The first New Apostolic member arrived in New Zealand during 1947. Sister Cinlentano arrived on the 14th January 1947 to marry a New Zealand man, Lionel McNaughton, whom she had met previously in Cape Town. On the 27 June 1949 the family Paul Hofacher arrived in Auckland from Switzerland. It was from here on that the church grew with current membership in excess of 800 with 18 congregation spread across New Zealand. To read the documented history of the NAC in New Zealand from 1947 to 2001 please click below. (apologies for the bad copy).
As a rule, divine services take place in the congregations on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. In addition, divine services are held on all recognised Christian festive days. When the need arises, funeral and wedding services are also arranged. The sermon itself is based on a textword from the Bible. The word is, however, delivered without the aid of manuscripts. The plain yet solemn liturgy culminates in the congregants praying the Lord's Prayer together, whereafter Absolution and Holy Communion is celebrated. Apart from the dispensing of the sacraments, members may receive a special blessing in a service on the following occasions: Confirmation, engagement, marriage and wedding anniversaries. Choral singing and orchestral music enhance the divine services. Visitors are always welcome to attend our divine services as well as any other of the church activities mentioned hereafter. All members of the New Apostolic Church are entitled to individual pastoral care free of charge. Special attention is given to the ill and handicapped. Pastoral care embraces personal discussion about matters of faith, and about the problems of everyday life, as well as support in adverse circumstances.
If you want to know more about what the New Apostolic Church believes you will find our fundamental teachings and beliefs in the following brochure: