There is always plenty of activity here at All Saints. The upcoming events are updated monthly.


From the Vicar…

I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe it is November already. It seems that once you go past the half year mark time begins to move at a great pace. November is a significant month for All Saints as we celebrate our ‘patronal festival’ on November 1st, All Saints Day. All Saints day tends to get shadowed by the more popular secular event Halloween. It seems that the American celebrations of Halloween have now made their way down to our part of the world, pumpkins included. A lot of Christians struggle with the idea of Halloween and its supposed darker side. But I believe it can be a point of conversation between us and our neighbours. Halloween is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Eve” (the day before All Hallows – All Saints). It also finds it roots in the ‘Día de los Muertos’, literally, the Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican celebration on All Hallows’ Eve spreading from Mexico through USA and beyond – including within church celebrations. Perhaps as we celebrate the Saints of the Church this Sunday we can also have a conversation with those in our community, perhaps even a trick or treater? But watch out, they may just trick you. Blessings & joy. – Jordan

Highlights from last month

We had our annual Fair on Saturday 17th October. We raised a whopping $5500, thank you!



Dates for Diary – November

All Saints day – 1st November

Islam Study w/ guest speaker Matthew Hand – Thursday 5th November, 7:30pm

Stewardship Sunday – 8th November

Women’s Breakfast – Saturday 14 November, 7:30am

Parish Breakfast – Saturday 5 December, 8am

Mother’s Union AGM & Christmas Lunch – Wednesday 25th November

Baptism of Ellie Ann Finnigan – Friday 27th November, 4pm

Full Liturgical Service for Christ the King – Sunday 22nd November, 9:30am

First Sunday of Advent – Sunday 29th November

Women’s Breakfast  

Saturday 14 November, summer start time of 7.30, at Bev Nielsen’s, 1 Keys Street, Belmont.  Janet Hart will be our speaker.  All women welcome for continental breakfast ($3) and good companionship.  RSVP to Bev (ph 488 7206 or email

Mothers’ Union         

25 November, AGM followed by Christmas Lunch. Last meeting of 2015.

Stewardship Sunday 

An opportunity to get an update on the where the Parish is tracking financially and also to explore our Christian response to giving and stewardship.


 Men’s Breakfast        

As is our usual practice, the November meeting will be replaced by a Parish Breakfast to which all are warmly invited.  This will be on Saturday 5 December in the church hall, commencing at 8 a.m. Adults $10, children free. Irene Greatbatch will tell us about her life journey. Please RSVP to Geoff Newton (ph. 480 8538 or email by Thursday 3 December.

Full Liturgical Service for Christ the King

This will be a more a formal style service which will include full vestments and robes, incense, and singing of the Eucharist. The Sunday commemorates Christ as the cosmic ruler, who is beyond all that divides us.


Library Notes for November 2015 – Other Belief Systems

This month we feature some books which help us to understand our neighbours who hold different religious beliefs. We have 3 new titles: Jane Hope’s Introducing Buddha is an intelligent summary of his main teachings, illustrated with gently humorous line drawings. A Celebration of Kindness – the Dalai Lama is a photographic account of his visit to NZ in 1996, with quoted writings; and Beyond Religion – Ethics for a Whole World, by the Dalai Lama, is his more recent plea to all religious thinkers to ground ethics for the future in our common humanity rather than in religious doctrines.

 We already have several books on Islam, including Maqsood’s Islam Made Simple, and Cook’s The Koran – A Short Introduction. We also have a new book for children, The Soul Bird, by Jewish poet, Michal Snunit, with charming illustrations.

Have a notice for next month?

Please email  notices to Bev Nielsen at by 24 November.


 October Notices 2015

From the Vicar…

Well September was a month full of activity in the parish, the Mothers Union at Birkenhead celebrated 100 years, and we had a lot of morning teas!


This month we also have a lot going on, testament to the life of this community of faith. It is one of the great characteristics of any church community when relationships are the key, because we know that at the heart of the Christian faith is the idea of relationship. Relationship with God, which then flows down to all our relationships together. I pray that as we continue to meet together and enjoy each other’s company we would know God’s love and the love of others.

  • Jordan

Dates for Diary

Women’s Breakfast    No meeting this month- concentrating our efforts on fair  preparation!

Church Fair                 See notice below.

Rugby Quarter final   Sunday 18th – 10am – see below

Mothers’ Union           Oct 28th Craft Day: come and learn –or teach! – a new craft.  A social morning.

All Saints Day             Sunday 1st November

CHURCH FAIR – SATURDAY 17 October 2015

This is our major fundraiser for the year and its success depends on every member of the parish helping out. Planning is now well underway for this year’s fair. To make it the success we all want it to be we need your help. Make a diary note to bake that cake, make those jams and pickles and to sort out those books, baubles, bangles and beads. Plus if you “volunteer” to help on the day you won’t have to suffer the agony of having your arm twisted by one of the organisers! Love to hear from you. Dennis George 4184325.

We are now ready to collect goods for the fair. Please drop goods for fair in the Church Hall on Thursday 8th, 1pm-6pm, Friday 3-6pm, Sunday 10:30am onwards. Any other time ring Colleen or Suzanne to organize drop off.


 Rugby Quarter Final

The Rugby World cup quarter final is on the 18th October at 8am, which is a Sunday. This will be featuring the All Blacks. We have therefore decided to only have one service on the Sunday morning at 10am on the 18th October.



Most of the leading writers on prayer are men, so how might women approach it differently? New titles this month include Kathy Keay’s anthology of women’s spiritual writing, Dancing on Mountains; a Lion Book by Margaret Silf On Prayer; Heather Ward on Streams in Dry Land; Sue Monk Kidd’s early reflections, FirstLight;  and Ruth Tucker’s Dynamic Women of the Bible.  We already have Joyce Rupp, The Star in My Heart, Joyce Meyer, The Power of simple Prayer, and Annike Spalding’s vivid little book, A Heart on Fire. On a different tack, we have a new title donated by Marcia Roberts, Te Rongopai 1814, a collection of essays about the beginnings of Christianity in NZ. Thank you, Marcia.


Have a notice for next month?

Please email  notices to Bev Nielsen at by 24 October.