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

Garden Service

On Sunday January 2311 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.

We would love to encourage members of our Bays congregations to join us for this occasion, which will be a double farewell – to Ken and Fiona’s garden prior to their move to Rue Balguerie, and a farewell to John and Gloria Moyle, who are returning to Christchurch at the end of this month.

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.

Science and Christianity



Science and Christianity are often seen to be in opposition to each other, but many scientists believe them to be complementary ways of seeking truth. The Combined Church of Akaroa Banks Peninsula is holding a public forum to discuss these ideas on Sunday 30th January at 5.30pm in Trinity Church Hall, Akaroa.

The main speakers in this discussion will be well-known scientists: Professor Steve Chambers and Emeritus Professor Brian Butterfield.

The forum is open to anyone in the community, and will be preceded by a short worship service in Trinity Church at 5pm. Church members will serve a light meal after the forum concludes (vaccine passes required for service and forum).

Steve Chambers is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch, and an infectious disease physician. He was founder and Clinical Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Christchurch Hospital and has specialised in medical microbiology, treatment of HIV/AIDS, and severe bacterial infections.  

He is the medical director of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation and is deeply involved in leprosy projects in Kiribati and other parts of the Pacific. Stephen is also Parish Steward at St Marks Methodist Church in Somerfield, Christchurch, and attends Combined Church services when on holiday in Akaroa.    

Brian Butterfield is Emeritus Professor of Biological Science and former Head of Plant and Microbial Sciences at the University of Canterbury. Brian has spent almost half of his career lecturing on New Zealand Biodiversity. He is well known internationally for his expertise in electron microscopy and has co-authored five books, one of which has been published in 7 different language editions. Brian currently plays the organ at both All Souls Merivale and St Paul’s Papanui and has played occasionally at St Peter’s Akaroa. He is very interested in the interface between Science and Christianity.


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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.

Mainly Music

Mainly Music has gone online while we are under Covid restrictions. Sue is sending a weekly email to all the children enrolled, with special ideas of things to do. If you would like to receive her emails, do contact her at 

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

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


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