Kia ora, and welcome to Papanui Baptist’s website. We are a people of God who are learning to share God’s heart for each other and for northwest Christchurch. Papanui Baptist began with a ministry to children from our community (1958), and we have continued the tradition of working to support the needs in our suburb. We are on a journey of learning to be salt and light in our neighbourhoods across the northwest (and beyond), doing life together throughout the week with a desire to see God’s upside-down kingdom breaking through in the lives of our neighbours and our local area.
To us, being salt and light means participating by the Holy Spirit in what Jesus is doing for the glory of the Father. Reading Scripture in the context of Ōtautahi (Christchurch), being salt and light here means advocating for “the least of these” in our communities, giving favour to the people and places our society neglects; means respecting the bi-cultural principles established in the Treaty of Waitangi; means living with respect for our environment; means a diverse group of people from all ages, ethnicities, socio-economic situations, and abilities working together in unity.
To support us in this, we do things like gather for worship on Sundays, as well in small groups throughout the week. We have multiple ministries that provide the means by which we can serve, such as food deliveries, a sewing group, music and dance for children, a youth group, community lunches, older adult services, and much more. We (with Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust) also benefit from our relationships with other organisations in the northwest, such as Northcity Church and Northgate Trust, Papanui Youth Development Trust (LOOP), and Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi.View Our People
144 Sawyers Arms Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3 352 4227