Our Community

St Andrew's is a beautiful place of worship and for the Taupō community, as well as the town's many visitors, the Church is much much more.  Its warmth, beautiful acoustics, and ambiance mean the building is frequently used as a concert venue.  Locals regularly enjoy the lunchtime concerts, the cushion concerts and other special events held at the Church.

The congregation has supported Seasons Growing through Grief, a programme for children and young adults who have experienced change and loss, for the past twenty five years.  This free, well regarded, programme is administered by an experienced co-ordinator and is usually delivered by trained volunteers, called companions, in schools, although there is often an afterschool group meeting in the chruch lounge.

Recently the congregation made the hall available to a peer support group, International Mothers café which meets twice a week. As well St Andrews is the home to Girl Guides in Taupo. Other groups use the facilities either free of charge, or for a small fee. Groups, such as the Taupō Community Men’s Shed and Ezee Meals began and were supported by St Andrews until they became independent.  This is why fundraising to help St Andrew's is a helping hand for the wider community and a good reason to get involved.

A church is a vital part of any community; it can be a spiritual heart and a place of both  comfort and celebration.  Through its parish priest and vestry, St Andrew's provides all these things and cares for people during times of grief, growth and happiness - St Andrew's touches people way beyond the local congregation.  

The parish is the central North Island segment of the mostly-rural Anglican Diocese of Waiapū, based in Napier, and has as its leader the Right Reverend Andrew Hedge. It is one of a decreasing number of full-time vicar-led parishes, with former broadcasting journalist  the Reverend Jenny Chalmers as its current parish priest. Jenny has been a parish priest for twenty five years. She is well known for her Interfaith work and is a member of the Wellington Abrahamic Council executive, and is on the Australian Council of Christians and Jews executive. Locally Jenny is a member of Lakes Rotary (She is a Past President of Rotary) and is the St John chaplain and secretary to the St John Area Committee. She is also a trustee of the Lake Taupo Hospice.  

Susie Hunter (Vicar's warden and Richie Chow (Vestry member) preparing for Taupo garden walks.

Con Brio - St Andrew's children's choir rehearsing for mid-winter Christmas.

Reverend Jenny Chalmers is installed by Bishop Andrew Hedge as Vicar of St Andrew's Taupo.