Welcome to Te Aroha

Co-operating Parish




Minister: Rev Scott Wishart

St David's

Waitoa

Springs Community Trust



For family occasions, help and support 
Telephone - 884 7552 - or email our minister

For details of service times and other news, read our bulletin   
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St David's is at 32 Church Street, Te Aroha.

Rev Scott Wishart was inducted as our minister on Tuesday 28th April 2015. We welcome him, and his wife Rosemary, to our parish. Further photographs taken by Kampenhout Photography during the induction service and the gathering afterwards can be viewed here



We are conveniently located near the centre of town. A very special family occasion is celebrated at St David's
Our Parish combines the traditions of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. We welcome everyone and invite all to experience Christ's transforming love. Please join us at 10am on any Sunday

Our parish mission statement is: "To be a welcoming, worshipping all age church family, proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Chirst in word and deed and God helping us, reaching out in loving service to meet the spiritual, mental and physical needs in the community."
Our History
Although our parish was born in 1983 when the Methodist and Presbyterian parishes in the town came together to worship as a single congregation, the two churches had a long and important role to play in the town going back more than 100 years earlier. This website can not pretend to contain even a mustard seed of information that does adequate justice to the faith of our forebears.
In 1956 the Methodist Church celebrated 75 years as a Methodist church in the district. (Yes, that means a celebration of the years starting in 1881.) At the time a history of the church was published. Those who wrote and published the history would have no understanding of today's technology that allows you to read this important history
at the click of a mouse!
In more recent times:
On Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June 2018, we celebrated 40 years as a  Co-operating Parish. Guests from far and wide joined with the local congregation in a celebration dinner on the Saturday evening, and a service of worship on Sunday morning. Lunch followed the service.
On the right, a photo of the congregation on Sunday morning was taken by Peter Kampenhout. He has also kindly provided photos from throughout the weekend which can be viewed here.  
 

On Sunday 8th March 2015, the Methodist District Superintendent Rev Dr Susan Thompson was invited to preach at St David's church in Te Aroha, and to present Wendy Russell with her certificate of membership of the New Zealand Lay Preachers' Association. This follows an extensive period of training by Wendy via correspondence study at EIDTS and through Trinity College. In 2014, as part of the rigorous requirements for approval, she led a number of services at St David's which were assessed by lay preachers from other parishes. This was a helpful learning experience and allowed Wendy the opportunity to develop her skills during the year.
Susan reminded the congregation of some of the controversial history of lay preachers within the Methodist movement, reflected on her own experience of ministry in parishes, and reminded us all that the real message of any preacher is not conveyed through words, but through the example of their own lives and the way they seek to embody the truths they proclaim.


A full copy of Susan's sermon can be read
here.