The Best ‘You’ That You Can Be Workshops

Be the best you that you can be

Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm (14 October – 2 December).

Sessions focused on building our strength, positivity, resilience and hope so that we can inspire and positively impact our whanau and those around us.

Bring your lunch so we can eat and get to know each other from 12:00pm, with sessions starting at 12.30pm.

Gold Coin donation. Tea and coffee supplied.

14 Oct
Who Am I?
Understanding myself, what is important and knowing my worth.
21 Oct
Emotional Wellbeing
Filling our tanks and nurturing our emotional vulnerability.
28 Oct
Building Strengths
What are my strengths and using them to understand myself.
4 Nov
Better Than ‘All Right’
Flourishing as well as surviving.
11 Nov
How Are You ‘Really’?
Trusting enough to be vulnerable. It is OK to need support.
18 Nov
Grief Journey
Understanding our own grief experiences.
25 Nov
Where are you heading?
Focus, aim and get started.
2 Dec
Self-Care Made Fun
Getting rid of the guilt and nourishing ourselves.

“The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change; So that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love.”

Spaces limited.

Contact Dawn on 027 710 0022 or for more information or to register.

Whānau Snackbox Workshops

The Whanau Centre

Fridays, 10:00am – 12:00pm (16 October – 4 December 2020).

‘Bite-sized’ sessions covering skills to assist you to be an effective member of your whanau. 

Whether you are a parent or grandparent; in a single parent, blended or traditional whanau; you can explore these topics with others, whilst having fun, building relationships, skills and confidence.

Gold coin donation. Tea and coffee supplied.

16 Oct
Whānau Values and Aspirations
23 Oct
Building on Strengths
30 Oct
Creating Emotional Safety
6 Nov
Talking about Big Feelings
20 Nov
Seeing through the Eyes of our Mokopuna
27 Nov
Parenting During Uncertainty and Change
4 Dec
Having Fun with your Whānau

Spaces limited.

Contact Dawn on 027 710 0022 or for more information or to register.

Christmas Eve Celebration


Our annual Christmas Eve celebration features a great lineup of classic Christmas carols to bring people together and celebrate the true meaning of the season.

It is run by the St Albans Baptist Church and features a creative performance of the Christmas story, followed by a cuppa afterwards. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend this free event.

The Christmas Eve Celebration is held at St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road, Christchurch.

Light Party

For a number of years Halloween has been gaining momentum in New Zealand.
We at the Neighbourhood Trust and St Albans Baptist Church, want to see families enjoying themselves and spending quality time together, but instead by celebrating life, wellbeing and diversity, rather than Halloween traditions. So we put on an alternative event each year on the 31st October – the Light Party!

Light Party 2021

This counter-cultural event provides a safe environment for the whole family to have fun together.
There’s lots of free entertainment, including:
  • Giant inflatable playground
  • Kids’ jeeps
  • Farm animal petting zoo
  • Face painting
  • Games
  • Pre-schoolers playroom
  • Black light disco
  • Kids’ entertainers, Lydia & Chelsea
  • Live music
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Finger food

Coffee cart, Mr Whippy and shaved ice will be available to purchase.

The Light Party is a great opportunity for families to laugh together, eat together, and enjoy doing something that is all about celebrating life and joy in our community.
This year our theme is ‘Noah’s Ark’, so come along dressed as your favourite animal!
No scary costumes, please.
Contact if you have any enquiries.
Inflatable Light Party Map

Inflatable Playground

Will be available 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Located on the grassy area and in the carpark. Lots of inflatable playground equipment for children of all ages to burn off some energy on. Qualified OSCAR workers will be supervising. Bare feet or socks only.

Light Party Kids Jeeps

Kids' Jeeps

Will be available 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Hoon around in these cool mini jeeps! Located in the carpark. For children over 5 years old. An adult can ride in the cars with children assisting if needed.

Light Party Farm Animals

Old Mc-DON-ald's Farm

Our Community Development Worker, Don (aka Old Mc-DON-ald!) is bringing along some of his farm animals including lambs, Labrador puppies and baby chicks. A great opportunity for children to get their photo taken giving these cute animals some (gentle) pats!

Light Party Facepainting

Face Painting

We have lovely make-up artists and creative people looking forward to transforming kids’ faces into works of art!

Light Party Entertainers - Lydia and Chelsea

Kids' Entertainers - Lydia & Chelsea

Professional Children’s Entertainers, Lydia and Chelsea, will be enthralling children with Noah’s Ark themed skits, singing, dancing, and more! Located in the Café Overflow (disco room) from 5.15pm – 6.00pm. Suitable for all ages.

Light Party black light disco

Black Light Disco

Come on down and have a boogie to your favourite tunes from 6pm – 7pm in the Café Overflow. Suitable for all ages. Wear something white to look extra glowy!

Light Party worship music

Worship Music

The St Albans Baptist worship band will be playing in the main auditorium. Take a seat and enjoy.

Light Party Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Free! Come grab a kiwi classic – sausage, tomato sauce and onion in a slice of white bread. Located in the carpark.

Light Party FInger Food

Finger Food

Take some time to chill out and fill your tummies with free finger food available in the Café. Available from 5pm – 6.30pm.

Light Party

Coffee Cart, Shaved Ice & Mr Whippy Ice Creams

Additional food and beverages are available to purchase from food carts located in the carpark from 4.30pm – 7pm.

Light Party 2021 countdown!


Light Party 2020 photos - Noah's Ark theme