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Who we are

Michael Frost – Parish Minister

Greetings, I am the Parish Minister here at Papakura East and Hunua Presbyterian Church. As the Parish Minister I serve a wonderful team who make this Church a place of welcome and warmth. I’m married to Nathalie and we have three beautiful children; Ben, Chloe and Ruby. If you want to know more about Christianity or are moving into the area, the team and myself, look forward to meeting you. Blessings

Tangi Tuionetoa – Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator

My name is Tangi, and I have been attending Papakura East Presbyterian Church for m any years with my husband Fa’avae. We both enjoy being involved in the Ministry of Papakura East and enjoy bringing our nieces and nephews to learn more about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In this new role I will be co-ordinating our Playgroup, Sunday School, and School Holiday Programmes for the parish and I look forward to serving in any way I can.

Holly Hall – Church Administrator

Holly is the glue that holds the office of Papakura East and Hunua Presbyterian Church together and we are so very thankful to have her as part of our team!. Holly is married to Stace and they have four beautiful children.

Susanna Denby – Intern

I have been part of this Church family since 2015. During this time I was an international Rhythmic Gymnast and have traveled the world representing New Zealand with my sport. Last year I competed my last routines and ended my career as a gymnast to dedicate more time to studies. I am currently a youth intern at Papakura East and Hunua Presbyterian Church and studying theology at Carey Baptist College. I have a passion for God, learning more about Him through my studies and I am very excited to apply what I learn.

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Our Church Vision

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). As a church, our vision is to embody and exercise this through:

GOD'S POWER

We desire to experience & see God’s transforming power in our lives & the world in which we live.

RELEVANT WORSHIP

We endeavour to engage in worship that is relevant to God (in spirit & in truth - John 4:24) & relevant for people today so that they may worship with integrity.

ATTAINING CHRISTLIKENESS

We take seriously the call of scripture to become like Christ. We want to grow in the grace & knowledge of Jesus Christ and imitate Him in our actions.

COMMUNITY

Throughout history God has always formed a community that bears His Name and serves His purposes. The church is God’s community & we believe it is critical to nurture its identity & membership. We also consider it imperative to serve our local community, and in the process, model and reflect “community” as defined by God.

EVANGELISM

We are compelled by Jesus to take His message and ministry to the world. We seek to obey this.

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Mission Action Planning

In 2004 we transformed the way we made decisions and managed our resources by initiating Mission Action Planning (MAP). MAP is the way we endeavour to fulfil our vision. MAP is unique to our church, however it does draw heavily on Mission Action Budgeting which was developed by the Uniting Church (Australia) and Natural Church Development (NCD) which was developed in Germany.

The key discipline of MAP is to first seek the answer to the question “What is God calling us to?” and only then to consider what we need to fulfil that call. We identify prayer, time, people and money as the key components in resourcing our response.

Every 5 or so years we engage in a congregational exercise of discerning what God is saying to us as a church and we choose 1 or 2 priority mission areas from the following 8. The following 8 mission areas summarise the ways we believe God is calling us to fulfil our vision of embodying and exercising the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

1. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

This area involves developing our leadership so that they are better equipped to serve and empower others.

2. DISCIPLESHIP & MINISTRY GROWTH

This area concerns equipping people to serve the Kingdom of God, and then giving them opportunity to do so.

3. PRAYER & SPIRITUAL GROWTH

This area helps people develop their individual and corporate spiritual life, particularly as it pertains to prayer.

4. RESOURCING

This area ensures that our structures, systems and resources actually aid mission.

5. WORSHIP SERVICES

This area embraces all our worship services, ensuring that our people can worship in spirit and truth.

6. SMALL GROUPS

This area attends to what has been described as “the life-blood of the church” – small groups that meet to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

7. COMMUNITY & GLOBAL OUTREACH

This area focuses on how we take the gospel to the community. Its particular flavour is that it seeks to meet a need.

8. FELLOWSHIP

This area facilitates the church’s relationships – the “one another’s” of scripture. Caring for one another, being with one another…

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When We Worship

In 2008, as a congregation, we sought God as to how we were to best worship Him in our Sunday services. We recalled the times since this church’s first services (in 1958) of the times when we especially encountered God and how He has formed His people in this place. We focussed on the times of Light in our worshipping history. By remembering His grace and truth in our worshipping life we were now placed to imagine the future. This statement is the outcome. Each Sunday we focus on one aspect of this and organise our worship around it believing this is the kind of worshipping community God has invited us to become:

Prophetic Promise

WORSHIP

Sunday mornings are when we, the people of Papakura East Presbyterian Church, gather in devotion to Christ. We meet to worship the Trinity and eagerly and reverently respond to the revelation and mystery of God.

OUR FAITH IS TRANSFORMED!

MAGNIFICENCE

We are in awe of His magnificence and humbled by His presence experienced by the Spirit of Christ.

OUR HEARTS ARE OVERAWED!

MIRACULOUS

Through the Story of God, we are challenged to pray for the miraculous and we wrestle with God in our belief and unbelief. We know He can do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine and in this He is glorified.

OUR LIVES ARE NEVER THE SAME AGAIN!

HEROIC

We are inspired by the heroes and heroines of faith in scripture, in the church through the ages and those who have worshipped in this church before us. We give thanks to God for their example and we are serious about leaving such a legacy for future generations.

