Puketapu and Districts

Puketapu is a widespread country parish with 5 worship centres, including two attractive traditional rural churches. Worship is informal and family-orientated, led by a variety of clergy from around the region, and supported by the local laity. Normally many of the congregation is under the age of 18, and are not all Anglican.
 
Contact:
Parish Administrator, Heather Symons, Ph 06 845-3447
Email: footehills@actrix.gen.nz

Worship: 
St Michael & All Angels, Puketapu -  3rd Sunday in the Month. Kereru - 3rd Sunday in the Month. Patoka 2nd Sunday in the Month. Maraekakaho - 4th Sunday in the Month. 

Generally informal middle-of-the-road Anglican. With several centres and several clergy and lay groups responsible for worship, there is some variation. In the smaller outlying worship centres, the worship usually reflects the ecumenical nature of the small, informal congregations. All worship is around 1hr.

Ethos: The parish is geographically large, with separate communities relating to either Napier or Hastings. Strong ecumenical element, with Catholics, Presbyterians and others involved in leadership and worship. General willingness to accept diversity, but it’s not easy to be inconspicuous.

Ethnicity: Overwhelmingly Pakeha. Te Reo not used much but is increasing.

Children: Main focus on children is at the monthly All Ages service at Puketapu and Kereru. Occasional special events organised. Bible in schools operating in most schools.

Social: Several recent concerts with a strong faith element have been well received. Annual fete is a major community event.

Training: Occasional training for the ministry team, which is open to all parishioners. Winter study series in recent years.

Outreach: Parish magazine, (3 times a year) which is delivered to most residents within parish boundaries.

Highlights: Popular pre-Christmas event in the old vicarage grounds; musical events in the Puketapu church; parish fete