The New Commandment
Hear the teaching of Christ:

"You shall love one another as I have loved you"

- John 13:34. This is the heart and foundation of our faith.


Welcome to St John's Anglican Church,
Campbell's Bay - Auckland

St John's Anglican Church in Campbell's Bay, Auckland is well known as a friendly and family-focused church where there is space for everyone.

You are warmly invited to join us and experience first-hand the legendary St John's welcome. It is really great to be able to showcase some of the activities of the parish.

At any time that you can visit us in person and be assured that you will receive a very warm welcome.   

St John’s Campbell’s Bay is a community committed to worship, prayer, fellowship, caring and mission.

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We are a member of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland

Our Diocese is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a family of churches in more than 165 countries.

We support two sister organisations in the Diocese of Auckland - the Anglican Trust for Women and Children and the Auckland City Mission.

What's Happening at St John's Campbell's Bay?

Lenten Musings

Monday 6 April 2020

Dear Friends,

I am sending you a daily reflection. Please find enclosed the offering for today


Palm Sunday 5 April 2020

All blessings to you on this day.

Click Here

It may either magically appear or if you right click you then click on OPEN LINK



Saturday 4 April 2020


Dear friends,

Well I Neville, where has the day gone? No time to muse……Sarah Park at Clevedon Parish has prepared a resource- I think I shared on the Facebook page.


On Kim Hill on Radio NZ this morning a virologist,Chris Smith (brain the size of  planet) gave the most accessible and informative interview. You can hear it again by going on the site  - it was 9-15 am.


I look forward to worship in isolation ( a challenge!). We have a 1/2 hour(ish) Palm Sunday service which should be with you by 10 am at the latest.

Next week I will have daily short reflections.

Keep those prayer chains growing!

Missing you.Good to hear from so many of you.

Let God enfold you on this night,


Friday 3 April 2020

Dear Friends

As we anticipate Holy Week perhaps there is a dropping down into a ground of reflection - Stephen Warnes offers us this which is perhaps a way of orientating us on a journey we have never taken in this way before.

I enclose the service sheet for Sunday which acknowledges that we would be having an Awhi Rito Palm Sunday. If you can print it off that would be good. If you have you home made palm cross even better.

I hope to have the service live on Facebook at 9-30 and will email link just after that by email. Hopefully the sound was better on the Wednesday service even if the viewing was a bit wonkey!

I offer you this which is my current meditation piece - David Whyte has this to say, ‘ This is not the time for information, forget the TV screen, radio news and endless twitter.  This is the time for loaves and fishes, people are hungry, and one good word is bread for a thousand. Turning one word into bread for a thousand‘. Which he says it what his poetry hopefully does.

I am meditating on “One good word is bread for a thousand”

Go well on this night.

Missing you,


Thursday 2 April 2020 again! have been doing some computer autumn cleaning and have found a couple of gems.

Click here
This is called Murmuration. Look at the image  and think of the body of Christ. It is an awesome sight to behold and listen to the sound of the wings beating. Doesn’t it just take your breath away!

Click here - Listen to the sound of the ‘rain’ and feel the energy of the song.Sandra and Lionel sent this….

And we have this from Meriel

I hear the church is secure but pining for us …what are we pining for?

Stay safe, keep the faith and know that you are loved as a child of God,


Wednesday 1 April 2020

Dear friends, Day 7

Maybe a milestone to stop and take stock.

1.How am I doing on loving my God with my all?

2.How am I doing in the love my neighbor stakes?

3.How am I doing on self love?

We have talked before on the importance of gratitude. How are we going on the nurture front?

How do we put these 3 questions into some sort of meaningful practice?

1. How am I doing on loving my God with my all?

I believe when we sit and ask the big questions we have to do just that-SIT.

We probably need help in doing the NOT doing.

When I worked with children we asked them to imagine sitting on a hillside watching the train carriages go past. It is a long, slow train which takes some minutes to pass from beginning to end. In each carriage was one thought which may be a worry, something to remember, something to forget. As you sit on the hillside watch each carriage pass with each thought in it, let it go as there’s another one and another one. Watch the carriages in clickety clack rhythm move in and out of your vision until the last carriage comes, passes and moves on into the distance.

Perhaps now as we sit we can be  more available to listen.Prayer can be like coming to God’s kitchen table when there is bread in the oven and coffee in the pot. Perhaps it is more about just sitting and being open than saying anything.

“Wasting time” with God is a wonderful thing.

2 How am I doing in the love my neighbor stakes?

I invite you to take a risk in your next conversation and talk about how vulnerable- making this all is. One of my clergy colleagues talked about being in his front garden next to the street and having safe conversations over the fence.Connect where you can.

