Church in Christchurch

Activating practical faith in Christchurch

You're invited!

Church isn't a building, it's people! We're a community of believers that gather to encounter God and experience life to the fullest through Jesus.

Whether you're new to church or have been a lifelong believer, we're glad you found us and look forward to meeting you!

Something to be aware of though - on the first Sunday of every month, we run our 'Lounge Church' gatherings! This is a little bit different - but rather than meeting all together in our church building - we meet in smaller, more intimate groups in a handful of different homes around ChCh.

We share communion, watch a short video message, discuss the main points together, pray for each other, and enjoy lunch afterwards!

You're more than welcome to join in - just get in touch and we can provide you with all the details you need!

On every other Sunday we can be found down at our Watts Road building as usual! Just come on down!


Church Services

Time: Sundays 10am
Address: 13 Watts Road,
Sockburn, Christchurch


Contact us

Phone: 03 348 2130

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Senior Pastor

Josh & Liz van Berkel

Josh, his wife Elizabeth and their three children (Jessica, Harrison & Darcy) live on a lifestyle block in North Canterbury, just 15 minutes north of Christchurch.

 Josh is a strong communicator, loves worship, and is committed to honouring the presence of God and  making room for the Holy Spirit to move freely.  Liz carries a passion for the prophetic, and currently oversees the children's ministry.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect?

We always start with a short reading from the bible. Our music style is acoustic, with an emphasis on engaging the congregation, rather than performance.  

We're blessed to have some very accomplished communicators on our team, so Sunday messages are always fun, engaging and designed to help us live an abundant and full life!

What about my kids?

If you have kids (0-13yrs) they can participate in Activate Kids, our fun (and safe) children's ministry.  We have a dedicated Nursery, a fully equipped Creche, and engaging options for pre-schoolers, primary school aged children and a separate option for those intermediates that don't want to be with "the little kids!"

(If you'd like to know more about Activate Kids and what we get up to - Click Here)

What do I wear?

You'll see everything from jeans and dress shirts, to shorts and a T-shirt! Pants, skirts, jandals, thongs (the shoe version!) - even bare feet at times. All are welcome.

There is no dress code required to attend Activate Christchurch, although we do ask that you wear something!