Worship is at the heart of being church. While the church of St Peter’s is a fairly modern building (completed in 1961), liturgically we value the rich tradition of our Anglican heritage. Services are based on the New Zealand Prayer Book (NZPB), or the older Book of Common Prayer (BCP).
A parishioner says: The language, prayers, songs and poems of the New Zealand Prayer Book, and the Book of Common Prayer, are timeless, spiritually rich and beautiful. We all participate in the offering of worship, alongside our lay and ordained ministers, saints of every age, and the wider Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. These connections are wonderful as we each traverse the contours of covenant life with God.
Each week, we offer a round of services:
Daily Morning Prayer: a short and quiet service in the chapel at 8.45 am
Wednesday mid-week Communion: 10 am in the chapel, alternates between the NZPB and BCP formats.
Wednesdays once a month Communion: 11.45 am, a shortened form of communion for those attending the Senior Lunch
Sundays 8 am: a quiet service, without hymns (except for Christmas and Easter) mainly using the BCP, but once a month NZPB
Sundays 10 am: a service enhanced by the organ. The choir sings on the first Sunday of the month. The service is usually a NZPB communion service, but once a month a service of morning prayer is held, led by lay people, sometimes the children. Children gather for teaching in two different age groups at 10 am. Fellowship and a cup of tea follow regular services in the hall.
"The rhythms of the church year, provide us with the opportunity to engage with different aspects of the Christian story...I wonder if you are planning to observe Lent"