St John the Baptist, Te Puke

St John the Baptist Church is a small country parish serving a large rural hinterland.  Its worship is traditional with openness to a more contemporary style and child-friendly services.  The parish engages with its Community through its Opportunity Shop and various programmes.

Office, 47 Jocelyn Street, PO Box 67, Te Puke
Ph 07 573-7970, fax 07 573-7919,

Vicar: Rev'd Ruth Dewdney, phone 07 573 8922 (vicarage) or 021 322 342
Sunday - 8am: Eucharist and hymns. 10.00am: Family Eucharist,  NZ Prayer Book.
Wednesday - 10.30am: Eucharist.

Ethos: Family church with this mission statement: “With Jesus Reaching People." Various services with Roman Catholic and Tikanga Maori.

Ethnicity: Mainly Pakeha; Te Reo encouraged.
Children: Activities for children during main services.

Social: Morning tea after 10.00am service; parish barbecue and pot-luck luncheons/dinners; morning tea before Wednesday service; Community Care Shop has bi-monthly morning teas for staff and volunteers, plus two dinners a year..

Outreach: Community Care Shop supports individuals and groups in Te Puke; 'Growing Through Grief'.

Highlights: Advent & Ash Wednesday services with Roman Catholics & Tikanga Maori; Advent evensong; Christmas services; Holy Week; patronal festival Evensong.