The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1.5)

Sunday 8.30am Holy Eucharist a quiet, reflective service with hymns
(there is no 8.30 on 5th Sundays and other special Sundays)
Sunday 10.00am Holy Eucharist main service followed by morning tea
Wednesday 10.00am Mid-week Eucharist followed by morning tea

2nd Sunday at 4.00pm Messy Church for children and families
Find out more about Messy Church here

Seasonal Services eg. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter are listed here

The Church is open to everyone weekdays from 8.30am to 1pm

Contact details for the Parish Office can be found on the
Who & Where page

Singing for Worship
If you enjoy singing, come and join us on Wednesdays from 4-5pm
Further details are on the Worship page.

Remembrance 'Tree of Light'

Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, a time for families and for remembering and for giving. It is at such times that the loss of loved ones is keenly felt.

The name and symbolism of the ‘Tree of Light’ is a reminder that there is light and hope even in the bleakest of times. A light may be a memorial to a family member, a special friend or colleague who has died.

We invite you to sponsor a light on our ‘Tree of Light’. Sponsorship of a Light will support St John New Zealand (Ambulance Services) and help the ‘Leaky Roof Fund’ of the Church.

A beautiful, lighted tree will stand in St John’s Church from Sunday 7th December through the Christmas period. Names of the loved ones remembered will be displayed around the Tree. Viewing the lights on the Tree is a tribute to the lives and the spirit of those who have touched our lives and are no longer with us. Being with others who have also experienced a loss can also be very comforting and supportive.

Please follow the link for an application form.

Advent Carol Service

Sunday 6 December at 5pm

The season of Advent is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas and it has a long and rich history.

Come and sing some favourite Advent Carols and hear the message of Advent through scripture. The pattern of this Advent service reflects the season's growing anticipation of both the first coming of Christ and of that day when the prayer 'Thy Kingdom come' is finally and fully answered

Christmas Services

Wednesday 23rd     Last Wednesday service before Christmas

Christmas Eve         4.00pm Instant Nativity
(Thursday 24th)       8.00pm Christmas Eucharist 

Christmas Day         9.00am Christmas Eucharist
(Friday 25th) 

From Sunday 27th  9.00am Sunday Eucharist at 9.00am until 7 February inclusive

St John's Weekly Newsletter

Please follow this link for our weekly newsletter which features the theme for the Sunday services and, when we are able to gather, gives some details of events during the upcoming week.

St John's Word & Light Magazine

Please follow this link for our regular publication containing articles and features of interest for church members and the community.

The Rev'd Sue Beverly, Vicar

Reverend Sue Beverly Vicar

"We are an inclusive parish
offering a warm welcome
to everyone who walks
through our door"

Welcome from St John's Vicar
The Reverend Sue Beverly

St John's, Otumoetai is an Anglican Church in the Diocese of Waiapu. We are an inclusive parish offering a warm welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We believe that we are all loved by God regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, ability or sexuality. Children and young people are always welcome, especially at our Messy Church and Enter the Mystery services and events. For us Christianity means generosity, gratitude, humility; peace, beauty and truth.

We are committed to our local community and offer a wide range of activities and services. Our OASIS OP shop is well known in the area and we have a thriving Play Group and Toy Library. A Walking Group meets every Monday for a walk but also for morning tea at which anyone who does not wish to walk is welcome. For more details on these and other groups go to our Community page.

Baptism Christening

"The Church community is a place
where we celebrate all aspects
of our lives with one another"

Baptisms - Weddings - Funerals

The Church community is a place where we celebrate all aspects of our lives with one another.
This is especially the case for significant events such as when someone joins the Church family in baptism, when two people are united in marriage and when we say goodbye to our loved ones and celebrate their lives after they have died.
Even if you are not currently a regular Church attender, we will be privileged to help as you celebrate these milestones find out more at our Ceremonies page.