About Knox Church
Who are we?
Whilst words can never truly express the spirit that unites and inspires a group of people, the identity statement approved in 2003 conveys a good sense of who we are:
Knox Church is a congregation within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We aim to create a Christian community in which people of all ages, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic situations are included as equally valued participants in our congregational life.
We cherish our diversity, offering a safe place of belonging to any who wish to explore their beliefs in an atmosphere promoting discussion, the development of healthy relationships and spiritual growth.
We enjoy worshipping the God made known in Jesus, endeavouring to do so in ways that are relevant to our daily lives, respect the integrity of creation, and make a positive difference to our wider world.
Our logo combines the distinctive physical appearance of our historic church building with five core values that have been formative in the growth of our congregation: love, faith, outreach, community and justice. These values are integral to the programmes and activities we offer, and to the way in which we make our facilities available to groups and individuals in the wider community in which we live.
Our ministry team currently comprises:
Rev. Dr Matthew Jack, Minister
Matthew's ministry has taken him to Germany, Australia, China, and a number of places in New Zealand. He has worked in the city, the suburbs, the communist classroom, and the university. He's now thrilled to be at Knox during a time of major redevelopment.
Matthew's long standing commitment in ministry has been to provide services of worship that are stimulating, intelligent, and articulate to the heart. He is very much looking forward to guiding Knox through its engagement with Christchurch's brand new centre as it marches towards Victoria Street. He is also looking forward to advancing Knox's reputation as the Presbyterian Church's flagship as a traditional, progressive, inclusive, community-connected congregation.
In his spare time, Matthew cooks well, plays the piano badly, sings the occasional aria roughly, and tastes the odd glass of wine. Doffing his cap towards the romantic, he is learning Spanish at Hagley Community College.
Rev. Bob Fendall (pastoral assistant)
After nearly 35 years of ministry serving parishes in Hawkes Bay, Ashburton, Christchurch and Oregon, USA, Bob retired, only to spend the last 10 years being “recycled” in providing interim ministries in a number of Christchurch parishes.
His approach to ministry is in strengthening and encouraging faith communities that are open, accepting and outward looking. He maintains an enthusiasm for the values and teaching seen in Jesus of Nazareth. In a former life he was an electrician. Enjoying family life, Bob and Leita have two sons Andrew and David and daughter Elizabeth and five lively grandchildren who keep them young and active.
Interests include a weekly round of golf, supporting Crusaders and Canterbury rugby, involvement in SeniorNet and University of the Third Age, and enjoying choir singing. He has just retired from 19 years singing with the Canterbury Plainsmen Barbershop Chorus. A strong advocate for team ministry Bob welcomes the opportunity to be part of Knox's team ministry, focussing on pastoral care and embraces the values of openness and freedom that is at the heart of Knox Church.
Diane Harrington (Secretary )
Diane is Church Secretary and is also responsible for hire of the Knox Centre rooms. Originally asked to help out in the office for just 4 weeks many years ago, Diane has continued in this position, enjoying the varied mix of duties and especially the people contact that working at Knox brings.
We meet for worship each Sunday at 10am.
Zolo Youth, for years 7 and up, meets fortnightly on Sundays at 6 pm.
The APW Fireside group provides a valued social network for older women in the congregation, and meets on the third Monday evening of each month.
Knox Church has an increasingly extensive library containing books on a wide range of spiritual, religious and related topics, as well as a broad selection of children's books on a number of themes.