our story

West Hamilton Community Church is a member of the
Church of Confessing Anglicans Aotearoa/New Zealand

By the grace of God we were one of the initial twelve churches to form a new Anglican Diocese in New Zealand in May 2019. Visit https://confessinganglicans.nz for more.

We stand firmly in Anglican faith and practice, and are structurally distinct from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ACANZP).

WHCC was formed in July 2014 when the West Hamilton Anglican Parish was ousted from the ACANZP Province after its Minister and all Vestry members withdrew their submission to the authority of ACANZP General Synod. General Synod had passed a motion on human sexuality which was both contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture and in breach of its own Constitution. 95% of the congregation voted to stay together and continue its mission as a church family in West Hamilton. Only the name of the church and its places of meeting changed.

our team

Michael Hewat
Senior Minister
Don Corban
Gary Evans
Pastoral Care Minister
Christine Cousell
PA to tne Senior Minister / Admin
Max Scott
Kimberley Hewat
Youth Minister
Heather Turner
Chidren’s Church Team Leader

our values





Grace and truth: We seek to be like Jesus, who came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), upholding the ethics of the Kingdom of God without compromise, but in a way that imparts God’s grace and not condemnation. A holistic approach to the Gospel: We seek to minister to the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and to be responsible stewards of God’s creation (see Luke 4:18f.; Romans 8:19-25). Evangelism: We seek to be evangelistic in everything we do, confident that the Gospel is truly good news for all people and that our primary purpose is to proclaim it at every opportunity. This Gospel is not simply that God loves us, but that he showed his love by sending his only Son Jesus Christ into the world to save us from our sin. We are all called to repentance and faith in Jesus. Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; Romans 1:18; 2 Corinthians 4:5. Familial relationships: We endeavour to model our relationships as a church on that of the extended family/whanau, emphasising mutual commitment, respect, loyalty, Christ-like love for one another. We value all people equally, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, wealth, education, vocation or marital status (see 1 Corinthians 12:13). Active membership: We expect all members to faithfully: pray for the Church; attend worship, church meetings and a fellowship group; and to support the church financially (see Hebrews 10:19-25; 2 Corinthians 9). Every-member ministry: We take seriously the call to all members of Christ’s Church to be ministers of the Gospel, recognising that “all these (ministries) are activated by one and the same Spirit”

our giving

How to support our vision and mission financially

Automatic Payment – AP giving is popular and easy to set up in your online banking. 
It’s safe and you don’t have to remember to fill your envelope and bring it – allowing recurring giving.
It makes it easier for the church to budget. It can be the first thing to come out of your pay packet/income.
A tax receipt is available at the end of the financial year.  
Bank details for AP:
West Hamilton Community Church Trust
ANZ Te Rapa
06 0217 (0)0865590 00
For any inquiries about giving get in touch with our Treasurer Helen McAuliffe:
Online Giving – An easy way for many people to give today via credit or debit card.
You can send a gift at any time from anywhere in the world from your computer or tablet on the secure tithely website.
It’s simple to make a one-off gift, and you can also create an account and initiate a recurring gift (weekly, monthly etc).   
You can specify the fund you wish to give to such as the building fund or general giving.
Payments are processed securely via tithely and billed to  your credit or debit card.
A tax receipt is available at the end of the financial year.

Mobile App Giving – This is an even easier way to give right from an App on your phone. 

Once you’ve installed the App, search for West Hamilton Community Church, create an account and decide on your gift.
Send a gift anytime from anywhere in the world and specify the fund you wish.
You can schedule recurring giving (weekly, monthly, etc.)
Payments are processed securely via tithely and billed to  your credit or debit card.
A tax receipt is available at the end of the financial year. 
Cash or cheque placed in an offertory envelope – each person on the envelope system is allocated a number, to protect anonymity.
The Recorder opens the envelope and records your giving over the year so you can receive a tax receipt at the end of the financial year.
Please email Lynda Tarrant, the church Recorder, to set this up.

Cash offering – Cash given in offertory bag at services – No receipt is issued for this giving and it is totally anonymous.

About Giving

We do not run a stewardship campaign. We believe that those who profess Christ and seek to follow him will want to support his kingdom work and make offerings of thanksgiving to him.
We do not ‘preach tithing’. Rather we follow the New Testament teaching of Jesus (who gave everything for us) and St Paul (see especially, 2 Corinthians 8). 
What you give to the church is between you and God, and should be negotiated prayerfully with him.
The only people who will know how much you give is the Recorder (who has no other position of authority in the church) and the Treasurer.