A bit about St Paul’s in the Park
Saint Paul’s Anglican Church was built in 1886, the year of the Tarawera eruption, to serve the growing rural area of East Tamaki, on the outskirts of Auckland. For over 125 years the church has been a landmark and focal point for the people living in this valley.
As the area has changed over the years, so the life and ministry of Saint Paul’s has adapted and grown. Now, with the rapid growth of Dannemora, Donnegal Park, and Flat Bush, St Paul’s is in the centre of a thriving multi-cultural neighbourhood, and remains a landmark given its location within Barry Curtis Park.
We have always been a neighbourhood church, and still work hard to reflect the hopes and needs of the people who live and work around us. The little church is a haven of spiritual peace. It is also the home of a growing congregation committed to the spiritual growth and health of the Flat Bush area.
We would love for you to join us in this exciting and challenging work.
Ministries of St Paul’s in the Park
Selwyn Seniors provides gentle exercise for body, mind and soul, friendship and activities. We meet on Friday mornings 9.30 – 12.00. Morning tea is provided. For more information, please contact Jennie Henry on ph: 537 9182 or Mb: 021 534 455. A donation is requested to cover costs.
Supporting Parents alongside Children’s Education is a programme mainly for first time parents and their newborn babies. SPACE aims to provide a solid, safe opportunity for first time parents to bond well with their children. Sessions are held Tuesday mornings (10-12noon) over 3 – 4 terms in a relaxed, baby-friendly atmosphere, are led by trained facilitators, and cover a wide range of child development topics. Contact Carolyn Wellm on 022 657 5851.
Ormiston Scouts, Cubs and Keas meet during school term time. Scouts meet on Monday, contact Trudie Graham 021 764232, and Cubs and Keas meet on Tuesday, contact Scot Borchard, mob: 021 611320 or email: moc.l1576029317iamg@1576029317drahc1576029317robtt1576029317ocs1576029317
Tongan Methodist Congregation Worship – Sunday 2pm in the Church.
Samoan Methodist Congregation Worship – Sunday 1pm in Church Hall
St Pauls In The Park Project Report
The Developed Design Stage of the project is now complete, and our architects and engineers are moving into producing the Detailed Construction Drawings and Specifications that will be needed to construct the building. There are also all sorts of calculations needed to satisfy the Council that we will be meeting the Building Codes and our engineers are producing these. Our own involvement at this stage is to work with the architects in selecting finishing materials and colours and in designing the fittings we will need to operate the various spaces (such as those for kitchen, offices and storage etc). Vestry members have been involved in this process in recent weeks.
The big challenge now is to put the finance in place for the construction itself. Our latest total project estimate is $6,131,000 and this includes all professional fees and costs, new furniture and sound system as well as $100,000 client contingency and $175,000 contract contingency to cover those things that inevitably crop up. This figure excludes the GST content which we don’t count because we can claim it back. As a church family we need to decide what our contribution could be towards that. I have assembled a fundraising committee of people outside our immediate church family in order to guide the funding process.
Last week the Diocesan Council informed us that we will be receiving a total of $2 million from the Development Fund. We are most grateful for this contribution. I have been informed that this is the largest contribution to a building project by the Council for many years!
Our aim is to begin building in April next year but if we have not raised the necessary funds by then that commencement date will be pushed out to the Spring. We are also working with our architects to reduce the cost by $50 – 100,000.
The key issues for your prayers right now are obviously the funding challenge but also finding a good engineering solution for our sewer system and bringing the Land Swap agreement with the Council to a conclusion. The design work is proceeding very well, and we are excited about how the building is turning out and the ministry opportunities that it will provide us.
Reverend Warner Wilder
Who are we?
St Paul’s Ministry Team
Priest in Charge
The Rev’d Warner Wilder
Warner Wilder after 29 years as chaplain of Kings College, Otahuhu is now Priest in Charge at St Paul’s in the Park. After an early career in sheep-farming, Warner went on to be ordained into the Anglican Church and spent four years as Vicar of his local country parish of Porongahau, in the Hawkes’ Bay before becoming Chaplain at Kings College.
The Rev’d Ann McLean
When do we gather?
Holy Communion & Sunday School
The first Sunday of the month is All Age Worship and is held in the Hall.
We will be putting on a special morning tea, so if you are able to bring along a contribution, that would be great.
We will be holding our Carol service on Sunday 15 December at our usual worship time of 10.00am. Come along and enjoy singing your favourite traditional carols.
Christmas Eve – 6.00pm Family Holy Communion 11.00pm Holy Communion
Christmas Day – 9.00am Holy Communion.