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!

Christmas is literally just around the corner, and as always, there is lots going on. We have the Children’s Production taking place at the morning services on 6 December, and on 20 December we will be repeating our fantastic carol service – which we had last year – at the 9am, 11am and 18:30 services. In addition to our more traditional carol services, this year on Sunday 13 December we will also be hosting  two 'Alt Carols' services at the 18:30 and then again at 9pm. For more deets, check the Facebook event.  Lastly, in keeping with tradition, we have a Christmas Eve service and a Christmas Day service. The office will be closed from Midday on Christmas Eve until Monday 11 January, with services resuming on Sunday 17 January.

Come and enjoy a bunch of carols remixed by local artists with a short Christmas message thrown in for good measure. This is the perfect event to bring friends or workmates along to church without the angst of wondering what they’ll think. We are running two Alt Carols services on Sunday 13 December – 18:30pm and 9pm – so stay on after (or come early) for cheap eats and drinks together at 7:30pm in the Crypt. Check Facebook for all the deets.

Thank you for the amazing response to the Kaitaia Shoebox appeal! Please bring your shoebox/voucher to church by Sunday 6 December and pop it under the Christmas tree. If you are stuck for what to put in your shoeboxes, check out our suggestions for mums and kids. If you missed out on a shoebox but are keen to help, perhaps you can put together a little 'love pack' for their amazing (and probably very tired) church ministry leaders? A little help goes a long way - thank you. For more info email Kaitaia Fire for more info.

Our beautiful book of stories is currently on the printing press and will be with us in a few short weeks. We know that many of you are giving the Stories book to friends and family for Christmas and so we have created some cost effective bundles for you. Pre-order your copies today to make sure you don’t miss out. Individual copies are $30 each or buy a 5-pack bundle for $25 per copy, or better still, 10 copies for $20 each. This Sunday you can you pre-order your copies at church. Your pre-ordered copies will be available for collection at services from 6 December or we can ship them to you. Check out a quick preview of some of the stories or order the book

Paul and Katy Sawrey and their three boys arrive in New Zealand on 1 January 2016. We are looking for a bright and spacious house for them to rent on a long-term basis. Ideally it will be as close to St Paul's as possible. Please let us know if you have, or know of, a property that would fit the bill. Thanks!

We are thrilled to announce that the Reverend Paul Ashman (who we farewelled at the end of last year) has been appointed as the next Vicar of the Parish of Panmure. Paul has been serving at St Matthias Church this year as Interim Priest and the Parish Nominators have requested that he continue his ministry there as Vicar. Paul’s induction service will be held on Sunday 13 December at 5pm at St Matthias Church, 5 Thompson Road, Panmure. All welcome.

St Paul’s Church Camp is happening this summer, joining forces with Festival One over Auckland Anniversary Weekend for a few days soaking in the sun, building community and worshipping together. Our very own Chris Cope will be leading the main worship gatherings, Rick Watts (Regent College, Canada) is the main speaker and our Worship Central band will be performing, alongside All Sons & Daughters and Bethel. We’ll have our very own campsite marked out to relax and chill together so bust out your tent and sleeping bags and start planning your Auckland Anniversary Weekend now. To tent with us and get a 10% discount, use the code #STPAULS when you register online.

Would you like to be involved with the meaningful and fulfilling ministry of hospital chaplaincy? Our next chaplaincy service is Sunday 6 December 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

Introducing Bev Bray as the SPGC leader in Takapuna. If you have ever spotted Bev about town you’ll have noticed she has all the flair of a fashionista. In keeping with all things North Shore, she also has a great love of the beach. Bev is full of fun and loves people of all ages and from all walks of life. If you live in the area and would like to join the group, please email Pastoral Care and we'll forward your details on. That way, we can keep in touch with you and see if there are some ways our community can care for you.

Did you know that each week a prayer email goes out to over 100 people in the church who have committed to pray for the requests on the prayer line? If you have a prayer request all you need to do is email us and the team will swing into action for you. And if you’d like to join the team please email us to let us know. It’s that easy!

Forget Frantic! We are inviting you to Christmas Drive-Thru as a chance to slow the pace, and take a fresh look at Christmas. 

