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    • Vicar's letter - 12th April 2024
      • Kia ora All Saints WhānauGuy here this week. I just want to express how thankful and inspired I am after last weekend's combined gathering. I have spent the good part of the week unpacking so much from our time together: the baptisms, Peter's message, all our kids and what they bring, the smashing of cultures, gathering around God's Holy table together, and, of course, sharing food with one another. What is really sticking with me is how Peters's message around the Body of Chris [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 5th April 2024
      • Happy Easter, All Saints Whānau! He is risen!This week has been a big one. We've journeyed through Holy Week and have reached the glorious resurrection of Jesus. Our community has experienced joy with upbeat services as we worship together, alongside loss including that of our dear friend Virginia who was a Wednesday regular. The adventure of following Jesus is not always smooth, easy or fair, which we particularly remember during Lent, but it is also an adventure containing dee [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 27th March 2024
      • Blessed Holy Week, All Saints! What a journey we have ahead of us these next few days. As Lent comes to an end, we journey with Jesus through his final days prior to his miraculous resurrection.I didn't used to be very interested in the Christian calendar (apart from Shrove Tuesday, who doesn't like pancakes). Why bother with all these liturgical colours and seasons when we all live post Jesus' resurrection and the provision of the Holy Spirit anyway? But what I've discovered over time is t [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 22nd March 2024
      • Kia Ora All Saints Family, It’s hard to believe that Holy Week and Easter are just around the corner. This week we are celebrating Palm Sunday, which whenever I think hard about or am challenged to preach on, I am struck with the odd-ness of the celebration of that day. On one hand, we are celebrating the entrance of our King Jesus into Jerusalem and honouring Him as the King that we know Him to be. Yet, the way we honour Him is so different than we would ever expect to honour an eart [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 15th March 2024
      • Kia ora All Saints. This week has been full of gratitude and thanksgiving for us as co-vicars. Over the weekend, we attended our diocesan ministry leaders family camp (MLFC) with 500+ others from around the diocese. One thing I was extremely grateful for was that there were 40 of us there from All Saints. I spent much of the time wrangling kids to their designated programs so others could take full opportunity of the sessions. Still, as I made my way into the sessions or to and fro fr [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 8 March 2024
      • Rev. Andrew Spence Kia ora All Saints,This week many of us are away at Ministry Leaders Family Camp. It used to be Clergy Conference but many years ago the Diocese opened it up to families and key minstry leaders. It is a chance for us to gather and have some input for those of us in leadership positions. We have 40 of us going (including kids) who are doing some form of leadership here at All Saints. This bodes well for the future of All Saints.When Jesus said "Go and make disciples" i [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 1 March 2024
      • Rev. Andrew Spence Kia ora All Saints,As we sat down for Parish Council this week, the Wednesday reading was Matthew 20:17-28. Here a mother comes and asks whether her sons can sit at the right hand and the left hand of Jesus when he enters his kingdom. In the end Jesus talks to his disciples and says famously: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 23rd February 2024
      • Kia Ora All Saints, I hope this finds you each well, wherever you are as you read this. We are into the second week of our Lenten journey together. I don’t know about you, but my body doesn’t usually kick into lent until a few weeks in. It’s hard to focus on the significance of honouring this part of our church year so close to the time when our work and school year still feels like it’s getting started. It’s like we are being asked to speed up and slow down al [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 16th February 2024
      • Kia ora All Saints whānauGuy here this week. I have been thinking this week how mildly humorous it is that we are a long way through February, and we just feel like we are getting started for the year. What seems to be par for the course is that the start of the year comes pretty fast and no more than this year, with Lent starting this week. This week was filled with, a wonderful Pancake party with loads of community families attending alongside loads of the Parish, it is here that we celeb [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 16th February 2024
      • Kia ora All Saints whānauGuy here this week. I have been thinking this week how mildly humorous it is that we are a long way through February, and we just feel like we are getting started for the year. What seems to be par for the course is that the start of the year comes pretty fast and no more than this year, with Lent starting this week. This week was filled with, a wonderful Pancake party with loads of community families attending alongside loads of the Parish, it is here that we celeb [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 9th February 2024
      • Kia Ora All Saints,2024 has well and truly begun and we're launching into the year with a focus on our final value - Authentic Community. This Sunday we're back into our split Central Gatherings at 9am and 10:30am but what a marvellous summer we've had! It has been such a joy to worship together as a parish. Just a little plug about the morning tea between the services - this is a great opportunity to keep developing a connection between those of us who like different service styles and connect [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 9th February 2024
