Welcome to a Sanctuary
Service of Thanksgiving for Light
See our video from the Service of Thanksgiving for Light
Preparing for the arrival of the new Vicar
Overall responsibility for ministry in the Parish since January has rested with The Right Reverend John Paterson, who retired as Bishop of Auckland in 2010. That comes to an end on September 11th when The Reverend Jonathan Gale commences his ministry as Vicar of Takapuna. Bishop John is currently working on the details of the Induction Service, which will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th September. The preacher will be Bishop Jim White, and Johathan will be inducted to his new role by the Bishop of Auckland; Bishop Ross Bay. The service will involve a number of the people of the Parish and the various groups and organisations that make up St Peter's, and promises to be a colourful and lively occasion.
St Peter’s is part of the landscape of Takapuna, it is a place that tells and aims to reveal God as part of the everyday lives of people. The church is a sanctuary; a place set apart that aims to give life and to reflect the community.
At the heart of the parish is worship. However sanctuaries are also places set apart for music, art, young children, the elderly and families. At St Peter’s we value the tradition of the Anglican Church but also seek to be a church that is relevant to its context and so church occurs in many ways through the week. St Peter’s has different styles of worship, mainly music, a choir, choral and organ concerts, study groups and coffee groups. A sanctuary can also be a place of learning. On the St Peter’s site is Lakeview Private Kindergarten, an early childhood learning centre that leases some of the grounds and so the sound of children’s voices echo round the grounds. People choose to come to St Peter’s for funerals, weddings and baptisms and there is a Memorial Garden where ashes can be interred and a quiet place to remember those who have died. From within the community different groups hire out the hall facilities. So come to this sanctuary, it is a place set apart for all to encounter each other and to encounter God. We look forward to welcoming you.
We are pleased to introduce Jonathan Gale as the Vicar-elect of the Parish of Takapuna. Please see attached Biography. His induction will be held on Thursday 11 September at 7.30pm - all welcome.
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