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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.

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 9th June at 11.30am. 


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

Vicar’s Warden:                       Elizabeth Forbes

People’s Warden:                    Anna Clare

Synod Representatives:          Anna Clare, Ian Wood

Elected Members:                   Peter Harrison, Gay McLean, Christine Macey, Raewyn Dawson, Tony Humphreys, Christine Haythornthwaite and Amy Rowlands.

We welcome two new members (Raewyn and Amy) and we are very grateful to the outgoing members Philip and Libby for their generous input and time given in the past.  The new Vestry will meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7.15pm.

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

Community Events at Holy Trinity Avonside

Activities Group is held every Thursday at 1pm.  Come along and knit, cross-stitch, do some form of craft, play a board game or just chat.   Everyone is welcome.

Association of Anglican Women (AAW) meets every fourth Saturday of the month at 10.30am. We start with a hot drink before listening to an interesting speaker or undertaking some activity together.

Foot Clinic is held every six weeks.   You begin with a foot spa and cup of tea/coffee.   Our registered nurse will clip nails and give any advice on the care of your feet.  Then you have a foot massage, all for just $12.

Wednesday Cafe meets every second Wednesday of the month from 11.30am until 1pm.  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.

Everyone is welcome to any or all of the sessions!!   For any further information phone the office on phone 389 6948.