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Loving God. Loving community.
Please join us for our Sunday Service: 9.30am
Our Sunday service is a combination of a friendly, informal welcome with a contemporary Anglican service. We enjoy each other's company, sing, share together, pray, listen to scripture, laugh and minister to one another, finishing with morning tea. Excellent programmes for children and young people are provided.
We understand this statement in four ways:
1. We have a loving God who reaches out to us.
2. We respond by loving God in lives of worship.
3. We grow in loving community with one another.
4. We demonstrate God’s love in our community.
The Catechism describes the mission of the church as “to proclaim the good news of God’s Kingdom, to make disciples, to work for justice and peace; and to strive for reconciliation and healing in a broken world.”
In living out this mission we aim to be faithful, attentive, expectant, inclusive and generous.
Growing together in small groups is an important dynamic. Various groups meet during the week to share, study, pray and grow together.
We commit to intentionally growing together in our faith through our EfM, Cursillo and 3DM groups.
Prayers and Squares
Wednesdays 10am-12pm a group meets to make quilts, and tie threads into them. These quilts then go into the Sunday service where they are blessed and knots are tied into the quilt with prayers for the recipients. Anyone can request a quilt.
Ladies’ Night Out
Six-weekly meetings for the ladies of the parish (and anyone they want to bring along). A great chance for a sociable, simple, fun night at low cost!
8.30am on the first Saturday of the month the three churches of Whitby take turns hosting a bloke’s breakfast (all the good stuff) with a guest speaker.
Kindle Worship Nights
At 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month we gather for an extended period of free sung worship. Feel free to bring any musical instruments and join in.
Every Thursday night we feast together with the family, 6.15-7.20pm at St Mary's. Food is provided on a roster system and anyone is welcome to turn up and join us.
Big Night In
This is a program for primary school children run every six weeks on a Saturday evening, including songs, dancing, puppet shows, video, dinner and games. $5 per child.
For years 7 and up, we meet 6.30-8.00pm on Sunday evenings for a meal, fun, games, teaching, sharing and growing together.
Whitby Rest Home
Weekly services are held on Fridays at Whitby Rest Home at 11am, including hymns, Bible readings and communion.
The idea is simple - we fill the freezer with food for people in various needs, then as needs arise we help ourselves to the food to bless our community.
Tuesday Prayer and Walk
A group gathers in the church at 8.30am on Tuesday mornings to pray, followed by a walk at 9am (and then perhaps coffee...).
Samuel Marsden Chaplaincy
The parish provides school chaplaincy to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Whitby, with chapel services, support for school events, and further encouragement of the unique Anglican character of the school.
On top of these events, our parishioners have strong connections with other organisations such as St Anne’s Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Little Sprouts, Prison Fellowship, the Foundation for the Blind and e-Learning Porirua. We believe that these organisational connections strengthen the local church.
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