The church, prior to the building of the early childhood centre, where the vicarage stood (right)
The altar, with Nativity scene
Our historic church of St. Jude, built in 1884, is a welcoming Anglican church in Central West Auckland. It sits above the train line in St Jude Street, close to the Avondale train station and near the shopping centre and other amenities. We are a busy parish, with regular services, a Sunday School (called Kids' Church), Mainly Music sessions, a Mothers' Union group, bi-weekly Bible Study and a prayer group. A group for young adults (ages 15-25) has recently started.
St. Jude's regularly donates items to the Auckland City Mission foodbank, Family First and the Neo-Natal Unit. We have a community larder on the St Jude Street frontage, and all are welcome to take whatever food they wish from this, and leave whatever they wish for others.
Our current Priest-in-Charge is the Rev'd Dr Noel Cox, in post since 2018.
Noel was previously stationed at Warkworth, and Sandringham, and before that in Wales, having originally trained for ministry in Auckland. He is also occasionally a chaplain at the International Seafarers' Centre Auckland (for the Mission to Seafarers and the Sailors' Society New Zealand), and an Area Chaplain for St John New Zealand. He is also on the roster to take occasional weekday services in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.
Father Noel is a Priest Associate of the Holy House of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and a life member of the Society of King Charles the Martyr.
He was previously a senior legal academic (Auckland University of Technology and Aberystwyth University, where he was was Professor of Law, and Head of the Department of Law and Criminology), and also a barrister (Inner Temple, and New Zealand). He is the author of a number of chapters, articles (published in such journals as Churchman, Law and Justice, Journal of Anglican Studies, Journal of Law and Religion, Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, and the Ecclesiastical Law Journal), and books (including Church and State in the Post-Colonial Era: The Anglican Church and the Constitution in New Zealand (Polygraphia (NZ) Ltd, Auckland, 2008)). He was a patron of The Australian Monarchist League, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Distinguished Academic Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion.
Noel is married to Katy, and they have two dogs, Teddy and Wilbur.
Noel, in the nave of St David's Church, Capel Bangor, Wales, after a Christmas morning service, 2014