TE HEPARA PAI (Church of the Good Shepherd)
This little chapel is situated on the grounds of Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu at 290 Ferry Road, Phillipstown in Christchurch. The church looks very much like a marae both inside and out. The inside is decorated with carvings, tukutuku and whakairo.
Services of Worship
10:15am Every Sunday Eucharist / Kaihapa
10:45am Sunday and Youth Schools
Services are held in Te Reo Maori and English.
Shared Lunch after Service
Bishop of Te Hui Amorangi o Te Waipounamu:
Rev Wharekawa Kaa
Rev Nancy Tauwhare; Dip SS, Ed Min, CPE, PC for prisons
Rev Helen Gray (Hospital Chaplain) LMin(TWW)
Rev Sarah McGregor LTh (EiDTS), BMin (BCNZ), MusB (Canty), ICDL
Rev Irene Nelson
Lay Canon Wyn Ehau
We have an experienced Ministry team who has a wonderful wairua of manaakitanga that embraces all people. If I could use one scripture to best describe the church of Te Hepara Pai it would be that “they love the Lord their God with all their heart and they love other’s as he loves them” Deuteronomy 6:5.
We also have many people within the ‘laity’ who provide active ministry in the church and in the community that we all live, work and play in. It is the people in the congregation who are the backbone of all we do.
Bible Study/Prayer group meets Thursday fortnight at 6:15pm.
We also have a very active Kahui Wahine group, who do outreach to other women and their whanau within our community. One of their goals for next year is to offer help to young mother’s by giving them a break from their children through the provision of a reliable babysitting service. This would also let young mother’s know that they have someone to come to for help and support when they need it.
There is a Whakatauki “ko tau rourou, ko taku rourou, ka makona matou” that has been adopted as a way forward for Te Hepara Pai. God has given each one of us gifts for the edification of His church. As we begin to recognise, encourage and release these gifts, God will pour out His blessing upon our community.
“Unity commands God’s blessing”