150 years of Angli­can wor­ship in Tawa

Kapi-Mana News - - PAST TIMES -

The Angli­can church is cel­e­brat­ing 150 of wor­ship in the Tawa area this year.

On Novem­ber 27, a cel­e­bra­tory ser­vice was held at St Christo­pher’s Church, on the cor­ner of Main Rd and Lyn­d­hurst Rd, with Bishop Justin Duck­worth giv­ing the ser­mon.

It was the sec­ond event held in Tawa this year to mark the oc­ca­sion.

In July there was a com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice and a tree plant­ing cer­e­mony at the site of the orig­i­nal St Peter’s Church in Lin­den, now the Tawa Ceme­tery on Main Rd.

The first church in Tawa was a Methodist church opened in Oc­to­ber 1851. This was lo­cated close to the present junc­tion of Main Rd and Tawa St, near Zip Plumb­ing.

In the early days of the dis­trict, Angli­can ser­vices were held in parish­ioners’ homes.

In 1861, Ed­ward Gib­bon Wake­field do­nated a piece of land in Lin­den in trust to the Angli­can Bishop of Welling­ton for ‘‘re­li­gious, ed­u­ca­tional, and char­i­ta­ble pur­poses’’.

Five years later, St Peter’s Church was built on the site and it opened for ser­vices in the July. In 1902 the build­ing was moved to Porirua be­cause of the larger pop­u­la­tion and was de­mol­ished about 1950.

Af­ter 1902, ser­vices in Tawa re­sumed in parish­ioner’s homes and from 1918 were held in the lo­cal school.

In Lin­den, an old scout den build­ing was pur­chased in 1949 and moved in 1953 to the cur­rent St Peter’s Church site. In Novem­ber 1955, the foun­da­tion stone for the new St Peter’s Church build­ing was laid.

Es­tab­lish­ment of St Christo­pher’s Church oc­curred in 1946, while the area was still part of the Porirua Parochial Dis­trict. The parish pur­chased a build­ing, which had been a mess hall at Glen­side for Pub­lic Works De­part­ment work­ers build­ing the Tawa Flat De­vi­a­tion.

It was moved to its first Tawa home, at the cor­ner of Lyn­d­hurst Rd and Ngati­toa St, in July 1946 and ded­i­cated as a church in Novem­ber that year.

How­ever, the site was not ideal and in 1955 the Angli­can Church pur­chased two sections on the cor­ner of Main and Lyn­d­hurst roads, where the church stands now.


St Christo­pher’s Church on the move from Ngati­toa St to Lyn­d­hurst Rd in 1955.

St Christo­pher’s Church in Tawa un­der con­struc­tion in 1966.

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