St Paul's Church florist Penny Wallace (left) and assistant
Val McMillan, both of Arrowtown, will be part of a small
group of women who will celebrate the life of the church -
which is more than 140 years old - with a Christmas-themed
Celebration of Flowers and mini market this weekend,
raising funds for the restoration of the church foyer.
Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
In the past 140 years, many thousands of people have
entered the historic St Paul's Anglican Church in Arrowtown and
now its foyer floor is beginning to feel the effects.
Church florist Penny Wallace is one of eight women on the
church flower roster who will decorate the interior of the
tiny church in a Christmas theme this weekend, also raising
money to fix the slumping foyer floor and reseal the walls,
to stop the grass growing under them.
The church had been ''a really integral'' part of the
Wakatipu community and was one of the most photographed
buildings in the area.
It was thought to be one of the few times in the resort a
church had been decorated as a fundraiser at Christmas.
The massive undertaking would be a collaboration between
those on the church roster, using flowers from local gardens
as well as two wholesale suppliers.
Large arrangements would feature on the altar, along with pew
decorations, window canopies, wreaths and Christmas trees,
Stalls would be set up on the church grounds, creating a
''mini Christmas market'', and the Queenstown Community Choir
will perform on Saturday from 11am until noon.
The church would be open for viewing from 10am until 4pm on
Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a gold coin entry fee and all proceeds will go
towards the restoration project.