What you'll find at Rotorua Elim Church is a place of whanaungåtanga, where you can make life-changing relationships and find your purpose in life. You'll experience a place of celebration, inspiration with dynamic worship, encouraging messages 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 Rotorua Elim in making your decision whether or not to visit in person. Here are 10 questions we are commonly asked about our Church services.
1. Where and when do you meet?
We meet every Sunday at 10am in the heart of Rotorua, 1149 Eruera St Click here for a map. In addition, we have Whanau Groups that meet across Rotorua to cater to all ages and interests.
2. Your street front looks like an art Gallery?
That is because from Monday-Saturday our church foyer is an art gallery. Our church staff and volunteers run the gallery and love meeting and chatting to people during the week.
3. What should I wear?
We are a contemporary church, some dress in an informal manner, others prefer a semi-formal manner. Our minister will not be in robes, but may at times wear a hoodie! We are more concerned about you being comfortable and relaxed than people feeling they have to dress a certain way. Many members of Elim spend their working week in suits and ties and as such prefer to dress more casually on Sundays. Of course, if you do want to wear a suit or your “Sunday best”, feel free but it is certainly not required.
4. What do you do?
We believe your 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 endeavor 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 teaching. If you have children, they will be looked after and have a fun time (see question 8 below). Once a month we celebrate communion. This is simply a time to remember the sacrifice of Christ.
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.
5. Do I have to give money?
Giving tithes and offerings is for those who are part of the Elim community. You are our guest. We want you to sit back and receive, not feel compelled to give. When this time in the service approaches, feel free to pass the offering bag on.
6. What is the music like?
Elim is a contemporary church with modern music. While we value our Christian church heritage which includes songs from the centuries before, we appreciate that different people like different types of music. Our band is made up of skilled musicians and vocalists who have a passionate encouraging style of celebration and inspiration. You will enjoy this time in the service!
During the music time, many people will stand and sing. This is a way that we like to express ourselves. If you feel comfortable, feel free to join in or simply stay seated and just enjoy the music.
7. Do I have to do anything?
You are our valued guest, our manuhiri. Please sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us. During the service, we would like to give you a gift if it is your first time. New people will be asked to raise there hands to be given this gift. Of course, if you would prefer not to raise your hand, that’s fine and you are able to collect your gift from one of our team after the service.
Each service we endeavor to provide the opportunity for people to become Christians. A Christian is simply a follower of Christ. At the end of most services, we will invite anyone that would like to make this commitment to do so. During this time, if you would like to make that commitment, we will ask that you briefly raise your hand as an acknowledgment of your commitment. As a matter of courtesy and privacy, we ask that no one looks around or talks during this time – it is a matter between you and God. If you do make this decision and raise your hand, the pastor will pray a prayer which many others will pray also and we encourage you to join in. If you have made that commitment for the first time, we encourage you to join a life group or let someone help you in your journey of discovering Jesus. If you do not feel ready to make that commitment, that is fine, please enjoy yourself.
8. What about my kids?
If you have kids, we have a parents room for Children under 2 with viewing and sound of the service in the auditorium. We also have a changing table for babies. Upstairs we run a Creche Program for 2-5 year olds, kids church program for 6-13 year olds and NewGen 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 and we will be glad to help.
9. How long does the services go for?
We appreciate that Sundays are a valuable day in your week. All of our services are 1 hour and 15 minutes or less. 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. In the unusual event we are required to go later than expected, please feel free to quietly leave the auditorium – we will not be offended.
10. Do I need a Bible or anything?
All you need is you! We believe in the Bible and our ministers use it as the reference point for teaching. If you have a Bible and would like to bring it, please feel free, but it is certainly not mandatory. In saying that, if you do not have a Bible and would like one, please ask one of our hosts and they will give you a Bible at no cost as a memento of your visit with Elim which we encourage you to read.
It is our hope that your online experience will give you a taste of who we are and why we love Elim and our community here. If you have any other questions, please let us know by email through the contact section of this site. See you at church!