St Peter’s Restoration

We need your help. St Peter’s Anglican Church plays a significant role in the community. The oldest Anglican stone church in the city of Christchurch, St Peter’s Anglican Church is connected with approximately a dozen community groups. Listen to David Winfield talk about the project.


Help us to achieve our Restoration Target

Restoration Target $2,000,000
Currently $1,851,093

From the time that the considerable damage caused by the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes had been assessed, the parishioners at St Peter's were determined to maintain their 150 year plus links to the site and put the church back on Church Corner.

The refurbishment of this special church will provide St Peter's with a historic and visible space for community activities to take place and for the congregation to meet and worship.


"Knowing that the church is made up of people, not bricks and mortar, is not to suggest our buildings are unimportant. St. Peter's Anglican Church, Upper Riccarton is one of the most attractive and beloved sites in Christchurch. The magnificent trees, the beautifully kept churchyard and the halls would actually seem pointless were it not for the heart and soul of the property: St Peter's Church. It is the desire of the Diocese of Christchurch to keep the beauty of St Peter's while also allowing for more light and air inside as part of the church building's restoration and strengthening. Can you help us?"

- Bishop Victoria Matthews

Individual Giving

St Peters acknowledge that there are a significant number of people with a link and connection to the site and wish to provide the opportunity for everyone to invest in the future of this special place.

The ‘Living Stones’ campaign provides the opportunity to purchase either a block or stone to be used in the restoration of the church at a cost of $500 or $1,000 respectively. You can read more about the ‘Living Stones’ campaign below.

Opportunities and acknowledgements have been carefully considered to reflect a wide range of individual giving at amounts exceeding that of the ‘Living Stones’ campaign. You can donate any amount using the donate function below.

Alternatively, we would love the opportunity to discuss in person the most effective way to give to St Peter’s Anglican Church and to answer any of your questions in greater detail.

Your Legacy to St Peter’s - A Living Bequest

Your Part in our Journey

As we near the end of our fundraising journey to restore St Peter’s we are heartened by the support that our Parish and friends have shown us in order to reach our goal. We now only have a small amount left obtain to reach our fundraising target, which needs to be pledged to the campaign to ensure works can commence in the final quarter of this year. This means we are seeking assistance from a very special group of people so that we may finalise our target so work on the restoration can begin in late 2018. By gifting a Living Bequest, you will become a cornerstone of the restoration by helping us to raise the remaining amount needed to complete the project.

As a Living Bequest donor, you will be recognised for your generosity in your lifetime with a special set of acknowledgements. You will also leave a legacy of support for all those who come after you to cherish and appreciate. The time is now, and we encourage you to give today so that we can build our Church for the future.

Your Gift Structure

By committing to donate $25 per week over the next 60 months you will make a truly valuable contribution to the restoration. By giving in this way you will help us to guarantee our project target, allowing the build to begin as we work to raise the final amount needed for the restoration.

Please contact David Winfield on 027 332 2789 or email to talk about how your Living Bequest today. We will also happily discuss other ways to structure your Living Bequest gift, traditional bequests and other gifts to the restoration.

Living Stones Campaign

The restored church will include a number of new blocks and stones and the church is offering people the opportunity to purchase one of these in their own name or that of a loved one.

From the book of Saint Peter (1 Peter 2:4-5):

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

The restored church will include a number of new blocks and stones and the church is offering people the opportunity to purchase one of these in their name.

A map outlining where your block or stone is will be left in the church foyer so that those contributing are able to find their specific block or stone in the restored church at anytime.

Artwork Fundraiser for St Peter’s Restoration

To help raise funds to restore our church we have a selection of fine art prints and greeting cards available for purchase. You can order these prints/cards from: St. Peter’s Church Office, 22 Main South Road, Church Corner, Christchurch or PO Box 6O88, Christchurch 8442.

Limited Edition Prints - 300

Featuring local artist, John Brasell’s watercolour painting of St. Peter’s in its former glory.

  • A2 print – $75 each (pp 12)
  • A4 print – $30 each (pp $3)

Greetings Cards

  • Pack of 5 – $10 (pp $3)

Please make cheques payable to:
St. Peter’s Church, Upper Riccarton
Bank deposit – Bank of New Zealand
Account Name: St. Peter’s Church Riccarton
Account No: 02-0874-0021566-66
Reference: Please use Your Name & “Restoration”.

Thank you to our wonderful Supporters

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