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...

When the Gospel begins to take shape within a group of people it shines a light on the complexity and struggle of our lives. As Paul teaches the young Corinthian church, the Gospel is a light that illuminates every part of life and is strong enough to change everything. Not only that but it forges a new community of difference within the heart of the city. Exchange Corinth for Auckland and Paul might have penned this letter yesterday. Over nine weeks we will look at how the Gospel takes shape within us as persons in community through three lens: 1) What does it mean to be the church? 2) How do we live well in our sexual lives and relationships? and 3) How do we practise the Kingdom Come through the Gifts of the Spirit?

The Life Course banquet was quite a night last night. A massive thanks to our awesome team of helpers for making it such a wonderful evening! If you didn’t make it along, you’re still able to come along to the course this Wednesday night – it’s a fantastic course and we’d love anyone and everyone to join us. Whether you’re new to faith or simply want to get to know a bit more about Jesus — come along for good food, great company and discussion. Free parking in the Wilsons carpark, 47 Symonds Street. $10 donation for dinner. Email Jennifer to register.

In your 20s or early 30s at St Paul's and want to connect? Come along to East Road's monthly cluster this Wednesday 3 August at Crave Cafe. We have the whole cafe to ourselves, with pizza and drinks available (bring $10 if you want them) from 7pm. It’s a great and relaxed way to meet others at St Paul's. For more info you can find us on Facebook or email the East Road team. 

Passionate about St Paul’s? Love our community? Thrive on a challenge? We are looking to expand our paid Sunday logistics team. This a varied and engaging people-oriented role that requires energy and commitment. If you get a kick out of serving others, are reliable and are great at thinking on the spot, we need you! There may be additional paid work available during the week from time to time. If you would like to apply to join the team, or have any questions, contact us.

Want to be involved, but don’t consider yourself an on-stage type? Consider joining our top-notch volunteer AV team. We would be very keen to hear from anyone who is interested in joining and contributing to this team – you don’t have to be a technical AV ninja as full training will be provided. Please email Chris for more info.

Our annual St Paul’s Ceilidh is always such a hit we thought, "why not try it with the kids?" A ceilidh involves folk music and dancing – yes dancing! Don't panic – a live ceilidh band will be teaching us the moves and they're super easy. It's all about fun and not footwork, all ages welcome so why not invite the extended family? Tickets are $25/family (max 5 peeps) and $10/individual, include pizza and parking, and can be purchased here. Friday 26 August from 5:30-7:30pm. See you there!

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.

Come and join students from different cultures and backgrounds – it’s a great way to get to know people from all over the globe without having to use your airpoints! Our regular Wednesday International Student Lunch and English Conversation Group is growing, so if you're free any time between 12-2pm on Wednesday, please contact Conrad to get involved. Qualifications necessary: are you breathing? 'Nuff said. Volunteer today!

Come along and join our small group! We are a mixed group of working professionals, students, singles and couples, mainly in our 20s and 30s. The vision for this inner city group is to build community, learn from God's word and pray for one another. We cover a range of topics in our weekly discussions, we're currently going through Long Story Short study series. We meet in Britomart, every Tuesday from 7-9pm.  email:  innercityhomegroup@gmail.com 

We are looking for an au pair (male or female!) to come and live with us in the pretty village of Hurstpierpoint, England (very near lively Brighton and not far from London)!

We are a Christian family, jimmy is from auckland but has been in the UK for 12 years now!  We have a beautiful disabled 6 yr old daughter and a very fun 3 year old son. We are expecting no.3 in November!

We need some help from September / October, mainly helping get the children ready for school and playing with them after.

Please contact me on lizziegos@gmail.com for more info!

I am a forty something year old teacher searching for a living situation.  Either in a home,  in an existing flat or a house to rent with the view to sharing with other Christian professionals.   As I am a music teacher I have HEAPS of music books and resources including a lovely piano. I also have some furniture and other stuff in storage which I would love to find a home for. I look forward to hearing from you.  I am clean and tidy and have good references. Blessings,  Cherry . cherryg@actrix.co.nz  

Adam Street Bungalow with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom (shower and bath) and a second toilet. A separate lounge, dining room and kichen with dishwasher & fridge. Gas central heating. Off-street parking for 2 + cars. Walking distance to supermarket, bus routes and Greenlane train station. No pets and non smokers.  Rent $700 pw.  Contact 027 5327793 for more information.

With one awesome flatmate leaving, we're looking for another to join us! We are Christian students with some jobs on the side, aged 20-21. Our flat is ideally located near the great hubs of Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Kingsland, and the CBD/Uni's are easily walkable. The room is spacious with good windows, and the flat shares one bathroom. We all cook separately. We're ideally looking for someone who is willing to join our relaxed, caring flat, and our many chats and fun times! Contact Harriet on 0277238913 for a viewing/information.  

We're a professional couple looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom flat to rent near-ish to a train station (for example Onehunga, Ellerslie or Panmure, but flexible with location!). We generally go to the 9 am service. Email: gehaack@yahoo.com. 

"Each year, hundreds of babies are born in New Zealand to families who are struggling financially. These families are often unable to provide essential items like carseats and cots, prams or even adequate clothing. Littlemore provides all kinds of pre-loved baby gear to these families. We are always on the look out for people to join our Saturday morning volunteer team to help with the sorting and quality control of donations. If you would like to be part of our friendly team, please contact Jessica Bell on jess@littlemore.co.nz for more information."  

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 jaynebaileynz@hotmail.com. 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 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.