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

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.

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!

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.

Would you like to join our 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.

Do you have a prayer need and/or do you like to pray for people? Each week, the church prayer-line is e-mailed to a growing number of church attendees to offer their prayers for people’s requests. If you’d like to take hold of this fantastic opportunity and receive some prayer and/or pray for others please email us and let us know.

SPACE is a brilliant group of parents who meet downstairs at church on a Monday morning during the school term. We start with coffee and morning tea together (10-10.30am) and then we have an hour where our little people are looked after by members of the Families team so that we can spend some quality time going deeper with God and each other. If this sounds like what you're after, we'd love to have you along! Park on the church driveway, or if that's full, park in the Wilson carpark and swap a ticket when you arrive. Email Liz for more info.

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.

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

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.