Gracenet is rooted in prayer. We believe very strongly that if there is going to be any true work of the Spirit in our midst, or any true advance of the gospel in our time, we must be a church that is committed to corporate praying. Beyond our times of prayer during the service itself, one of the main ways that we try to nurture this commitment is by holding a pre-service prayer meeting. This time usually begins with a brief reading and exhortation from the portion of Scripture that we will later read at the beginning of the service. Thereafter, we trust that the Spirit will lead us as we pray and intercede for all the ministry that will be taking place that day. Amongst other things, we pray for the preaching of the Word; we pray for the preacher; we pray for the music team; we pray for the surrounding ministries, etc. We also use this time to specifically intercede for those who do not know Christ, desperately crying out to God for their salvation.
God has indeed blessed these times. And we all feel very confident that what happens in that little prayer room before the main meeting, has already had a massive effect on us. Moreover, we know from Scripture that this is one of the main ways that we can best serve both the church and the city. God assures us that this service will show forth fruit of an eternal kind.
We want our children to love the Word, and we desperately want them to hear the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. With this in mind, we run the following two programs on Sunday mornings and all kids are welcome!
9:30am - Sunday school for primary school ages
9.40am - Sunday school for preschooler ages
Crèche is available for the duration of the sermon. Our volunteers are happy to look after your young children during this time, or you're welcome to stay with them in the crèche area.
If you would like more info about the children’s ministry, please contact Hannah Tysoe. She will be happy to assist you.
Our community groups meet every Wednesday evening in homes around the greater Wellington region. While coming together to enjoy a relaxed time of fellowship, the evening is primarily centered on discussion and prayer over the passage of Scripture which was preached through on the previous Sunday. If you would like to know more or would like to come along to one of the groups, please contact the following people for further details:
Our mother’s group meets every Wednesday morning and follows the same format of community groups. The hope is that this will allow for the moms who cannot attend our midweek community group meetings to participate in the ongoing prayer, study and community life of the church. Please contact Hannah Tysoe for more information.
We believe that one of the main ways that we can be faithful to the great commission, as well as one of the most effective ways of actually fulfilling the great commission, is through the planting of local churches. This is why one of Gracenet’s central values is to be reproducing. By God’s grace, we hope and pray that we will be a fruitful church-planting church.
In order to release church plants, we need to train men for ministry. One of the ways that we seek to encourage this is through our are active participation in the Reformed Baptist Ministry Training Program.
Not only this, but we encourage all at Gracenet to challenge themselves in preparing to one day leave their home church, and be sent out to plant new works throughout Wellington, New Zealand and beyond, wherever God would open the door.
We hope that God will give us much increase in the years to come, and help us to plant as many churches as possible. To this end, we are a member church of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, and we pray earnestly for God to use our co-labouring for the spread of the gospel in NZ and beyond.
Far from being in competition with other denominations, we are deeply encouraged by other church planters in our city and would seek to work with them as we labour for an impact in the nation.