Our History

Our Parish

Our logo joins the Methodist Dove and the Presbyterian Burning Bush with the whaka of unification, with it's cruciform mastThe Karori Northland Uniting Parish was formed in 1994 as an amalgamation of the St Ninian’s Presbyterian Church and Wellington West Methodist Churches, St John’s in Karori and Ward Memorial Church in Northland. In 1999, all buildings on the St John’s and Ward sites were sold. The funds from the sale of the Methodist property was utilised to refurbish our facilities to meet the changing needs of the congregation and the community. On February 23 2003 we opened our refurbished buildings and in March 2003 we officially became known as the St. Ninian’s Uniting Parish. We benefit from the heritages of two great denominational churches: Presbyterianism, with its emphasis on how Scripture addresses contemporary issues, and Methodism, which stresses the Gospel of love and justice in practice in the community. These strengths have been integrated in the life and worship of our uniting church. We also benefit from the faithful stewardship of those who have gone before us. We have a warm, friendly congregation. We enjoy each other’s company and caring for each other is important. We work hard at being the family of God, but don’t forget to have fun at the same time. Our parishioners are generous with their time, skills and resources. It is amazing and humbling to take in all that goes on within the parish. As a result, the St Ninian’s complex is a hive of activity, bustling not only with church related events, but also with a great many community groups that use our facilities. We believe this is part of our mission in the community and often extend more than simple physical hospitality to these groups. We are also fortunate to have a very experienced and enthusiastic Parish Support Worker, who not only ensures the smooth day to day operation of parish life, but also devotes considerable time to pastoral work. We acknowledge that we are also stewards, not only of our assets, but also of the gospel. Like many churches, we face the challenges associated with an ageing congregation. We seek to provide traditional values and a solid foundation for living in todays world, with all its challenges. We are continually trying new ways to encourage and affirm those who attend worship. We endeavour to be Christ’s heart, hand and voice in Karori. We believe that the best is yet to come. We would love you to journey with us.