St Andrews
Presbyterian Church

Pound Street, Amberley

Worship Times

Sunday 9.30am. On 3rd Sunday of each month we share worship with Holy Innocents Anglican Congregation, Church Street, Amberley. The service alternates between the two churches. See notice boards for details.

Church Based Activities

Chew & Chat meets in the Sharing Shed, behind St. Andrew’s Church, every Thursday from 10am - 11.30am. Drop in and have a cuppa, good conversation, help with the jigsaw or bring your knitting. On the 2nd Thursday of each month we have gentle circle dancing for those who would like to join in.

Women’s Fellowship meets at 2pm on the 3rd Wednesday each month in the church Lounge.

Discussion and Fellowship Group meets every Friday at 9.45am at 12 Clifford Place. This group works through Bible studies. It is an ecumenical group and all are welcome.

Games Evenings are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month in parishioners’ homes.

Zolo Youth Young people from Year 7 upwards are welcome to attend Zolo Youth Group. The group meets at St. Mark’s Church, Withells Road, Avonhead every 2nd Sunday from 5.30pm – 8pm.

The Parish Area

The Kowai Parish runs from the Waipara river in the north to Sefton in the south with two churches, St Andrews in Amberley and St Lukes in Sefton.

There are three other main churches in the Amberley area, Roman Catholic with the Priest living in Cheviot to the north, the Anglican Church with a part time Vicar, and the New Life church with the Pastor based in Waipara.

There is a healthy ecumincal culture in the area with regular combined services between the Prebyterian and Anglican denominations and annual services with all four churches coming together. All the churches contribute toward the Bible in Schools programme, with the teachers mostly drawn from the New Life fellowship.

Some Church History

The first Presbyterian ministry began in the Kowai with a Reverend William Hogg in 1846, who travelled around his parish on horesback from Kaiapoi. In 1866 he transferred his headquarters to Sefton from where he regularly travelled to Leithfiled, Saltwater Creek, Ashely and Loburn for services.

The founders of the Prebyterian church in Amberley were a Mr and Mrs Thomas McNaught - a plaque in the current church building commermorates this event in 1883. Amberley became part of the Sefton Charge in 1895 during the time of the Reverend W McGregor.

In 1954 the Sefton Parish became known as the Kowai Parish and then in 1981 when it was in some financial difficulty, the Kowai Parish amalgamated with the nearby Rangiora Parish. This situation remained until January 1993 when it became an independent Parish again known as the Kowai Parish.

The Sharing Shed