Celebrations for the 150th anniversary of St Peter's Anglican
Church in Queenstown begin on Saturday morning with the
''gathering of the community'' from across the parish.
Having completed the re-enactment of the first congregation
at St Peter's, there will be games and crafts for the
families, along with a sausage sizzle and soup served from
12.30pm to 1.30pm.
The Queenstown and District Historical Society will lead
small groups to landmark buildings which illustrate the
stories of early settlers, finishing back at the parish
centre at 3pm for afternoon tea.
To further mark the 150th anniversary, a book capturing the
history of the Wakatipu parish will then be launched, to be
followed by drinks and canapes in the old vicarage beside St
Peter's from 5pm to 7pm.
On Sunday, at 10.30am, the 150th commemorative service for St
Peter's will be led by Bishop Kelvin Wright, with four of the
former vicars taking part in the service. Everyone is
encouraged to wear period costume.
The congregation will be recorded with a group photo on the
steps of St Peter's, followed by the planting of a golden
totara, then the Wakatipu parish midwinter dinner at Halo
''Brides and Baptisms'', a time capsule of gowns, will be
open to the public for a gold coin donation in the St Peter's
Hall, beside the church, from 2pm to 4pm.
The exhibition will be open from September 2 to September 7
from 11am to 4pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and homemade
afternoon teas will be served daily for $5.