Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
More than 100 people filled St Peter's in Queenstown
yesterday morning to celebrate 150 years of Anglican worship
and ministry in Queenstown.
The weekend's celebrations began on Saturday with a
Pilgrimage Walk, when parishioners and community members
walked from various sites around the Wakatipu, including
Frankton, Arrowtown and Fernhill, to congregate at the church
for soup and sausages, before a walk around Queenstown.
Yesterday, four former vicars attended the service - the Rev
Geoff Neilson (1970-78), the Rev Rory Redmayne (1985-89), the
Ven Neil Fuge (1995-2002) and the Rev Hugh McCafferty
(2003-07) - along with the Bishop of Dunedin the Rt Rev Dr
Kelvin Wright and Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden.
Included in the service was the dedication of the 150th
banner, given by the Queenstown Embroiderers Guild, depicting
the original St Peter's church, traditional symbols of St
Peter, a boat representing Peter's fishing boat and the
whaleboat used by William Rees and Nicholas von Tunzelman to
travel from Kingston to Queenstown, with a backdrop of the
Remarkables and Kelvin Peninsula.
Following the service, a golden totara was planted on the
church grounds, blessed by the bishop. A time capsule was
presented, which will be stored until the 200th anniversary
on September 1, 2063.