      • Kia Ora All Saints,2024 has well and truly begun and we're launching into the year with a focus on our final value - Authentic Community. This Sunday we're back into our split Central Gatherings at 9am and 10:30am but what a marvellous summer we've had! It has been such a joy to worship together as a parish. Just a little plug about the morning tea between the services - this is a great opportunity to keep developing a connection between those of us who like different service styles and connect [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 2nd February 2024
      • Welcome to 2024!I am excited about another year of working towards the Kingdom of God reaching our neighbourhood, world and our friends.This year at All Saints we are focussing on our third value: Authentic Community. But what does it mean?Authentic is about being real. We don't want to pretend that we are something we are not. We don't want to hide from the fact we are all broken and put on some show to seem like we are all together. We also want to honest, trustworthy and show Christ in a good [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 2nd February 2024
      • Welcome to 2024!I am excited about another year of working towards the Kingdom of God reaching our neighbourhood, world and our friends.This year at All Saints we are focussing on our third value: Authentic Community. But what does it mean?Authentic is about being real. We don't want to pretend that we are something we are not. We don't want to hide from the fact we are all broken and put on some show to seem like we are all together. We also want to honest, trustworthy and show Christ in a good [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 15 December 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints,10 days to go till Christmas!Man is it coming by fast and as such this is the last time I (Andy) will write for the newssheet this year.This week Rebekah is going to take us through the Virgin Birth story. It is a story of wonder, an amazing miracle, faith and willingness to say yes. In fact in this story we probably see the most amazing step of faith. Imagine being told at 14 or 15 that you were going to have a baby. Not something the 14 and 15 year olds I know want to hear. [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 15 December 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints,10 days to go till Christmas!This means that this week we have our last e-news for the year! What a year it has been - what have been your highlights? What has God done amongst us as a people?This week Rebekah is going to take us through the Virgin Birth story. It is a story of wonder, an amazing miracle, faith and willingness to say yes. In fact, in this story, we probably see the most amazing step of faith. Imagine being told at 14 or 15 that you were going to have a ba [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 8th December 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints whānauThis week, I (Guy) attended two Christmas events, which were joyful as we celebrated and shared food. We chatted about our most memorable present opening experience, both positive and negative, but the real beauty in it all was the fact that I got to rip out my Short-sleeved Christmas suit again for another season. Now, I will leave this to your imagination unless you are planning to attend our final Mainly Music event this Friday or come along to our Family Christm [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 1st December 2023
      • Happy New Year, All Saints Whānau!As Guy mentioned last week, we've once again reached Advent, the beginning of the church calendar, when we wait for the arrival of our most powerful God in a most humble form as a baby. Even though this happened over 2000 years ago, we still choose to wait on God through this pre-Christmas period, but with certain hope that Jesus is coming. I use this time as a reminder that waiting is an inevitable part of life, though it can be challenging. From the simpl [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 24th November 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints. Guy here this week. Welcome to the beginning of Advent. (well actually we are starting Advent a week early). The reason for the jump start on Advent is because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. Advent is a part of the year that I really love and look forward to. Firstly it's a time in the year when we all come back together from our house churches for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Where we can celebrate the year and journey all together toward Chr [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 17th November 2023
      • Kia Ora All Saints, Our combined service and AGM last week were a source of joy for me. They showed me that our parish is in good heart, with a clear future and some people who are dedicated to seeing Christ’s kingdom work succeed in this place. What a joy it is to gather together and celebrate all that has been done in the past year.As I said in my sermon last week I believe that the Grace and love shown by the gospel has so much meaning and potential to do good in this world. Peop [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 10th November 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints whānau. Guy here this week, I want to start with a message of celebration! We are so proud of you all as we run up to the end of the year, but this week in particular, as we run up towards the end of the year AGM. This year has been full of huge markers. This year is our first full year of having House Churches in rotation; there have been some great conversations and action points put down regarding missional communities and ways to onramp people into faith conversa [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 3rd November 2023
      • Kia Ora All Saints,Happy All Saints week! 10am this Sunday we celebrate at our combined service. And well done on a mammoth combined effort for the Light Party last Sunday. My estimate is that we had 300-400 people come along, although it could have been more as the place was packed for quite some time. Many of the parents I spoke to were amazed at the generosity of the event - many fun activities and treats for both children and adults at no cost to them. Generosity is important to us as the ch [...]

