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 church and church office will be closed from 26 December until Monday 12 January and our staff will be on leave over this time.  Sunday services will resume as per normal, including all child and youth programmes, on Sunday 18 January 2015.  For pastoral care emergencies, please call 022 651 3756 or email pastoralcare@stpauls.org.nz. Have a safe and happy summer.

We love being able to celebrate this special season together and invite you, your family, your neighbours and friends to join us for a magical St Paul’s Christmas-fest at any or all of these events:
sun 21 dec – 9am, 11am & 6:30pm // christmas carols at st paul’s
wed 24 dec – 11pm // carols, candles, communion, the lot
thurs 25 dec – 10am // family christmas service
P.S. if you've any photos from last week's te harinui play, please upload them into our dropbox to share the love!

We’re feeling all kinds of jolly about our amazing Christmas services we’ve got planned and we’d love a few more elves to help make them happen. If you like serving Christmassy treats and you’re around on Sunday 21 December, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Jennifer and let her know what service(s) – 9am, 11am or 18:30 – you can help at! Thank you merry much.

Thank you to each and every one who prepared, shopped for, wrapped and delivered a shoebox of gifts for Kaitaia mums and kids and also to those who bought Pak'n'Save vouchers for Feed My Lambs - over $1000 of vouchers were donated! Amazing. Dino was completely blown away and super-grateful as he drove them all north following 'Te Harinui' last Sunday morning. May you be thoroughly blessed as you have been a blessing - with Christmassy love and thanks from Kaitaia Fire. #wearefamily

Our international student ministry is frutiful and life-giving and many of our students are keen to experience a Kiwi Christmas. It’s a great opportunity for us to show Christian hospitality to the nations at our doorstep. If you’re available to host a couple of students for a meal either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day please get in touch with Jennifer. Thanks.

If you would like to find out more detail regarding our Children and Families Team announcements you can find them here. All of the exciting new names and groupings will commence on Sunday 18 January 2015 – our first service back in the New Year.

Festival One have offered St Paul’s a 10% discount on ticket prices! The festival is on Auckland anniversary weekend (23rd – 26th Jan) and features awesome music, food, community and arts – including St Paul’s worship. So go on, head to iTicket and enter #stpauls in the discount code bar for cheap tickets. Plus, if you’re quick, you can still get in on the cheapest price range too. Check out Festival One online 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

Can't believe it's been two months since the inception of the missions 'going global' enews. We've been pleasantly surprised and infinitely blessed by the feedback and support you have given to the ministry — every prayer and offering means a lot to the ones battling on the front lines! Here's to the kingdom coming, to the global co:mission, to our church family that is reaching beyond boundaries. Subscribe to the bi-monthly enews here.

A father & son economist and fifth year university student are needing accommodation during 2015 on Monday to Thursdays within walking distance to CBD or short trip.

Can share room but would prefer separate. Would like evening meals but can self cater for breakfast.  

Contact Maree on 0212276441

Festival One, the successor to Parachute Festival, is coming to Mystery Creek this summer and we need medical volunteers.

If you’re a proud owner of a first-aid certificate, can effectively treat minor injuries and fancy the sound of a discounted ticket to Festival One, read on…

We’re expecting up to 8000 punters at the Christian music and arts festival on Auckland Anniversary Weekend (23 – 26 Jan 2015) and we need an established team of volunteer professionals providing a 24 hour first aid service.

The medical team will provide assistance to minor incidents like burns, blisters, sprains, strains and other minor injuries but we’ll have equipment and experienced staff for serious events.

Want to join the team? 

- Volunteers are welcome for all or part of the festival. You’ll receive reduced ticket entry for you (and your family if they want to attend the festival).

- Volunteers need a current first aid certificate & some first aid experience as a minimum requirement. ACLS certification and emergency medicine, general practice or nursing background is preferred.

- Volunteers are recommended to bring their own first aid kit for treating their own injuries. We hope to provide an onsite triage & first aid service only for those unable to treat themselves and need assistance.

- Volunteers will receive a briefing and orientation to the site and equipment. We’ll roster you on with colleagues and friends you’re familiar with working with.

If you’re interested in joining the Festival One medical team please email Matt matt.comeskey@clear.net.nz or phone 021 2154339.

For more information about Festival One check out the website at http://festival-one.co.nz.  

Hello St Paul's,

I arrived in New Zealand with a wet appetite for adventure, but after a few nights in the hostel I would like a regular bed again!

My plan is to get a job in Auckland, get involved in St Pauls and make a Church family. Then perhaps in June, travel down to the South island and explore. 

If you have a bed available for a few days/weeks/months in between, that would be super. All I'll need is access to a kitchen, bathroom and a bed of my own (I don't mind sharing a room). Although there are plenty of hostels and other backpackers looking for flats, I would like to see what life is like in a real Kiwi home. If you're interested, perhaps I could pop over for a cup of tea and see how we get along?

How would I describe myself... 23, female, non-smoker, Hobbit fan. I've been a Christian since I was 15, served as Prayer Executive on the Christian Union committee at the University of Derby where I studied journalism and edited the student magazine. I love travelling, making my own clothes, writing and experimental baking!

Please contact me (perhaps you know of someone else looking for someone to take a room? Or someone hiring?) on helenadams1991@hotmail.com

Thanks! See you Sunday

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.