Kia ora, welcome to St Paul’s in the Park Anglican Church.
Sundays 9.30 am
Praise and worship, including Holy Communion.
Singing is a feature of our worship at St Paul’s in the Park. If you enjoy singing, join us at the 9:30 am service.
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.
Update on Building Project
We had hoped to be turning the first sods on our site by now but due to a variety of factors, though primarily COVID and rising costs, the site remains undisturbed. Just prior to Christmas, we were presented with a revised tender from our construction company which quoted $400,000 above what we are able to accept. This meant we were unable to sign off on the contract for stage 1 of the build.
Since then, we have been working on getting that figure down to where it needs to be, including examining the quote detail, tweaking options, looking at alternative sub-contractors (some of which had extremely high quotes, to say the least!)
Meanwhile, we have continued to raise funds despite the best efforts of social distancing rules. As I write, we have secured $4,499,028 towards our target start figure of $5M. Although we have a generous underwrite of $600,000 securing our cashflow, that is based on the original budget and we still need to raise money to repay this.
We are so very keen to make a start on this exciting project. It is a project which will be of great benefit to our Anglican community, but just as importantly, is much needed by the wider Flat Bush community. The facilities will enable us to host a wide range of programmes which will be of significant benefit to the growing and diverse local community. It is an opportunity for our church to reach out to our community and hopefully make a difference.
So, we still need your help! Building seems tantalisingly close but we need to know we can finish what we start. If you are interested in helping, please visit ‘Our Building Project’ on our website. Information on the vision and shape of the project is there, including how to contribute.
God bless you.
Rev Warner Wilder
7 February 2022
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.
Many of you will be reasonably familiar with the painting, ‘The Praying Hands,’ by Albrecht Durer as pictured below. Legend has it that Hans and Albrecht Durer, two French brothers from a large family whose father worked as a goldsmith, wanted to study painting. The only way they could afford to do so was for one of them to work in the mines while the other completed his studies. They then would change places.
So for four years, Albrecht went to Venice to study while his brother sent him the money he earned in the mines. At last, Albrecht returned, now a renowned artist. It was his turn to help his brother Hans. However, when the two brothers met, Albrecht discovered the full extent of the sacrifice Hans had made. His hands were calloused and bruised from four years of hard labour. His fingers would never be able to handle a painter’s brush.
In gratitude for the sacrifice his brother had made, Albrecht used the work-ridden hands of his brother as models for what became his renowned painting.
Sacrifice lies at the heart of the Easter message – surely self-explanatory. Sacrifice lies at the heart of giving. If there is no sacrifice involved, can we really call it giving? Giving lies at the heart of being a good person and also a long way to being a good Christian, along with faith, of course. Give, give, give, whether it be time, goods, money, a caring gesture, word or ear. It all amounts to love and compassion, and the world needs this in spades right now.
‘But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help, how can God’s love be in that person?’ 1 John 3:17
The miracle on the River Kwai is one of the most remarkable stories of the Second World War. The conditions for Allied prisoners in the Japanese prisoner-of-war camp on the River Kwai were so abysmal, and the mortality so high, that the men became almost bestial in their selfishness. They did not shrink from stealing food from their dying mates in a desperate attempt to stay alive.
Ernest Gordon, who wrote the book, was himself given up as incurable by the MO but was nursed back to life by the devoted self-sacrifice of a man in his Company, Dusty Miller. But the miracle was the transformation of attitudes in that camp as people began to understand and respond to the love of Christ. How did that begin to get through to men in such desperate conditions?
It all started with a Scotsman, Angus McGilvray, who literally gave his life for his friend. The friend was very ill and about to die. Someone had stolen his blanket. Angus gave him his own. Someone had stolen his food. Angus gave him his own. The result? Angus’s friend got better, but Angus collapsed one day from starvation and exhaustion. He pitched on his face and died.
His totally unselfish giving was such an inspiration to the rest of the camp that they completely changed their attitude toward one another. Rather than focusing on themselves, they focused on the welfare of their fellow prisoners. They, in effect, created a little corner of God’s kingdom.
We live in challenging times. It is important to spread around as much love as we can. As Christians it is the least we can do; as people, it is the least we can do. That way we can create our corner of God’s kingdom.
‘Dear friends, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.’ 1 John 3:18