What is the Presbyterian Church?

Our church is made up of the people who find life and hope in Jesus Christ.  They find meaning in the story of Jesus – his birth and life, his teaching and healing, his suffering, death and resurrection. Because their experience of Jesus Christ has shaped their lives, they want to offer that experience to others. The church lives to share with people the life that can be lived when they choose to enjoy God and to invite them to share the satisfaction to be found following the way of Jesus. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand makes its distinctive contribution to society, and to its own members, through the life and activity of its parishes. No two Presbyterian churches are the same. But they do have things in common that make them part of the same family. Things like the importance they give to the Bible and the way they share leadership. Presbyterian churches are places where people can experience a spirituality that nurtures them, sustains them, and excites them.

Making a difference

Presbyterians are mission-focused people. They’re interested in engaging with our society, with other groups and with individuals. The Church has more than 400 congregations with mission programmes that link them to the life of their communities.

  • Programmes for young children and their parents
  • Youth programmes
  • Cultural groups and activities
  • Alpha programmes that introduce people to Christianity
  • Holiday programmes for children and young people.
  • The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is also active in mission overseas.

Sharing in Worship

In some of our churches, worship is traditional and formal; in others, services are contemporary and informal. You might encounter: organ music, Island gospel choirs, contemporary bands, ancient Psalms, café worship, “spirited conversations”. But you will always find a welcome!