We meet for daily prayer, Monday – Friday, at 7am and 9pm. We follow a simple modern liturgy.
We meet weekly at 5pm on a Sunday for a simple short service followed by a shared meal. This includes children and youth programmes during the service.
There is also a weekly traditional Wednesday Eucharist service at 1pm that uses the Anglican NZ Prayer Book.
St Peter’s is understood to be the oldest public building in Whanganui still in use for its original purpose. The building was originally built on Victoria Avenue in 1866 to be the second Christ Church. It was in use there until 1920, when it was replaced by the present building in Wicksteed St. It was then dismantled, transferred to its present site, re-erected, and dedicated as St Peter’s in February 1922. It underwent strengthening following its near destruction by ex-tropical cyclone Giselle (the “Wahine storm”) during April 1968.
The circular window above the sanctuary depicting the Star of David is the only stained glass window remaining in St Peter’s which belonged to the original church. Other beautiful windows have been added since.
The Early English design of the church is the work of H C Field, who was the Wanganui Town Board surveyor at the time. Native timbers were used in its construction, including rimu, totara, matai, and kauri.
A modern hall adjoins the church, and is available for hire. Please contact the Parish office.
A full description of the church and of the early history of the parish can be found at: St Peter’s Heritage
St Peter’s Playgroup,
St Peter’s Church Hall, Koromiko Road
The St Peter’s Playgroup operates during school terms, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:20 to 11:30 am.
The Playgroup caters for all children aged 0 to 5 years, and their parents and grandparents.
Cost to parents is a piece of fruit and a gold coin donation per family per session attended.
The hall is nice and warm in winter. Morning tea is provided.