Hi ,
as you have heard the government has announced that Auckland is in Level 3 lockdown as of 11:59pm Sunday 14 February, 2021. At this stage the lockdown is until midnight Wednesday 17 February, this is to reduce any community spread of the virus. Please keep an eye on: for the latest alert levels.

Shrove Tuesday in-person worship is cancelled. Instead, we have our recipe for pancakes below.

Ash Wednesday is in-person worship is cancelled. Instead, we have an online Worship for Ash Wednesday on YouTube. We are calling it: Ash Free Wednesday. This will be live on YouTube from 8am Wednesday morning, so you may join in anytime you wish to on Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

For those of you who have missed out picking up a Lent Devotion booklet, or the Lent Cards with a daily inspiration, below you will find a link to sign up via email, TXT or WhatsApp. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a daily reflection.

May Lent be a time of re-discovery for you.


Daily Lent Engagement

We have a daily reflection available.

Would you like something in depth? Then pick up the Lent Devotion Booklet from the Welcome Desk.

Would you like something brief? Pick up a series of 47 Devotion Cards.

Would you prefer a digital offering? Then click the link below to go to our Website and sign up for a daily reflection on:
  • email
  • WhatsApp
  • TXT
  • Messenger
Our reflection will also be on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so follow us on one of these for a daily reflection.

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake day

One of our traditions over Lent is to give up something, so that we may focus more intently on preparing for Easter and the Resurection. This often involved going without some food (fasting), and a tradition built up that before Lent began we would feast on the last of the eggs through having a family pancake day called Shrove Tuesday. Long ago, chickens were older breeds and would not have laid eggs in the winter. So people would have been eating up the last of the preserved eggs, which were probably coming to the end of their preservation period anyway. By Easter Day, the chickens would be starting to lay eggs again. Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent was a good excuse for pancakes, to be extravagant before Lent began that was a serious time and people weren't encouraged to be extravagant.
pancakes and ashes - newsletter strip - recipe
The encouragement is that you make some pancakes with the recipe below. Then share in a time of reflection with those in your bubble. If you live by yourself, arrange a call or face time with a friend or family member and share with them.

Pancake Recipe (serves 2, easily doubles or triples)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  1. In a big bowl place milk, vanilla essence and sugar
  2. Separate the egg, leave the white in one bowl, and place egg yolk in the big bowl with the milk.
  3. Put the flour into the milk and gently beat until smooth
  4. Beat the egg white so it is just forming peaks
  5. Gently fold the egg white into the batter until there are no white lumps
Cooking: I like to cook in a cast iron pan with a little bit of butter. This also makes great waffles if you prefer.

Ash Free Wednesday


We will have a short online service on Wednesday. This service will be on YouTube and will be available from 8:00am on Ash Wednesday. You may view it anytime after 8am on Ash Wednesday. As part of the service, there is a opportunity to reflect. We would encourage your to:
  1. Use this reflection sheet here
  2. -or- Write your reflection in a journal
You will need a candle to light during the service as a way of marking this holy moment.

Lent Study Groups

Visio Divina

During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. Study groups are online Wednesday 12:30pm. Studies begin Wednesday 24th February.

Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images.

    Sunday Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    Zoom Bible Study

    No zoom bible study on Ash Wednesday. Zoom Bible resumes next Wednesday 24th February at 12:30pm, when we change topics to Lent, and a Visio Divina Series. Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Covid 19 - Level 3 Closures

    • Community Shop - CLOSED
    • Sanctuary helpers Thank You Lunch - POSTPONED
    • Shrove Tuesday - CANCELLED
    • Wednesday Services and Ash Wednesday - CANCELLED
    We do not know what will happen past Wednesday, we will update on Thursday with our weekly newsletter when we have updated advice from the government.

    Regular Information


    Wednesday - 10am - informal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 8am - formal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - intergenerational worship with communion

    Praying for Others

    Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or Names can be sent at other times as required.


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