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!

Starting soon, the 18:30 service will have its very own space to eat, drink and be merry!  We are looking for some people to help keep the place running - little jobs like serving food and drink, manning (or womanning) EFTPOS machines and clearing tables. So if you’re awesome (and we know you are) and you attend the 18:30 service, then email Emily. Thanks.

We’re super excited to continue with regular church lunches as a way of building the relational foundation of St Paul’s whilst providing an opportunity for our 9am and 11am folk to get to know each other. Our next lunch is happening on Sunday 21 September, 12:30pm – 2pm. We’ll also be holding a bake sale during the lunch as a chance to raise money for the upcoming youth camp, so get your gold coins ready! See you there.

In the middle of the October School Holidays we are having our first St Paul’s Youth Camp on Kawau Island. It is going to be simply O-for-Orsum and we want as many of our young people as possible to come along! In the midst of crazy fun they will get the opportunity to encounter God in new and revolutionary ways. To help make this possible, we are running a Bake Sale at the next Church Lunch. Please contact Cara if you can donate home-baked sweet treats to be sold at the Bake Sale. Thanks.

Hey St Paul’s! I’m the newest face at the church office and have come on board to provide administrative support to Jonny and Blake. You can find me, Monday to Thursday at the church or church office, working behind the scenes to support all the wonderful initiatives the church takes on. I look forward to getting to know more of the great people at St Paul's over the next few months, so if you do see me (usually at the 11am service), please come and say hello.

A great home grown song we have been singing at St Paul's for the last little while has recently been recorded. The session was also filmed and the fantastic result can be viewed here. If you would like a free copy of the mp3, you can download it here. The song was written by Andy, Chris & Zac and is one of a series that are being released each month by Worship Central NZ/AU

Spring is officially here which means just one thing…Spring term at SPTC! From 23 Sep, come along on a Tuesday night (7 – 9:15pm) to grab a hot cuppa, some delicious dessert and feed your heart and soul with top-notch theological training. The courses at the St Paul’s Theological Centre are perfect for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Bible, grow in their faith and develop as a disciple of Jesus. Everyone is welcome and free parking is provided. For more info/to book >> Worship Central // Forgiveness Matters // Genesis 1-11 // Communication. Email us or forward to a friend.

There are a whole heap of little jobs that go into facilitating our Sunday services and sorting out practicalities so they run smoothly. We have two Sunday-only vacancies available; a morning role of 6 hours between 7.30am and 1.30pm, and an afternoon/evening role of 7.5 hours between 2.30pm – 10pm. You should be fit, able-bodied, reliable and comfortable learning the audio/visuals. Please indicate upon application which shift you are applying for (morning or evening) along with how often you can work. These are paid positions. To apply, please email Blake with your CV/details before 22 Sept.

Hey hey! It's that time again - we are stoked to invite you to another fabulous Whanau Friday! We hope to see you all at the Crypt at 5:30pm on 19 September with pot-luck dinner in hand and ready to embark on a fun-filled family tournament of Cranium. It will be great to connect over dinner before we get our game faces on. Bring your best humming skills, moulding abilities and spelling techniques for this action-packed event. See you there!

Och-aye! We can’t wait for our next St Paul’s social. We don’t want to distract you with the details just yet, but keep the night of Friday 17 October free for what’s going to be a rip-roaring, foot-tapping hoot of an evening. We’ll see you there, aye!

Can't believe it's been two months since the inception of the missions 'going global' enews. We've been pleasantly surprised and infinitely blessed by the feedback and support you have given to the ministry — every prayer and offering means a lot to the ones battling on the front lines! Here's to the kingdom coming, to the global co:mission, to our church family that is reaching beyond boundaries. Subscribe to the bi-monthly enews here.

Hi there!
We are Matt and Leah Pickering, a newly married couple fresh up from Wellington, looking to start our new life here in Auckland. Matt is 31 and I am 25, currently searching for part-time work to supplement our dream of being a husband and wife folk singer-songwriter duo. Despite being musicians, we are responsible, organised and tidy people to live with. We promise to play our part to keep the flat ticking along and to pay rent on time. We've got references if you'd like to see them :)
We're keen to get stuck right in to this Auckland way of life and make some friends so we'd love to be in a flat that values community.

Feel free to suss us out by watching a video of us singing:

If you have space in your hearts and your flat for a couple, enjoy being serenaded by skilful piano and fingerpicking guitar (from Matt) and fed tasty food (from Leah), then drop us a line or give us a bell.
Hope to hear from you!
Leah and Matt Pickering

Double bedroom available in a warm sunny house in Campbells Bay on the Shore. It has a pool and is in close walking distance to the beach (5 minutes!), so is perfect for summer. There is also a bus stop at end of driveway for convenient public transport access. The room is on the downstairs level with direct access to outdoor/pool area. Bathroom/shower, and living area (lounge and kitchen) to be shared with a professional Christian male in his early 30s. I am recently married and living with my wife upstairs (we are both in our 30s).

The room is $195/week. Expenses such as broadband, water and power are extra. Text or call me on 021 256 6374 if you want further details. Chris. =)

We are 3 girls in our late 20s, early 30s looking for a fourth flattie. Awesome, modern, warm home near One Tree Hill. $185 rent plus expenses, we do our own food. Double bedroom with double wardrobe. Heat pump, HRV. 
Looking for someone of similar age to share our home with.
Txt Mel

The Island Child Charitable trust is a small organization providing emergency housing and social assistance in Glen Innes.  They require someone experienced in the accounts programme Xero to assist for about 5 hours a month.  This would involve data entry and data management.  If you are interested, a meeting to introduce you to the staff, the trust and its work, and the computer systems would be needed.  A police check form would also be required.  The office is in Glen Innes, and staff and/or other volunteers would be on hand to help with any problems.  If you are interested please contact Hazel Dunn, (member of St Pauls) 0211561402 or 622 1225

Looking to join an inspiring cluster or small group?

Many of us find it a challenge to connect with others in small groups.  Whether you are a busy executive travelling abroad or parent looking after kids at home, Global Cluster offers you the chance to connect with like minded people from wherever you are via Skype or local cafe.

We meet to talk about projects like raising chickens in Cambodia to help people out of the poverty cycle.  We plan new ventures.  We discuss challenges each of us face in life.

The format is simple: What have you been up to? What challenges do you face? What are you up to next? How can we best support you? It's agile and fun!

If this sounds like a great fit for you or a friend, please find out more at www.globalcluster.org 

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.

Thanks for all these great shots Tom, Louise, Ian & Garry.