St Luke’s, Havelock North

St Luke’s, Havelock North
St Luke’s, Havelock North is a strong and self-confident parish serving one of the two wealthiest communities in Hawke’s Bay. Havelock North Village has a clear sense of community, and St Luke’s is a part of that community. It works to cater for all ages in its worship, and has an OSCAR programme for children after school. It has managed to link good modern meeting facilities to a traditional church.

Contact: St Luke’s Church, 24 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North
Email:  Ph 06 877-7366; fax 06 877-7388
Vicar: Reverend Bryan Carey - email:
Parish Administrator, Thea Kloppenberg - email:
Reflects broad church tradition; most services use NZ Prayer Book but there is also an informal all-age service and 1662 Communion services (60-90min); music straddles old and new; preaching seen as parish priority.
Sunday, 8am and 9.30am; 6.30pm evening services.
11am first Sunday, 1662 service
Thursday, 10am: Communion

Ethos: Common purpose and mission even though parishioners come from diverse backgrounds; parish tries to situate itself at spiritual heart of Havelock North; largeness of parish means it’s easy to be inconspicuous but impossible to be anonymous.

Ethnicity: Mainly Pakeha with diverse mix of cultural and national groups; some Te Reo in services.
Children/youth: Major priority for parish, which employs fulltime youth and children’s worker. Kidstime during main Sunday service; other programmes throughout week including pre-school music and after-school care.

Social: Morning tea after 9.30am service each Sunday; special parish events happen throughout the year.

Training: ‘God’s Never Ending Story’ and Education for Ministry programmes; Lenten studies.

Outreach: Drop-in for seniors every Friday; after-school programme every weekday of term; Mission Guild supports local and overseas missions, particularly through op shop. 

Highlights: Christmas and Easter, including 3hr service on Good Friday; St Luke’s Day; parish fair.
Other: Parish covers large area and incorporates satellite church of St Stephen, Elsthorpe which offers bimonthly services as well as Christmas and Easter worship; Mangakuri Chapel offers services two or three times a year.