St Mary's, Waipukurau
ST MARY’S, WAIPUKURAU
St Mary’s is the Anglican Church for Central Hawke’s Bay very vibrant service town of Waipukurau. We're situated one block south of Waipukurau's east-west mainstreet of Ruataniwha.
St Mary’s worshipped from 1877 in a smaller kauri church house. Our present house of red-mortar brick, completed and consecrated in 1930, since the 1980s has been finished with elegant Beverley Shore-Bennett stained glass windows .
St Mary's holds herself with a quiet but profound serenity similar to Mary the Mother of Our Lord herself.
11 St Mary’s Rd
Parish Office Ph 06 858-8354
St Mary's holds one Sunday Service at 9.00 am. Our Sunday Service worships from the 1989 New Zealand Prayerbook. It uses hymns both written abroad over the centuries, and written more recently in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Our worship style could best be described as "formal enough to be recognised as Anglican: informal enough to be recognised as inviting!"
Our first Sunday of the month 9.00 am. service is kids-friendly. Our Wednesday 10.00 am. service worships from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Since 1877 St Mary’s Parish has expressed it praises to God with the help of a solid choir.
We also conduct occasional services at St Peters Wallingford.
Our St Mary's make-up is presently middle-class, senior citizen European. However we pride ourselves on having enough warmth and enthusiasim to welcome newcomers from any background to worship and fellowship with us. Our Family Fellowship (centred on womens' interests) meets monthly.
Ecumenically we interchange with our local Presbyterian congregation over January Sundays - and join in an ecumenical 'Carrying of the Crucifix Cross' every Good Friday.
Life at St Mary's Parish is sprinkled with many one-off social events and fundraiser days as detailed on our noticeboards.
St Mary's contributes directly to the governance and volunteer pool of Waiapu Anglican Care's "Youth & Whanau Centre" that offers counsel and advocacy to Waipukurau's state housing neighbourhood.
Our parishioners also involve themselves in community life by volunteering for groups like 'Pakeke' Activity Centre for Older Persons, the Red Cross, the CHB Concert Choir, Lions and Save the Children.
... AND EVERY FIRST THURSDAY MORNING of the month our secondhand CLOTHING SALE in the Parish hall is open 8.30 am. to 1.00 pm. Here, we both supplement our monthly income and lend a bargain to those who can't afford straight-off-the-rack price tags.