The Centennial Chapel Dedication was held on Tuesday 25 October
Our StAC community gathered to mark the Centennial Chapel Dedication as a historic occasion. It replaces the Memorial Chapel that was extensively damaged in the 2011 earthquake and was decommissioned in 2013.
Guests enjoyed performances from the College’s kapa haka, choir, Pipe Band and renowned singers Joshua Pike and Mark Tavendale. The dedication was followed by a full chapel service led by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Right Rev. Andrew Norton.
Rector Christine Leighton says, “It was truly a magnificent occasion and very humbling to be here celebrating our new Chapel being at the heart of our community once again. Many of our Old Collegians who attended were, in fact, at the dedication of the Memorial Chapel in 1955. They remarked how special it was that items from the Memorial Chapel have been so beautifully integrated into our new Chapel”.
Heritage items carefully salvaged and incorporated into the memorial wall include the doors, stonework, gargoyles, stained glass windows, plaques and 1000 of the original bricks. The bell has been restored and hangs in the new bell tower located in the same position as the Memorial Chapel’s tower.
Architect Patrick Clifford who attended the dedication said, “Over the last four years we have worked to make a place for worship, memory and reflection, as well as a place for gathering and celebration. The Chapel was brought to life by the St Andrew’s community in a way that connected all those experiences – it is a privilege for us to be a part of making this happen.”
The Chapel seats 750 and while it will be used primarily for worship, it will also be used for celebrations, assemblies, presentations and special musical events for both the College and wider community. It will be home to The Village Presbyterian Church on Sunday mornings.
The College thanks Architectus, Armitage Williams and all consultants and contractors who helped to build this facility. This example of church architecture is unique within New Zealand and marks a momentous milestone, not only in St Andrew’s rebuild, but in the city’s renewal.