    • A message from Rev. Simon Winn
      • Dear friends, greetings from damp and dreary Greenwich in SE LondonIt's All Saints Day, which always prompts me to give thanks for our time as part of the All Saints family and also the joy of living in the Hataitai and Kilbirnie community for nine years.This week, by my calculation, is the 10th anniversary of us opening and dedicating the All Saints Centre on that memorable weekend in 2013. What a journey that was, which as Vicar I only joined towards the end. But I rem [...]

    • Vicar's Letter - 27 October 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints,This week we have our now famous Trick and Treat Party. A non-scary alternative to Halloween. It is a fantastic event and one we are excited to host again. It is always well attended and we are so thankful for the people who have stuck their hand up to help. I am particularly excited by the ask the oldest people in our church a question booth - the wisdom there will be immense! I have found myself over the past two weeks at three events:1. Synod2. Leading Your Church Into [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 20th October 2023
      • Kia Ora All Saints, We have come to the end of a long week of exciting Kingdom dreaming and planning. Last weekend we were away at Synod with other members of our diocesan whānau and while there was a lot of business agenda and passing of motions, there were also beautiful threads of hope and excitement at what God is doing in our midst. Gathering with others in our diocese is always an amazing opportunity to remind ourselves that we aren’t isolated and alone in the Eastern Subur [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 12 October 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints Whānau Guy here this week. This past weekend, we had Bishop Justin in the room for part 1 of his two-part series with us (he's here again Nov 5th). He spoke on the death of Jesus and how God demands our allegiance not through force of coercion but through invitation and self-emptying sacrifice. I just wanted to share that Bishop Justin commented on how much he enjoyed his time with us and was proud of our parish and the position we are in going forward. Thi [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 6 October 2023
      • Kia ora, All Saints, My week has been full of conversations around the election and how people are deciding who to vote for. It has been interesting for me hearing what issues are on top for my friends, family and colleagues of different demographics and situations, and hearing their hopes for the next government. Last week's house church we had a great conversation about hope, from Andy's sermon. We talked about how we can show hope to the people around us, and what Biblical hope is. We discuss [...]

    • Vicars Letter - 29 September 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints whānau,I was blown away by Jairus' message last week. I thought it was poignant and the Spirit was using him to speak to us as a family. If you have not heard it then please find it here. The thought of not letting our fears get in the way of mission is something I have prayed for this week. I think our continual prayer is that in a world that so badly needs God's help - that we can be agents of his message to this hurting world.We are diving into our Romans series again [...]

    • Vicars letter - 22nd September 2023
      • Kia Ora All Saints Whānau, We are coming into our last Sunday of mission month and I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the conversations about how we engage those around us with the love of Jesus. Last week in our house church we explored the fact that the word mission elicits a vast array of emotion and response. For some, mission brings about a positive association of good that the church does in the world. For others, it may be associated with negativity [...]

    • Vicars letter - 15th September 2023
      • Kia ora All Saints. Guy here this week. It has been such a privilege walking with you through this month of Misson here at All Saints. For the last two weeks, we have looked at why mission is core to who we are and the God we believe in, as well as touching on Local mission and, again, what we mean when we talk about mission. This week, I will be bringing in our Mission Action Plan (MAP), a process we went through here at All Saints last year, listening to God and trying to articulate what [...]

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