Brief Historical Background

The parish of St Luke the Evangelist, Christchurch grew out of the parish of St Michael & All Angels, Christchurch.

A wooden church was opened in December 1859 and consecrated in June 1869.

A Halswell bluestone replacement building, designed by Cyril Mountfort, son of BW Mountfort, was opened on 13 October, 1909.

The church had a category 2 rating from the Historic Places Trust. It suffered massive damage from the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and was subsequently de-consecrated on 10 April, 2011 and demolished in October 2011.

A wooden bell tower still remains on the site.




On 22, February 2011 St Luke’s in the City lost its ‘home’ when the Christchurch earthquake struck.

St Luke’s people have embraced and adapted to the huge change as a community of faith. As a pilgrim people we have been pitching and packing away our ‘tents’ week by week, day by day, and are looking forward to a new venue and a new ‘place’.

St Luke's Parish Prayer

O Living and Life-Giving God,
your blessed witness Luke the Evangelist
has inspired generations of your faithful people
to work for the gospel in this part of our city.
So guide us by your Spirit:
give us a thirst for your truth,
a passion for your justice,
a strength in our witness,
and a firm hope in the future you open before us;
that we may celebrate with joy
the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
your Son, our Lord.