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El Shaddai NZ is a Catholic Bible study prayer group formed 11 years ago on the 19th March 2006 by an assembly of close friends who wanted to learn more about their Saviour through the study of the Word so as to enjoy a closer personal encounter with Him
The group currently comprises of around 30+ Catholics between the ages of 14 years to 70+ who come from around 7 parishes within the City of Auckland ranging from Howick in the East to Glen Eden in the West.
The Catholic parishes we proudly belong to are: Christ the King – Owairaka, St Mary’s – Avondale, St Dominic’s – Blockhouse Bay, St Therese – Three Kings, St John Vianney – Hillsborough, St Marks – Pakuranga and Our Lady Of Lourdes – Glen Eden.
Every one of our members continue to be active participants in their own parish ministries be they within the Parish Council, as Eucharistic Ministers or in Liturgy Committees, Sunday School teachers or leading Sacramental programmes & in Choirs etc. For we encourage the development of our Holy Spirit enabled gifts to be taken back to our Catholic parishes first while we develop the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers.
We meet each Sunday afternoon between 4pm to 6pm to praise & worship, learn more about Christ’s teaching to us in order to take His message out into the world. We hire out the venue using the Community Hall below The Church of the Saviour at the Cnr of Kinross & Heaphy streets, Blockhouse Bay
Audrey Cooper is the leader of the group and is a Charismatic Catholic involved in a number of volunteer based Christian Outreach programmes. Each week she takes the group through the Word having spent over 20 years studying the Bible and teaching scripture both in NZ and in India.
To further her own thirst for knowledge, she continues to study the Word each day and seeks clarification from world renowned scholars from well recognised Bible institutions like Kings College, Laidlaw College and St John’s College. For those scriptures that relate to our own Catholic teaching, she routinely gets her explanation from Msgr. David Tonks.
She was also a Bible in School teacher, a certified School Chaplain and is a staff member in the Chaplaincy department at the Mount Eden Correctional Facility. She also ministers to the inmates under the PCSANZ banner and has taught them Christian poetry on a regular basis.
She has published a book of spiritual poetries written over a period of twenty years titled “Oasis”; the proceeds of which went to Jerusalem for the conversion of Jews to Christianity.
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Teaching the World one scripture at a time.
We teach in a way not as philosophy is taught but in the way the Spirit teaches us. We teach spiritual things spiritually. 1 Corinthians 2:13
El Shaddai NZs mission is just ‘be there’ where we are needed most; be it praying for the needy, visiting the sick and elderly or those in prison and includes a desire to evangelise.
We don’t claim to know it all but we do know that Christ loves each one irrespective of colour, caste, creed or religion.
We also believe that Christ will not come back in all His glory until His message is preached to all the world. Mathew 24:14
Our Various Ministries
We have confidence that each person is important to God and therefore important to us at the El Shaddai prayer group. And when it comes to prayer, we believe Jesus desires to meet our needs especially when two or more are gathered to pray for someone.
We have structured portfolios ranging from the Rapha Healing ministry, the Breakthrough Intercessory ministry, the Prophetic ministry, the Single Support group ministry, the Technology ministry, the Men’s breakfast group ministry and the Communication and Events ministry.
Each ministry is led by a ministry leader who holds regular meetings with the portfolio members and ensures the Catholic principles of prayer and devotion are maintained on a daily basis until the petitions prayed for are answered
Our Sunday Session
Each Sunday starts with a session of praise, followed by the preaching on the Word that is then followed by a session of worship and a time for personal reflection during which the prophetic message for the week is delivered.
After that a short opportunity to fellowship over a cup of tea and biscuits before the evening concludes. This layout helps in preparing each group member with the confidence to face the week ahead self-assured in their place in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Over the year there are a multitude of activities that provide both a learning and an application of knowledge opportunity along with social community events.
These can range from Life programmes for Adults and Youth, Lenten and Advent retreats, Biblically themed skits, Bible quizzes and debates down to picnics, camps and Christian movie nights or similar type fun outings like ten pin bowling.
Our Community Focus
We regularly support the Christmas Shoe Box appeal for disadvantaged children and have contributed mightily towards this initiative.
We work with our parish offices to seek out disadvantaged families in need and recently fundraised $1,150 towards the medical expenses of a young child who had undergone a major surgery.
We have conducted street evangelisation and through this brought a number of people towards our website, our phone lines or to the Sunday meetings asking more questions on the Word of God and what Jesus’s salvation means.
We make contact with newly arrived students from overseas who have no family in Auckland to offer them both a welcome and put them in touch with good families known to host overseas students.
Audrey was recently interviewed on Planet FM 104.6 by the Good Guys Community broadcast team on the topic of Lent where she also had the opportunity to promote the El Shaddai ministry. This was well received and again generated a large volume of phone calls and emails seeking for more information.