70 Moana Street, Whanganui East
10am each Wednesday. A NZ Prayer Book liturgy service with Eucharist and sermon. The atmosphere is relaxed, prayerful and welcoming. Fellowship often continues at a nearby cafe where a table is set aside for ‘the church people’.
Community Pantry at All Saints hall
The Church has initiated a Community Pantry at the All Saints’ Hall entry. We welcome anyone who would like to drop in with, or for, food or produce. The sign says: “Take what you need, and leave what you can”.
First services and Original Church
The first Anglican service in Wanganui East – then known as East Brook – was held in April 1909 in what is now the rear hall next to the All Saints Church. Later a larger hall was built. In 1911 the Collegiate Board of Governors gifted the school’s chapel for use as a church at East Brook. A tender for the princely sum of £257 was accepted for the removal of the Chapel from its site in town and re-erected on this site. The first service was held in April 1912.
The Church today
In January 1966 the old wooden church was demolished. A parishioner, Mr Noel Earles was appointed as architect and on 12 March the foundation stone was laid for the new All Saints Church. On 6 November 1966 the new church was dedicated by the Rt Rev H W Baines. The parishioners held many fund-raising activities to remove the debt incurred in building the new church, and it was through these efforts that enabled the church to be consecrated debt free on the 3rd of November 1974.
The Church organ
Built by Hill & Son of London, the pipe organ was bought as a secondhand organ in 1895 and installed in Collegiate’s wooden chapel. When the school built its new brick chapel the organ was transferred to it and served there until 1925 when the school acquired a new organ. The school generously donated the organ – which had served them for 30 years – to All Saints.
The Stained Glass Windows.
The old All Saints Church had several stained glass windows. After the building was demolished it was felt by many that it was not appropriate to incorporate them in the new church as they would detract from the purity of its design. However there were some parishioners who were keen to see them displayed in the church. The windows were found well preserved in a country home. The windows were gifted back by that family and are now displayed in the church foyer.