Welcome to Papanui Baptist.

Haere mai, Co-Pastors Sarah and Elliot Rice

O te Papanui Iriiri whanau o te Ariki Ihu Karaiti

Welcome to the Papanui Baptist family of the Lord Jesus Christ

Tēnā koutou Papanui Baptist Church!

Elliot & Sarah Rice

It’s great to be here with you all again, and we’re so excited we get to call you whānau!

Since our arrival we’ve hit the ground running... After a glorious road trip down the country via Nelson Lakes we joined Y@P for the Southern Easter Camp, and we were blown away by what we saw - thousands of young people encountering God by his Spirit as they heard the good news of salvation in Jesus! Couldn’t have asked for a better start. Be sure to give Matt and the Y@P team a rap for all the hard work they put into making it such a success.

Since then we’ve moved into the offices, and we’ve begun work on some things to come... Look out for our first preaching series, Participate, starting April 17th. We’re also working to start a new midweek email, so please make sure we have your email address in our database!

In the meantime, we’ll be settling into life in Papanui. Do say hello! And we’ll do our best to learn names, but our apologies in advance if we introduce ourselves to you more than once! Looking forward to journeying together.

Kia mau te maungarongō o te Karaiti ki o tatou ngākau

May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,

Elliot & Sarah Rice



Worship Service


  • Creche and Children's Programmes
  • Morning Tea
  • Communion on first Sunday of the month

Cambodian Service


First Sunday of month includes a fellowship meal together.

Thursday Worship


A short service held fortnightly with morning tea to follow.

Community Activities

Click here to learn more about the work we are doing in our community through Freedom Trust.

Upcoming Events

  • Prayer meeting Prayer room
    Starts: 7:00 am
    Ends: 01/09/2016 - 8:00 am

  • Card and Board Games
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 01/09/2016 - 4:00 pm

  • Men's Breakfast
    Starts: 7:00 am
    Ends: 02/09/2016 - 8:00 am