Wainuiomata Union Church

Services

Service: Sunday at 10:00am followed by morning tea and fellowship in the hall

Sunday School: Runs during the service

Communion: Second Sunday of the month at 10:00am

Tongan language service: Third Sunday of the month

Choir Practice: Sundays at 9:30am

Church Council Meeting Fourth Sunday of the month at 11:45am

Home Group: Tuesday fortnightly at 7:30pm

Prayer Group: Meets every Tuesday at 9.30am

The People

We are known as a friendly church which welcomes all to the services. The theology of members covers a wide range, being open to new ideas rather than conservative on most matters. Nearly all members are involved in some community activity as well as participating in the rosters that keep the church functioning.

The congregation is known for its enthusiastic hymn singing of old and new hymns, songs and carols. There is an Allen digital computer organ and church choir that takes part in the service on a regular basis.

Op Shop

The former Sunday School building, “The Annex”, is used as an Opp Shop providing low cost clothing and small household items to people from the community at large. All proceeds are donated back to local community groups and projects on a regular basis.

Hire the venue

Wainuiomata Union Church facilities are available for hire – see details here.

Please contact Heather and Roger Ricketts on;

Phone: (04) 970 7644
Email: maandparick@paradise.net.nz

Brief History

The historic Wainuiomata Coast Road Church, which preceded the present Union Parish Church, opened in 1866 on the 6th of February. It was called the Wesleyan Church. It became part of the Methodist Circuit in 1909. Services were held in the Coast Road Church until the 9th of February 1958, when the present building named St Stephen’s was opened and dedicated.

The Congregation at this time consisted of Methodist, Congregationalist and Presbyterian members, but there were also Baptist and Salvation Army attendees.

Also, a hall was built on Devon Street, Wainuiomata, in December 1955. This was used for Sunday School and Church Services until St. Peter’s Church was completed in May 1963, with the help of funds raised by the Parish in the Glendale area and a grant from the Anglican Church. There was also a Sunday School at Arakura School from 1969, which joined St. Peter’s in 1971. Another Sunday School was held at Rata Street Hall from 1961, and moved to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in 1969.

The St. Peter’s and St. Stephen’s Congregations have now combined together for worship at Wainuiomata Union Church in the old village area, at 108 Main Road, Wainuiomata.