Since 1972, the volunteers of Omokoroa Community Church have played a central part in serving the wider community of Omokoroa.

Our mission statement “To live by faith, be known by love and be a voice of hope” underlines the heart of being located in a small community; the need to minister and care for one another and to be a place of refuge and hope.

We believe it is our mission to reach out beyond ourselves to our neighbours, the community, the world. By serving others with willing and loving hearts, we can show them the love of Jesus Christ – the One who can truly change lives.

Prayer Ministry

We believe in the power of prayer. It is the way by which we communicate with God and He with us.

Praying with our pastor: Pastor Matthew will be praying at the church every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday morning from 8am. All are welcome to join him.

Prayer Group: Meets on Friday mornings to pray together at 8.30am – 9.30am in the main auditorium of the Church. All are welcome to participate in prayer for our church family, our community, and for those in our wider world.

Sunday Services: If you would like someone to directly pray with you or for you, we invite you to stay following the service and one of our team will join with you in prayer.

Prayer Chain: For specific prayer needs and requests, we will organise a prayer chain. All prayer requests are confidential. Please contact Olwyn 07 548 0682 if you would like our team to pray for a specific need.

Prayer Vigils: From time to time, we may organise a 24-hour prayer vigil for a pressing need. These events will be announced at the church service and published in the weekly newsletter prior to being held.

Pastoral Care

We have a Pastoral Care team dedicated to the health and well-being of both our church family and the wider community.

Our team regularly visits those who are unwell or housebound. They hand-deliver our quarterly publication “The Beacon” to all parishioners; and organise meals for those who are unwell or going through a difficult time.

Please contact Val Hale (Pastoral Care Coordinator) 07 548 0370 if you or someone you know has a need that we can assist with.

Omokoroa Community Foodbank

We love to give and so we especially love to help those going through a difficult time or who are struggling to make ends meet. Through the generosity of so many in our local area, the Omokoroa Community Foodbank is able to provide just some of the basics that can make all the difference to a family (or individual!) and help them get through the week with full tummies and good hygiene essentials.


We would especially like to acknowledge the support of Fresh Choice Omokoroa and The Ōmokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade & First Responders, without whose support we could not operate as generously as we do.

Cyberlink Omokoroa also organise an annual food bank drive in December each year which sees individuals, local sporting groups and community groups knocking door to door to collect non-perishable food and consumables for the Foodbank. It is so wonderful to see the whole community pitch in to support others in our neighbourhood.

Pahoia School Community Garden supplies the Foodbank with fresh fruit and veges every Monday morning; and every Thursday morning we have a variety of food kindly donated by ‘Good Neighbour’. There is usually a supply of bread, fruit, vegetables, salad greens and sometimes eggs. If you know of a family or neighbour who can benefit from these generous donations, please spread the word or come down and help yourselves.

Items of food can be placed in the baskets at both Sunday services or in the Foodbank collection receptacle at Fresh Choice supermarket.

Cash donations for the Foodbank may be placed in a clearly marked envelope in the offering collection bag during both Sunday services.

Remember it’s not just food we need. Toilet paper; washing powders; washing liquid/tablets; kitchen towels; personal hygiene products are all needed too.

The items we run out of most often are toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc), as well as pasta, pasta sauce, meat sauces, biscuits, jams, spreads.

Thank you for your support of those in need.

For enquiries, please contact Christine Grainger or the church office.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Money impacts all areas of our lives – what we can and can’t afford, our relationships, what we eat, our health and well-being, and so much more. It is the cause of many struggles in the home, not to mention a contributor to much of society’s difficulties. And at the moment, financial uncertainty on top of everything else our world is facing, is leading many to breaking point.

Omokoroa Community Church have partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to bring good news, hope and freedom to those in our community for whom money is just, well, hard.

Over 10,000 Kiwis have learned to budget, save and prevent debt through a CAP Money course – but with 45% of Kiwi households still living week-to-week, the need for wise money management is greater than ever. The CAP Money Course runs occasionally throughout the year giving people the tools and practical skills and support they need to take control of their finances. Online courses are available during Covid-restricted periods.

We are currently looking at how we can develop this program even further to serve our community better. Please contact Andrew Frankland on 07 281 0233, if you, or someone you know, is in need of a helping hand with managing their money.

Community Transport

Our team of volunteers is available to provide transport for members of the community for the purpose of attending medical and hospital appointments in Omokoroa or Tauranga.

As our volunteers use their private cars, donations are welcome.

Contact Judy 07 548 0776 if you or someone you know needs assistance.

Community Op Shop

The Op Shop is located at 183 Moffat Rd and is staffed entirely by volunteers from Bethlehem Community Church, Omokoroa Community Church and the wider community. It provides good quality clothes and goods at a very modest price. The proceeds of the Op Shop are returned back to the community as well as clothing and goods being donated to individuals and community groups as needed.

Opening hours
9.30am – 3.30pm Tuesday – Friday
9.30am – 12.30pm Saturday

Donations of quality, clean goods are always sort after, but please do not leave them at the premises when it is unattended.

Shop Phone Number : 07 579 3295
Manager: Rosemary 0274 766 742

Tauranga Hospital Chaplaincy Service

It is our privilege to be able to partner with the Tauranga Hospital Chaplaincy Service and other local churches in supporting the weekly church service held in the chapel at Tauranga Hospital every Sunday at 10.30am.

Our volunteer team attends the hospital four times each year to assist with getting ward patients to and from the chapel services.

Contact Ron Harding 021 979 503 for more information about this service.

International Missions

We love to support overseas mission because we wish to help fulfil the Great Commission to make disciples of all peoples. As a church we enter into partnership with other churches and individuals to support and encourage those who are called to serve overseas. The partners and missionaries we currently support with prayer and finances are below.

Contact Val Munro (Missions Coordinator) on 021 0299 4291 for more information about the missions programmes OCC supports.

Juli and Erjola Celas

Julian and Erjola Cela, with their children Joel (6) & Jora (2) are working with the Evangelical Church of Tirana, Albania. Here they are leading Bible Studies, organising youth camps, couples retreats, outreach meetings, discipling believers, organising meal trains for sick people, visiting in the hospital and homes. Juli, who has prosthetic legs, is also developing a football team for amputees.

South Asia

Colin and Tanya

Colin and Tania established a Goat Project and Pass On Scheme in Rural South Asia. Now living in New Zealand, Colin and Tania support 'Pastor B' and his wife and 'Nurse A' (the new overseers of the project) as they manage the team working on the farm with the goats, along with their pastoral and medical ministries in the local villages. A medical clinic and outreach is set to commence on the farm once the Covid situation settles. Colin and Tania have video meetings with Pastor B and Nurse A every week and return to visit the work at least once a year (names protected for security reasons).

Samaritans Purse

Every year Samaritans Purse coordinate the Operation Christmas Child program to provide boxes for people to fill with gifts for children in third world countries. We encourage our church members and the community to get involved with this wonderful opportunity to give.

La Mai Coffee

Available at the church office for $9 per 200g bag. This coffee is grown in Northern Thailand and purchase of this coffee allows Bright Hope World to help poor local farmers change from growing opium to growing coffee.​

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