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Hope - the theme of the first week of Advent

Join us for online or in-person worship as we prepare for Christmas, as individuals, whanau and a community. Our first advent service is this Sunday, 28 November. 

Details of Advent and Christmas services and activities are listed below.

There is also daily Morning Prayer (live at 8am) from Monday to Friday on our Facebook page.

Advent groups start this week (from 23 Nov)

Advent study groups start this week. A great way to "prepare" for the birth of Christ - and get to know people better! Details here.

What’s all this about a star? All-age Quiet Morning, Saturday 4th December

A quiet morning (reflection time) for all ages. Explore ideas - Star Sign; Sages and Magi; Guidance for the Journey; Gifts for the Giving - and spend time in silent meditation. A chance to take time out for spiritual refreshment before the pressure of Christmas activities winds up. Led by Margaret Yorke.

Saturday 4th December
9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Bring your Bible and a notebook. 

Register with Fiona in the church office: ph 3553287 or email: by Tuesday 30 November 2021

A Very Messy Christmas, 4th December from 4pm

Families are invited to come together around craft tables and to share a very Marvellous Messy dinner! Saturday 4th December from 4pm to 6pm.

Details here.

Community Carols on the Lawn - with mini market, Friday 10th December

A chance to gather and sing our favourite Christmas Carols on the front lawn (Papanui road lawn area in front of the church). 

There's also a mini market, so grab that special gift for Christmas, too!

Invite whanau & friends. Share Facebook event details 

Check out all our Advent & Christmas services and activities listed here.

The Corner community hub

A community hub operates out of All Souls, to connect people in the wider Merivale-St Albans area. Other community activities are coordinated by The Corner St Albans and held at the community centre at 1049 Colombo Street. See here for details. 

Sunday worship - watch online

Service Times - in-person worship requires the wearing of a mask

All worship services are back in the church building. We require you to wear masks and follow sign in & social distancing rules. 



Excluding Christmas Day 

This service uses the Book of Common Prayer on the 1st and 5th services of the month, the other services use the Anglican New Zealand Prayer Book. This is a contemplative and traditional service with no music. Once a month we share a light breakfast after our service.



Combined 10am service Christmas Day

This service uses the Anglican New Zealand Prayer Book with hymns. A family friendly service, it includes Children’s Church during the school term. After our service we join with our 11.30am service members for morning tea.



Combined 10am service Christmas Day

This is a contemporary service with creative and contemplative elements. This service includes a mixture of traditional songs, modern music and Taize chants. We eat a potluck lunch together afterwards every Sunday. Healing Prayer with anointing oil is available once a month at this service, or any other time by request.



An intimate service with strong fellowship, this service uses the Anglican New Zealand Prayer Book and traditional hymns with organ accompaniment. We have morning tea together afterwards every week.


8.00am - online  

Every weekday (Monday to Friday) we hold morning prayer that you can join in on Facebook. This prayer time follows the ANZPB and the lectionary, and is a quiet way to dedicate your day to the service of God.

You will find within our community a sense of welcome, and that all are valued at the table of Christ.

The parish of Merivale - St Albans is a growing and inclusive Anglican faith community. Our purpose is to serve and heal the world by building neighbourhoods that live out the Gospel imperative to love and care. For us, this means creating a loving family of faith. We are guided by our core values: faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice and stewardship. Members come from Christchurch and surrounding areas to form a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse congregation.

We welcome all people, regardless of who someone has been, is currently, or will be. You are welcome regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, rich or poor, adult or child, healthy or ill, educated or uneducated, a parent or without children, broken or healed; and we invite you to join our family.


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