Welcome To Mangapapa Church

“Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.  Love like that.”  Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)

Coming Up in 2024 ...


Te Hahi Combined Service

5.30pm Sunday 25th February

At Alive Church, Leith Street

Please bring a plate for the shared dinner.  Guest speaker is Jon McKensie, Frontline policeman at Whakatane.  We will also be taking the opportunity to acknowledge and thank Sam Aberhama for his dedication to Te Hahi.  

All welcome.

CWCI Gisborne Retreat

Connecting Women With Christ

10am Tuesday 5th March

Venue:  Mission Hall, 707 Gladstone Rd

KYB writer, editor and speaker Beth Worley from Australia will be teaching at this one day Retreat.  Her message will be based around the life experiences of Gideon, who was a man of great faith.  However, he also felt inadequate, uncertain and fearful - just like we do at times.  Come and find out how God's astonishing grace in the midst of these fears can strengthen and encourage us.  The day commences with morning tea.

Venue:  AOG Church, Grey St 

The cost for this seminar is $35 and registrations are essential.  Register by emailing aoggisborne@gmail.com

Church Land Story

This is the document required of us by the Methodist Church.  It tells the story of the land the church sits on and the people who have lived on that land, going back to the Horouta and Takitimu Waka.  It is not a complete history, it has a specific focus.

Click on this link to read it. 

There is a reference in the Land Story to the Memorandum of Association of the NZ Land Settlement Company, click to access this if you wish to read it.

Resources For Those Affected

By The Flooding

There are different resources available for those affected by the flood.


1.   Insurance:  For those dealing with insurance companies, this is a link to a church based organisation that worked with people after the Chch earthquakes. They have lots of experience and a deep understanding of the process.  https://www.nzcrs.govt.nz/how-we-work/about-our-process/

2.   Counselling:  The Sunrise Foundation is working with Male Support Services in the Waikato. They are a registered Counselling Service and have offered free and unlimited 1 to 1 phone counselling for anyone who wants it. All their counsellors are vetted, qualified and registered. If you wish to use them simply email referrals@waikatosurvivors.org.nz   and let them know you are from Gisborne and have been given their details by Glenda Jackson of Sunrise Foundation. Give your name, phone number and whatever details you wish to share. They will ring you back.

FEBC and "Clever" Radios

We have been blessed by FEBC (The Far East Broadcasting Company) New Zealand.  They have donated 40 Radios to the Tairawhiti area.  The radios come with solar panels, with a small crank handle, take AAA batteries as well as having rechargeable batteries in them. Even when your power is out, they will work.  I think we all remember the week with no power, no internet and lots of different information, not always accurate.

We are looking to distribute these to people/communities that live in remote parts of the Tairawhiti region where roads and power are often cut.  They can go to individuals but also to community centres like Maraes.  So far we have sent them to Loiselles and Waingake, with some to go to Te Karaka, Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay in the coming days.

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 We are a Community Church located in the Northwestern suburb of Mangapapa, in Gisborne City, New Zealand, where the sun shines first in the world of every new day.

Our Church roots are Methodist and Presbyterian and we maintain that connection as a Union Parish through the Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa NZ.  On 13th April 2013, we celebrated 100 years here.  Our Worship Services are best described as contemporary in style and charismatic.  We share Communion in the 10am Service on the first Sunday of each month.  We undertake Believers Baptism by immersion.

We are a church of all ages – from 0 to 94, and we enjoy worship together.  Our focus is Jesus Christ as Lord and ‘There is nothing that the nearness of Jesus cannot overcome’.  Thanks for visiting our website and we hope you find helpful information here.

Online Newsletter

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About The Church

Links to pages on our history, what we believe, our purpose, our staff, what we can offer and next steps.

Events Coming Up

Calendar of events and links to further information on how to be involved

Youth & Family

Links to our Youth pages, 'Kidzspace' Children's programme, Marriage and pre-marriage courses and more...


Mangapapa Church Office & Complex:  314 Ormond Road, Gisborne, New Zealand

E-mail:  office@mup.org.nz        Office Phone:  06-867 9604  

Office Hours:  9:00am to 12:00 midday, Monday to Friday

Postal Address:  Mangapapa Church, PO Box 2146, Gisborne, 4010, New Zealand


What's on this week... 


10am  Service

Sunday  25th February 2024


'My Faith Crisis and My Belief System' 

Romans 1:17

Speakers:  Stewart Patrick and (the late) Bruce Mounsey



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