Welcome to the United Church of Port Chalmers
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Iona Church has been present on the current site in one form or another since 1852. Whilst we acknowledge the achievements of those who built us our wonderful architectural structures, the main purpose at the heart of the church has always been the worship of our community and the friendship extended to our neighbours.
Emmanuel Church, Sawyers Bay is now the heart of our worship. We conduct weekly Sunday Services, and during the week our space is abuzz with gardening and craft groups, young children and parents on Tuesdays after school, and teenagers congregate for games and fun on Friday nights. We are an inclusive bunch and invite you to enjoy our space. Feel free to simply listen, reflect, enjoy our space or join in our worship.
During the year we extend this friendship to visitors from around the world and to those who are able to enjoy the spaces on offer with visiting artists, musicians, actors and regular summer concerts.
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Emmanuel Church, Sawyers BayWorship begins with our Sunday Services, delivered by a group of engaging clergy who deliver the narrative of Jesus Christ. We seek to be part of the action of our community, extending friendship to the local play centre, school, young people, families and the elderly. We extend this friendship to the port, her visitors and crews aboard ships that visit.
Our rich heritage extends beyond the buildings at both Port Chalmers and Sawyers Bay. In the early days of settlement, and beyond, we became intertwined with the Methodist Mission, from Waikouaiti in the north to the Otakou Marae at the head of the Otago Harbour. Our story is a relatively short affair, but nonetheless is important in the settlement of Otago and the history of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand