St George's Gate Pa


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Parish Life

Our story
The first Anglican Church in Gate P‚ was built in 1900, and was a daughter church of Holy Trinity Tauranga for many years. We became an independent parish when our first vicar, Reverend C.D.R. Stevens, was inducted in 1962.
In 1992 the church experienced a significant fire, which resulted in our current building being erected in 1993.
Today we are a parish made up of mainly P‚keh‚ New Zealanders with some M‚ori wh‚nau and other ethnicities. We are journeying together to explore what it means to be a Tikanga P‚keh‚ parish on a sacred M‚ori site.
We are seeking to use more te reo M‚ori in our services and to have more connection with our Tikanga M‚ori partners.
More information can be found in the History of St. George's booklet

Our vision
Being present onthe site of the Gate P‚ battle, we have a sense of responsibility for holding the story with integrity. The story lives on into the present and the church and the battle-site are a venue for ceremonies and commemorations, public lectures and educational trips. The place is visited by tourists and members of the public who wish to learn more about New Zealandís history. We continue to care for this site and keep the story alive through various public events and hosting groups, including school groups.

What We Offer
Worship services
Our services are based on the Anglican liturgy in the New Zealand Prayer Book, with a mixture of traditional and contemporary hymns. We welcome people of all ages and offer children's activities at the 9.30 service.
We celebrate the major festivals of the Christian year. We offer this space and our liturgical worship to provide different ways people can connect with God in and celebrate the mystery of God.

Sunday services
8 am quiet Eucharist (no hymns)
9.30am Family Communion service, followed by morning tea and fellowship

Midweek Eucharist
Tuesday 9.30am

Rest Home and Village Ministry
A team of volunteers work with the Vicar to provide services in a number of rest homes and villages in the Gate Pa and Greerton community. To become involved in this ministry contact the Vicar

Home Communion
A team of volunteers also work with the Vicar to provide home communions. This is available to anyone who is not able to make it to a church service. Contact the Parish Office if you would like someone to bring home communion to you, or if you would like to become involved in this ministry.

Social events
Regular Sunday lunches,
Association of Anglican Women events and meetings,
Men's afternoon teas,
Evening dinners to mark special events (e.g. Shrove Tuesday, Mid-Winter, Maundy Thursday), Special Childrens events

Community support
Hosting school and other groups interested in the story of the battle
Preschool music and movement group - Fridays during school term at 9.30am.
Centrepoint Opportunity Shop and drop-in-centre in neighbouring Greerton.
Support of Merivale Wh‚nau Aroha Early Childhood Education Centre.
Support of:

  • SPCA Pet Service.
  • Foodbank
  • Homes of Hope



Our
hall and lounge are used by many community organisations for their meetings and activities.



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