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!

The 20-35 Date My Mate event went off with a bang this week! We look forward to the 30+ event on Thursday 2 July, at the Dominion Bar in Mt Eden. The rules for Date My Mate are 1) you must be single, 2) you must love Jesus & 3) you must turn up with someone of the opposite sex – no mate, no entry! Cost is $15 per person (includes subsidised drinks & nibbles). Numbers are limited – register for you and your mate by emailing datemymatenz@gmail.com

Although my roots grow deep in the Texas Hill Country, I’m a home/friend/family collector and love having backyards in Washington, DC, Sydney, and now Mt Eden with my new Kiwi husband. I love big families (oldest of 6!), beautiful spaces, solving problems, good coffee, and straight-shooters. I believe that summer should last all year, leopard print is a ‘neutral,’ little things matter, friendship is the best kind of wealth, and the world is seriously tiny. If I don’t pick up my phone, you’ll probably find me in my local hot yoga studio or buried in a Brené Brown book in a corner booth at Rad Café. Consider yourselves warned: hang with me long enough and “y’all” will start slipping into your everyday lingo!

Guys! Valiant Man is back at St Paul's. It's all about men developing and maintaining a healthy sexuality - every man’s battle. This program (with study and devotional guide) is designed to fortify and restore the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Valiant Man challenges all men to uphold their personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs. Dates: Tues, 14 July to 15 September 2015 (10 weeks), 7pm for start at 7.30pm. Cost: $75. Please register by email or for more info, email us. We are also looking for one more leader for this course, if you are interested please contact Greg Milner-White on 021 493 201.

If you're in your 20s or early 30s and want to connect with others of a similar age at St Paul’s, come along to Crunchy Nut Cluster (named after the cereal because we couldn’t think of anything better). Join us Wednesday 1 July from 7pm at Crave cafe (25 McDonald St, Kingsland) - it’s a relaxed chance to connect over some pizza/wine/beer. This month, we also have Esther Grant speaking on "Me, God, and Money - Being Freed from the Tyranny of Fear". It will be a great night so come along! For more details, email us.

The (amazing!) Life Course has finished but for those who want keep digging in, Sarah Mazengarb will be running 'Afterlife' for 5 weeks, starting Wednesday 1 July. Anyone is welcome – we’ll be going through the basics of the big biblical story, exploring how the Old and New Testaments fit together, and putting it all in context - there will be plenty of time for discussing how this shapes our day-to-day spiritual practices as well. The course is free (parking available) but please email Hanna to register by 30 June for catering purposes – drinks and sweet treats every week from 7pm, kicking off at 7:30pm.

We are looking for someone who has a heart and passion for working with children to assist our wonderful leader Joshua Fryer, in Salt and Light (our primary school aged programme) at both the 9am and 11am services at St Paul’s on Sunday mornings. This person should have energy, creativity, the ability to lead up front, to ‘get into character’ using role-play/costumes; a great sense of fun and be able to show that he/she has previously related  to this age group. This will be a paid part-time position (6 hours). If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and contact details to Jennie Milne.

Thanks to all of you who sent in your stories last week. If you missed the deadline you are not off the hook yet! Put pen to paper and get your story sent in as there is still time to be included in Phase 3. Remember - It doesn't have to be perfect, just get the story down as best you can and we can turn it over to one of our wonderful editors to get it print ready. If you want to know more about the project, send us an email!

Wow! We’re simply loving our 18:30 social space after church each week, good food, great music, awesome company – we’re loving it! We really need some peeps with a Manager’s Licence so we can continue to serve up our fab craft beers, ciders, and wine. If you have a Manager’s License Pearl Harper would love to hear from you – please get in touch ASAP! Thanks :)

Do you have a heart for children living in disadvantage? Would you love to see an even greater response from the church to child poverty in New Zealand? This year St Paul's is partnering with Equippers Church to organise a church forum on child poverty, Saturday 19 September. If you are interested in joining the team of organisers and helpers, please contact Jin Russell.

We are currently in a season of going deeper at St Paul's so we've reshaped our pre-service gathering to help express this. Instead of just being a 'prayer meeting', we are wanting to create space before the service to worship and encounter God, where prayer flows naturally out of our enjoyment of who God is. We'd love you to come on down to the Crypt at 6pm to be part of this - no expectations or special skills required – just turn up and it will be awesome.

Hey! I'm looking for a flat with other young professionals nearby the CBD. I'm a 26 year-old female, working business hours Mon-Fri. I'm pretty easy to live with - tidy/clean, considerate of others, and social.

I'm looking in the following areas: Freemans Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Kingsland, Parnell, Mt Eden.

Give me a txt if you have any thing which might fit the above :)

Sheryn, 021-031-1125

I am looking for an emerging or professional artist for an exhibition for Lakehouse Cafe gallery in July. 

It should be hung on the wall, so paintings, or photographs, (but no installation or sculpture). 

There is space for about 6-8 art works.

While it is on the exhibition, the art works are on sale
(30%-Gallery, 70%-Artist).

If you know any artist who has works to sell and looking for an exhibition space, please send me an email. 

hey_sunmin@hotmail.com

SunMin Elle 

TE HARINUI meaning THE GREAT JOY is our musical play about the first preaching of the Christian gospel to Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand on Christmas Day 1814.
There's a huge album of photos of our amazing 2014 kids' Christmas production here.
And you can watch the video here

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.