Join us in offering
acts of love and kindness
Our Love-in-Action Partners...
What a blessing and privilege it is to live in this amazing part of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in peaceful Aotearoa. Our Church and Community Centre is committed to sharing love and kindness in, with, and for our community. Please join us in whatever way you can.
Come to the St Heliers Community Centre to be part of the love-in-action!
- Our Knitwits meet every Monday from 1 to 3 pm to knit blankets and other winter woolies for the charity "Give a Kid a Blanket". All welcome. No prior knitting experience necessary.
- Food for the CAB Food Bank in Glen Innes. Please place your contributions of packaged and nonperishable food in the baskets in our Kindness Corner (in the Community Centre foyer). We deliver contributions each week.
- Baby gear for the Petal Foundation | Te Tuapapa Raupua. Please place your contributions of baby clothes, food, nappies etc. in the bassinet in the Kindness Corner (in the Community Centre foyer).
- Addy's care packs | 10 year old Addy created care packs for those in need. Read her LOVE-IN-ACTION story here. And if you know of anyone who could benefit from a Care Pack, pick one up from our Church and Community Centre office.
If you have an idea for loving others, we'd love to support and encourage you and promote/share your acts of kindness with others too. Talk to our Community Centre staff or Minister, Jordan.
in, with, and for
Island Child Christmas Gifts
Last Christmas, we collected gifts for Island Child Charitable Trust. Island Child provide emergency housing for those most in need. They are based locally in the Tāmaki area.
The Church, Preschool and Community Centre provided dozens of good quality, unwrapped gifts, which were dispersed by Island Child to those in need. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
CAB Food Bank
We also collected nonperishable food items for the Glen Innes Food Bank run by the Citizens' Advice Bureau. We continue to collect food throughout the year. The collection point is in the foyer of the St Heliers Community Centre.
The Kigoma Project, Tanzania
Last Christmas, St Heliers Presbyterian Church partnered with World Vision NZ to contribute to an important project in Tanzania.
In partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), World Vision supports the Kigoma General Food and Nutrition Program in the Nyarugusu & Nduta refugee camps in the Kigoma region of Tanzania.
Refugees have been hosted by Tanzania for decades as a result of political instability and conflicts in the neighbouring countries: Burundi, DRC, and Rwanda. Tanzania hosts roughly 250,000 refugees with the majority living in Nduta, and Nyarugusu camps, in the North-Western of the country.
World Vision & WFP deliver the following programs in Nduta and Nyarugusu Camps:
- General food distribution (beneficiaries receive maize, split peas, beans, wheat flour, and sunflower oil)
- Supplementary Feeding Program
- Kitchen garden initiative (beneficiaries are taught how to grow and manage their own gardens)
Because of our matchfunding partnership with the WFP (they give us the food and we get it where its needed most) in Kigoma, for every $1 given the result was $24 of impact!
$1000 became $24,000 worth of impact and $10,000 became $240,000 worth of impact.
Our Kindness month during September inspired lots of kind deeds at our St Heliers Church and Community Centre (Sept '23)
- We celebrated and promoted acts of kindness in our church services including kindness to ourselves, each other, animals and creation.
- We "painted" our place with KINDNESS QUOTES!
- We ran a KIDS KINDNESS colouring competition.
- We donated lots of food to the Glen Innes Foodbank and baby products to Petal Foundation.
KINDNESS ALWAYS MATTERS!
Fundraiser for Ukraine (July '23)
Thanks to all who supported the recent bake sale to raise funds for the Ukraine. People flocked to buy their delicious sweet and savoury baking and $5000 was raised.
I am writing on behalf of our community group (Russian-Speaking Integrity Alliance NZ), to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for allowing our bake sale fundraising event to take place at your wonderful Church on Sunday, July 23!
A huge thank you to everyone from your church who helped promote the event, offered support and purchased our baking. Everyone was so generous and kind-hearted, and all our baked goods were sold out within just two hours!
We have sent the funds raised to the Ukrainian recipients, including a medical emergency group caring for the severely wounded, to put towards medical equipment and transport. We were also able to send funds to a group rescuing people in areas damaged by the war and the floods, including orphaned children.
Blankets and other winter woolies for Give a Kid a Blanket (June '23)
We were delighted to present lots of handcrafted winter woollies and PJs to the charity “Give a Kid a Blanket” during our church service on Sunday, 25th June.
Our Knit Wits knitted 70 beautiful blankets, and lots of baby clothes, and our preschool families donated 80 pairs of winter PJs and baby clothes.
"A huge and grateful thanks to you the Heliers Church and Community Centre. Truly a community gift made with love."
(Liss, Give a Kid a Blanket)