3. How am I doing on self love?

I have been hearing lovely stories about making bath salts. I have been fossicking in my bathroom cupboards and realizing there is this face cream and that nail varnish and whoever gave me that going on.

Talk with people in your bubble. If you are in your own bubble , perhaps call someone and ask each other these questions.

A few of you are journaling each day. This is another way to record the train carriages, the times of joy and difficulty.

I have been very heartened by the capacity of people to share what they are finding funny, helpful or think may be valuable to another.

Here we go.

Have a squizz at this from Hazel

Barrie Collett has shared some of his favourite music which I will send through in ones and twos

Felicity and Eric remind us of  our cathedral music and services

The online service is on St John’s  Facebook page. I have a computer glitch today and it would not download, so I cannot offer the you tube link here. Sorry about the link being rotated… well I Neville is all I can say . Sorry! This is clearly not my strong suit.

Hope in a vacuum !

May the peace of Christ be with you


Tuesday 31 March 2020

Good morning all,

I thought I would demonstrate self care by taking Monday off.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have talked to a few of you by phone and we have interacted on line and I hope to post some cards to people who may be accessing neither. Please keep thoughts and ideas flowing.

Jenny Manktelow shared this

In anticipation of Palm Sunday I have a wee lesson in palm cross making

No matter if you have no palm fronds, strips of paper will do.

By tomorrow I will have uploaded Morning Prayer instead of our 10 am service. Participate as you are able. I will post on the facebook site and give the link here on emails.


We also boast in our sufferings,knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us,because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5


May the peace of Christ be always with you,



Sunday 29 March 2020

Good Morning, - Sunday worship link is Service sheet included.

Number eight wire comes to mind with this one- a few technical hitches but you will get the spirit of it.

All joy to you on this day . May the peace of Christ be always with you .

Other option too- St Mary’s Torbay are live streaming  a service at 10. Apparently you need to ‘arrive ‘ before ten and if you are late need to look after 10-30.

Albany /Greenhithe are live on zoom at 10-30  and later

Bishop Ross is doing night prayer on his facebook sit at 7 pm. Please also look at The Daily Office run by the ADJust group on facebook.

Lots of options and opportunities to meet our neighbours and feel part of the wider body of Christ



Midday Prayer with Kay in Church

Night Prayer with Kay

Night Prayer with Kay at Narrow neck beach

Bishop Ross will lead Night Prayer each Sunday evening at 7.00pm. This will be live streamed to his Facebook page and you can follow using the outline of the liturgy for the service here.

The Lent calendar A Journey to Easter is available online now and offers short daily reflections around a different theme each week during Lent. For quick access, copy the URL and pin it to your smartphone’s home screen. Extracts from the calendar are also posted on the Diocesan Facebook page.

A Resurrection Journey will be available online for eight weeks from Palm Sunday 5 April until the Day of Pentecost, Sunday 31 May. It follows a similar format to the Lent calendar and shorter versions of each day's post will also be shared on the Diocesan Facebook page.

Read our last Weekly Newsletter here.

Daily Prayer:

Holy Week

Monday Evening

God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

You are in the midst of us, O Lord;
and we are called by your name.

God the source of eternal light,
shed forth your unending day on us who watch for you;
that our lips may praise you,
our hearts bless you and our lives glorify you;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reflection

God of the scriptures, you said,
‘I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.’
We praise your holy name.

God our life, you are God of the living, not of the dead.
You are the only God,
and we love you with all our heart.
We love our neighbour as ourselves.

God of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel,
in helping the least important,
we help you in your need,
and enter into your joy.

You are the living God;
Jesus is your name,
and the glory is yours.

Silence for meditation.


Our Father, hallowed be your name,
on earth as in heaven.
E tō mātou Matua,
kia tapu tōu ingoa
ki runga ki te whenua,
kia rite anō ki tō te rangi.

Holy One, holy and eternal,
awesome, exciting and delightful in your holiness;
make us pure in heart to see you;
make us merciful to receive your kindness,
and to share our love with all your human family;
then will your name be hallowed on earth as in heaven.

Support us, Lord, all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over,
and our work done;
then Lord, in your mercy, give us safe lodging,
a holy rest and peace at the last.

God our judge and our companion,
we thank you for the good we did this day
and for all that has given us joy.
Everything we offer as our humble service.
Bless those with whom we have worked,
and those who are our concern.

Tuesday Morning

We will praise the name of the Lord;
ascribe greatness to our God.

Open our lips, O Lord;
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Holy and everliving God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service
and live this day in love to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Gospel Reflection

The time has come; the kingdom of God is upon us.
Let us repent and believe the gospel.

