Meeting of parishioners


At the Anglican AGM held in May, it was decided to hold a meeting of all parishioners – Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists etc – to discuss the future of the Combined Church. 

There had been some disquiet amongst some parishioners, and we wanted to give everyone a chance to speak about their concerns. 

The meeting was to have been held on June 5 but had to be postponed for Covid reasons. It will now be held after the 10 am service at Trinity on Sunday August 28. 

If you are unable to be present, or would prefer not to speak, but are happy to write your thoughts down, please do so and send them to Kate at

Our new priest-in-charge

We welcome our new Priest-in-charge – Rev James Ullrich. James has preached several times for us, and has a holiday house in Akaroa. He was a curate in the Merivale Parish then served as a Chaplain to the Fire Service, and later Army Chaplain at Burnham Military Camp. We extend a warm welcome to James, his wife Emily-Jane and their daughters. 



This week’s newsletter

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Okains Bay

St John’s Church, Okains Bay is restored after major damage in the 2011 earthquake. 

Congratulations to the builders, the local Trust and all helpers who made this possible. 

Watch this space for news of a re-opening ceremony.

Mainly Music

Hooray !! 

Mainly Music has started again. It runs on MONDAYS at 10am in Trinity Hall, Rue Lavaud, Akaroa. Please bring your pre-schoolers and babies along! Any questions – please  contact Sue Church at
or phone Sue on 304 7114

Do you have a pre-schooler in the family? Why not bring them to Mainly Music? It’s a weekly session for pre-schoolers and their parents or caregivers, involving children and adults in singing, moving to music and playing percussion instruments. An experienced leader takes the children through a fun-filled half-hour of music, followed by a time for everyone to have a snack, children to play freely and adults to chat together. Mainly Music has proved to be really beneficial for children and adults in many churches throughout New Zealand, and has been run in Akaroa for nearly 20 years. Monday mornings: 10am-11.30. Contact Sue Church on 304 7114 or email

Garden Service

On Sunday February 13th – 11 am we will be holding a Garden Service at Ken and Fiona Paulin’s, 281 Beach Road, to be followed by a shared picnic lunch. Please bring a chair, a drink of your choice and some finger food which can be shared. (This was postponed from 23rd January)

We would love to encourage members of our Bays congregations to join us for this occasion, which will be a farewell  to Ken and Fiona’s garden prior to their move to Rue Balguerie.

There will be someone at the bottom of the Paulins’ drive, showing you where to park.

In the event of wet weather, the service and shared lunch will take place at Trinity, at the same time of 11 am.

Community lunches


In view of the uncertainty caused by the spread of the Delta virus, we have regretfully decided to cancel the annual Community Christmas lunch which was to have been held at Trinity Church Hall on Friday 26 November. In past years, many members of our local community have enjoyed attending these Christmas lunches, which come complete with ham and other Christmas goodies, as well as singing Christmas carols.

We sincerely hope that the Community Lunches will be able to resume again next year once the situation has settled down, as they have always been a popular community event.

The Marriage Course

Are you married or in a permanent relationship? Would you like to enrich your relationship? to have a weekly ‘date night’ with your partner, a great meal and a chance to have some good confidential talk together each week for seven weeks? 

Over seven weeks the Marriage Course provides talks on relationship matters, and opportunities for each couple to talk together privately after each talk. It is a confidential process, with no-one else involved as couples talk together. Each evening is organised as a “date night”, with an delicious dinner, soft lights, and good music. It is not for those who have serious relationship problems.

This year’s courses have finished, but there will be others next year. To find out more, please contact the Vicar on 03 304 7051


Home Groups

Would you like to meet with a small group of others who want to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus? In a small group we can all experience encouragement on our Christian journey, the opportunity to learn from God’s Word and from each other, and lots of laughter along the way. Currently there are two home groups which meet fortnightly, one in the daytime and one in the evening. The programme consists of a social time over food and drink, discussion of a Bible passage or Christian topic of interest, and prayer. To find out more, please contact Simon Tipping 03 304 8920

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