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...

John Coleridge Patteson was consecrated as the first Bishop of Melanesia on the 24 February 1861 at St Paul's by Bishop Selwyn. He established the Melanesian Mission on Norfolk Island but was murdered in 1871 when he was mistaken for a slave trader. The Patteson windows designed by Laurence Lee are on the south wall of the Chancel. One depicts Patteson and the other the palm frond found with his body, tied with five knots implying his murder being in revenge for the five natives taken by European slave traders.

Join us in the church this Tuesday 25 October 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 Street. You will need to display a dashboard pass which will be available on the night. Come, get well.

We have an exciting Superheroes Party coming up on Monday 31 October and you’re all invited! Come dressed as a superhero and enjoy food, games, crafts, a costume parade, treats and so much more. Gold coin donation at the door for this fun, family alternative to Halloween. It’ll be a super opportunity to invite friends and extended family along too! 5:30-7:30pm in the crypt, park in the church carpark. We’ll see you there.

If you are keen on gardening or want to learn and have some fun, come along to our new gardening small group, Sprout! We plan to meet twice a month – once to gather, pray and share about gardening and all its goodness and once to volunteer in a garden that needs us! If you are keen email Jennie Milne

We are excited to be partnering with Tearfund in hosting the Justice Poetry Slam on Thursday 27 October. Poetry slams are a form of poetry reading that gives space to local kiwis to be a voice for justice in Aotearoa. To get an idea of what it’s about, see this Micah Bournes clip. Entries have closed, but there are still audience tickets available – head to the event website to grab yours!

Would you like to be involved with the meaningful and fulfilling ministry of hospital chaplaincy? Our next chaplaincy service is Sunday 6 November at 9am at Auckland Hospital. Come join with other members of St Paul's to minister to patients at the hospital chapel. If you would like to get involved, please email Gabi Anderson.

Are you interested in deepening your relationship with God and journeying with a group of others to make "the very radical demands of the gospel a practical reality in daily life" (St Benedict, 6th Century)? The Bishops of Auckland are inviting Christians aged 20-35 to form an intentional non-residential Community in the monastic tradition, hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. You can find out more about this exciting opportunity on the Community of Trinity webpage. Applications end later this month. If you would like to apply, email Brenda or call 021 261 1292.

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.

Click here to support Emma!
I am running to raise money and awareness for the Leprosy Mission New Zealand. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria with attack the nerves in the extremities of the body like your hands, feet, and face, leaving the numb and unable to feel and respond to pain. Unfortunately due to the lack of feedback signals people with leprosy often lose their sight because they lose the valuable "blink reflex" and can also end up losing fingers, arms, and legs, because they have no pain system to warn them of injuries, so simple cuts and burns get badly infected. Unfortunately due to lack of understanding many people see these infected would and believe leprosy is a result of a contagious flesh-eating bacteria (which it's NOT!) and there let fear get in the way of offering help. To make matters worse, many people affected by leprosy also face discriminations and stigma in their community because of supersition, religious beliefs, and attitudes, because people believe leprosy is a caused by immoral behaviour and a curse from god. The psychological impact of this is a devastating as the physical impacts because is affected individuals are often rejected by loved ones and forced to live in shame and isolation. Therefore one of the most harmful aspect because of this people are ashamed to admit they have the disease, which delays diagnose and treatment making the outcomes far more serious than they should be.
But there is Hope. Leprosy mission has been working with afflicted individuals since 1912, and in 1982 and reliable medical cure (MDT) became available which kills the bacteria with cause the debilitating disease, but early diagnosis is critical, therefore the leprosy mission not only work on medically treating the individuals, they also work hard with the afflicted individuals and communities to remove the stigma and give disabled individuals a second chance at life, because without help it can be incredibly difficult for individual to lift themselves out of poverty, as disabilities, exclusion and discrimination can make it hard to them make a living for themselves.
This run is gonna hurt, but I'm reminded of the "gift of pain" when I think about the disastrous consequences a leprosy patient suffers from an inability to feel pain.

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: 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 -


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 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
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.