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It’s a bittersweet moment for our team here at St Paul's as we announce that Paul Ashman, along with Thaya, William, Isabelle and Emmanuelle, are moving on from St Paul’s to take up a new position as Priest in Charge of a church in Auckland.

Over the last three years, Paul has made an invaluable contribution to the life of St Paul’s. Paul’s key ministry areas have included overseeing the Life Course, the 3:30pm service, GLOW and corporate and prayer ministries.

Paul has been an integral part of the growing international student ministry, particularly through hosting student lunches and Bible studies - this has lead a huge number of students to faith and baptism.

Paul has also coordinated a monthly prayer gathering for AUT and Auckland University that has brought together a number of central city churches and other Christian organisations and has facilitated the support of our overseas missionaries.

In his time at St P's, Paul has played a transformative role in many coming to faith, being raised from the dead (OK, not quite!) and many people being healed - he has been amazing at gently making people feel welcomed, valued and loved.

We will be celebrating Paul’s ministry, hearing about his exciting future role and farewelling the Ashmans on Sunday 30 November at the 9am service. We hope you can join us.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Hear ye! Hear ye! (Bells chime in background). Jonny’s Service of Ordination as a Priest is taking place at 10am this Saturday 29 November at Holy Trinity Cathedral, corner of St Stephens Avenue and Parnell Road. All are welcome to attend and support Jonny, Esther and their family. #meninrobes

Pray for Jonny' facebook page specifically so you can connect with prayer and practical needs - of particular note is a 'round-the-clock' roster to pray Jonny through his surgery and out the other side. Thanks so much for your support and prayer uplifting the Grants during this challenging time. #wearefamily

Thank you for the amazing response to the Kaitaia Shoebox appeal launch last Sunday - all 90 shoeboxes were snuffled up before the morning services were out! If you missed out but are keen to help struggling families up north this Christmas, please consider purchasing a Pak'n'Save voucher - this enables Feed My Lambs Kaitaia to buy what they need when they need it to continue their amazing ministry. Please bring your shoebox/voucher to church on or before Sunday 7 December and pop it under a Christmas tree. A little help goes a long way - thank you. Email Kaitaia Fire for more info.

Sun 14 Dec – 9am & 11am // Te Harinui | A homegrown Christmas play
Sun 21 Dec – 9am, 11am & 6:30pm // Christmas Carol’s at St Paul’s
Wed 24 Dec – 11pm // Carols, Candles, Communion, the lot
Thurs 25 Dec – 10am // Family Christmas Service

Would you like to be involved with the meaningful and fulfilling ministry of hospital chaplaincy? Our next chaplaincy service is on Sunday 7 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 contact Gabi Anderson.

The children’s Christmas production is only three weeks away. We’re about to get busy with costumes, stage design, props and backdrop making so if you’re a creative type and know how to paint or sew or horde strange bits and bobs then please email Simeon as we’d love to have you on board. Thanks.

Did you know there is a completely social event that meets fortnightly for the sanity of St Paul’s mothers? Mum’s Group is on this Friday from 10 to 11.30am in Mt Albert. If you’d like to meet other mums and get connected you can find the address here or email Cara for details.

Would you like to join the 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.

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.

We're looking for a guy or girl to join a great flat of four guys in Ellerslie.

You'll be moving into a fantastic 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. The room is good sized with a decent wardrobe.

We're four guys in our twenties, who enjoy the outdoors, watching sport and having the odd bbq.

Preferably looking for a professional in their 20s who doesn't mind a bit of sport and is willing to pitch in with the cooking.

Rent is $140 + $55 expenses. Expenses include power, water, internet, sky, food (mon-thurs cooking). Room will be available in a couple weeks.

We're looking for a new flatmate for a room in a beautiful villa on the Royal Oak/Onehunga border, $155 p/w + expenses. Great flatmates, (guys and gals, late 20s/early 30s professionals) amazing location. Spacious double room, huge yard, unlimited internet. Close to the train station for easy commute to the CBD, and short walk to the Royal Oak shops. Contact Jaimee on 0211656099 to check it out. Room available from the 5 Dec, and must be filled before Christmas.

Hi all!

We are three fun Christian females in our late 20s / early 30s looking for another flatmate for our beautiful villa by the sea in Devonport.  The house is close to the beach and ferry building.  The room is $200 per week plus expenses.  Please feel free to get in touch if you're interested: mollybelle84@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Nikki.

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.