Our Church

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 with 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 working with 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, and we have multiple ministries to resource us, 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 Freedom Trust) also benefit from our relationships with other organisations in the northwest, such as Northcity Church and Northgate Trust, Te Koru (PYD), and Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi.

Our Beliefs

  • God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is known as “love”—he has always been love, and always will be.
  • This same God loves the world and all people! He loves each one of us personally. God created us in his image and wants to have relationship with us—so much so that God the Father sent God the Son to dwell among us as a human—Jesus Christ—and to reconcile us to God by his life, death, and resurrection. We believe the good news of the gospel begins with God’s “Yes” to the world.
  • The resurrection is at the heart of our faith, because by it we know that Jesus is Lord and that he is establishing his kingdom here in our midst.
  • One day he will return, and his kingdom will be established eternally (it will literally be heaven on earth!).
  • Until then, Jesus has sent us God the Holy Spirit, so that we have become the body of Christ, the church—his embassy on earth until he returns. In other words, God has given us the awesome responsibility of participating in his work of reconciling the world to himself, that all peoples and all places might hear the good news of the God who loves us and desires us for himself!
  • Having been brought into this life-changing relationship with God through Jesus who’s like a light shining in the darkness, we’re made aware of our own sin and darkness—we made other things our gods and lived in pride. Having been met by the God who comes to us by way of the cross of Easter, we’ve become aware of his grace and love, which was given when we were still sinners. God has invited us to turn away from that other life and to join in his work of redemption and healing.

Our Mission Statement

To Belong. To Grow. To Influence

How do I Begin a Relationship with God?

Great question! If you’re asking this, chances are you’re beginning to turn and see that God has already begun a relationship with you through his Son, Jesus! God has succeeded in coming near to us: it’s not up to you to get close to God. All you need do is speak and God is there. He’s inviting you into his presence, even now. God’s word is kept for us in truth in the Bible—a living word where we can count on meeting with God. We’ve got Bibles to spare if you’ve like one for free. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with other Christians, or to contact us.