January 2022


We partner with Various Organisations who share the same goal as we do: Growing a Great Community and Sharing the Gospel.

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Te Waipuna Puawai 
Te Waipuna Puawai grew out of the work of the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy house based in Waddell Ave from 1990. In 1999, Te Waipuna Puawai opened its doors in Glen Innes to the Tamaki community, invited by the women of Glen Innes who were looking for support for personal and professional development, with a focus on childcare. Built on the values of respect, compassion, justice, hospitality and mutual enhancement, our vision was to create a space to serve those in the community, fostering well-being for whanau and restoration of the earth.

At the heart of Te Waipuna Puawai is a respect for the karanga call from the community. Beginning with the wahine Maori who issued the first karanga to the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland, and welcomed them to Aotearoa in 1850, Maori now play an important role in Te Waipuna Puawai, as educators, community leaders and in leadership roles. Over 20 years on and the people we serve remain at the heart of Te Waipuna Puawai. Our values are a guiding force, directing our initiatives, programmes and role in the Tamaki community.

Empower Asia
EMPOWER ASIA was established in 1990 and now operates in six Asian nations; Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Kolkata (India) and Nepal. Around 265 teenagers receive 24/7 care while residing in one of our 18 safe-houses so that they may receive nutritious meals, come to grow in their knowledge of God and also attend school (or tertiary institutions). This is all carried out in a loving family environment. 

Empower Asia is the key project of Empower International Trust which is a New Zealand government registered charity holding Certificate of Incorporation number 894963. The Empower Asia board members operate under the supervision of the trustees of the Empower International Trust in accordance with the registered constitution.

Empower Asia was founded from New Zealand and has been working in Asia since 1990. Whilst the organisation is Christian based there is no affiliation to any particular group, church or denomination. The vast majority of funds are sourced from private individuals, families, small businesses and churches. 

Throughout the decades Launchpad has been referred by several names, the most common of which are still used to day, namely ‘Bible’ or ‘Bible in schools’.

The purpose of Christian Values Education is to present our tamariki with korero (stories) from the Bible and role models from NZ History and the world to present positive values.

Launchpad Champions is presented throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to about 30 000 tamariki by about 1 500 volunteer presenters in about 500 state kura every week. Our Launchpad Champions volunteers come from different churches in 15 regions throughout Aotearoa to present our programmes.

Global Mission 
Our Church has key partnerships with the Presbyterian Churches of Vanuatu and Myanmar, and the Church of North India. We also have important relationships with networks of churches across Asia and the Pacific, and international bodies like the Council for World Mission.

Through these Partnerships we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations and help provide much-needed resources for Christian mission overseas. This also enriches the life of our Church through our mutual sharing and growing together in the worldwide body of Christ. 

Island Child 
Established in May 2005, Island Child Charitable Trust is a small grassroots organisation with a big heart making a sustainable difference in the lives of whanau facing a housing crisis. Based in Glen Innes, East Auckland, the Trust (or ICCT) successfully rehomes between 48-55 whanau (residential and non-residential clients) each year depending on available housing. Their goal is to assist more individuals and families. 



We would love more volunteers to be part of our Sunday Roster Team and help out with the following:

- Welcome Duty
- Kitchen Duty
- Readings
- Intercessory Prayers
- Prayer after Church

If you can help out in any of these areas please contact the office and we will add you to our Sunday Roster. Thank you!




Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 9.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after our service. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 9.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. One of our leaders will give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. There is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

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What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

GPC Kids for children from birth to age 11 (school year 6)
GPC Youth for young people aged 11+

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go into our church lounge for GPC Kids/ GPC Youth.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Music Team Ministry
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.