In Jesus, God is not only reconciling us to himself, but also to one another, creating a family of every nation, tribe and language.
Being whanau runs much deeper than sharing a private, devotional faith, or attending a service for an hour on Sunday morning. It is recognising our shared whakapapa, and therefore our shared obligations to one another. This involves prayer, visits to the sick, care meals for the struggling, and seats at the dinner tables in our homes. It involves seeking justice and the welfare of all, a welcome for the stranger, the lonely, the "other", and even for those who would reject us.
Some ways we seek to embody this sense of being whanau, are through smaller groups that meet through the week. We would love to help you connect to one or more of these.
Our parish combines with other Anglican parishes in the Eastern/Southern suburbs tp provide two youth groups. Avalanche is a junior youth group for years 6-9, and meets on Thursdays during school time, 7-8.30pm. The Pack is a senior youth group for years 9-13, and meets on Fridays during term time, 7.30-9.30pm. Both are held at All Saints, Hataitai.
In a family, everyone plays a part, and their gifts are needed. There are endless ways to get involved, and being part of a team serving together is a great way to get connected. Possibilities include baking, reading, playing music, cleaning, greeting, serving in children's ministry, and volunteering in the shop.
One of the beautiful things to come from the COVID-19 lockdown has been the establishment of phone trees for pastoral care, connection and support. Each parishioner is connected to a group of others through a tree leader, and we're hearing beautiful stories of relationships deepening even though we're physically apart.
Like all organisations we have numerous expenses. As well as building costs, supporting pastoral and support staff, and related ministry costs, we support local and international missions, and contribute to the ministry of the wider Diocese. The majority of our income comes through the giving of our parishioners. To find our more about this, and how you can contribute if you'd like, click below.