Serving our Community
There’s no doubt that participation is what helps us feel we belong to something, and the church community is no exception.
The Scriptures are quite clear that the Church is like an integrated body which, in order to be balanced and healthy, requires everyone to play their part in using the interests, abilities and resources that God has given them.
Seasons for growth
Christmas Lunch on Jesus
Thursdays @ Seven
This is a particularly vital part of our commitment to God, not just to enable the mission of the church to continue and to expand, but because giving is of the very nature of the God we serve. Generosity, motivated not by duty but by gratitude, is a hallmark of the Christian life.
Please see the form included with the welcome booklet for details of how you might best arrange your financial support of All Saints’ mission.
You may also make any payments or donations directly via the Give Here button.
The Food Bank is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am-11am and is a confidential service available to all regardless of household size.
Hours of operation are 10.00 – 11.00am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Donations of meat, dairy products and any non-perishable goods are always most welcome as is your assistance.
Due to the cost of providing large quatities of food on a regular basis any financial help the foodbank receives is also greatly appreciated.
Monday & Friday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hosted by the Anglican Church in parishes across the country, in association with The Selwyn Foundation, Selwyn Centres offer social activities, gentle exercise, a varied events programme, laughter and fun, morning tea, and practical advice.
The small charge to attend our centres goes towards refreshments, activities and running costs.
What’s on offer at the Howick Selwyn Centre:
- social activities
- gentle exercise
- a varied programme of events
- laughter and fun
- morning tea and a cooked lunch (On Fridays)
- practical advice and information
- personal support
Contact: Mary Rolf & Ann Hays 09 534 6864
Seasons for Growth
A grief and loss education programme for those experiencing significant change and loss in their lives.
How it works
Small groups of participants meet for 8 consecutive weeks and are guided by trained facilitators called Companions.
School aged children meet during school hours at their local school. Group participants are of similar ages experiencing change and loss.
Seasons for Growth Howick has a positive relationship with local schools. The area coordinator works closely with your school to provide a supportive and positive experience for all group participants.
Groups for Adults experiencing their own responses to grief are offered when required.
All resources are provided, including a journal for all participants to keep. There is no cost to attend.
Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based, non-religious programme which has been operating in the local community for over 20 years. It is not a crisis intervention service or counselling.
- learn the impact of change and loss on everyday life
- develop tools to respond to changes positively
- understand it is normal to experience a range of emotions
- build communication, decision making and problem solving skills
- share learning with caregivers, whanau, friends and other important relationships in their lives
- understand they are ‘not the only one’
Overall, the programme strengthens the social and emotional wellbeing of participants.
Who is it for
Change and loss are part of life, and grief is a normal response to these losses. The Seasons for
Growth groups benefit anyone who has experienced significant changes in their lives such as;
- Bereavement of a loved one
- Relationship breakdowns
- Moved schools
Seasons for Growth offers participants a safe space to come together and share their experiences of grief and loss.
Group facilitators are called Companions.
Companions volunteer their time to this service and complete ongoing training to work with Seasons for Growth. All Companions are police vetted and receive support from the area coordinator.
Our team of Companions include volunteers from a range of backgrounds and professions including those from the health sector, educators, librarians, grandparents, mental health workforce, university students (psychology / counselling) and more. Many have their own experience with grief and loss.
If you are interested in becoming a Companion, please contact the area coordinator.
Help Fund Seasons for Growth
As a charity, we rely on donations to operate.
You can help us continue to help those in need by donating.
Christmas Lunch on Jesus
A ministry which not only brings people together from within the parish but a ministry which enables others to share and bless those around them with the simple gift of food.
The cost of the boxes this year are as in previous years $70 each and they contain all the goodies to make a yummy Christmas lunch.
Christmas Lunch on Jesus enables us to serve others in a very tangible way. The team will be looking for volunteers to come on the 21st December to make up boxes and set up tables, then on 22nd December we will be looking for volunteers to come and pack boxes and or deliver them.
Thursdays @ Seven
Since 2000, the name Thursdays @ Seven has become a byword for music listeners in east Auckland. On 21 Thursdays a year, at 7pm through till 8pm, you can roll up at All Saints’, and expect to bliss out for an hour of music presented by excellent performers. The crystal-clear acoustic of the church is ideal for intimate chamber music. Best of all, the series is taking music to people where they are, near home – no parking hassles, no high costs, no extra travel time. All Saints is pleased to offer its hospitality for these life-enhancing concerts.
Concert coordinators, Katharine & Peter Watts, recognise that performers need appealing venues and help with promotion, and the local audience wants accessible music near home. “We just bring the two together,” they say. “Established performers are often too busy to promote their own concerts. Young performers find it hard to draw an audience for a one-off occasion. We can serve both those groups by giving performers a warm audience, and giving our audience a gift of music which creates a refreshing space in their week. The concerts are organised in three seven-week series. This regularity is a definite key to the success of Thursdays @ Seven”.
Admission is by donation, so that all are welcome, and for All Saints the concerts are an open door to the community.
You can watch a 2022 concert celebrating 21 years of Thursdays @ Seven concerts: our own String Orchestra with special guest pianist Lisa Chou playing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto in a thrilling chamber arrangement for piano and strings. The concert opens with Warlock’s Capriol Suite and closes with Wirén’s String Serenade.
Click on the brochure image to the left to see the details of our Autumn concert series.