What you'll find at Rotorua Elim Church is a place of family, of whanau, where you can make life-changing relationships, find your purpose and make a difference in life. You'll experience a place of celebration, inspiration with dynamic worship, encouraging korero - talks and your children will love our fantastic programs designed just for them, we're a relaxed church that's absolutely passionate about living our lives for God.
We understand that you may have a few questions about Elim and what we are into. Some of our gatherings are available on Live Stream, it provides an easy opportunity for you to experience our style and what we do.
Here's 9 common questions asked about our Church services.
1. Where and when do you meet?
Here at Elim we value community. Small groups during the week are the single most important part of our church. Our small groups, are called Whanau Groups and meet across Rotorua and cater to varying age groups and interests. On Sunday's is our family service at 9am in the heart of Rotorua, 1149 Eruera St Click here for a map.
2. What should I wear?
We are a contemporary church, some people dress semi-casual, others prefer a semi-formal manner. Our minister will not be in robes, but may at times wear a hoodie! We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed, dressed as it suits you.
3. What do you do?
We believe a personal relationship with God is important. While “religion” often carries a connotation of robes, holy water and a pipe organ, you will not find those at Elim. We endeavour to present our services in a creative and fresh way that encourages you on your journey to know God. Our services have contemporary music with a live band and relevant gospel messages. If you have children, they will be looked after and have a fun time (see question 8 below).
In every service we include an opportunity for anyone who would like to become a Christian. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ. Please read question 7 for more in this regard. We are also privileged to have leaders in many fields from across our nation speak from time to time.
4. Do I have to give money?
As our guest, you are more than welcome to give, but it is not a requirement. We want you to enjoy your time with us and be blessed. Giving money as a donation is fine, we welcome donations and our bank account details are included below. Otherwise we don't have a specific time of giving donations.
Thank you for your donations, here's our bank account details:
ROTORUA ELIM CHURCH BNZ 02 0412 0034223 00
If you'd like a donations receipt please include your name in the reference section of your online payment and contact us by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
5. What is the music like?
We have modern contemporary music, mostly in the English language, sometimes in the Maori language or a another language of one of our band. Our band is made up of skilled musicians and vocalists who have a passionate encouraging style of celebration and inspiration. If you enjoy modern contemporary music, you will love and enjoy our style!
During the music time, many people will stand, sing, move and clap. This is who we are and the way that we like to express ourselves. Feel free to join in and enjoy this part of our time together.
6. Do I have to do anything?
You are our valued guest. We hope you feel welcome and that you enjoy your time with us. When you arrive we would like to give you a gift to acknowledge you and your first time with us. If you would like a gift approach one of our hosts. You are also able to collect your gift from one of our team after the service.
Each gathering we endeavour to provide the opportunity for people to make their own decision to become a follower of Christ. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ. During our gatherings, we will invite anyone that would like to make this commitment to do so. If you do make this decision, we encourage you to let us know, so we can help you in your journey and own relationship with Jesus. If you do not feel ready to make that commitment, that is fine, please enjoy yourself.
7. What about my kids?
If you have kids, we have a PowerSparks room for children walking to 4 with viewing and sound of the service in the auditorium. In the foyer we have lounge chairs and a special space for Parents with babies. Upstairs we run PowerZone for primary school children and Voltage for 10-13 year olds. We also have Oxygen Youth for over 13 year olds. If you have any questions, or would like to see the children's area before a service, please ask at reception in the foyer and we will be glad to help.
8. How long does the services go for?
We appreciate that Sundays are a valuable day in the week. Our services are between an hour and an hour and 15 minutes. After the service we have tea and coffee in the foyer and would love the opportunity to meet you in person. If you are pressed for time, just let us know your details and we will be happy to catch up with you at a time that suits you better. If we are required to go later than expected, please feel free to quietly leave the auditorium – we will not be offended.
9. Do I need a Bible or anything?
All you need is you! We believe in the Bible and we use it as the reference point for our times of prayer, singing, and gospel messages. If you have a Bible and would like to bring it, please do, but it is certainly not mandatory. If you have a smart phone and do not have a Bible and would like one, please ask one of our hosts and they will assist you to download a Bible app.
It is our hope that your online experience will give you a taste of who we are, our style and the way we live and express our relationship with Jesus. If you have any other questions, please let us know by email through the contact section of this site. We'd love to meet you, you are so welcome, you're invited!