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.
Sign of the Christian
Dennis needed some same-day dry cleaning before he left on a trip. He remembered one store with a huge sign, ‘One-Hour Dry Cleaners’ on the other side of town, so he drove out of his way to drop off a suit. After filling out the tag, he told the shop clerk, I need this in an hour.’ She said, ‘I can’t get this back to you until Tuesday.’ ‘I thought you did dry cleaning in an hour.’ ‘No,’ she replied, ‘that’s just the name of the store.’
All too often Christianity is let down because those that like to carry the label ‘Christian’ exhibit behaviour that belies that label. We are all human but it is important that the way we treat one another reflects the Christian commandment to ‘love our neighbour.’
‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:35
The owner of a drive-through coffee business in Portland, USA, was surprised one morning to have one of her customers not only pay for her own coffee but also for the coffee of the person in the car behind her. It put a smile on the owner’s face to tell the next customer her drink had already been paid for. The second customer was so pleased that someone else had purchased her coffee that she bought coffee for the next customer. Believe it or not, this string of kindness – one stranger paying for the coffee of the next customer – continued for two hours and 27 customers.
Never underestimate the power of a simple gesture of kindness. Every one of those 27 customers, not to mention the owner, would have felt so much better for the experience, and as a result that feeling of bonhomie is translated into gestures of kindness towards those with whom they come into contact throughout the day. When you are kind to someone, invariably it is not just you and the recipient of your kindness who benefit.
‘If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.’ 1 John 4:12.
When Elmer Booze walks on stage for a virtuoso piano performance, nobody applauds. That’s because he’s not a concert pianist, he’s a professional page turner. Although he has music degrees from two universities, Elmer has been content for many years to sit in the shadows. He has turned pages at the White House and at concerts in New York and London.
Many great pianists depend on people like Elmer. And while the virtuosos take their bows to the applause of thousands, the Elmers of the world are content with the part they played in the performance.
In the same way, any organisation, and especially churches, depend on those people who are willing to work behind the scenes, doing their little bit to ensure the smooth running of their organisation. It is called humble service and a church just cannot function without it.
‘And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.’ John 13:14-15.
To Give is to Receive
In the Holy Land there are two seas, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The same river, the Jordan River, feeds both. The Sea of Galilee teems with life – there are fish in its waters, trees grow on the shoreline and birdlife is everywhere. The Dead Sea lives up to its name – it does not sustain life, it is too salty to allow any plant life. One sea has life and the other is dead, yet the same river feeds both. What is the difference?
The answer is quite simple. The River Jordan flows into one end of the Sea of Galilee and then out the other, where it goes on to flow into the Dead Sea. However, there it stops. There is no outlet at the other end. So while the Sea of Galilee receives and then gives out, the Dead Sea just receives. The water remains there, the sun evaporates it and the salts are left behind. Because it is unable to give out and so keeps all that it receives, it chokes itself of life.
What a wonderful metaphor for life this is. To give is not only to have life, but it enhances and creates life. When we give, we receive, and the more we give, the more we receive.
‘If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over.’ Luke 6:38
Just a comment on the side – the salt content in the Dead Sea is so great that you can actually float completely unaided in its waters.
Princess Alice was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The little daughter of Princess Alice was seriously ill with diphtheria. The doctors had told the Princess not to kiss her little daughter as she would endanger her own life.
Once, when the child was struggling to breathe, the mother, forgetting herself entirely, took her daughter in her arms to comfort her. Gasping and struggling to breathe, the child said, ‘Kiss me, mummy.’ Without thinking of herself, the mother tenderly kissed her daughter. She caught diphtheria and died a few weeks later.
This is a story of unconditional love and sacrifice. It is also a story about mothers, whom we salute.
‘God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.’ 1 John 4:16
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.