Mount Maunganui is a medium-sized parish with two worship centres. St Peter’s Church near the base of the Mount. St Mary's is adjacent to Bayfair shopping centre. The parish has a strong ethos of community involvement and support.
Worship: All services have strong lay involvement and regularly include visitors.
St Peter’s 11 Victoria Rd, Mt Maunganui
Traditional NZ Prayer Book service with hymns
Sunday - 8am followed by tea and toast in the lounge
Wednesday - 10am followed by morning tea in the lounge
St Peter's is also developing its music. A Chancel Choir and sung Eucharist occurs twice a month with hymn fests, Evensongs, Taize services and chamber music recitals occurring during the year. A full programme can be obtained through the church office.
St Mary’s Cnr Girven Rd & Martin St, Bayfair
Sunday - 10am Family Communion with mix of hymns and contemporary music. Activities for children in the service or in Sunday School.
Service followed my morning tea in the hall
Ethos: Friendly, active parish, with a strong sense of living in Christ’s way.
Ethnicity: Mainly European, embracing all cultures.
Children: Two Childcare Centres: Growing Through Grief run the Seasons programme every school term; midweek pre-school music group; mid-week Seeds Service and Starfish - combination music and bible study for preschoolers and parents.
Social: Parish complex well used by community groups; indoor bowls; care and craft; seniors exercise classes. The church has many social events during the year for families, for men and women.
Outreach: Drop In Centre; 4 Rest homes with monthly services;
Highlights: Saints & Angels street party (alternative to Halloween); Pet Sunday in October