The Ruatara Chapel reflects the nurturing creative spirit which is at the heart of the work of Vaughan Park and honours the memory of Ruatara, a Nga Puhi chief from the Bay of Islands who assisted the Rev. Samuel Marsden in establishing a Christian mission in New Zealand in 1814.

During the week, a daily rhythm of worship and prayer marks the hours of the day.  The community gathers to offer prayers for justice, peace, the integrity of all creation and valuing the ordinary as sacred.

The statue of St. Francis in the Chapel, a gift commissioned for Vaughan Park, is a tangible link with the Franciscan brothers who were in residence here from 1997 to 2001.


Daily Prayer and Service of the Eucharist/Holy Communion is suspended until further notice.

Daily Prayer:  Tuesdays to Fridays at 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Service of the Eucharist/Holy Communion:  Thursdays at 8.00pm

Serivce of the Eucharist/Holy Communion:  Sundays at 10.00am

Guests at Vaughan Park are very welcome to join us at services.  The Chapel is open for private prayer and contemplation outside of these times.  You will also find a listening ear among us.  Clergy are available to accompany you and speak with you.


A Prayer for Vaughan Park

God of creation and new beginnings,

God of history and human affairs,

grant all who gather here a deep sense

of your restorative power and presence.

Grant that persons of little faith,

no faith or great faith may find here

new and increasing hope to sustain them.

May all groups who gather here find:

deeper vision

better plans

greater effectiveness,

because you have been with them

hidden or overtly.


May all committed to the vision of Vaughan Park

be inspired to implement

Christian hospitality,


life-enhancing encounter and


God bless this place:

Through it enrich the wider Church

and New Zealand community.

This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Rt Rev Bruce Gilberd
28 June 2010