 10am
No more sleeps top go! Let the kids unload their Christmas stockings, bang the turkey in the oven and then bring the whole whanau along to join in as we come together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Our international student ministry is frutiful and life-giving and many of our students are keen to experience a Kiwi Christmas. It’s a great opportunity for us to show Christian hospitality to the nations at our doorstep. If you’re available to host a couple of students for a meal either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day please get in touch with Jennifer. Thanks.

Did you know there is a completely social event that meets fortnightly for the sanity of St Paul’s mothers? Mum’s Group is on this Friday from 10 to 11.30am in Mt Albert. If you’d like to meet other mums and get connected you can find the address here or email Cara for details.

Would you like to join the growing St Paul’s Geographical Care network? It’s simple and just one of the great ways we care for people in our church. To join the scheme, please email us and let us know where you live. We’ll then pass on your contact details to the person who looks after your geographical area and they’ll touch base with you every now and again to see if they can facilitate support for you. Thanks.

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, do sign up for Ignition enews too! Get it here to hear about programmes, room changes and rosters! For those with a heart for the co:mission, we also send out a mission enews — 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.

Festival One, the successor to Parachute Festival, is coming to Mystery Creek this summer and we need medical volunteers.

If you’re a proud owner of a first-aid certificate, can effectively treat minor injuries and fancy the sound of a discounted ticket to Festival One, read on…

We’re expecting up to 8000 punters at the Christian music and arts festival on Auckland Anniversary Weekend (23 – 26 Jan 2015) and we need an established team of volunteer professionals providing a 24 hour first aid service.

The medical team will provide assistance to minor incidents like burns, blisters, sprains, strains and other minor injuries but we’ll have equipment and experienced staff for serious events.

Want to join the team? 

- Volunteers are welcome for all or part of the festival. You’ll receive reduced ticket entry for you (and your family if they want to attend the festival).

- Volunteers need a current first aid certificate & some first aid experience as a minimum requirement. ACLS certification and emergency medicine, general practice or nursing background is preferred.

- Volunteers are recommended to bring their own first aid kit for treating their own injuries. We hope to provide an onsite triage & first aid service only for those unable to treat themselves and need assistance.

- Volunteers will receive a briefing and orientation to the site and equipment. We’ll roster you on with colleagues and friends you’re familiar with working with.

If you’re interested in joining the Festival One medical team please email Matt matt.comeskey@clear.net.nz or phone 021 2154339.

For more information about Festival One check out the website at http://festival-one.co.nz.  

Hello St Paul's,

I arrived in New Zealand with a wet appetite for adventure, but after a few nights in the hostel I would like a regular bed again!

My plan is to get a job in Auckland, get involved in St Pauls and make a Church family. Then perhaps in June, travel down to the South island and explore. 

If you have a bed available for a few days/weeks/months in between, that would be super. All I'll need is access to a kitchen, bathroom and a bed of my own (I don't mind sharing a room). Although there are plenty of hostels and other backpackers looking for flats, I would like to see what life is like in a real Kiwi home. If you're interested, perhaps I could pop over for a cup of tea and see how we get along?

How would I describe myself... 23, female, non-smoker, Hobbit fan. I've been a Christian since I was 15, served as Prayer Executive on the Christian Union committee at the University of Derby where I studied journalism and edited the student magazine. I love travelling, making my own clothes, writing and experimental baking!

Please contact me (perhaps you know of someone else looking for someone to take a room? Or someone hiring?) on helenadams1991@hotmail.com

Thanks! See you Sunday

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.