Wainui Beach Church Gisborne

Who we are

We are a community of people who want to, and do see, God working in our lives and the lives of those around us. We are figuring out how to be a multi-generational, multi-cutlural church in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  We meet at the school hall in the beach side community of Wainui. 


What we believe

In Spring of 2013 we came up with the following words as things that are important to us. What would you add to the mix?



The following message from September 2017 is a great summary of who we are the things that are important to us.

Click here to go to the video mentioned at the end.



Out of a desire to see a Christian witness maintained at Wainui Beach, Gisborne, a church was planted in early 1996. Due to increasing numbers the church relocated to Wainui Beach School Hall in the year 2000 where we presently meet.  Independent for 9 years, WBC joined the LinkNZ Network of Churches in 2005.  Senior Leaders Carl and Sharlene Pilkinton were appointed in January 2012. They moved here from Porirua with their three children.  WBC has steadily grown.  With the growth has come the anticipation of new wine and new wine skins.  Currently, in a short season of being independent once more, we eagerly anticipate fresh direction and leading into a new church network from 2019 forward.

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Church Gisborne, Community Church in Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne Church News

Upcoming Events September

2 SEPT - 50s+ Coffee & Connection Group, 1pm at the Museum Cafe
4 SEPT - Day of Fasting and Prayer Together, hui 7.30pm 6 Cleary Rd
6-8 SEPT – A weekend of events with guest Ian McCormack
    6 SEPT - What’s on the Other Side? Dying to Know? 7pm, Kaiti Yacht Club
    7 SEPT - Proclaiming Your Faith. Men’s Breakfast, $5, 8am, 198 Darwin Rd
    8 SEPT -  A Glimpse of Heaven. Guest Speaker Ian McCormack
    More info/flyer here 764Kb 
8 SEPT – Newcomers’ Dinner, 4.30pm
9-12 SEPT – Growth Groups
15 SEPT – Missions Sunday with guests Waitangi, Kathlene + Nicholas’
15-26 SEPT – East West Bible College Course: Ps. Carl + Nicholas’
23-26 SEPT – Growth Groups
23-29 SEPT - Te Haahi Duty + Elders & Pastors Hui 29 Sept

September 2019 Newsletter - PDF 114Kb


Please help us to keep the blue mat area, rear of the hall, as a safe space for mums & bubs under 2yrs only.
Under 5s: Parent helpers please check outdoor playground equipment is securely in place. Children under 5 years only at the playcenter.

In the event of the above the protocol is:
Fire: Follow the exits. Assemble in the car park.
Earthquake: “Turtles” or take cover under seats
Tsunami: “Long and Slow – Up You Go”. Once the quake subsides we head up past room 5, toward the hills - collecting your children enroute.


  1. Beware Bee Hives en route to creche.
  2. The gym cupboard is unsafe. No playing inside it.
  3. Keep alert re kids in the car park.



Wainui Beach Vineyard is a part of the Vineyard Aotearoa movement.