Community connections

Our church communities include:

Pop in and Play

Set up by parishioners and members of the community, the well-established Pop in and Play is a fun place for children 0-4 years old. The play group runs on Friday mornings 9am – 11.30am  at St Ronan’s Presbyterian Church hall (234 Muritai Road) during term time with arts and crafts, toys and books, music and lots of play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Morning tea (including good coffee!) is provided. $4 koha per family. Contact Stefi Plimmer stefi.plimmer@gmail.com

 Family Nights

We gather as smaller extended family groups to share the joy and challenges of raising a family. We gather for games nights and support the needs of each other’s families through prayer. If you would appreciate being connected with other families in this way, contact Philip and Stefi Plimmer  philip.plimmer@gmail.com

 Skate-park Heaven

A place to hang-out and build scooting skills for youth. With no skate park in Eastbourne, we regularly use our quarter pipe ramp outside the church and go on adventures to skate parks around the region. To find out when our next sessions are, contact Tim Sanderson  hellfrozen_13@hotmail.com

 Youth, Young Adults 

Opportunities for youth Year 9 and upwards, and for young adults, to gather in Eastbourne or with others from Hutt Valley youth/young adults groups. For events coming up, contact Paul and Ana  negrulescupaul@yahoo.com

Take a Break for Seniors

A monthly gathering of friendship, food and fun for seniors in our community on the second Thursday of every month 11am – 1pm, held at St Ronan’s Presbyterian Church hall (234 Muritai Road). Connect with each other and enjoy, crafts, games and good food. Contact the parish office office@stalbanschurch.nz

 Knitwits

A fun group of missional knitters who knit beanies and projects to give away to families and communities in need, or to sell for fundraising support for important causes. Come along if you would like to knit with others or even to learn how to knit. Contact Joy Baird  321joybells@gmail.com

 Wellesley College

Our parish has strong chaplaincy links with Wellesley College, meeting with the Principal and staff, involvement in Chapel services, supporting religious education and meeting with groups of students, and responding to pastoral care needs of staff, families and students.

Each term, there is a weekday Eucharist service for the boys and the Wellesley College community also joins with St Alban's for an all-age All Together Service on a Sunday morning.

Okiwi Trust

Parishioners were founding members of Okiwi Trust, which in 1974 opened a residential home for older people in the Eastbourne community. When the home closed in 2001, a practical in-home service offering transport, help with minor home maintenance and some activities has grown in its place. Parishioners remain involved as volunteers and Trust Board members.