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.

The Rev’d Kim Parker is Moving to Northern Wairoa! 

Our very own Kim Parker is heading up north soon to be inducted as Vicar for Northern Wairoa. The service will be held on the 16th of July, 7:00pm at Holy Trinity, 58 Hokianga Rd, Dargaville.

All are welcome!

World Choir Games 2024 at All Saints – FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS

That’s the motto of the World Choir Games 2024, and at the six concerts in Howick you will be able to hear choirs from China, Uruguay, USA, Chinese Taipei, Germany, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

Each concert will be approximately one hour long and will consist of groups of items by 3 or 4 choirs.

The choirs who will visit Howick range in size from 13 – 100 members. They will all be taking part in competitive events in the city during the period of the Games. The choirs include children’s choirs, adult choirs and senior choirs, female, male and mixed voices, with a wide range of singing styles. All concerts are entirely free!

Here is the schedule:

  • Sunday 14 July 2pm
    Hong Kong Carmel Pak U Secondary School Choir.
    Others to be confirmed.
  • Wednesday 17 July 3pm
    Australia The Common People.
    USA St. Genevieve Valiant Voices. New Zealand United Auckland Gospel Choir.
  • Friday 19 July 2pm
    Australia Adelaide Choral Ambassadors.
    Germany Sängerkreis Hildburghausen.
    Chinese Taipei Shih-Yu Chorus.
  • Saturday 20 July 3pm
    USA Takoma Academy Chorale
    UK Farnham Youth Choir
    Hong Kong Macau Baptist College Choir

For more information about the World Choir Games, you may like to explore their Event Guide.

Full line-up to be announced!

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.

Experienced cleaner available

Monday & Friday. Has excellent references. Please contact the church office:

Phone: 09 534 6864
Email: office@allsaintshowick.org.nz

Bi-Monthly Newcomers Q&A Morning Tea

When: Sunday 18th August, 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. Lucy is not leaving us but will be temporarily 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!

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.

Garden Produce Swap & Share

You are invited to bring any winter 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.

Selwyn Church Saturday Still Spot

Saturday Still Spot will be resuming on the first Saturday of every month in the Selwyn Church from 10.00am-11.00am from September 7.

Saturday Still Spot offers a drop-in time for quiet, mindfulness, meditation, prayer, and support for the people of All Saints and the wider Howick Community.

If you’d like to help in some way chat with Lucy or the pastoral care team, Carolyn, Ruth, and Judy.

Children and Young People at All Saints

At All Saints’ we love to have children present at worship. We also realise that at times they can become distracted or upset. Please note that there is a sound-proof creche available, near the church door, which is well supplied with toys and books, and is wired so that the service can be heard.

Monthly Taizé Services

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Taizé service this month!

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

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.

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.