The best sources of reliable information, updates and advice on COVID-19 in New Zealand are the Ministry of Health’s website and the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 website.

Announcements and information directly relevant to South West Baptist Church will be uploaded here.

At Alert Level 2, some of our programmes have paused and you’ll need to register here for our Sunday gatherings.

This Sunday there are five onsite gatherings at our Lyttelton St site at 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 5.30pm and 7.00pm. So that we have space for everybody, please only register for one gathering. (Please note, our 9.30am and 11.00am gatherings are now at full capacity.)

Children will remain with their parents for the gathering, and will need to be registered too. There is a place for registering children and accompanying family members on the registration form linked above.

Ants will be speaking at all five onsite gatherings.

The Living Room
The Living Room will be open for an hour after each gathering, selling hot drinks, slices and hot chips, and milkshakes after our 5.30pm and 7.00pm gatherings.

Helping Keep You Safe
We still want to follow our principle of being protective during this time, doing all we can to protect our vulnerable from this virus. Here’s what we’ll be doing to help keep you safe:
-If you feel unwell, including mild cold symptoms, please don’t come onsite.
-Each gathering will be restricted to 100 people.
-We will be cleaning the Auditorium, The Living Room and toilets between each gathering.
-We will be contact tracing and encouraging physical distancing where possible.
-We are encouraging those onsite to wear a mask, though this is not compulsory.
-There will be separate entry and exit points. You will be able to enter our buildings via our Cobham St entrance or through the rear carpark and exit through the front doors.
-If you’d prefer not to sing in a group, our 8.00am gathering will not include singing.

If you’ve got any questions on Sunday, check in with someone in a red SWBC t-shirt.

Online Gathering
If you don’t feel ready or are unable to join us onsite, you can join our online gathering from 9.00am on Sunday here. Jenny Duckworth will be sharing in our online gathering.

Our key principles at this time are:

Prayerful: Let’s stay close to God during this time.

Protective: We all need to follow government health advice and continue to do all we can to protect our vulnerable from this virus.

Personal: As a church we want to personally stay in touch with you. So we have been phoning you, to hear how you are and to talk together. If you are not currently on our database and would like to be contacted, please sign up here.

Proactive: This is an opportunity to reach out to each other and those immediately around us.

If you have any stories, prayers, ideas you’d like us to consider, art, feedback or photos you’d like to contribute, please contact us at

Aroha nui.