Kia ora, welcome to St Paul’s in the Park Anglican Church.
We have two Sunday morning services, at 9.00 am and 10.15 am. Find out more about these services here.
Living in a world overshadowed by COVID-19 means we need to be flexible, so every week we also upload our services to Youtube. Click below to view our Youtube channel.
Our present day church, although placed on the edge of Barry Curtis Park, is surrounded by a mushrooming community. This growing community is a melting pot of culture, ethnicity and faith.
A few years ago it was decided that a new building was needed to meet the demands of this growing community. A design is now completed and our initial estimates indicate that we are challenged with raising 6.1 million dollars to build our new church.
Selwyn Seniors is a group for over 65’s. A morning of gentle exercise, fun and friendship with a varied programme.
SPACE for you and your baby is a parenting programme aimed at mainly first-time parents of newborn babies. Sessions are held over 3 terms in a relaxed, baby-friendly atmosphere.
Our vision for SPACE is “empowering and encouraging parents to support the development of the whole child in their first year of life”.
During our 10.15 am service, our Sunday School runs during the school term. Children can share special items of news they may have, and say a prayer/sing a song together. Bible lessons are presented through varied activities such as stories, video clips, pictures, crafts or a game.
Faith and Courage
Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849. She immediately became involved in the abolitionist movement, organising meetings and speaking against slavery.
But that wasn’t enough for Harriet. She decided to return to the South secretly and deliver other slaves to freedom. It was a great risk, because if she had been caught, she would certainly have been thrown back into slavery, or even killed as an example to other potential runaways.
But not only did she return to the South that one time, she went back 19 times, to eventually rescue some 300 fellow slaves. Each trip became more risky, as slave catchers were on the alert for her. But each time she prayed fervently, put herself in God’s hands, and evaded the authorities.
It is one thing to believe in something, it is another to have the courage to stand by what we believe through thick and thin.
‘For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.’
During the Second World War, a man was adrift on a raft for 21 days before he was rescued. Asked if he had learnt anything from the experience, he replied, ‘Yes. If I can have enough food to eat and water to drink, I shall be riotously happy for the rest of my life.’
All too often it is only when we are deprived of something that we appreciate it. It is important to be grateful for what do have and to remember to thank God for the blessings we are fortunate to have.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.’ Psalm 92:1
An old man says he complained only once in all his life –‘ when his feet were bare and he had no money to buy shoes. Then he saw a happy man who had no feet. And he never complained again.
There is a lovely story of an absent-minded professor from Edinburgh. He used to travel regularly by train and all the ticket collectors knew him. One day by the gate, he was anxiously going through his pockets and after a while, the ticket collector asked if he could help. ‘I have lost my ticket,’ said the professor. ‘That’s alright, sir, we all know you. You can get on the train.’ ‘But,’ said the professor, ‘I need my ticket because I do not know where I am going!’
It is not uncommon to feel, maybe temporarily, a loss of direction. Perhaps we are facing a significant decision. Perhaps we are feeling a little confused as to how things are unfolding in our lives. I believe one of the prime functions of the Holy Spirit is guidance. To that end, prayer is one way of dealing with this.
‘Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.’ Matthew 7:7
During the Korean War, a guerrilla fighter murdered the son of a Christian minister to undermine the Christian influence in the village. Later he was captured and put on trial. The grief-stricken father gave evidence against the man.
But then to everyone’s amazement, the minister pleaded, not for justice but the life of the murderer of his son. The minister offered to adopt the guerrilla. In the confusions of wartime, it was permitted.
As a consequence, the guerrilla fighter in turn became a Christian. The minister had turned his quite justifiable verdict of ‘guilty’ into a verdict of ‘accepted.’
This stunning act is a reflection of the Easter message of sacrifice leading to forgiveness of sin, which in turn leads to new beginnings.
‘Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live.’ 2 Corinthians 5:14
Rosario is a woman from Peru. She was a terrorist, who was an expert in several martial arts. In her terrorist activities, she had killed twelve policemen. She had heard a little of the story of Jesus and was incensed at the Christian message. When she heard that Luis Palau was conducting a Christian meeting in Lima, she set out to kill Palau.
She made her way into the stadium where Palau was speaking. As she sat there trying to work out how she was going to get close to the speaker she began to listen to the message. Instead of shooting Palau, she met Jesus.
Ten years later Luis Palau met Rosario for the first time. In those years she had assisted in planting five churches and had founded an orphanage that houses over 1,000 children.
Our experience of Christ may not be quite so dramatic but he can certainly provide us with new purpose and direction.
‘Jesus called out to Simon and Andrew, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets and went with him.’ Matthew 4:19