The History of Grace City Church 

        Mr Bathurst arrived in Palmerston North in 1937 as a scientist at Massey University. After World War II (1939-1945), there was an  influx of Chinese immigrants and Mr Bathurst saw a need for the Chinese people to learn English in their newly adopted country. He began to offer English lessons using the Bible. In this way the Chinese people came to learn about Jesus.

       At first, Mr Bathurst had with him Kiwi friends who supported the Chinese Mission and together with a few faithful Chinese Christians, welcomed and encouraged the Chinese people to Sunday worship. Children’s Ministry began in 1954 and went through to 1991. At one time, up to 60 children were picked up each Sunday and given Bible lessons. Parents were  invited annually to Easter and Christmas functions as well as a Picnic at Foxton Beach during Wellington Anniversary weekend — all opportunities to fellowship and share Christ’s love.

      Mr Bathurst began his ministry in a room at the All Saints Anglican Church Hall. He and his co-workers then moved to several other locations including his own large rambling home at 46 Te Awe Awe St. In 1970, they purchased a large building at 96 Napier Road which became the home of the PN Chinese Mission alongside the Manawatu Chinese Association Hall. His mission was to reach out to the Chinese people with the help of  fellow Christians.

       In 1987 the Palmerston North Chinese Mission became Grace Church Palmerston North. In 1991 the Church was changed to Grace Church International. In 2002 the Church moved to 12 Morris Street and was  renamed Grace City Church. The Church continues to welcome all nationalities who desire to know, love and serve Jesus.


You are Welcome to join us!

Joining a church can mean many things to many people. Some seek out God and community when they feel they have lost their way, or are seeking a deeper purpose, or are looking for a way to connect to their family and cultural identity. But it is our believe that the Church, at its core, is about finding love and beauty through God and God’s work.

At Grace City Church, we inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to bring the Lord Almighty into their lives at every moment - moments of joy, moments of despair, and even those moments in between. We are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are here to spread His message with loving patience and kindness.

Our desire is to help the people in Palmerston North of New Zealand , in their spiritual journey to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. Therefore we will:

  • Submit to God

  • Know His Word

  • Make Him Known

  • Love One Another 

Contact us today and bring the Almighty’s presence into your life.


Grace City Church has the honor of connecting people to God, Jesus Christ, and to one another in a loving and caring setting. It is our mission to empower our community to become disciples of God by learning the gospels and practicing his word.

The word “church” originates from the word “gathering” or “to gather”. This is why we so strongly cling to the notion that the church is not a building or a structure, but rather, the church is actually the believers themselves. We aim to maintain and foster a comfortable environment for our congregation to gather, build relationships, demonstrate love and share their knowledge. We believe that the Lord Almighty rewards those who take time out of each day to show their gratitude through prayer and spirituality.

Flowers in a Glass Jar


Committed to Instilling Faith into All Congregants

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