Site Blessing

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.

Bishop Peter Carrell and Revd Jill Keir
Bishop Peter blessing the ground with holy water

Wednesday Cafe

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy friendly company, listen to a speaker or take part in a fun activity and join us for lunch.  There is a small cost for lunch and raffle tickets are available.

The next date for Wednesday Cafe is Wednesday 11th November at 11.30am, our speaker is Ian, all are welcome.


At the last Annual General Meeting the following people were elected:

People’s Warden:                       Christine Macey

Vicar’s Warden:                         Elizabeth Forbes

Synod Representatives:             Christine Macey, Elizabeth Falconer.

Elected Members:                      Peter Harrison, Gay McLean, Anna Clare, Tony Humphreys, Philip Robinson, Christine Haythornthwaite and Ian.

We welcome three new members and we are very grateful to the outgoing member;   Raewyn Dawson for her generous input and time given in the past.  The new Vestry will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.15pm.

Church Rebuild

We have been notified that the Tenders are out!   Watch this space as work will begin soon!

We were so pleased to hear recently that our rebuild is to proceed!  Resource Consent has been granted!

If you wish to view plans of our new church they are on the wall in the St Francis Hall.

Stolen Property


Please look out for the following items that have been stolen from our historic site and the people of Christchurch.   These items belonged to the original settlers of Christchurch and were left with the church as a reminder of our past heritage.  Respectfully return these items so we can place them in our future facilities for all to appreciate.

They are:  2 brass vases;  2 brass candle holders;  street lantern;  1 brass ships bell;  brass altar rails;  street lantern;  brass plaques.

For any information call the office on 03 389 6948 or email