Join a Group

There are many different groups from the community that use the St Albans uniting Complex.  To get in touch with any of them please follow the links below:

Bible Study Group

Every Wednesday morning at 10:00am in the church lounge there is a bible study based on the lectionary.  It is a good way of learning more about the bible in a planned way, because the studies are on the readings for the Sunday services that follow.

Everyone is welcome.  We begin with tea, coffee and biscuits and some lively conversation!

Community Garden

This project has been operating in the community for the last 8 years.  Starting with a group of volunteers to turn the backyard of the church house into a fantastic garden.  The parish would love to extend the pool of volunteers who work in the garden and those who are wanting to use the vegetables.

Currently the garden is available during office hours Mon – Friday 9-12 and on Saturday mornings.  Please call at the office to access the garden.

Menz Shed

The Men’s Shed is a brand new purpose built and well equipped workshop within the St Albans Uniting complex and membership is open to any men in the community however wide people wish the definition of community to be.

It can provide a place to work and fellowship for men who have been involved in wood and metalwork activities, both as hobbies and employment in the past but, because of downsizing of accommodation or a growing need to work with others for safety and mobility issues, can no longer have access to a place to continue their interests. But it is also open to any men looking for fellowship and a space to work at their hobbies.

So far there are two sessions per week, Monday 1:30pm-4pm and Saturday 10am There is room for other sessions but we need each group to include a qualified tradesperson to be part of any group for safety reasons.

Contacts are Bill Pearcy for the Monday Group on 980 9538 or John Boxall 352 0096 for Saturday Morning

Preschool Movement & Music

Every Tuesday morning at 9.30am, from the beginning of February to mid-December, children and their parents and caregivers come to the St Albans Uniting Complex to sing, play, dance and make music together. Classes are based on the Canterbury Musical Parenting Association ideas of musical play and using the elements to help pre-schoolers develop cognitive, language, gross-motor and fine-motor skills using action songs, nursery rhymes, finger plays, pitch and rhythm games and having fun together.

After 30 to 40 minutes of music led by Jody Keehan, volunteers from the St Alban’s Uniting Church serve up morning tea to the families while the children have playtime.

Cost per child is $2. Bookings are not required, just come along and join in!

Jody Keehan Biography

Jody Keehan is a musician, mum and concert organiser who feels very lucky to be able to be able to combine her love of music into everything she does.

When she became a mum in 2002 Jody started teaching Pre-school Music and Movement and is currently an active member of the Canterbury Musical Parenting Association founded by Julie Wylie. Jody completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Music through the Institute of Registered Music Teachers in 2008. She volunteers at the Champion Centre as a music specialist for the monthly Preemie playgroup.

Jody plays saxophone, clarinet and sings all styles of music. She has helped organise many events like the Christchurch Big Band Festival, Children’s Day at the Groynes and the Timaru Christmas Parade. In her spare time, when she’s not teaching music and movement, she works for Chamber Music New Zealand as Concerts Manager for Christchurch and Christchurch District co-ordinator of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest for secondary school students as well as being a Trustee of the Canterbury Neo-natal Trust.

Spiritual Focus

Spiritual Focus is a meditation group running as part of the parish.

Spiritual Focus is on Sunday at 6pm and is held at 55 Waratah Street.  Please contact Raewyn for more information on 3880877