This is to advise that the Annual General Meeting of the Parish of Avonside will be held on Sunday 18 April following the 9.30am Eucharist. Nominations are invited for vestry, wardens and synod representatives.
A fantastic Concert was held recently. We had a full house and a huge variety of songs, comedy, poems choir etc. We held a fun silent auction – a great fundraising event!!!
What an amazing ‘mini’ fair held recently. Thanks to all those who made this possible, particularly Christine Haythornthwaite for co-ordinating!!
It was a great catch-up recently for lunch with the Vicar at Crossroads Cafe. This happens on the 4th Sunday of the month at mid-day.
What a fanastic day for our annual fair! We held it mainly down our drive as there is a whole lot of building going on!
Grateful thanks to Willowbank, Christchurch Casino, The Warehouse, Orana Wildlife Park, New World Stanmore Road and Pak ‘n Save, Wainoni.
Our next All Age Church service is Sunday 9th May 2021.
All Age Church is an informal service suitable for everyone, but particularly children. We hold this service monthly on the second Sunday at 11.15am. We have fun activities, songs, reflection, video focused on the theme of the day, e.g. Christmas, Easter, Fathers Day, nature etc. Above are some photos taken at one of our recently. This is fun for everyone so please come along.
The diggers at work this week.
The construction of the new Most Holy Trinity Church Church on Stanmore Rd, Avonside is under way. Image Supplied
The construction of a $3.5 million church in Avonside has begun.
The Most Holy Trinity Church on Stanmore Rd was destroyed in the February 22, 2011, earthquake.
It operated out of a much smaller, makeshift building for nine years but now a new church will be built on its original site after five years of planning.
Its rebuild is under way and Reverend Jill Keir anticipates it will take about a year to complete.
She said the new church will include two large spaces able to host about 100 people each for services and other gatherings, a small chapel, offices, and a new kitchen.
Canterbury Anglican Bishop Peter Carrell gets work started at the Most Holy Trinity Church site August 10. Photo: Supplied
Funding for it has come from insurance payouts.
Keir said the new church will be a useful space for east Christchurch and have a positive impact on the community.
“In my opinion, it will give us the opportunity to provide a much wider range of community activities. We hope it will become a community centre within the local area.”
She said the building which the church has been operating out of for the last nine years will remain on-site and continue to be used as an additional space for activities.
The original Most Holy Trinity Church was the first Anglican Church in Canterbury to be consecrated. That took place on February 24, 1857, it was established in 1855.
On August 10, the first soil was broken before the construction of the new church began. About 60 people attended including Canterbury Anglican Bishop Peter Carrell and Christchurch East MP Poto Williams.
Keir said the plan is to consecrate the new church on February 24, 2022, the same day this took place at the old church 165 years earlier.
On a crisp spring morning, Monday 10th August 2020, approximately 65 people gathered with the Bishop of Christchurch, Right Revd Dr Peter Carrell, to bless the site of the new church building of the Most Holy Trinity Avonside Anglican Parish. This historic moment in, East Christchurch, will rebuild a church building that has been on this site for over 160 years. Included were Archdeacon for Pegasus Revd Katrina Hill, Revd Jill Keir – the present Vicar, Revd Hugh Bowron – who was Vicar at the time of the earthquakes, Poto Williams – MP Christchurch East, clergy from the Diocese and many present and past members of the parish. Plus visitors from the local community. They were joined by the contractors and representatives of the Architect and the project manager from Church Property Trustees.