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Encounter Youth

Encounter Youth

Encounter Youth is a youth group that likes having general fun and good times. We also like Jesus. A lot.



We are a family church. Families of all ages and sizes are welcome here. All children participate in our moming service for a short period and then go to different age-specific programmes. We also offer several ministries that cater for children during the week — see Encounter Youth, The Ark Preschool and Kids Care.

Infant Station


Creche is supervised for children aged three years and under. We have a spacious room with a wide variety of play equipment. The room opens onto an outside play area and sandpit. The creche has a video link with the auditorium in case parents stay so they can still be a part of the service.

Middle Church

Middle Church & K4J

Children aged 3 1/2 to 12 years old all meet together in the church lounge. We have an awesome team of leaders who work together to bring the children to a greater understanding of who God is and how He can work in their lives. The programme is taught in a way so all ages are catered for. The children are encouraged to experience God in all sorts of ways. The sessions are lively with truths from the Bible being taught in creative ways.

Car Boot Market

Boot Market

Once a month we open up the church carpark to the public for a car boot sale. Individuals and groups are welcome to come along and sell their stuff — clearing out their garage, raising funds for a school trip or whatever. Groups within the church run the sausage sizzle to raise funds for their ministry. The fourth Saturday of the month sees the church property buzzing with people coming and going, buying and selling and enjoying one another’s company!

Kidi care

Kids Care

Our aim is to provide a caring place where children are safe and learn godly values for life. We aim to provide a stimulating programme that caters for the children‘s different ages, sex and cultural backgrounds while attempting to encompass individual needs and interests. This is an OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) programme and is WINZ supported. We provide care for children aged 5 to l3 years Phone (O3) 544 7597 Email Address 123 Salisbury Road Richmond PO Box 3242 Nelson Programmes All programmes operate Monday to Friday (Statutory Holidays excluded) Morning Care 7:15am - 9am After School 3pm - 6pm School Holidays 7:30am - 5:30pm

Ark Pre School

Ark Preschool

The Ark Preschool

123 Salisbury Road, Richmond O3 544 2951 email: Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.3Oa.m. - 3.30 p.m. Morning and afternoon sessions or full days. Offering 20 hours ECE funding for 3 & 4 year old children. Hourly fee of $6.00 for children 2 1/2 to 3 years and any hours above 20 Hours ECE funding. Please contact Raelene for more information or visit our website.

Mainly Music

Mainly Music

We have Mainly Music operating at two venues; Mondays at St John's Anglican Church, 10.00am and Thursdays at Stoke Primary School at 9.30am (term time only). It is a place to make connections — especially for first-time mums and for those who are new to the district. The mums and the children have a great time singing and dancing to songs and spending quality time together with lots of laughs. After the music session, there is morning tea for both children and adults.


Carmel Counselling

We believe counselling should be a safe, non-judgmental place where we have the privilege to join people on their journey; a place to reflect, talk and be heard in a place of discovery and recovery. P.A.C.T. - (Parents and Children Together) A counselling tool for parents and families PACT is a counselling and support programme for children, young people and their families. Its aim is to provide insight, support and skills to individuals within a family as well as the family as a whole. Our counsellors are Christine Rutledge (Dip Counselling, MNZAC Cert in Supervision) Melinda Bradshaw (Cert Counselling, MNZAC, Cert in Supervision) Phone (03) 544 7594. Email Address PACT PO Box 3242 Richmond Nelson.