St. Augustine's church
Devonport, New Zealand.
We invite you to sit for a while, to be at rest, and to read these notes about our church. You may stay for as long as you like.
As you sit quietly in this holy place you may wish to pray for yourself, your family, your friends, or the people who worship here. You might like to use this short prayer :
At the back of the church you will find a table with a display of booklets and leaflets. These are free; please take a copy of any which you think might be helpful. There is also a bookcase containing our small library; you may borrow a book if you wish. Please write your name in the borrowers' book.
Also at the back of the church is a "Prayer Request" book. You are welcome to write your prayer requests in this book and they will be included in our service on the Sunday indicated in the book.
A member of the congregation is available to answer any questions, offer hospitality, or pray with you if you desire. Please make your wishes known.
The oldest building on the site is the wooden hall behind the church. It has a long and honourable history. It was originally built in 1865 as the second Devonport parish church, on the Church Street site where Holy Trinity church now stands.
In 1885 the new Holy Trinity church was built around the older church, which was then removed and rebuilt behind the church as part of the Sunday School.
In 1906, the parish bought a section in Calliope Road for £125 for a mission hall; this was sold in 1911 for £600, and the present site purchased for £660. The house on this section was moved to the back of the section ( presumably where the Navy tennis court is now ) and sold.
The old 1865 building was then moved to Calliope Road, and used as a mission church for the Stanley Bay Area.
It is recorded that the first service in the Stanley Bay district was held on 25th September 1910, which precedes the arrival of the church.
The new building - or, rather, the old building on the new site - was dedicated on 26th May 1914. It was moved to its present site around 1930, when the new church was built in its place.
The handsome brick church of St Augustine was erected in 1930, in memory of those who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914 - 1918. It was dedicated on 21st December 1930.
The church was designed in 1929 by W.S.R. Bromfield and is included in the 'Schedule of Protected Items' in the North Shore operative district plan for the Devonport ward.
Worship and organisation.
On 30th September 1924, Stanley Bay became a separate parochial district with the Rev A.M. Niblock as its first vicar. He was succeeded by Canon F.G. Harvey in 1929, and Canon Lush took over in 1930. In 1936, twelve years after the separation took place, the diocesan synod, on the advice of the boundaries committee, decided that St Augustine's district should be reunited with the parish of Holy Trinity. This decision was put into effect when Canon Lush retired at the end of August 1948.
From 1979 to mid-1997 the Royal New Zealand Navy were co-users of St Augustine's, and their chaplains assisted with the Sunday services from 1979 to the end of 1992.
For several years up to 2007, Joy Ministries ( a branch of the Christian Fellowship For Disabled ) used our church for the monthly service of their North Auckland group. In connection with this ministry, there was also a monthly meeting devoted to prayer for Joy Ministries; this continued until the end of 2008.
In July 2008 the Friday Night Gospel Service ministry moved to St. Augustine's from their previous home at St Paul's, Symonds Street, Auckland.
|Memorial Plaque, East wall ( left-hand side ) :
This plaque was first placed in the mission church, and moved into the new church in 1931.
Memorial Flags, above the plaque :
|The flags in the Sanctuary against the South wall were a gift from the Navy.|
|Alms Dish, Sanctuary :||John William Warwick||25 April 1936|
|Alms Dish stand, Sanctuary :||Joan Marston Bowie||4 December 1918 - 7 November 1979.|
|Hymn Boards, South wall :||Frank E. Corp
|World War 1.
26 August 1915
|Lectern, Sanctuary||Bertie and Hilda Woollacott.
Some lectern falls for the seasons of the year were used in the Armed Forces Chapel, Singapore and presented to St Augustine's 1990 - 1991.
|Prayer Desk, Sanctuary :||Basil Hilton Sergent||1901 - 1967.|
|Bible, Sanctuary :||Phyllis Helen Blackburn||7 August 1978.|
|"Pulpit", Sanctuary :||Annie Loveday Johnson||1984.|
|( The pulpit was removed some years ago, possibly around 1992; the plate is attached to a surviving fragment. )|
|Sanctuary light :||Violet Lily White||26 June 1960.|
|Pew Ends :||Charles Edward Molesworth||July 1935.|
|Katherine Marianne Molesworth||April 1936.|
|Harold Dunwell Bunby||20 December 1936.|
|Eva Laura Brett||October 1936.|
|George Arthur Cook||21 July 1941.|
|May Elizabeth Andrews||29 December 1930.|
|Louisa Dobbins||27 August 1931.|
|Vestry :||Oak "wardrobe" wall unit||Frederick Norton Bushell.|
|Prayer Book||Charles Griffiths Fryer||October 1913|
|Communion service||St George's, Epsom||1928|
|Memorial Stones ( Outdoors ) :||North Wall||Erected 1930 for those who fell in the 1914 - 1918 war.|
|West Wall||Pamela Margaret Sinclair||22 January 1954 - 28 June 1984.|
|Behind the church :||Sarah Edith McLennon||7 - 9 August 1984|
Our regular activities are listed below; special events are listed here.
PLEASE NOTE that this programme marks a significant change from last year's, and will be somewhat experimental for a litle while. We believe it's correct at the moment, but if in doubt refer to INFORMATION below.
|January :||No services.|
|February to December :|
|11.00 am||All Sundays except Family Service Sundays||
Communion Service ( New Zealand Liturgy; Children's activities in the hall. )
|11.00 am||1st Sundays, March to November||Family Service.|
|After 11.00 am service||1st Sundays||St Augustine's monthly group;|
|Prayer meeting||Mondays||11.00 am|
|After-school Kids' Club||Tuesdays during school terms||3.15 - 4.30 pm, March - November|
|Open for silent prayer||Tuesdays||7.30-8.30 pm|
|Friday Night International Gospel Service||Fridays||8.00 pm|
|Home groups||see notice board||
|The church is usually open 10.30am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.|
|For further information -|
|Vicar||Rev. Charmaine Braatvedt ( E-mail email@example.com )||445-0378|
|Assistant priest||Rev. Chee Keong Yong ( E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org )||445-0348|