All Souls Church is at Alert Two

Our physical services are still occuring, as are our online services.

The Church is following the COVID 19 Alert 2 governmental guidelines. Please be  respectful of the policies we have in place to keep you safe.

Mission Statement

First and foremost, we are a faith community. We believe in a loving God, the creator of all things seen and unseen, who wants to be intimately and intricately involved in our lives. We believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God and resurrected Messiah, who wants us to connect to each other and God. Through Jesus our relationship with God is restored. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who brings wildness and connection to creation, insights comforting and caring for each other, and inviting us into deep spiritual waters.

The cornerstone of this worship and journeying is our communal worship services. We are forgiven, we are freed to worship together through prayer, praise and song. We seek to disciple and guide each other on our individual spiritual journeys, and we welcome all questions and discussions, from both those at the beginning of their faith journey and those who are mature Christians. We invite God into our thinking, understanding and hearts. It is important to reflect on God’s input into our births, lives, and deaths, and into our meaning and purpose. We are a family of faith. We encourage; children to play, for us all to eat and laugh together, for us to go out into the community to serve others and to be examples of the Gospel in the world. A locus with something for everyone.

Regardless of an individual’s beliefs or faith commitments, the Anglican Church has a responsibility for the pastoral and spiritual care of everyone living in our country. Because of this duty, we aim to be active members of wider communities and neighbourhoods, reaching out and helping those around us. One of the pillars of our faith is all humans are worthy of respect and honour. We believe we are all made in the image of God, and so are free to love, create, and think, but also to make mistakes, fall down, fall short; free to seek forgiveness and redemption. We are all wonderfully human. We are an inclusive Church who believe a person of any sexuality is welcome in God’s kingdom, and everyone is welcome to loving, safe and healthy relationships with others if they choose. We seek to bring God’s love, peace and justice to all; and so seek to be truly inclusive of anyone; we will not judge or shun.

All humankind, around one table

Being a geographical parish, we care for all souls in our area; hence our name! We honour this duty and joy by offering more than worship and spiritual nurturing. We run exercise classes, social groups, board game clubs, movie nights, family evenings, quizzes, and midwinter meals. We partner with local businesses and schools in the area so everyone can partake in this place as a community hub. We work closely with rest homes, St George’s, elder care, social care, working in partnership for every person in the community in helping meet their needs.

We are a part of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia Te Hāhi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tīreni, ki Ngā Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. Therefore we uphold the formularies, statutes, and canons authorised by General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui. We uphold the Constitution Te Pouhere and the 39 Articles. We believe in the three Tikanga Church, the importance of the Anglican New Zealand Prayer Book, and firmly believe in bicultural partnerships. We accept the Principles of Mission laid out for us by General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui and seek to enact this mission in the world around us.

We believe in the sacraments; the outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.
We believe in Baptism being how we are made members of Christ’s family and body. We
recognise Eucharist as a sacrament of thanksgiving, and also the meal at which the family of Christ is gathered in his presence. We uphold Article XXV, and believe that Confirmation,
Penance (Confession and Absolution), Holy Orders, Matrimony, and extreme Unction (Last
Rites) play an important role in spiritual life.

Principles of Mission

That this General Synod / te Hinota Whanui endorses the principles as to the mission of the Church set out by the ACC 6, ACC 8, and ACC 15 resolution(s) namely:

(i) To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom;
(ii) To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
(iii) To respond to human needs by loving service;
(iv) To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and
to pursue peace and reconciliation;
(v) To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Our Weekly Services

Sun

8.00am

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.

Sun

9.30am

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 11.00am service members for morning tea.

Sun

11.30am

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.

Wed

10.00am

 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.

Mon-Fri

8.00am

Every day from Monday to Thursday we hold morning prayer in the Chapel and 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.

 

 

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