Welcome to Papanui Baptist.

Kia ora!

Welcome to the Papanui Baptist Church website. This is a good place to find out a little bit more about us and the different things going on at church. We're the people of God, gathered in Christ by the Holy Spirit, and we'd love to meet you! We're all shapes and sizes, and we come together for worship on Sunday mornings at 10am. We like to catch up over a tea and coffee afterwards. We have children and crèche programmes available. Our Cambodian Fellowship gathers on Sunday evenings from 5:30pm. On Wednesday nights we have Y@P (Youth at Papanui) at 7pm for the high schoolers. We look forward to saying hello!

Ngā mihi nui,

Sarah and Elliot Rice (Co-Pastors)



Worship Service


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

Cambodian Service


First Sunday of month includes a fellowship meal together.



A short service held fortnightly on Thursday with morning tea to follow.

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Community Activities

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 21 November
  • Mainly Music
    Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: Papanui Baptist Church, 144 Sawyers Arms Rd, Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand

    Planning Ahead: life after 65 for men (Don Jellyman and Derek Glover)

    This is a 6 week course to provide the opportunity to discuss and learn about options for men who are approaching retirement. This can be a pivotal point in a man’s life where he can now do the things he always wanted to do – but the change in pace/lifestyle can be a challenge if we are not prepared for it. We will be looking at the planning for retirement (what to consider before you get there), what to do when you get there, financial planning, health and legal matters. We would also like to explore ways Christian men live out their faith in retirement.

    Discovering God by experiencing different ways of prayer (Jocelyn Head)
    Throughout the six weeks God will be gifting us through a variety of prayer experiences. We'll engage our imaginations with Scripture, participate in breath prayers and silence. God will gift us through praying in colour, through movement and symbols. We'll visit a prayer labyrinth in town. Each evening we'll participate in the GIFT, given by God.

    We'll have the chance too to share some of what has been happening for us as we receive the gifts of prayer from God.

    Living Intentionally (Sarah Rice)

    Where does God call us to announce the Gospel message and to whom? What does it mean to be good news people in our neighbourhoods? What is a missional spirituality? Come and explore these questions through looking at the radical words and life of Jesus. A big part of intentional living is spiritual disciplines—the ones we will look at are: Sabbath, Simplicity, Teachability, Slowing, Confession and Self-Examination, Hospitality and Justice. At the end of this course there will also be a opportunity to stay or visit a Intentional living community in Christchurch.

Wednesday, 22 November
  • Sewing Group
    Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Y@P Youth Group
    Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, 23 November
  • Prayer meeting Prayer room
    Times: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Card and Board Games
    Times: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, 24 November
  • Men's Breakfast
    Times: 7:00 am - 8:00 am