What a great time we had with Nativity Land!
A huge thank you to everyone that was involved, actors, musicians, guides and hosts. We all make a great team!
It was especially brilliant to have families involved from GodZone, Girls Zone and ECEC, which mean lots of community families attended the event and we got to spend some fun time together.


Office Closure

Our office will be closed on Friday, 24 December. We re-open on Wednesday, 5 January (for mornings only) with our regular hours starting on
Tuesday, 25 January.  If you need a priest during 24 December – 5 January, please contact Reverend Ian Cook 021 288 2757.
January Services
During the month of January please join us at 10am each Sunday for a 40-minute family-friendly service followed by BBQ and ice-cream!!!


$428,000 has been donated this year towards Te Korōria, including a bequest.  This is all from within our congregations, from many different donors.  Every donation no matter the size has made a real difference. This is an incredible amount and we are humbled by your faithful giving.  Please keep holding this project in your prayers, as we continue to step out in faith and seek the remaining $2.3 million which will make Te Korōria completely debt free!



This Christmas, as usual, we are supporting St Saviours Anglican Church ministry in Kaitaia. The money will be used to buy local food vouchers so your donation will support local families and the local economy over the festive season. There is still time to contribute towards this great cause!
To donate to Feed My Lambs Christmas Appeal 2021, please pay your donation into the KA bank account
02-0500-0019955-00 by no later than 16 December.
Reference the deposit to Feed My Lambs and note your giving number. This donation will be included in your KAC end of financial year tax receipt.



We are excited to announce that Wendy Davidson has accepted a contract with the Selwyn Foundation as Chaplain for Sprott. Wendy has served Karori Anglican faithfully for 16 years in a variety of roles and now God has opened this door into a ministry that she loves and she is stepping into. Wendy has finished this week, but you will continue to see her around the church as she continues to worship with us as a parishioner.  Wendy, we thank you for all that you have done and will continue to contribute to our community.


Join us on Saturday, 18 December 9.30am-12pm, for a working bee to get the church and grounds ready for Christmas. Contact Mike Scrivener 021 081 10750 or Geoff Lee 0274 457 190 for more information.



As part of their fundraising efforts, Anglican Missions sells mint and used stamps, as well as collections, via experienced collectors and dealers who kindly donate their time and expertise. They would love to receive any used stamps, both international and NZ ones, however please note that they cannot use generic KIWI stamps, as the stamp buyers no longer take them. They do however want any alternative mail New Zealand stamps (e.g. NZM, Pete’s Post, DX, etc.). If you have stamps you no longer need and would like to donate them to the Anglican Missions then please drop them to Heidi in the office.


The long serving Treasurer for the Karori Food Bank is retiring at the end of  March 2022 and we need someone to take over this role.  This voluntary role involves an estimated two hours of work per month, with obviously more time involved at the end of the financial year.  Full training is provided.  The Treasurer provides accounting information to the Chair of the Karori Food Bank.
Specific tasks are:

  1. Undertake general accounting functions using Reckon.
  2. Provide monthly accounts in financial accounting format to the Chair.

These comprise:

  • Income statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Cash Flow statement
  1. Arrange payments as required – usually these are monthly payment for groceries to Karori New World, and the annual space rental payment to the Karori Community Centre.
  2. Send receipts to donors: mostly annually, so that they can claim the donations rebate from IRD.
  3. There is no audit or review: when accounts are completed, at the end of the financial year, the Treasurer, once the accounts have been approved by the Food Bank Board, has to upload relevant details on the Charities Services’ website.

Anyone interested in assisting the Karori Food Bank with the voluntary role of Treasurer should send, by 25 January 2022, an expression of interest to the Chair of the Board, Iain Stockwell

If you need any more information Shirley Black would be happy to help.


Christmas Service flyers have been printed and we need your help delivering them to letterboxes around Karori.  Please grab a handful of flyers on Sunday and let us know which streets you can deliver to.  Thanks!


New Dates: 23-24 January, Lane Park, Upper Hutt

New Wine has made some changes to their 2022 Festival.  It will now be held over 2 days, 23-24 January 2002 (Wellington Anniversary weekend) in Upper Hutt.  Karori Anglican will be attending this two day event and we do hope that you can all join us!  Camping is available for those who would like to stay overnight. There will be worship sessions, workshops, kids ministry and some great speakers.  To find out more and to register go to


For us to deliver our services in the safest way possible we would like you to know that all Karori Anglican, SMASH and Early Childhood Centre staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.  We also require that visitors to the office, during office hours, present their vaccine passports.

Operating under the Government’s Covid-19 Traffic Light framework, the Diocese have asked that if you enter an Anglican service you need to have a vaccine passport. Both of our services have over 50 attending so a vaccine passport is required by law. This will operate at St Mary’s Anglican for each congregation member over 12 years and three months of age.

For entry into our services and offices, you must provide your Vaccination Passport. This can be done by either downloading your ‘Vaccine Passport’ to your mobile phone’s wallet OR printing out your Vaccine Passport emailed to you from The Ministry of Health’s – ‘My Covid Record’. Your Vaccine Passport will be scanned on a device located by the door in the welcoming area using the NZ Passport verifier app. Note: there is no data stored or recorded in this process. When entering a service you will still also be required to scan in or record your attendance using the existing contact tracing provisions.

As always, we ask that you do not attend services if you are feeling unwell, or have been at a place of interest during an exposure event within the last 14 days.

The Services

  • Masks are still recommended, except for those leading and reading in the service.
  • Chairs will now be placed beside one another and people are welcome to still maintain a metre social distance from others if they wish.
  • Communion is still by one element only.
  • The peace is non-contact only.
  • Those welcoming and serving morning tea must wear masks.
  • Children and youth will now join us for the start of the service and communion.

Support to get a Vaccine Passport
If you need help in obtaining a Vaccine Passport, the first step is to contact the Ministry of Health help number 0800 222 478, it helps if you have your NHI number (found on any of your  prescriptions).  Or you can visit a pharmacy that can assist you over the counter – our closest pharmacy providing this service is Unichem – Wellington Central Pharmacy at 204 Lambton Quay. Or, please contact the Church Office.  We do have volunteers willing to visit and assist you.

If You Are Unvaccinated
A recording of the reading and sermon will be posted every Sunday afternoon on our website
We will also look at the possibility of establishing a house church for you where communion can be brought to you once a month.


Mark this date in your calendar for our annual Fair day, which is an opportunity to launch the New Year, and to invite our wider community to join us for some fun and games – and pet show!  The day was a hit last year, and we would love to hear from people who would be willing to host a stall or a game.  Please email Kate if you can help or want to know more.  More information to come.