We are a diverse congregation of people from a wide variety of ages and stages and walks of life. There are some new members here, as well as others who have worshipped here for decades.
As an Anglican parish, we have links to a much wider body. We are part of the Diocese of Wellington, the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Some of the first people you may come in contact with here are:
Anne Chrisp: the vicar of St Peter’s. Anne has been vicar here since 2008. In this role, she values the rich mix of people who cross her path. She is trained as a spiritual director, and is drawn to the contemplative tradition. Anne is married, with 3 adult daughters.
Rosemary O’Donoghue: the parish secretary, answers the phone and replies to your emails. Rosemary is the efficient receptionist and administrator who ensures that everything runs smoothly in the background. She is here to help you!
Mark Dobson: is the People’s Warden, elected by parishioners as their representative. Mark is a busy lawyer, but enjoys having time to chat, and to sing in the choir.
Ally Sewell is Vicar’s Warden. Her main role at St Peter’s is to offer Anne much appreciated support. She loves gardening, and has contributed many hours to designing and nurturing the plants around our building. In addition, she works at Massey University in education.
We are fortunate to have a team of clergy regularly rostered for services. You may meet –
Geneth Davies, priest, on the pastoral care team, regularly at morning prayer
Graham Ovenden, priest and photographer
Ross Downes, priest and builder
Amy Houben, priest assistant with a license to offer ministry with rest home communities and leads the pastoral care team She is married to Tony and they have a young son named Oran.
Faye Davenport, deacon and sacristan, and a nurse
We are a parish which is not afraid of questions – we believe that tussling with issues enhances our faith. An Education for Ministry (EFM) group is currently meeting in the parish, as well as a couple of home groups. Each year, there is a Lent study.
Monthly, we offer a free lunch-time concert, and a lunch for Seniors. There is an AAW group who meet here. Every year we hold a parish fair (or two!); and we enjoy parish social events.
If you would like to know more about us, email Rosemary or come to a service; make an appointment to speak to Anne. We look forward to talking to you!
"Pause for a word of guidance, as those seeking advice from the Desert Fathers and Mothers would do…"