Community ministries

Community Café​

Community Café runs on Wednesday mornings from 9.00 – 10.00 at St John's on Fenton. A warm welcome is offered to all who turn up, along with a free and hearty morning tea. Community Café appreciates offers of support including the donation of fresh baked goods, fruit and vegetables.

For more information contact Anna at cfm@rdpc.co.nz

ph 027 200 9409.

The Cupboard

In conjunction with the Café, the church runs a foodbank from 9.30-11.00. Known as The Cupboard, this service offers food parcels and some basic household supplies. Parcels are funded by the church and distributed on the basis of need and availability.

For more information contact Anna at cfm@rdpc.co.nz

ph 027 200 9409.

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Trinity Centre

The Trinity Centre, based in Ngongotaha, is a community-led initiative offering local families the following:

  • The Pantry – subsidised grocery items and free fruit and vegetables

  • The Wardrobe – a minimal-charge clothing shop

  • A hearty morning tea, served while the Pantry and Wardrobe are open, from 8.30 to 11.30 on Thursday mornings

  • The Dining Table – a free monthly meal (lunch) held on the last Thursday of the month (this is currently in recess due to COVID-19)

  • The Shared Table – food provided for the elderly and unwell to take home

  • The revolving garden – a community garden, plus free vegetable seedlings so that people can start gardens at home for their own needs and those of the community

  • A free library

  • A free toy library

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Most of the 30+ volunteer staff are Trinity Community members. Working at the centre can be a stepping stone for those seeking to find paid employment. Trinity has a core of team-leaders who provide training and there are two part-time paid staff: Chrissi (Kaiawhina) and Dana (Administrator). They can be contacted at trinitycentre@rdpc.org.nz

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Pantry Garden

The church runs a produce garden at St David’s church in Owhata. A small team tends the garden and harvests its bounty. The produce is supplied to the Cupboard and Trinity Centre. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome. please contact the church office at office@rdpc.org.nz

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Sunbeams

Sunbeams offers music and fun activities for toddlers, and an opportunity for their carers to socialise with other carers, ‘chill out’ and have morning tea. Sessions are held at St John's on Fenton on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 10.00 - 11.30 during term time.

For more information contact the church office:  office@rdpc.org.nz

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Mainly Music

A weekly programme of music and movement for younger children and their carers held in the community church in Ngakuru. Sessions run on Mondays from 10.00 to 11.00am. There is a charge of $3/child or $5/family.

For more information contact Glenys at donglenys@xtra.co.nz

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School Bursaries

Bursaries are provided annually to children in eastern Rotorua to assist with the transition from Primary to Intermediate schools, and from Intermediate to High schools. The schools award the money according to identified need. This support is funded by donations, and if you would like to contribute please contact the office: office@rdpc.org.nz

Funders

The costs involved with running these programmes are significant and we are very grateful to the following funding bodies for their generous support:

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