Encounter, Community, Transformation

Te Kōrero - Our Story

"We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, in order to gain insight and direction, to pave the way for those who will follow after us."
Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui!
Remihana Emery

Highway was planted out of Northcity church, Papanui, in 2005.

It began with a coffee and a dream.

Nine faithful families forsook their comfort for the comfort of many when they obediently

accepted the call of God to plant a church in Kaiapoi.

Every day I am thankful for their faithfulness and obedience for it was here at highway where I finally found a place of belonging.

But church planting is no easy task, and sustaining a church is even harder.

Due to illness, tiredness and near burnout, many of the original team were forced to seek refuge in the embrace of our mother church, and others were called to minister in other areas of the country.

Soon, only one couple remained - the first fruits of, what seemed, a withering vine.

But when God sows a seed He does not let it die.

Instead, He waters it, nourishes it, grows it, prunes it, and shelters it.

Through faithfulness, obedience, perseverance and grace, highway has weathered the storm.

Our love for this town, our home, has fueled our passion.

Our love for one another has made us gently relentless.

Our love for God has satisfied our hunger and thirst.

Our constant pursuit of the Holy Spirit has breathed life into our once flickering flame.

Many have come and gone, shared life with us, and sewn their wairua into the fabric of this eternal tapestry. 

But highway has driven her stake firmly into the ground - we are a part of Kaiapoi, we are here to stay, we are home.

Together with the combined churches of Kaiapoi, we vow to play our part in serving this community, outworking God's plan, and bringing heaven on earth.

Tīhei mauri ora.