Flagstaff Community Church is a Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are one church that meets in two locations with 3 distinct and different styles of worship. We enjoy meeting together regularly in worship to sing, share together in scripture (and good coffee) and serve our local community.
We began as the Wakari Congregation in 1913 under the Maori Hill Presbyterian Church. In 1969 the West Dunedin Union parish was inaugurated and both of our parishes separately came under this governance. Also in 1969 the Wakari Congregation moved to our current site, in 1986 the West Dunedin Union Parish was dissolved and we joined with the Halfway Bush congregation to become Flagstaff Union Parish. In 2011 we made a decision to move out of the union and become solely Presbyterian and changed our name to Flagstaff Community Church.
We are located in the western suburbs of Dunedin on ‘whanau paki’ Flagstaff in Halfway Bush and Wakari. The Maori word ‘Whakaari’ – held up to view – is named because of its position on the lower slopes of Flagstaff, a 666.3 summit which is prominent on the Dunedin landscape.
Our two congregations
Flagstaff Community Church is one church that meets in two locations. We invite you to connect with us and with our communities and to get involved in life in the church.
Our worship services are open to everyone and we’d love to welcome you at any of our meetings or activities.
A service of worship for all ages which meets weekly, enjoys singing, good coffee and has a mixture of worship styles including modern hymns and home grown music. We are recognised as a Kids Friendly Church.
Halfway Bush Church
A service of worship which meets regularly and enjoys singing traditional hymns and biblical teaching and a supportive faith community.
Mission Statement at Flagstaff Community Church
“Guided by the Word of God, our mission is to give glory to God and see the lives of people renewed by the power of the Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the whole community in worship, education, fellowship and outreach.”
Presbyterian Church Mission Statement
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand believes it is called by God to work with others in making Jesus Christ known through –
Teaching and nurturing people in Christian faith
Loving service responding to human need
Proclaiming the gospel
Seeking to transform society
Caring for God’s creation
Our Statement of Faith
As members of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ), we have the following kupu whakapono (confession of faith):
From this land of Aotearoa New Zealand we confess that we believe in and belong to the one true and living God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Love before all love.
We believe in God the Father, sovereign and holy, Creator and nurturer of all, Father of Jesus Christ, sender of the Holy Spirit and judge of all the earth.
We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, truly human and truly divine, who lived among us full of grace and truth.
For our sin he was crucified and by the power of God was raised from death, forgiving us, setting us free and bringing to birth God’s new creation.
Now ascended, he calls us to repentance and faith and restores us to God and to one another.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the giver of life at work in all creation, who inspired the Scriptures and makes Christ known, who transforms hearts and minds and gathers us into the community of Christ, empowering the Church in worship and mission.
We belong to this triune God, women and men, young and old, from many nations in Christ he iwi kotahi tatou (we are one people) witnesses to God’s love in word and action, servants of reconciliation, and stewards of creation.
As God’s people, we look forward in hope and joy to the return of Christ, to the new heaven and earth, where evil and death will be no more, justice and peace will flourish, and we shall forever delight in the glory of God.
To find out more about the PCANZ you can visit their website here