We’re a local Christian organization committed to partnering with children and adults to grow caring communities.

He ruruku kia whakamahiri i a tātou, tamariki mai, pakeke mai, e tū pakari ai hei hunga whai whakaaro i ngā hapori manaaki.

We do this through:

  • Scheduled groups and activities.
  • Practical, social and emotional support for individuals and families/whānau.
  • Food bank deliveries with 0800 Hungry.
  • Collaborative community development and community events.

More information on some of our programmes and services is found further down this page.

For more information about anything on this page contact:

Damian Ardell – Community Worker
Ph (03) 352 4227.  Email: papbapfreedom@gmail.com

Janelle Nye – Community Developer
Ph. (03) 352 4227.  Email: janellefreedom@gmail.com


Ukulele Club

Would you like to have a great time playing the Ukulele?  Check out our new community programme – the Ukulele Club! We’ve got friendly teachers for beginners or the more advanced. Why not give it a go?  We’d love you to join, but it’s important to note that it is so popular that if you’re a beginner you might need to go on a waiting list. (People who are beyond the beginner stage probably won’t need to wait).  Please contact Janelle before coming along.


Mainly Music

  • A fun interactive music session where a child and their parent or caregiver can enjoy movement, interaction and more.
  • Every Tuesday during school terms.
  • Starts 10am with a 40 minute interactive music session, followed by morning tea and playtime for children.
  • Location: Papanui Baptist,  144 Sawyers Arms Rd.
  • Caters for all babies and preschoolers up to school age.
  • Home visits and family support if needed.
  • Cost: $4.00 per child or $5.00 per family. Concession cards available.

Creative Sewing

  • Sewing & Patchwork Quilting.
  • Fun, food and friendship.
  • Sewing machines and some materials available.
  • Free tuition for beginners to advanced.
  • Morning tea.
  • Cost $4.00 per session.
  • Wednesday morning 9:30am to 12 noon (school terms only).
  • Location: Papanui Baptist, 144 Sawyers Arms Rd.

Friendship Friday Community Lunch

  • Fantastic food.
  • Entertainment, fun & socialising.
  • Helpful information.
  • Monthly (usually but not always on the third Friday) from 12 noon.
  • Please phone a few days before to let us know you’re coming.
  • Cost $5.00
  • Free transport is available for those living in the area if required.
  • Location: Papanui Baptist, 144 Sawyers Arms Rd.

Card & Board Games

  • Held fortnightly on Thursdays, 1-4 pm
  • Location: Papanui Baptist, 144 Sawyers Arms Rd.
  • A friendly fun filled afternoon.
  • Delicious afternoon tea provided.
  • Cost $3.00 per session.

Social English

  • For people learning English as a second language (ESOL).
  • Join us for English speaking and listening study on practical everyday topics such as giving and receiving invitations, making appointments, returning goods and much more.
  • Coffee and friendly conversation.
  • Fridays 10-11.30 am during term-time.
  • Location: Papanui Baptist, 144 Sawyers Arms Rd.
  • $2/week.
  • Morning tea provided
  • You are welcome to bring your children with you.

Something Different On Wednesday

  • 10:30-12:00 in the Redwood Library, 339 Main North Rd, Christchurch.
  • Completely free. Delicious snacks and drinks every week!
  • Plus free arts & crafts activities, gardening tips and more!


Other Community Support Available

Do you need some practical support, someone to walk
beside you in tough times, a listening ear, or some advice?
We might be able to help you.

Do you have some exciting ideas on what you’d like to see
happening in your community? We might be able to work
with you on that too.

Do contact us at Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust we’d love
to hear from you!

Damian Ardell – Community Worker
Ph (03) 352 4227.  Email: papbapfreedom@gmail.com

Janelle Nye – Community Developer
Ph. (03) 352 4227.  Email: janellefreedom@gmail.com


Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust is part of the Northwest Collective – nine local organisations from Belfast, Shirley, Papanui and Bishopdale who are committed to strengthening our communities through partnership.


It’s thanks to our funders that we can continue our work with the community.  Our gratitude to the Christchurch City Council Papanui-Innes and Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Boards, Rata Foundation, COGS, the NZ Lottery Grants Board and the Maurice Carter Charitable Trust.