In 1880 E W Benson, then Bishop of Truro, drew up a festival of 9 lessons and carols, based on ancient sources, for use on Christmas Eve in the wooden shed which then served as his cathedral. In 1918 this was adapted for use in the chapel of King’s College Cambridge by its Dean Eric Milner-White. It has become a great Christmas tradition and is watched and listened to by a worldwide audience.
Our service will follow the traditional format using the readings from the King James version of the Bible. The service will move without any introductions to the readings and carols. We have a couple of lovely duets from Ally and Rosalind Quatermass as well as two very special carols from the a cappella group Voces8. We were very thrilled to have their permission to use these in our service tonight and if you would like to find out more about Voces8 please go to http://www.voces8.com
Covid requirements will be as they are for all our services under the current restrictions. Masks will be required and anyone over the age of 12 will have to present a valid Vaccine Pass (hard copy or on a phone) which will be scanned.Numbers are limited to 100 and to allow time for signing in and scanning passes please come along early.
We are delighted to have two upcoming events “in person” at the Church.
On Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm the Pohutukawa Singers will present a short programme of Christmas music and carols, some of which will be well known and some less so! There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation.
The choir have not put a price on the tickets but a koha would be appreciated and this can be in cash on the night or by online banking to Pohutukawa Singers 12-3030-0591263-00. As you can imagine life in the arts has been difficult in 2021! In July the choir ordered new carol books at about $55 each in anticipation of 2 well attended Christmas concerts and although some costs reduced in lockdown they continued to pay their musical director for all his work on Zoom rehearsals, so any donations would be very gratefully received.
Admission to the concert will be by ticket only and if you would like to join us please email email@example.com indicating the number of tickets you would like. This will have to be on a ‘first come first served’ basis as numbers have to be limited to 100.
On Christmas Eve at 7.00pm we will have a traditional service of 9 lessons and carols again with some very talented musicians and lots of carols for everyone to sing
Covid requirements are the same for both events, as they are for our services under the current restrictions. Masks will be required and anyone over the age of 12 will have to present a valid Vaccine Passport (hard copy or on a phone) which will be scanned.
It was a huge pleasure to have no many joining us for Morning Service at St Chad’s on Sunday 12th December. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces – albeit that all were wearing masks so, as Cheen put it, we were looking at sparkling eyes but we knew the smiles were behind the masks!
Of course there are lots of protocols which we are required by the Diocese to meet. You will not be surprised to know that we are taking a deliberately cautious approach and have highlighted the main points below:-
Everyone will need to wear a mask and will need to not only scan the QR Code or sign in but be ready for a member of Vestry to verify their Vaccine Passport. Please have this ready for attendance at any service or event at St Chad’s. It can either on your phone or a hard copy.
Please feel free to sit in groups within your bubble. However, you may wish to leave a space around you or your group and be aware that others may wish to have more space around them than is normal at St Chad’s!
As we will be required to verify Passports each week can you please arrive a little early to allow for the extra time this will take.
We hope to be able to have Communion (which will be in one kind only) on Christmas Day if not before.
We will not be having Morning Tea for now as this requires even more rigorous protocols. However, we do hope to add this important aspect of our fellowship a little later, once we are used to our new regimes.
See the notices page for services and events over the Christmas period
Cheen has organised a Zoom service for us tomorrow morning at 10.00am. Please find attached the invitation to the Zoom chat and the ‘order of service’. As you may recall from this time last year all you need to do is to click on the link below and Cheen will then bring you into the Zoom chat and you can then follow the service by downloading the document 210822zooomservicea below. We look forward to seeing as many of you as can join us tomorrow morning.
As Auckland is now back in Level 4 St Chad’s has had to close and Sunday service this week will be held via Zoom at 10.00am. If you would like to join us please click on the link which we will post here before Sunday morning. We will update the site as soon as we are able to reconvene at St Chad’s.
Keep safe and well and if you need help or advice please use the contacts page but if you are emailing can we please ask that you use firstname.lastname@example.org as we have been having problems with the xtra email account.
After the cultural desert that was much of 2020 we are delighted to have a great programme of music at St Chad’s for the rest of this year. Following on from a very successful concert from the Pohutukawa Singers lin July 2021 we have several dates for your diaries in the coming months.
15th August 3.30pm Kumeu Blend Music to warm a winter’s afternoon. Waitakere Ladies Choir and Songbirds join our local Kumeu Blend to bring you an entertaining and diverse programme of choral delights.
5th September 5.00pm Cantorum Chamber Choir are returning to St Chad’s to sing Choral Evensong. This service is based on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and will include a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Stanford. Cantorum sang evensong for us last year and we are delighted to have them back.
7th November 4.00pm Gaudemus an Auckland based quartet with a difference! Gaudemus ( translation: “we rejoice”) is a chamber group of two singers, cellist and pianist. The ensemble performs music of all eras and styles. Programmes feature music from the glories of the Renaissance through romantic 19th-century pieces to music from composers of today. Singers, cellist and pianist combine to show that their music gives them joy, which they then transmit to their audiences. This will be a fund raiser for a New Zealand based charity.
5th December 4.00pm Pohutukawa Singers return to St Chad’s for their Christmas Concert. Their programme is still being decided but will include Christmas carols and an opportunity for the audience to join in! We are hoping that the Junior Choir from Sacred Heart College may make a return visit for this event.
We had a wonderful service at St Chad’s on 28th April as Cheen was commissioned as our new Priest in Charge, by Bishop Ross Bay. It was wonderful to have so many there both from St Chad’s and the wider West Auckland and Anglican communities to support Cheen in this new stage of his ministry.
Recently our two newly appointed Churchwardens met with Archdeacon Carole Hughes from the Auckland Anglican Diocese and the Rev Cheen Khaw who was very enthusiastic to take up the position as Priest in Charge at St Chad’s. We were really impressed with Cheen’s application, even moreso when we met him in person and were delighted when Bishop Ross Bay offered the post to Cheen and he immediately accepted. Following the extensive rebuild in 2018 we feel that this is a great opportunity to extend our ministry within the Huapai and Kumeu areas.
Cheen (pronounced Chin) is a fifth generation overseas Chinese from Malaysia. Until recently he was the Port Chaplain with Mission to Seafarers and also the Associate Priest at St Barnabas Mission Venture, Glenfield. His wife Yukiko is currently curate at St John’s Anglican Church in Royal Oak. The couple have a twelve plus year-old son Yohane and Cheen says that they “love interacting with people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures and are passionate about sharing the love of God.” He added that he is “looking forward to journeying with the people of St Chad’s Huapai in their new mission venture.”
Bishop Ross will commission Cheen as Priest in Charge of St Chad’s in a service at the church at 7.30pm on 28th April. We hope everyone will come along to welcome Cheen and his family into the area and we are really looking forward to his first service with us on Sunday 2nd May at 10am.
St Chad’s has decided to move from being a Local Shared Ministry Unit to become an Anglican Mission District employing a Priest in Charge – initially on a half time basis. Full details of the position are on the Auckland Anglican Website https://aucklandanglican.org.nz/ministry-opportunities/
Anyone seeking more information should contact Archdeacon Carole Hughes email@example.com