Omokoroa Community Church

Omokoroa Community Church
A Co-operative venture under the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian parent churches this parish has a thriving congregation and children’s and youth programmes. It sits within the more Pentecostal/evangelical tradition and is developing a team ministry approach under the leadership of a senior pastor.

Contact:
139 Hamurana Rd, Omokoroa, Bay of Plenty
Ph 07 548-2515; fax 07 548 2516
Email: support@theocc.org.nz
Lay Pastor, Fergus Keith, Ph 07 548-1974 Email: pastor@theocc.org.nz  
Vestry Secretary, Christine Discoll
 
Worship:
Sunday - 8am: traditional Communion.
10am: all-age/family service (up to 1hr 20min), less formal, with modern music. Ministry team responsible for worship, preaching, intercessions.
5pm: Church@5 caters for young and families, with tea/coffee/muffins to start, and shared meal afterwards.

Ethos: Small, rural community with variety of views and denominational backgrounds; welcoming and friendly, but hard to be inconspicuous.

Ethnicity: Mainly NZ European with small Maori and Pacific representation. Very little Te Reo in worship.

Children: 10am and Church@5 services provide children’s activities; separate youth group on Friday nights.

Social: Morning tea after both morning services; occasional shared meal after Church@5. Annual church midwinter dinner; irregular events like walks, picnics, films.

Training: Alpha; Contagious Christianity; Journeys; and other development/evangelism courses. Strong lay involvement in leading of worship and pastoral work; team ministry being developed as complement to stipendiary ministry.

Outreach: Omokoroa Community Resource Centre, which offers library, toy library, internet access, crafts, workshops, drop-in and information centre, food-bank and counselling. Children’s holiday programmes; chaplaincy and midweek services in local rest-home.

Highlights: Carols by candlelight; Light Party; midwinter dinner.