About Us

PARISH

Our parish community comes from far and wide across the Auckland region,
drawn by the rich Anglo-Catholic style of worship
and the warm community at St Alban’s, Balmoral.
We also live-stream our Sunday Service each week
via Facebook 

 

The People

Our church is a good place to spend time, praying, reading, growing closer to God. As countless others have attested, simply sitting in the presence of God in our church brings calm and perspective to the issues of daily life. It is also worthwhile browsing through pictures of our forebears who wielded pick and shovel to build the foundations of the church building, learning our Parish history, or exploring our roots...and then going for a wander outside beneath the gracious oak trees, or under the homely shade of the pohutukawa.

Fr Paul Yeoman, Fr Mark Beale and Fr Terry Malloy

The brick chancel and apse

Best of all is to share the worship with the hospitable people of this Parish who love God and seek to know him and each other more deeply. We extend open arms to warmly welcome congregations of emigrant families who have established themselves and their families in Auckland.  

This is a place which lives in a timeless tradition of hospitality and outreach in the world wide Christian communion of faith and hope. All are welcome to visit, worship and fully participate in the central act of Christian Worship, The Eucharist. We are a Parish community worshipping in the Anglican expression of the Catholic Faith as it is gifted to us through the Creeds and Canons of the Church. We are noted for the richness of our liturgy and music and above all for our sincerity of warmth when welcoming others in to experience God in this place. 

Our Parish Priest

Father Mark Beale is married to Barbara, they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  From time in the army to a career in teaching and then to a life of ministry as a priest in the Diocese of Auckland, Fr Mark gives wholeheartedly to any challenge that confronts him.

His curacy was at St Paul’s, Symonds Street, followed by appointment as priest to St Paul’s Te Atatu Peninsula. He was then charged with the responsibility of planting a church in the developing suburb of Clendon in South Auckland; with St Elizabeth’s Anglican Church, Clendon quickly becoming a place to worship, grow, be nurtured and challenged.

During this time he began to visit the Wiri Women’s Prison introducing the Alpha Programme and expanding his care to the Men’s Prison. He has supported people going before the parole board and serves as the community representative on the Wiri Men’s Prison Advisory Panel for release to work and home release. Fr Mark has developed and maintained a long-term relationship with Wiri prison for over 20 years.

Another community-building group that Fr Mark has supported for many years is Promise Keepers; helping men focus on the legacy they each leave, determined by their faithfulness to the calling God has put on their lives.

While at St Elizabeth’s, Fr Mark supported the Youth Group in eradicating tagging in the Clendon community.

As a result of which the Mayor of Manukau City asked him to establish a Charitable Trust to tackle the issue, this became The Manukau Beautification Trust. In 2001 Fr. Mark was awarded an MNZM for his services to the community.  For many years Mark and Barbara have been active members of Marriage Encounter (the Anglican Expression) and have written a book 200 Years of Marriage based on the experiences of their group.

When Fr Mark retired from St Elizabeth’s, Clendon in 2016, he left a strong congregation of 300, a housing complex administered by the church, a foodbank, and an Op Shop. After ‘retiring’, Fr Mark took up another challenge and now teaches and nurtures a small Anglo-Catholic congregation at St Alban the Martyr, Balmoral.

 

During the pandemic, Fr Mark established an online ministry from St Alban’s Church which enables a growing number of people to worship at home each week and become part of the worshipping community of St Alban’s.

Fr Mark has established relationships with people and congregations of other denominations and cultures:

Russian Orthodox, Assyrian Orthodox, and supports the Eritrean congregation that worships at St Alban’s.

Fr Mark is an innovator - seeing possibilities and inspiring others to be involved in initiatives that build up and nurture others. His huge legacy is one of service- to God, to the church and to the people he encounters.

His heart is for people to grow in their relationships with God and each other in a worshipping community. 

Where to find us

At the geographical heart of Auckland City, tucked up against Dominion Road,  large old trees surrounding the beautiful church dedicated to Saint Alban the Martyr, which along with some of the trees is a listed and historic place. Road works carried out when the tramline first went in along Dominion Road has left the church building lower than street-level, yet the impressive brick and wood building in Romanesque style stands out as a solid witness to the Glory of God in this place.  . 

Please come and join us.

Nau mai, haere mai.

Sūsū mai.

Mālō a lelei.

Kia orana.

Selamat datang.

Venez nous rejoindre. Vous serez le bienvenu.

تعال وانضم لنا. سوف تكون موضع ترحيب

欢迎加入我们!

aao aur hamaare saath raho. aapaka sabase adhik svaagat hoga.

आओ और हमारे साथ रहो। आपका सबसे अधिक स्वागत होगा