Worship

We are an Anglican community of faith in the Diocese of Auckland, part of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

We aspire to be an inclusive community that worships in ways that are meaningful, honest and thought-provoking. We want to create a sense of belonging across the generations and foster hopefulness and joy.

We seek to nourish creativity, to strive for justice and to respond to the needs of the community around us.

We hope you find a place of warmth and welcome here!

Please feel free to contact any of the Staff or Wardens if you have any questions or concerns, or just want to chat!

If being part of a church community is a new experience for you, we’d value the opportunity to explain things to you and to explore how best to meet your needs.

If you’ve come from active involvement in another congregation then you’ll know the areas of activity which best suit your interests and skills.

Whatever your situation, we would welcome and value your participation.

Judy Holt, Vicars Warden
Carolyn Wellm, People’s Warden

Services

What to expect

Sermons

All Saints Update / Notices

Our Services

Our worship is within the Anglican tradition. 

The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is a central part of our worship.

We value the Anglican practice of common prayer, using liturgies (written forms of worship) that enable the responses and prayers of the whole congregation. These liturgies are drawn from A New Zealand Prayer Book as well as other resources that reflect the particular seasonal emphases of the Church’s Year.

Sunday 7.30am Holy Communion

This is a Eucharistic service without congregational singing.  The service is typically 50-60 minutes in length and is more contemplative in nature.

Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion

An intergenerational service, featuring a variety of music styles and liturgical presentation. This service is usually around 75 minutes in duration and is followed by morning tea in The Oak Room on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

This service is live-streamed via YouTube, with a link being provided to parishioners.

start of worship

Wednesday 10.00am Holy Communion

This is a midweek Eucharistic service without congregational singing. It takes place in the historic Selwyn Church. This service is typically 30-45 minutes in length.

All saints congregation
New Zealand Book of common prayer with ferns
Tea and biccies

What to expect in worship

What do I wear?

This can be a tricky question at the best of times! Please just come as you are! There is no dress code required or expected (other than generally accepted standards of decency!). Some members of the congregation may dress more formally, others more casually. Whether you wear a ball gown or tuxedo, shorts and jandals, a hat and gloves, or jeans and sneakers, you are welcome!

What happens during worship?

Our regular Sunday and Wednesday services each have a different feel, but all follow a similar shape and structure: we gather as a community, we confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness; we hear readings from the Bible and a reflection on those readings (a sermon); we respond to what we’ve heard with an affirmation of faith and with our prayers for the world and the church and for those in need; we share a sign of God’s peace with one another and we celebrate Communion together. Then we go and have a cup of tea!

All of this (except for the cup of tea, maybe!), involves saying words of praise and prayer, singing hymns/songs, moments of silence, and times when we may stand or sit or kneel together. The words we use come from A New Zealand Prayer Book (the red book) and a variety of other sources, depending on where we are in the church’s year. These words are usually projected on our screens for the Sunday 9.30am service, while at the Sunday 7.30am and Wednesday 10.00am we use either physical copies of the prayer book or printed service booklets. 

All Saints Updates / Notices

Weekly updates with regular news and features and weekly church notices.

Advance Notice

There will be no Wednesday service on June 19 as all the clergy will be at the Diocesan Ministry Conference.

Selwyn Church painting for sale

Back in 1997, New Zealand artist, Richard Hoit was commissioned by the Howick and Pakuranga Times to paint the All Saints Selwyn Church to commemorate 150 years of the Church.

This painting is now for sale and can be viewed here. Richard is not looking to make money on the piece but would like to recoup the costs associated with its painting. If you are interested in purchasing this work, you can contact the Parish Office for more details. Email: office@allsaintshowick.org.nz.

Bi-Monthly Newcomers Q&A Morning Tea

When: Sunday 16th June, After the 9:30am service.

Where: The Haseler Hall.

All newcomers welcome! To find out more, click here.

