One of St George’s core strengths that enriches our worship and community life is that we are a multi-congregational church.
We have three Sunday congregations and a Wednesday congregation. Each service offers a different flavour that reflects the full expression of Christian worship.
We work hard to cultivate and nurture the sense that we are not only distinct congregations, but all very much members of a community in Christ, together.
The 10:15am congregation is the main family service and more informal than the earlier services, now averaging around 180 people attending any given Sunday. There is a beautiful diversity of ages and stages, ethnicities, and Christian faith traditions all celebrating and worshipping together.
Wherever you are on your journey of faith, this is a service that aspires to connect with you where you are. With Scripture at the heart of all we explore, we endeavor to encounter the spirit of the sacred and the divine that we all recognise in our lives. We re-imagine the beautiful traditions of our heritage such as Communion and intentionally integrate aspects of te reo Māori into our worship experience.
We have a vibrant children and youth ministry. We take seriously the privilege of nurturing our children and youth in their relationships with Christ and with one another. They are valued members of our community. Creche, Kids, and Youth Programmes run parallel to the service, which finishes around 11:30am. Prayer is available at the end of the service and we invite you to stay and get to know us over refreshments of tea and coffee.
An encouraging feature of the feedback of people who have joined recently, commenting on how much they have valued the friendliness of welcome, which is a distinctive of all the congregations and this whole church community.
The 8:30am service aspires to combine both the traditional and the contemporary aspects of Anglican worship. It uses the beautiful New Zealand Prayer Book liturgy on screen. Worship is offered with a band and traditional organ, which draws on the rich treasure of our worship tradition from hymns to contemporary worship songs. Many of those at the 8:30am congregation have been faithfully attending and serving this church for a number of years and have given this community in Christ a firm foundation on which we can build for the future. Children are welcome and a children’s ministry for Year 1- 6 is also provided in the hall.
All Sunday morning services feature the same sermon, which is also recorded and available online. It’s also important to us that we celebrate the Church calendar journey and we gladly acknowledge that we are located within the bigger narrative of history and God’s story.
This is a quieter communion service based on the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book. It includes a brief reflective sermon and morning tea is served afterwards. Prayer for healing is offered at this service upon request.