The kingdom of God is like yeast:
a woman takes it and mixes it with flour until the dough is risen.
The kingdom of God is like a buyer looking for fine pearls.
When he finds one exceptional pearl,
he sells everything he has, and buys it.

When we set our minds on God’s reign,
our hearts on God’s justice,
everything else will be ours as well.

Listen to Jesus who proclaims good news,
which he alone fulfills.

Silence for meditation.


Our Father, your kingdom come
on earth as in heaven.
E tō mātou Matua,
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga
ki runga ki te whenua,
kia rite anō ki tō te rangi.

Ruler of the everlasting kingdom,
prince of peace, champion of the despised:
you are the king;
you make a cross your throne;
you wear a crown of thorns;
you call your subjects friends.
Help us to take up our cross,
to hunger and thirst for all that is good;
then will your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.

 grant us the serenity
to accept the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things we can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

God our life,
be with us through this day,
whether or not it brings us joy.
Help us when evening comes to recall one benefit,
for which to give you thanks.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.    Amen.


O God,
you rested the seventh day and are still at work;
in the course of this busy life
give us times of refreshment and peace;
and grant that we may so use our enforced leisure
to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds,
that our spirits may be opened
to the goodness of your creation.

FOR OUR COUNTRY Aotearoa New Zealand

God of the southern sea
and of these islands,
of Māori, Pākehā
and of all who dwell in our land;
we give you thanks and praise for our country,
and for what we have achieved together.
Increase our trust in one another;
strengthen our quest for justice,
and bring us to unity and a common purpose.
You have made us of one blood;
make us also of one mind.


Blessed are you, God of the universe.
You have created us, and given us life.

Blessed are you, God of the planet earth.
You have set our world like a radiant jewel in the heavens,
and filled it with action, beauty, suffering, struggle and hope.

Blessed are you, God of Aotearoa New Zealand
in all the peoples who live here,
in all the lessons we have learned,
in all that remains for us to do.

Blessed are you because you need us;
because you make us worthwhile,
because you give us people to love
and work to do
for your universe, for your world and for ourselves.

(Source - A New Zealand Prayer Book)


  • The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia have together made the decision to suspend all public services of worship until further notice. Here at St Johns Anglican Church Campbell's Bay, we have suspended all Church Services and in person activities until further notice.

Annual General Meeting (POSTPONED Until further notice)

Existing office bearers are requested to continue to serve in their present roles until such time as the Parish is able to hold an Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday Morning Worship - 1 April 2020

Worship 29th March 2020


LENT Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any of you would come after me you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.’Matthew 16:24 (adapted)

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.Psalm 51:17


Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise.

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour, power and might,
be to our God for ever and ever!   Amen.


E te whānau a te Karaiti / Brothers and sisters in Christ,
let us praise and worship God who has called us together.
Let us celebrate God’s majesty,
and delight in the wonder of God’s love.
Together we shall confess our sins
and receive assurance that we are forgiven.

As the scriptures are read,
we can allow God’s word to speak to us,
and ponder its meaning for our lives.
In our prayers, we give thanks for God’s goodness,
we pray for others as well as for ourselves,
and we offer our lives anew in Christ’s service.

Al lthis we do,
because we believe in the presence among us
of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

Hear these words of scripture.

One of the following sentences is read.

Love one another,
for love is of God,

And whosoever loves is born of God and knows God

Spirit of God, search our hearts.

The minister then says

Let us pause  and, in silence,
remember our need for God’s forgiveness.


Let us confess our sins to God

Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.   Amen.

Almighty God, who pardons all who truly repent,

forgive your sins, strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

The Ministry of the Word

O come, let us sing to the Lord,
let us rejoice in the rock of our salvation..

We sing to you, O God, and bless your name;
and tell of your salvation from day to day.
We proclaim your glory to the nations,
your praise to the ends of the earth.

Psalm At the end of the psalm is said

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever.   Amen.







Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.   Amen.


 Thanksgivings and Intercessions.


Holy and ever living God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live each day in love to one another and to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen


The Dismissal

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

be with us all.   Amen


The congregation is sent out with these words.

Go now to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace.

Amen. We go in the name of Christ.

St John's Anglican Church Services

Family Communion Service


Celebration and Holy Communion service - An  Anglican service with children's programmes. On the First Sunday of the month 9.30 am-Awhi Rito Informal contemporary Family Communion Service

Holy Communion


Holy communion Service. Activities available for children during the service

Wednesday Holy Communion Service


Holy Communion Service. Activities available for children during the service.