Wairoa has the feel of a close family, thanks largely to a strong ministry team made up of both lay and ordained. Theology tends to be Evangelical, with emphasis on biblical teaching and preaching. The central church of St Paul’s offers an excellent funeral ministry to the wider community.
Parish secretary, Judy Tildesley, 9am-12noon, Mon and Fri,
Ph 06 838-5035
Local ministry team offers several different styles of leadership, preaching and music (1hr 20min).
Sunday, 8am and 9.30am at St Paul’s in Wairoa.
Monthly - 9.30am: Communion at Christ Church, Frasertown.
Midweek - 10am, first Thursday of the month: Communion at St Paul’s.
Ethos: Parish works at achieving common mind; hard to be inconspicuous; Anglican liturgy always used in St Paul’s; regular sharing with other churches.
Ethnicity: Mainly Pakeha with two or three Maori. Very little Te Reo except when parish combines with rohe on fifth Sunday.
Children: Junior church twice monthly at the 9.30am service in St Paul’s hall.
Social: Morning tea after 9.30am service; midwinter parish dinner; Light Festival party at Halloween; social get-togethers after special events and combined services; AAW and Guild meet monthly.
Training: Monthly Bible study; weekly prayer meeting; monthly training with regional convenor; home group meets monthly.
Outreach: Hospitality after funerals and baptisms; communion taken to local rest-home; foodbank run by AAW; meals and wheels offered with other churches; Focus on Family programme, dealing with drugs and young people; Bible in schools; parish magazine delivered monthly to 180 families; use of local newspaper, information centre and library.
Highlights: Services for anniversaries and other occasions; midwinter dinner and Light Festival party; combined services with rohe on marae