What is the Wesley Methodist Parish like?
Dargaville Methodist is a stand alone parish, (in fact we are the only
Methodist Parish in Northland). While we are conservatively evangelical
we are very open minded and welcome opportunities that challenge us.
We are a friendly, welcoming congregation.
Worship is the highlight of our week - a place where we meet God
and receive inspiration and challenge to go out into the world.
We are community facing multi cultural congregation, with active
roles in Kaipara Abuse Prevention, Make a Friend Play Group and Save the Children.
Our Mission Statement:
"Our mission is to worship God and celebrate our Christian faith
through action in our community, our country, and our world."
What do we like to do?
* Come early to church and stay late after service to catch up with
friends and make newcomers welcome.
* Sing - especially modern relevant theology.
* Take our Christian beliefs into the community through activities
we are all involved in.
* Outreach to children in the community twice a year with Friday
Friend-zy After School Programme
* Enjoy fellowship in our men's group, Womens Fellowship Group,
and a study group.
* Work together with other churches in Dargaville.
* Support and be part of the Combined Churches Foodbank for
Dargaville and Districts.
* Be involved in district activities and keep in touch with the
* Our congregation as well as our children enjoy a weekly children's
talk in the service.
Our Town (population 5000)
- In the 1880s Dargaville was established as rural town when
timber and Kauri gum were important extractive industries.
Today many people in town and the wider district have long
term connections and family history directly relating to this
- In 2012 our town is a local Mecca for the farming communityset
in a wonderful pastoral community that boasts opportunities for
a relaxed lifestyle which has proven attractive to retirees and
young families wanting to raise their children in a healthy environment.
- Home of the Northland Agricultural Field Days and
Kaipara Kai Festival, Dargaville is privileged to have an
Olympic sized outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as
several parks and playgrounds.
- There are three primary schools and one local high school.
- Our community is blessed with access to the crystal clear
waters of the Kai Iwi Lakes, Ripiro Beach the longest driveable
of New Zealands's West Coast beaches is just 15 minutes away
from town, native forests and a river conjoining the Kaipara Harbour
which is the largest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Saltwater and Shell fish are available in many of the Kaipara Harbour bays
(scallops in season).
- The Northern Wairoa River may be muddy but it's big and wide
and it's ours and is home to the local boating club which hosts
an annual regatta amongst other activities!
- Rugby, cricket, tennis and netball are popular sports while the harbour
and surf casting keep local fisher people entertained.
- Taha Awa Riverside Gardens are the town's lovely community garden.
- We have a fine Maritime and Pioneer Museum along with an excellent
vintage machinery club.
- We have a fine hospital and excellent medical centre, staffed by passionate,
dedicated locals who give us brilliant service and care in our times of need.
- X-ray, laboratory, physiotherapy are all available here.
- Dental services are also available in our town
- We are well catered for by the local St Johns Ambulance and have a dedicated
Fire Brigade. Whangarei Base Hospital is our regions largest hospital and is
located only 45 minutes away by road or a short helicopter ride.
- We are pleased to have retained our Courthouse and Police Station,
Maori Wardens do a fine job patrolling the Central Business District in Dargaville.
- Countdown, 4 Square, The Warehouse, butchers shops, lumber yards, and all manner
of businesses and clubs supply the needs of Dargaville & its' environs.
- Silverfern Farms is the local meat works and the single largest employer here
- Farmer's Market is held each Thursday all year round
- Amongst other things not already mentioned we have our very own community
radio station, Big River fm 96.2, a local airfield where one can train to fly a
micro light or other small aircraft, a local branch of CAB, a local Visitor Industry
Network and Information Centre, an excellent library and a thriving Kumara growing Industry.