Over the nearly hundred years of the existence of St Chad’s Church in Huapai, various forms of Sunday School have been provided. Some who attended Sunday School in the old wooden building still worship at the revamped St Chad’s Anglican Church. All are welcome at our regular 10am services – from babies being baptised to our 99-year-old stalwart and everyone in between.
Quiet activities for children have been provided within the main Sunday Service since the return to ‘normality’ after Covid. From 6 November St Chad’s will be providing a special KidsZone every Sunday. This is a space in which children can interact for about 30 minutes – to hear a story, do craft, sing and dance, think and talk about life. All ages will be catered for in one group. The plan is to start and finish in the main church service and parents are welcome to stay in the morning worship or to join their children in the KidsZone if they prefer.
Everyone is welcome to join our services which take the form of worship through music, songs, scriptures, thought-provoking messages, prayer and fellowship. Every Sunday service ends with our very popular morning tea or freshly brewed coffee, usually accompanied by home baked goodies – both sweet and savoury. Come and join us – every Sunday at 10am.
As expected we have now received confirmation from the Diocese of the easing of regulations regarding Covid. We have summarised the situation below and would ask all of our church members and users to remember the new guidelines.
Masks are no longer required but if you feel more comfortable wearing your mask please continue to do so
We will continue with the high hygiene standards which we followed throughout the last 2-3 years
Should you test positive you will still be required to isolate for 7 days
The most important guideline for all of us is If you don’t feel well, please stay at home!
At St Chad’s we have a number of people of all ages who love board games. So someone came up with the bright idea of having a board games evening – once a month in the church hall. The plan is that we will have games for everyone to play, or you could bring your own favourite games and share them with others! There is no age limit – neither lower nor upper – and we will hope to organise pizzas to round off the event.
When – 1st Saturday of the month 4.00-6.00pm starting 1st October
Where – St Chad’s Church, corner of Matua and Oraha Roads
Cost – a koha towards the pizzas if you want to stay afterwards
For more info call Ian – 021 974004 or Jo – 0273 286 284
We have decided to revert to having Sunday services in the Church – starting on 27th March at 10am. The usual protocols will apply – scanning or signing in, checking Vaccine Passes and mask wearing. For now our services will be non communion and there will be no morning tea. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to worship together.
Our Thursday services will continue on Zoom and the invitation is below – just click on the link to be part of the service.
Topic: Thursday morning service Time: Mar 10, 2022 10:00 AM Auckland, Wellington
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