St Andrew's is a beautiful place of worship, but the Church has even more to offer: Its warmth, beautiful acoustics, and ambiance mean the building is frequently used as a concert venue. It is also the regular meeting place for many community groups both from within the church and from the Taupō community.
A church is a vital part of any community; it can be a spiritual heart and a place of both comfort and celebration. Through its parish priest and vestry, St Andrew's provides all these things and cares for people during times of grief, growth and happiness - St Andrew's touches people way beyond the local congregation.
The parish is the central North Island segment of the Anglican Diocese of Waiapū, based in Napier, and has as its leader the Right Reverend Andrew Hedge. The church (history)
Rev’d Jenny Chalmers MStJ B.Theol, MA
Jenny Chalmers is the Vicar of St Andrew’s Taupō. She has been in ministry for nearly thirty years, serving in three Dioceses. Jenny is married to John Reid, they have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Jenny has been a chaplain for St John Ambulance for twelve years, is a member of the Order of St John and is currently chair of the St John Taupō Area Committee. She is also a Lake Taupō Hospice Trustee.
Jenny’s post graduate work and major interest is in Interfaith relations. She’s an executive member of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews, was the founding Christian co-chair of the Wellington Abrahamic Council, (she is still a member) and was instrumental in setting up the Auckland Interfaith Council.
Jenny holds a number of national church positions; she is a member of General Synod, and co-chair of the Uniting Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is Vicar General of the Diocese of Waiapu