PRINTED IN THE ANGLICAN E-NEWS 20 MARCH 2019 ...
“Last Wednesday evening Standing Committee completed a decision making process involving the Operations Management Board (which governs the Anglican Centre), the Church Property Trustees, the Anglican Care Trust Board and the Parish of Christchurch St. Luke’s. As a result we are committed to building a combined Anglican Centre and St Luke’s Spirituality Centre on the St Luke’s site, corner Manchester and Kilmore Streets. Design work is beginning and it is my hope that with a fair wind through the consenting process we can be located again in the inner city by early 2021 and St Luke’s can be back on their home turf.”
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’.
Our Vision is to build a Spirituality Centre which would include such elements as:
- Gathering space suitable for spirituality and the arts
- Hospitality features, including a cafe, toilets etc
- Seminars and meeting rooms
- Sacred space
- Bookshop or Library
- Labyrinth and meditation garden
We envisage making an important evangelical contribution to the healing and recovery of the city and the spiritual life of the diocese, with a particular emphasis on the recovering business and cultural communities in the central city.
Extending the existing ministry of the ‘Centre’, we envisage offering a wide range of practical opportunities for contemplative prayer and spiritual exploration within the Christian tradition.
Naturally, our vision for the future also includes our continuing existing outreach activities to retirement and rest homes in the parish, the work of the St Luke Community Trust, and our on-going relationship with local neighbourhood groups and the NZ Prostitutes’ Collective.
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.