OUR SERVICE FOR CHRIST IS HEROIC!

RESURRECTION

When we meet to worship it’s as if it is that very first Easter Sunday. Our vision of the Resurrected Christ is illuminated; we hear Him call us by name; we present ourselves to Him in our doubt, joy, bewilderment, fear and amazement; we worship Him as He is – “My Lord and My God”. Once again we experience the Breath of Life and know the wonder of restoration and being commissioned, the stilling sense of peace and recognising Christ through the breaking of bread. Once again we know the dignity of being created in the Image of God and bringing Him glory by being fully alive. Once again we are orientated to the Kingdom breaking into the world.

OUR HUMANITY IS HEALED!

WORD

When we worship our heart’s cry is “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” and “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to Your Word.” Our experience of worship is akin to that walk on the Road to Emmaus; the clay in the Potter’s hand; and defying busyness to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen. We understand that Biblically, “Word” means “spoken and action” – it is one and the same.

OUR PRESENCE IN THIS WORLD IS DYNAMIC AND CHRISTLIKE!

INVITATION

We worship with a spirit of invitation so that all may participate. We are energised by exploring our worship and faith by means which ensure it is memorable and meaningful. We enjoy the use of symbols and love it when people offer their gifts and abilities in worship.

OUR ENCOURAGEMENT OF EACH OTHER IS LIFEGIVING!

EMPOWERMENT

The elements of our worship services are carefully considered and prepared so that people can connect with God and each other authentically. We actively search for means of worship so that people are empowered with scriptural words and voice to make sense of life. Our music and songs reflect the best of our thought to ensure we honour the nature and work of the Triune God. We respond to the love of God by embracing the scriptural call to unity, love for one another, compassion and humility.

OUR GIFT TO EACH OTHER, THE NATION AND THE WORLD IS MATURITY IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!

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What Are Presbyterian Distinctives?

Since their earliest beginnings in 16th century Europe and Scotland, Presbyterian churches have been committed to a number of basic values, which include: faith in Jesus Christ (both personal and corporate); a democratic approach to the structure and governance of the church; involvement in society; a freedom of belief and understanding; and the value of education. Our plan for the future builds on our history. We seek to have a Church made up of “healthy congregations”, groups of lively Presbyterians with an outward focus, a sense of direction and an involving and shared leadership.

FAITH

The Presbyterian Church is part of the wider family of Christian churches. Our emphasis has been on the primacy of God in our lives and our belief that all people are equal in the sight of God. The Presbyterian Church seeks to follow Jesus Christ, who lived 2000 years ago and who, for us, has significant contemporary value.

PARTICIPATION

Our Church is one run by the minister and the elders in partnership. ‘Presbyterianism’ means everybody is involved in decision-making at all levels. Our structure includes groups representing members of the Church. We have a particular partnership with Maori, Te Aka Puaho. Presbyterians believe in the ‘priesthood of all believers’; the value of each individual. We are committed to a style of leadership that is accountable to and serves the people. Each person’s contribution is valued, your ideas count.

INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL ISSUES

Whether it’s protesting for the rights of women or trying to stop the liberalisation of gambling, Presbyterians don’t just sit down on a Sunday and sing. We get involved! Presbyterian Support is the largest provider of Church-based social services in New Zealand.

WORK OVERSEAS

While every congregation has their particular overseas mission interest, the Global Mission Office coordinates our denomination’s work overseas. Many of our partnerships with churches and ecumenical bodies date back many decades whereas other endeavours are relatively new. We have been working in Vanuatu for over 150 years and celebrated the centenary of our mission to the Punjab, India in 2008. Our work over the years has focused primarily on education in schools, theological institutions and teaching hospitals over and above the provision of ministry staff. In more recent times we have also been involved in development work as well as mission exposure visits for young people.

DIVERSITY

Presbyterians don’t agree on everything - you may have noticed that. What is important to us is the way that we treat each other. We seek to make room for all people to be heard. You’ll find a wide range of ways of thinking about God, different styles of worship and different cultures in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. We reflect Kiwi society, with more than 137 cultures represented in our membership. We have a special relationship with Maori through Te Aka Puaho (our Maori synod), and with other cultures including Pacific Island and Asian groups.

EDUCATION

Presbyterians have always had a commitment to education. The Church was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university. We started the Turakina Maori Girls’ School in 1905. Currently there are 12 schools in New Zealand identified as Presbyterian. Our own School of Ministry in Dunedin trains prospective ministers and leaders for our Church, and others who are interested in studying theology.

HISTORY

The history and belief of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is closely linked to our reformed heritage. John Calvin in Geneva and John Knox in Edinburgh were instrumental in shaping early Presbyterian faith and practice. In this country the Presbyterian Church began as a “settler church” in 1840. Our early history was shaped by Scottish and English settlers wanting to build a better world for themselves and their families. That experience has continued today with post-World War II Dutch and European settlers and more recent Pacific Island and Asian migrants.

WHERE WE’RE GOING

New Zealand Presbyterianism today continues the dynamic tradition of our forebears. We’ve been through a lot in the 160-plus years of our existence in Aotearoa New Zealand, and today we face an environment as challenging as that faced by the early settlers in 1840. We have a strategy that recognises that our society has changed and we have to change with it.

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