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Family Services

Sundays: 10am

1st & 3rd Sundays:

Church of St Mary, Heathcote

2nd & 4th Sundays:

Church of the Ascension, Mt Pleasant




Resumption of Public Worship

With the move to level 1, our normal Sunday services have resumed.


Please remember to log you attendance using the tracer App on your phone, or manually.


Please contact the Vicar (the Reverend Mark Sullivan) for further information, assistance or if you are in need. PIease phone O27 475 9946.


Prayer for Covid 19:

God of everything, the presence in us that brings peace to our lives; may your Holy Spirit work in this world to bring peace and tranquility to upset and shattered lives, that all may find comfort and rest in the knowledge of your grace. We pray in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen







Vicar's Welcome

Welcome to the parish web site.

I was born and bred in Christchurch and relocated to New Plymouth, where I was ordained in 1995. I moved to Auckland shortly after when Sue and I married. We have 3 teenaged young people, the eldest, Tim, is an aircraft engineer, our middle son, Hamish is at university and Georgia (Geo) is at school.


I served my curacy in the parishes of New Plymouth and Ellerslie-Mt Wellington before moving overseas to Melbourne as Associate Priest in the Parish of South Yarra. Upon return to Auckland I was appointed Vicar of Royal Oak, then Vicar of Remuera.



A relocation to Christchurch in 2017 was a move home to familiar territory. It is great to be part of this wonderful and diverse parish. Its holds a huge amount of history and although the church in Heathcote (St Mary’s) and Mt Pleasant (Church of the Ascension) are quite different in construction and era, both hold significant presence in their local communities.

The services are Anglican in format and nature, the people are warm and inviting and the liturgy is stimulating and real.

The Christchurch Earthquakes have had a significant effect upon the life of the parish. However, the tenacity and energy of those who lived through the experience has helped lay a firm foundation upon which the Anglican presence in the area can continue. Both the Heathcote and Mt Pleasant Churches have been reinstated and modernized and have halls and facilities that serve the local community well.

It is my pleasure to lead the parish as its Vicar and I welcome you along to join us at any time for any occasion. Please feel free to phone or email me to make a time to catch up.

The Reverend Mark Sullivan





Welcome to the Parish of Heathcote-Mt Pleasant

Since you’ve landed here on this website you must be on, or at least curious about, your journey with Christ and possibly looking for a place you can find others who are on a similar journey. Here at Heathcote – Mt Pleasant Parish, we encourage questions and lively discussion about what Christianity means to each of us today. You’ll find that you are not the only one with questions, and that none of us has all of the answers! That is what the journey is all about!

At Heathcote-Mt Pleasant we alternate our services between the Church of St Mary in Heathcote Valley, and our Church of the Ascension on Mt Pleasant. As a vibrant congregation, we also offer study groups, social events, community service and community events sure to meet the spiritual and social needs of most of us within the Heathcote and Mt Pleasant communities.

We would like to welcome you to join us at one of our services or events throughout the week. All are welcomed, no matter where you are on your life’s journey. If you’re not ready to visit us in person, you can find out more about us here. A warm welcome awaits you no matter when you decide to come along!




Parish Directory


The Reverend Mark Sullivan

027 475 9946

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Vicar’s Warden:

Alistair McKerchar

384 4788

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People’s Warden:

Allan Stack

027 433 3735

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Parish Notices and Events


Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Peter will be joining us for worship on Sunday 16 August at the Church of St Mary. This is our Patronal Festival. Please bring family and friends along to share in this special celebration and to meet the Bishop and his wife Stephanie.

Quiz Night

The Archdeaconry quiz night is being held on Sunday 30 August between 5 - 8 p.m.  It would be good to get a couple of teams entered.  Please let me know if you are interested in teaming up with Sue and Me (Vicar and Wife)


Prayer Directory


Parish Prayer

God of Love, you empower us to be your mission people in this small part of your world. Empower us so that the Holy Spirit we find within these walls may lead and guide us as beacons of your love and Grace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who in unity with the Holy Spirit is with us always. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,

but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory

are Yours, now and forever. Amen


Prayer List

The Hogarth Family, the Williams family, the Timings family, the Cooper family, the Burnett family, the Murray family, the Coote family, Molly, Hamish and Hunter, the Richardson family, the ongoing ministry in the parish, the work of the vestry, and our committees. Bishop Peter, Archdeacon Katrina Hill, and the International Anglican Communion.

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