If you would like more information about any of the following groups, or to join – please contact the office on phone (03) 348 5653.
A very busy card making group meet many Saturdays in the Parish Hall and sometimes other venues from 10 am – 4 pm.
St. Peter’s has a choir of over 20 members and has a fine reputation and standard. We also have some talented instrumentalists. If you can sing in tune, can preferably read music, would like to be involved in leading worship and are looking for good fellowship, please contact the Director of Music, through the parish office. Or you can send an email to [email protected]
This group meet on a Thursday in the York room from 10 am until noon. It is a place to enjoy good coffee and tea, homemade food and a chat. Everyone is welcome. A koha is invited.
This group meets every Friday during school term time at Petersgate from 4 pm until 6 pm. A group of tutors from St. Peter’s congregation present lessons designed to assist migrants with life in New Zealand. Fellowship and friendship is fostered, afternoon tea provided and some pastoral support.
Once a term a Christian focussed lesson is presented. This may be about Christianity in general or a Bible story. The class is free and all are welcome.
The Family Orchestra comprises young people and adults, and their main role is to play at the Family Church services, plus other significant parish services.
Our group arrange the flowers in the Parish Hall each week for the services on Sunday.
This group meet on a Sunday, during term time, at 9.30 am in the church atrium. They have a learning session until joining the congregation to receive communion. Their programme is hands-on and lots of fun. We want to share the gospel in children’s language and so children can develop their own faith according to Gospel values. The children paint ‘welcome’ stones to give to children at Baptism; they perform plays at Christmas and other times of the year; they make gifts for mothers’ day to give out at church; they go on family outings to places like 10 pin bowling and have picnics. The parents also have a meal together once a term.
Keeping Good Company is a group of performers who have been offering their dramatic and musical skills to churches, schools and community groups for some years now. These have included musicals, Passion Plays, Dinner Theatres, historical and Biblical characterisations, Children’s Holiday Shows, Christmas sketches for children and adults, along with a variety of short plays for various occasions. Scripts produced by KGC have not only been produced locally but have also had wider circulation in many countries through the website Dramatix. Enquiries welcome for potential actors, musicians or backstage crew – contact David via email here.
On the 1st Sunday of the month there is a Mission Table full of goodies, baking, preserves, gifts etc which parishioners have donated. The funds raised from these Mission Tables are sent to help various overseas groups in Cambodia, Fiji, Philippines, Tanzania etc.
We have a large team who take Holy Communion to Rest Homes in our area. Nine rest homes have a special service once a month with hymns. We also take Holy Communion to those who are housebound. Please phone the office on 03 348 5653 if you know someone who would like this.
Family Orchestra meets every Friday night during term time from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Bowden Hall. We welcome anyone who can play any instrument to come along.
On the 4th Sunday of each month, the orchestra will have the opportunity to play for the 11:00 am Family Church service in the Bowden Hall.
The orchestra plays a range of music from traditional church hymns to Celtic/folk tunes and everything in between!
Family Orchestra has also had the opportunity to play music at places like the Cardboard Cathedral, rest homes and has provided music for Christmas events and confirmations.
As this is a community service, there is no membership fee.
The grounds and buildings at St Peter’s and St Luke’s require the efforts of many people to keep them in a manner that everyone expects. Some of the work is done by paid staff and contractors, but there is a myriad of jobs that pile up and wait for available volunteers to tackle them.
A few years ago a loose group of like-minded people began to meet on a more-or-less regular basis from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon on Fridays to try to keep on top of the work. They called themselves the “A Team”, and they have done some amazing work including (but not limited to)
The list is endless. “If you see it needs to be done, then do it” is our motto. We would like to extend our team to include others who might like to help. Its not just hard work, it’s also fun, and we have no preconceived expectations of people. They can do as much or as little as they want.
And the best part is the morning tea (see picture), where we get to have a long, leisurely chat to each other.
The A Team of light maintenance men and women would like to extend a cordial invitation for you to join them. Either just turn up on a Friday morning and do anything you think needs doing, or if you like a more structured event, please give Dennys Guild a ring on (03) 357 4204 and he will make sure that you are prepared for whatever we have on the list to do.