New Role for Lucy

Lucy has been sub-contracted by St Johns Theological College for the role of Acting Dean Tikanga Pākehā from April 15 through to June 28. Lucy is not leaving us but will be working for St Johns College for 16 hours per week and continuing to work at All Saints for the remainder of the week. We are loaning Lucy to St Johns because she has the skills that they need (and because we are generous and wonderful!) Our prayers are with Lucy as she takes on this new role!

COVID 19

In recent times, a “noticeable increase” in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has been reported. While scientists say this increase in numbers is no cause for particular concern, it’s an opportune reminder to both stay home if you are feeling unwell, and also to reach out (in a non-physical way!) for help if you need it.

Thursdays@7

We hope to start our Winter Series on Thursday, 13 June, and we will be sending out information by email at a later time. To find out more, please click here.

Conversation & Reflection

We meet on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month following the 9.30am service (11.00am-12.00pm) for conversation and reflection on the Sunday sermon.

This opportunity is open to those who would like to attend regularly and casual visitors. Hosted by the clergy, and held in the Oak Room, this is a great way to meet others and share the word.

Situation Vacant

Christian Broadcasting Association are looking for a part-time Accounts Administrator to join their team, working 16-20 hours a week in their Penrose office. You can find the vacancy advertisement here and the job description here.

Food Bank – Urgent Appeal

Please help the Food Bank, our shelves are almost empty!

Please consider bringing one can or non-perishable food item with you when you come to church. Every contribution matters and every donation helps those people in our community who are struggling!

Accommodation Required

  • Ben is travelling to Auckland from Hawai’i for the World Choir Games. You can click here to find out more about his situation.

  • A member of our congregation is in need of long-term accommodation. For more information, please contact the church office by phoning (09) 534-6864 or emailing office@allsaintshowick.org.nz

  • Manawanui are looking for someone from this area who would be interested in supporting an intellectually disabled gentleman with a great sense of humour and joy of music with day to day living. He needs help with meals, emails,  budgeting, shopping, appointments etc. Ideally he is looking for someone wanting long-term, part time work , 12-16 hours per week. Must enjoy a joke 😊 and have full license/car. If you are interested, please email Rebecca for more details: rebecca.mcphail@manawanui.org.nz

  • Single female requires affordable rental room/bedsit/small flat in Howick area.
    Contact via the parish office:
    09 534 6864.

Morning Tea

We serve morning tea on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month following the 9.30am service (11.00am-12.00pm). This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new people, and deepen our fellowship.

Anglican Trust for Women

As winter approaches, The Anglican Trust for Women and Children are gearing up for another round of their Hōtoke Whakaritea – Winter Readiness Campaign and need funds to create winter packs tailored to families’ needs – this could mean contributions towards kai, clothing, and support for necessities. You can find out more and make a donation here.

Seasons: Donations Needed

Seasons for Growth is looking for donations of brown bags with handles (the ones from Woolworths). These are used as goody bags for participants at the end of the groups to carry home their journals, memory jars, survival kits, teddy bears and anything else they have made during sessions. All donations welcome.

Seasons are also in need of 10 LED candles. These need to be non flashing and in working order. If anyone has any discarded LED candles at home please feel free to drop them off for Seasons to use.

Monthly Taizé Services

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Taizé service this month! A reminder, there will be no Taizé service in June. We will resume again on the first Sunday of July.

If you would like to experience and participate in this form of worship, come along! To find out more about Taizé, click here.

All Saints Music Team

Come worship with us! The All Saints Music Team welcomes new members, young or not so young, with all ranges of experience. With a balance of traditional hymns and modern music, we try to keep worship inclusive and intergenerational. We meet for a quick rehearsal at 8.45am on Sunday mornings, so if you’re free then, come along! All are welcome.

For more information or to share a musical thought, please contact the office.

Garden Produce Swap & Share

You are invited to bring any autumn produce from your gardens and trees to swap and share with others in the parish community!

Any produce not taken to a new home will be gifted to our Food Bank.