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 Brian Hamilton, mobile 021 432 562
Sunday - 8am: traditional Communion 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.
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; annual garden ramble and church fair.