What we believe

We gather together as family. We gather together as disciples. We care for the last, the lost and the least.

The Anglican and Methodist Parish of Otaki is a community made up of people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. We celebrate the wide range of stories that we each bring.  

This is Ōtaki’s church and everyone who is wanting to explore faith issues is welcome to drop by and check us out.

We love because God first loved us. God calls us to be in a relationship with one another. As we share in one another’s lives and seek to support those in need we respond to God’s call.

We are an Anglican Church that believes in the Trinity and the over-arching love of God.

We uphold the Bible as sacred Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit and interpreted by the Church. We affirm the Creeds and the Apostolic succession.

We believe that everyone was made in the image of God and that all are equal. The church is the Body of Christ and all the baptised have an important part to play in God’s kingdom. Each of us has different gifts and so are called to different areas. It is our intention to discern these gifts and provide opportunities to share them with others.

We are a sacramental church. That means that we practise Baptism and celebrate the Eucharist. We worship God with prayers of thanksgiving, songs of praise, and words of affirmation.

We acknowledge our need for forgiveness as well as our need to reconcile and forgive others. We give thanks for God’s awe-inspiring love and mercy, and we seek to share that with others.

We are here to tell the story of the love and liberation we find in Jesus; as whanau and as disciples.  We share the call to serve the last, the lost and the least, alongside our wider Anglican Whanau.

The Gospel Story is one of love, grace, hope, peace and community.  It is a story of liberation, inclusion and the last being first. It is a story that is timeless and yet new every day.

As believers, we celebrate the intertwining of this endless story, with our own. We acknowledge that the coming together of the divine and human is both beautiful and confusing at times. Yet, we also know that love remains.