What Happens on Sunday Mornings at Cityside?
Service Time : 10:00am
8 Mt Eden Road, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand
We are committed to maximum participation and to the development of the creativity, gifts and relationships among the community that is Cityside church, so our services generally involve a number of different people leading us in different ways. We are also committed to creating spaces where we can respond to God in a variety of ways, engaging our body and our senses as well as our minds and hearts in our worship.
We have a curating team, that invites and guides the participation of Citysiders in providing various elements of the service. Each service curator works to a theme, and chooses service elements that work together to unfold this theme. Elements may include readings, responsive prayer, silence, response/activity stations, song or chant, discussion, confession, intercession, sermon, body prayer etc. We often draw on the texts of the Lectionary to influence our theme for a given Sunday. On the first Sunday of the month we celebrate communion as a whole community (including children) and have a shared lunch after the service. On the third Sunday of the month we also celebrate communion but in a more contemplative way, with silence, chant and reflection in a liturgical setting. Where a month has five Sundays, the fifth service will involve some alternative form of gathering - usually an activity outside the building. This will be advertised in advance.
Each person leading a particular segment of worship can do so in whatever form, style, medium, level of creativity that s/he wishes to. This means services vary considerably in style and content (and length) from week to week.
People are free to participate or not in any part of the service.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: 9.00am, for half an hour
Contemplative Silence: Centering Prayer
This service is held in our chapel. It involves half an hour of active, practical silence, focusing on the 'Centering Prayer' meditation of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating and The Cloud of Unknowing. One of the oldest forms of Christian contemplation in the West.
We start at 9.00 on the dot. Please arrive ahead of time.
Fifth Sunday of the Month
If there are five Sundays in a month, we generally do something different or outside of our church building on the fifth Sunday. Phone or email us to find out what that is if you’re planning on coming on a fifth Sunday.