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.
I am sure that most of us are only too well aware how important it is to read our Bible on a regular basis, but I am also sure that many of us, due to the demands and distractions of our busy lives, don’t read it as much as we really should.
The Bible should be our handbook for life. God speaks to us through the Bible and it contains everything we need to know if we are to live our lives in tune with God. There will be discordant notes along the way and there will be times when we struggle with particular stories or passages. But not only has it stood the test of time, it has stood the test of centuries of close examination and scrutiny. Perhaps we could reflect on this little story.
A man once walked through a great art gallery, looking scornfully at the paintings on the wall. ‘Are these the masterpieces?’ he asked. ‘I am afraid they don’t do much for me.’ The attendant standing nearby responded, ‘These pictures are not on trial. Their worth has been proved long ago. It is you who are on trial.’
If it helps, try and get into a routine of reading a short passage at a certain time each day, and most importantly, ask God to speak to you as you read.
‘All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.’
2 Timothy 3:16
Life after Death
One day a court jester said something so foolish that the king, handing him a staff, said to him, ‘Take this and keep it until you find a bigger fool than yourself.’
Some years later the king was very ill and lay on his deathbed. The king addressed those gathered around his bed, ‘I am about to leave you. I am going on a long journey, and I shall not return, so I have called you to say goodbye.’
The jester stepped forward and said, ‘Your majesty, may I ask you a question? When you journeyed abroad visiting your people, your heralds and servants always went ahead of you making preparations for you. May I ask what preparations your majesty has made for this journey you are about to take?’
‘Alas’, the king replied, ‘I have made no preparations.’
‘Then’, said the jester, ‘take this staff with you, for now I have found a bigger fool than myself.’
We are very likely to be judged when the moment of truth arrives (see below). I believe that how we conduct ourselves in this life will have some bearing on the quality of our next life. Bearing in mind the significance of this next life – it is, after all, eternal! – that surely must give us a real sense of purpose for this life. Let’s make sure we make preparation for this journey that every single one of us will take.
‘For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.’ 2 Corinthians 5:10
‘Heaven must be in me before I can be in heaven.’ Charles Stanford
Use the Power of Speech Sparingly
A pastor tells the story of how one evening he was minding his two children while his wife was out pursuing her hobby of making porcelain dolls at a doll-making class. The phone rang and one of his children rushed to answer. The pastor felt a surge of pride as his young son spoke politely and correctly to the caller, but his pride soon vanished as his son, in response to the caller’s request to speak to his mother, answered, ‘I am sorry but my mum is not here. She’s out making babies but my father is here if you want to speak to him.’ To compound matters, the caller happened to be one of the elders of their church!
Not sure what the message is here but the story was too good not to tell. However, we do need to make sure we are not too hasty in opening our mouths. As James points out, the tongue can be a lethal weapon. ‘The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.’ James 3:5.
To put it more bluntly, ‘If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble.’ Proverbs 21:23
Margaret Court, Australia, had an incredible tennis career in which she won a staggering 66 grand slam titles. When she started having heart palpitations, she went to her doctor. She discovered she had a torn heart valve. She was told she would be on tablets for the rest of her life. At the age of 38 she faced a life sentence of medication.
Margaret met God when she was staying with a family in the United States. She thought the wife was a religious nut. She kept giving Margaret Christian books to read. But, through her illness and this woman, Margaret met God. Her personal life was transformed. Interestingly, her heart got strangely better so that she no longer needs her tablets.
When we journey with God, all sorts of possibilities can happen.
‘It was by faith that Sarah together with Abraham was able to have a child, even though they were too old and Sarah was barren.’ Hebrews 11:11
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.