St Mary's is on the corner of Girven Rd and Marlin St near the
Bayfair shopping centre.
On the same site is the Parish Office, Op Shop/Drop In Centre
and St Mary's Family Centre.
The hall at St Mary's is used extensively by community groups
such as Girl Guides, Pippins, Recycled Teenagers, Indoor Bowls and
Services at St Mary's
Sunday 10am Holy Communion.
Want to be involved at St Mary's?
* Join the worshipping community on
* Volunteer at the Op shop
* Come along to a community
To book the hall for a meeting or function at St Mary's, contact
the Finance Administrator, Pamela Jones,
Historyof St Mary's
Celebrating 20 Years
(Reprinted from Quest May 2007)
Combine the generosity of community people with the vision and hard
work of a community of faith and the dream of an Anglican
Church on Girven Rd becomes a reality. Val Ready recalls the
development of St Mary's as we look to celebrate our 20 Year
Anniversary on 31
In 1962 Mr. Williams donated a section on Girven Rd to the
Roman Catholic Church where they built the church of St.
Bernadette. He was approached by Paul Neilson, the Anglican Parish
Secretary, to see if he would do something similar for them. Mr.
Williams had four more sections for sale also on Girven Rd and
offered these to the church at £475 each. This was accepted by
Vestry, and when they paid for them, Mr. Williams took payment for
three and donated the fourth, on condition it was only used
for church purposes.
The Ministry of Works had an obsolete building which they sold to
the Parish for £6oo., and this was shifted on to the section. But
with no extra money for repairs and furnishings, it was left idle
for a year and quickly vandalised.
Parishioners came to the rescue on working bees over many weekends,
and with donations of labour and materials from the
community it was ready to be used for services by
The Methodists asked to be able to erect a hall alongside, this was
agreed, and in 1978 a meeting was held between
Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists, to allot use of
the buildings at requested times and a combined service at the end
of each month was arranged.
In 1979 a covered way between church and hall was
erected with the painting done by unemployed labourers from the
community. A special meeting was held in March 1984, to discuss
requirements for a permanent Church centre on the St. Mary's
The area was growing fast with an influx of young
families, and the congregation was growing too. A larger hall for
use by many groups would also be an asset to the community,
and in 1985 the decision was made to proceed. The projected cost
was $50,000. Fundraising ideas were many and varied - a
Talent Programme, Debenture scheme, Buy a Block, Concerts, Fun
Runs, Quiz nights, Cake stalls, and an Olde-time dance with the
Bishop Peter Atkins unveiled the plaque to denote the start of
building and turned the first sod.
The sale of Maunganui Rd sections owned by the Parish, an
anonymous donation of $1,000, plus the organisation of voluntary
parishioners' labour enabled the building to progress steadily. A
bequest of $54,000 helped to alleviate the considerable
overrun of cost.
Four hundred people attended the dedication of the completed Church
by Bishop Peter Atkins on 31st May 1987.
The St. Mary's site is a realisation of the
dream of many people, and it is a continuing asset in the
community, used by many groups - Care and Craft, Girl Guides and
Brownies, a thriving Family Centre, Op Shop and Drop-In Centre,
Indoor Bowls Club, Growing Through Grief, Pre-school Music - as
well as the special needs of the church.
As we give thanks for the last twenty years, and look forward to
the next, let us remember those who dared to dream.