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!

Don’t worry if you missed our first evening of the Life Course - you’re still welcome to come along to the course next week. It’s a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family to get a taste of who Jesus is, discuss the basics of Christianity and understand more of who we are as a church. Each evening starts with a scrumptious dinner at 7pm and then kicks off at 7.30pm. The course runs until Wednesday 19 November. Register now  or contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

We invite you to join us in the sanctuary (altar area of the church) on Wednesday 29 October, as we put our faith into practise by laying hands on those who need physical healing. If you or anyone you know wants prayer, please come along, 7:30 – 9:30pm at St Paul’s with free parking at the Wilson carpark. Come, get well.

We’re looking forward to pouncing into action at 5.30pm on Friday 31 October for our animal themed disco! Come in your animal Kigurumi onesies, or in an animal costume – we’ll also offer roaring-great animal face-painting and additional ears and tails for those who feel under-dressed. Bring a plate of party food or party snacks to share and we’ll keep you well hydrated at the watering hole. It will be fun for the whole family and we’d love to see you there – whiskers and all.

Women's lives can feel like a tangle of competing demands! We hear many conflicting messages around who we are supposed to be, what we "should' be doing. Our own stories, and our cultural and church traditions, all have powerful voices that seek to define us. How can we discover God's creation intention for our lives? Esther Grant and Sally Shanks will be sharing some of their experiences as together we journey into on-going transformation and freedom. St Paul's Church, 9.30am to 1pm, Saturday 8 November, $10 on the door includes morning tea and parking.

Are you ‘on your way to the chapel and going to get ma-a-a-rried’? Our marriage preparation course begins soon and is designed for both engaged and pre-engaged couples wishing to build a strong and lasting relationship. Join Scott & Jennie Milne for dessert and coffee over five Tuesday evenings from 4 November to 2 December at 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 at the Wilson carpark. Register online or email Emily for more info.

Holly Hawkins, Sim’s wife, is already part of our team and it is an absolute joy to announce that Holly is taking on an increased role in the youth department of St Paul’s. We’re in a time of significant growth in this area and it’s great to be able to respond to that growth by increasing her hours. Holly will work with Sim across all areas of this thriving ministry with a particular focus on communications, the arts and dance, and the mentoring of girls.

<>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.

Thanks to all who donated to our church family in St Saviour's Kaitaia. Two cars driven by Scott & Jennie Milne and Johan Chang, along with a ute & trailer organised by David Howe & Mark Hockey, were loaded up and driven up! John and Tina said, "What an enormous amount of giving. When the youth saw what had arrived, they were literally wowed! To be able to help those in need with these types of things means a lot up here. So awesome to share in God's work with you guys. Wish you were with us to see your giving in action. We can't thank you all enough." Boom. Thanks to all who gave, sorted, drove and helped..

Are you quietly struggling with conception, pregnancy or fertility issues? Perhaps you know a couple who are trying to conceive and/or are on waiting lists for treatment/IVF. Our women's baby prayer group is getting together to pray and support one another on Wednesday 12 November in the St Paul's Church sanctuary at 7.30pm. By His power and grace, more than 60 couples have overcome medical odds, miscarriage and unexplained infertility! All welcome. All confidential. For more info, please email Baby Prayer. Free parking at the Wilson carpark.

Sunny 1-bedroom flat for rent n Glen Eden. It has a lovely covered deck with views across Auckland and is convenient to train and buses. It would suit single person or couple. Off-street parking available for 1 vehicle. No pets sorry. $250p/w inc. water, rates etc. Please contact Jacqui on 09 818 7935 if you are interested.

WE CHALLENGE YOU

 

We’re reaching out to people throughout Aotearoa who share our passion for justice. Join us in this challenge  -  live on just $2.25 a day for food, for 5 days!   To help raise awareness and funds to support traumatised former child soldiers in Uganda. Are you up for it?

 

When? 6th- 10th October 2014

 

Why? To understand poverty and injustice in our world we need to experience what it feels like. What better way to start that than by spending just a few days living below the extreme poverty line.

 

What’s the cause? The Children of War Rehabilitation Centre sponsored by World Vision helps returned child soldiers to see the image of God in themselves and to have their humanity restored. 

 

Who are the returned child soldiers? Some of the 25,000 children who have been abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda since 1986.

 

Children like Stephen:

 

Stephen was abducted when he was 9 years old. He escaped 7 years later, and was offered support by the World Vision Children of War Rehabilitation Centre.

 

"When I think about my situation, at times I cry and at times I just let it go."

 

Although Stephen was looking forward to reuniting with his family, he was unsure how his life would turn out.

 

"What will it be like to go back to a village where I don't know the language anymore? To go back to school in a much lower grade? To have my own garden without knowing how to grow food?”


 

Register yourself and your club now, to join hundreds of Kiwis helping children like Stephen to see the image of God in themselves and to have their humanity restored. 

 

Where will the money go? By ‘living below the line’ for World Vision, your funds will help provide HIV and AIDS education, Food, Medical treatment, Psychosocial counselling, Vocational training, Spiritual nurture, and a smooth transition back to family and community through the Children of War Rehabilitation Centre in Gulu, Uganda.

 

By choosing World Vision on Live Below the Line you can help make God’s promise to Israel true for Stephen and his friends in Uganda:

 

“I will repay you for the years
 that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
 my great army, which I sent against you.

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
 and praise the name of the Lord your God,
 who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.” (Joel 2: 25-27, NRSV)

 

Website:

www.livebelowtheline.com/nz/partner/worldvision

 

Videos:

World Vision Children of War Rehabilitation  Centre

John’s Story

About the Lord’s Resistance Army

 

YOU CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE by raising funds to heal former child soldiers in Uganda. Register now.

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.