St John's supports outreach in a variety of ways, some of which are listed below.
If you would like to learn more of any of these projects, or to get more involved in supporting them please ask here.
Sarah Murphy - Youth With A Mission, Capetown, South Africa
Sarah left from St Johns to fulfill a calling to ministry work and trained with YWAM, subsequently becoming involved in YWAM Capetown, South Africa. With a background in accounting Sarah inevitably became drawn into the financial management for YWAM there, as well as being involved in running bible study groups in the Nyanga Township, mentoring girls at the Discipleship Training School, and sharing the gospel with others in the city and surrounding region. The parish support Sarah and her mission through prayer and financial grants, and regular updates can be found in the parish magazine 'The Eagle'. Any contributions of sponsorship of Sarah's mission work are always welcomed - contact the parish office on 478-3575.
Waskia Bible Translation and Literacy Project (Papua New Guinea)
Jan Lee, Licensed Lay Minister at St Johns, re-engaged in 2007 with the Waskia language group people of Karkar Island, off the northern coast of PNG, after living and working amongst them from 1976-1985 as a translator. Jan, with a local Waskia project group, has re-launched the translation project to review previous work on the Bible and hymns, translate more of the Bible and to develop literacy and Bible study resources in the Waskia language for a new generation. Jan has spent several 'month-long' periods back on Karkar since 2007, and has had a team of co-translators return to Auckland with her for periods of work based in the parish. The parish supports Jan, the team, and the project, by prayer, practicalities, and finances as part of our 'outreach' focus. The parish magazine 'The Eagle' often carries updates on the project and the team's work. Further support in kind or donations is always welcomed - contact Jan Lee on 441-7456 or the parish office on 478-3575.
Anglican Mission Board - Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia
As a parish we give monthly to support the national and international work of the AMB, who support, among other agencies, the work of CMSNZ - Church Missionary Society NZ, and SOMANZ - Sharing Of Ministries Abroad NZ, working specifically in South America and Africa. The AMB thus supports mission fields in many parts of the world including East Africa, Central and Southern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, and South America. More can be read at their website and through its links at www.angmissions.org.nz
Annual 7.5% Giving from the Parish
Toward the end of each year the Parish Vestry have a meeting to distribute 7.5% of the Parish income from donations to worthy causes and organisations in the community, as proposed by parishioners.
In 2018, the parish was able to share some $11,500 with 9 recipients: Anglican Board of Missions; Sarah Murphy (YWAM South Africa); Ukraine Church; Waskia Language Project (Jan Lee); Anglican Trust for Women and Children; Waitemata Hospital Chaplaincy; Seasons Grief programme; Paul Dadd (Scripture Union Youth Ministry); and Luke Hasler.
Anglican Trust for Women and Children - Auckland
The ATWC is one of Auckland's major charities for women and children. It is also one of the city's oldest, with its origins stretching back to 1858. It supports up to 3000 children and their families/whānau in the Auckland region, through 12 vital programmes at home, in schools and in the community. Every programme is different but each is part of an integrated approach, sharing the same goals to protect, nurture and provide opportunities for children and young people. ATWC aims, where possible, to reconnect families/whānau, empowering them to take control of their decision making and enabling them to face the future with hope. Money boxes are available in the church foyer for your loose change to support this work. These boxes, or their contents, are collected at Sunday services on the first Sunday of each month and sent onto the ATWC. More can be read at their website - www.atwc.org.nz.
Stamps for Missions
The parish also collects used stamps, which can be cut or torn carefully off used envelopes and parcels, leaving a 5mm border of paper. These can be placed in the box in the church foyer and are then processed and sent off to the AMB for sale, raising substantial funds for mission work.
Contacts for any questions are: Hazel Hipkins - 478-6508, or the parish office on 478-3575.