Reformation events

Presbyterian events

Across the country, Presbyterian and Uniting congregations are marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with special events and services. (If your congregation is holding an event to mark the Reformation, then please email us so that we can add it to this page.)

Island Bay Presbyterian Church get creative
Island Bay Presbyterian, Wellington, have creative ways to commemorate the Reformation; “We have our Martin Luther playmobile figurine ready to go, and we’re going to do feather and ink writing. We are also going to have a German lunch with sausages and sauerkraut! We are also going to buy a recycled door and put it up outside and add an ice cream container of sharpies. Then we are going to have a public art project for people to add their protest of today to the door. We saw an amazing door art installation in Wittenburg which was the inspiration.”

The Reformation 500 Years On – Affirm 1-day Conferences 
Throughout this year, Presbyterian AFFIRM has organised a number of events around the country commemorating the Reformation. Rev Dr Stuart Lange (minister and historian) is giving presentations on “Martin Luther and the Reformation, 500 Years On”.

A Reformation mini-conference will be held 26 August at Hope Church, Christchurch subject to sufficient registrations. In addition to Stuart giving a presentation on Luther’s life and impact, Dr Pauline Simonsen (a Lutheran theologian from Palmerston North) will speak on “New treasures as well as old”, a reflection on the differences between law and grace. Register by 8pm on 23 August to  

Stuart will also be speaking on the Reformation at Waipu Presbyterian (Northland) on 8 October at 4 p.m. and 6.40 p.m. – for details, email Also at ecumenical events in Auckland - Mt Eden Lutheran Church, 1pm, 29 October, and Frankton Presbyterian, Queenstown, 5 November. If you might like to help organise and promote such an event in your own region, email

Reformation 500 - a lecture with Peter Matheson

When: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 7:30pm
Where: Community of St Lukes, bookings email

Martin Luther Festival
St Heliers Presbyterian Church is hosting a festival to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Events including a concert, dinner, public lectures and special services will be held.
When: 30 July until 3 September 2017.
Where: St Heliers - check out the full programme.

Preaching the Faith The Hymns of Martin Luther
A Hymn festival in the 500th Reformation Commemoration Year 1517-2017
When: Sat, 1 Apr @ 7:30pm
Where: St Andrews in the City Presbyterian church, Palmerston North

Young musicians from Auckland Chinese Presbyterian Church (ACPC) and other churches performing Luther's hymns and Reformation music
When: August (date TBA)
Where: Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Chinese Presbyterian Church (ACPC) is working toward planting an apple tree in an inner city garden. Luther said 'If I knew the world was going to fall to pieces tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today". The tree ACPC aim to plant will be called Hope. The intention is to have a whiteboard there where people can write up ideas of where they see hope in the inner-city. (This event is subject to Council approval which is currently being sought)
When: TBA
Where: Griffith Garden, inner city Auckland

If your congregation is having an event that you would like to share, email with the details.

Other events

Reformation 500 (Auckland)
Learn about Luther through words and music
When: Sat, 25 Mar @ 7:30pm
Where: Moutainside Church, cnr Harris Road and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway

Reformation 500 (Palmerston North)
A series of public lectures and events – all welcome. View it here
When: Various dates Mar-Sep
Where: Palmerston North

Joint Commemoration – national church leaders
From Conflict to Communion
When: Sun, 4 Jun @ 3pm
Where: Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Wellington

500 Years On: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
When:March - June 2017
Where: University of Otago Library, Dunedin