Church of the Cross, Turangi Co-operating
The Church of the Cross is a small co-operating Parish that moved into Local Shared Ministry in November 2007. Worship varies according to the traditions involved, and the Parish has a well-received ministry to many visitors. While the congregation tends to be older, a small core of younger families are welcomed and nurtured from time to time.
Town Centre, or PO Box 286, Turangi 3353
Phone: 07-386-8507 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Mrs. Bev Lawson, 15 Hinerangi Street, Turangi 3334.
Either Communion or Morning Worship every Sunday at 10am
Different styles of worship for Easter, and Christmas (Duration about 1hour)
Annual special Emergency Services Thanksgiving Church Service involving Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguards, LANSAR.
Ethos: Common purpose. Mainly Anglican, then Presbyterian and Methodist.
Ethnicity: Pākehā with small number of Maori and Pacific Islanders, Scots, Irish, English. Nominal use of Te Reo in liturgy.
Children: Special programmes during Sunday worship such as colouring in and Anglican Minister has 10 minute ‘children’s time’ monthly.
Social: Shared meals occasionally and support for and involvement in Turangi Community events (annual Community Christmas Luncheon open to all residents of the town)
Training: Some involvement in Diocesan events, occasional study groups
Outreach: Cards/letters sent to bereaved; workplace ministry; home visits for Pastoral Care: home Communion as requested: prayer chain; Women’s Fellowship, Men’s group; joint Sunday evening services with other churches on a monthly basis, & combined prayer evening with other Churches once a month.
Successful Op Shop run by Volunteers is an important part of Community involvement. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Proceeds from this venture go back into the Community.
Highlights: Lenten studies and meal; Christmas Carol Services, Emergency Services Thanksgiving.