Bring your car filled with family and friends, or jump on the back of one of the trucks provided for a 30 minute drive-thru where stage by stage we provide a fun and thoughtful reflection on the Christmas season.

It’s a FREE community event, every evening from 7:30pm, from Tuesday 15th to Sunday the 20th of December

For more information please visit www.gcc.org.nz

We are looking to replace our awesome flatmate who recently got married. Our villa is walking distance to Cornwall Park and Royal Oak.

We're three christian guys in our early 20/30's. We get on well, keep the place tidy and look out for each other.

4 Bedroom house with 2 bathroom.
Single room is available immediately.

$155 rent + $25 expenses

Unlimited fast internet (with US Netflix), alarm, gas and a decent sized deck at the back.
You can see photo's on trademe:

If you interested contact Brad on 022 033 0321.

My husband and I are moving to Auckland in late January. I will be studying at the University of Auckland.

We are seeking housing while we are waitlisted for university residence. We would love to live in a missionary residence or rent from those with space to spare! Please send correspondence to NarmourLN@hollins.edu in care of Lindsey.


We are an existing flat and we’ve just moved into a larger home. We are looking for a fourth person to join us. We are two girls and one guy all working professionals in our 30s.


There is a double bedroom available with majority use of a bathroom. The house has everything else it needs and it has been newly renovated and is a spacious home.

We are looking for someone who is social, clean and considerate and around the same age.

Please email laurenpalmer@hotmail.com a bit about yourself if you're interested.


My soon-to-be-bride, Melissa, and I are looking to house-sit from late January 2016 through February, and possibly into March. We are both young professionals (teachers), incredibly tidy, and are happy to look after pets. 

Melissa works in Taupaki, and I on the North Shore, so we are accustomed to travelling to our jobs (like most Aucklanders!).

If you think you might have a place, or know of one, for us to look after, please contact Matt on 027 259 1277.

Thank you!

Spring Home Group
Do you work with people in the community?
You might work in health or education, community law, corrections or social
services. We know it can be a bit of a mission field out there and it’s
important to be around people who get it.
We want to establish a group for people who are are looking for a place
where they can be themselves, share a few work stories, have a few laughs, get
stuck into scripture and just have fun. Whether you’re in the thick of it or
just have a passion for people in the community we would love to hear from
you.  We will be meeting on Wednesday nights in Central Auckland.
Email Rachel - springhomegroup@gmail.com if you would like to hear more about where you can find

Location: Albany
North Shore City
Available: now
Description: 4 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms.

Bushlands Park Drive, Albany

Beautiful home located right in the centre of Albany.

1min drive to the mall and mega centre,5 min walk to Massey University,with Bus stops all around.

Downstairs one double bedroom available in 4 bedroom house. The tenants have sole use of the downstairs bathroom, toilet and shower.

The house is furnished as well as the bedrooms. Downstairs area contains the bedroom and bathroom, laundry area, kitchen and lounge/dining. 

Rent is $160 p/w per bedroom.Rent includes expenses - water, power, ultrafast broadband internet (fibre).

North facing deck out to peaceful garden. 

3 weeks bond ($480) when move in

No pets or smokers.
Furnishings: all furnished rooms
In the area: Albany malls, petrol station, bus stops, Massey University­, Mega Centre, Medical Centre, etc.
Parking: parking along the road
3 existing flatmates. We are friendly , easy going young couple.not a noisy or a party house.
Ideal flatmate: a kind female

We're looking for two guys/girls to join a great flat of two christian guys and one girl in Ellerslie. 

We have two rooms available. One at the end of November and also mid December. Both are reasonable size - one with double wardrobe, the other a single.

Rent is $145 + $55 expenses. Expenses include power, water, internet, sky, food (Mon-Thurs cooking).

You'll be moving into a nice large two storey house on a back section in a quiet neighbourhood. It's in a very convenient location, being only a couple minutes drive from the motorway, Ellerslie village and the train station.

The house has two large living areas, two bathrooms, deck, double garage and heaps of off street parking.We're all in our twenties, enjoy the outdoors, watching sport and having the odd bbq. Preferably looking for professionals in their 20s and are willing to pitch in with the cooking.

Give Justin a call or text on 027 419 8020 to organise a time to check it out.

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.

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.