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Welcome to St Thomas' Anglican Church


Our parish is centred on the church of St Thomas in Motueka where the vicarage is situated, and also includes the communities of Riwaka and Ngatimoti each with its own church.


Motueka: St Thomas Church is over 100 years old, panelled in rimu, and can seat 120 comfortably. The adjoining foyer is used for many day to day functions within the life of the church. Flowing from this, the modern auditorium can hold up to 200 people. Behind this complex is the Parish Centre which houses the children's ministry and creche.

Riwaka: St Barnabas Village Church church is in Riwaka, 5 minutes from Motueka towards Kaiteriteri. There is a fortnightly service at 9:30am followed by a social time in the foyer.

Ngatimoti: Ngatimoti is a small rural community in the Motueka Valley some 20 minutes drive from Motueka. The church is an historic building set to the backdrop of Mount Arthur. There is a monthly service at 10.30am on the third Sunday.

Worship Services

St Thomas', Motueka: The main parish church has two morning services:
  -  9.00am N.Z.P.B Liturgy in the church; traditional Holy Communion Service.
  -  10.30am Family Communion, in the auditorium; a more informal service.

Klick - Kids (Children's programme) is held in parallel with this service. Morning tea is held between the 9.00 and 10.30 services to allow both congregations to meet and mingle. There is also Holy Communion at 11am on Thursday morning.

St Barnabas Village Church, Riwaka: 9.00 am, 2nd and 4th Sundays N.Z.P.B. Service.

St James, Ngatimoti: 10.30 am, 3rd Sunday of the month.

Children and Family Ministry

Klick Kids takes place at St Thomas alongside the 10:30am service. The format is designed to give opportunities for the children to praise and worship together, share in small groups, and to be encouraged to grow and out work their faith in everyday life.

Messy Church: An informal gathering centred on activities for the whole family, a shared meal (provided) and a time of looking at what the Bible and the Christian life is all about. It is held from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month; check with church office or the notices on the parish website for dates.

Ministry to Adults

AAW: This group of women meet on a monthly basis and run various social and spiritual activities. The group also is active in supporting outreach programmes. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm.

Men's Group: The men run a monthly breakfast meeting which often features a topical guest speaker. They meet on the third Saturday of the month at 7.30am.

House Groups: There are adult study groups. Check the parish website for details.

Prayer Labyrinth: There is an area for contemplative and reflective prayer set in St Thomas' grounds. This is a quiet and peaceful corner which is open to the public.

Prayer Chain: A co-ordinator receives prayer requests and is supported by a team of prayers.

Intercessory Prayer: This group meets weekly on Thursday after the 11am service.

Walking for Health: This group meets at at the church at 9.00am Tuesday morning. An hour long walk is enjoyed around the streets and parks nearby, finishing back at the church for a social time together.

Community Services

Tom Thumb's Playgroup: This programme runs in the Parish Centre and meets on Thursdays from 9:30am to 11.45am. A staff member co-ordinates the programme along with volunteer members of St Thomas. The group caters for families with children under 5 years; parents and caregivers stay with their children. There is a variety of indoor and outdoor toys. Morning tea is provided. $2 per child.

Pre-school Music and Movement: This is held each Wednesday at 10-11am in the church auditorium. The programme involves approximately 30 minutes of music, dance and songs followed by morning tea for everyone, and is very popular. $2 per child.

Winning With Words: This is an after school literacy programme for 6-10 year olds. Children who struggle with reading, spelling or writing come once a week for small group tuition with a trained teacher. Check with the church office for details.

Contact us

The Church Office is open Wednesday and Thursday, 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, or you can leave a phone message on 528 8825. Or email us at