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At St Peter's Upper Riccarton & Yaldhurst, we believe in building a strong faith community. We invite you to join us wherever you are in your faith journey. Our groups provide opportunities for you to grow in your faith and serve others. Come and visit us to learn more.

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St. Peter’s has a choir of over 20 members and has a fine reputation and standard. We also have some talented instrumentalists. If you can sing in tune, can preferably read music, would like to be involved in leading worship and are looking for good fellowship, please contact the Director of Music, through the parish office. Or you can send an email to the parish office at

Family Orchestra

This music group welcomes anyone who can play an instrument at any level. We practise on Friday from 6pm-7pm in the Bowden Hall. This group also has the opportunity to play for our All - Age Worship Service, each week at 10:45am. ​ If you enjoy playing Christian music with a welcoming group of people, this group is for you!

English Conversation Class

This group meets every Friday during school term time at the Bowden Hall from 4 pm until 6 pm. A group of tutors from St. Peter’s congregation present lessons designed to assist migrants with life in New Zealand. Fellowship and friendship is fostered, afternoon tea provided and some pastoral support. The class is free and all are welcome.

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Keeping Good Company

Keeping Good Company is a group of performers who have been offering their dramatic and musical skills to churches, schools and community groups for some years now. These have included musicals, Passion Plays, Dinner Theatres, historical and Biblical characterisations, Children’s Holiday Shows, Christmas sketches for children and adults, along with a variety of short plays for various occasions. Scripts produced by KGC have not only been produced locally but have also had wider circulation in many countries through the website Dramatix. Enquiries welcome for potential actors, musicians or backstage crew – contact David via email here.

Giving Holy Communion

On the 1st Sunday of the month there is a Mission Table full of goodies, baking, preserves, gifts etc which parishioners have donated. The funds raised from these Mission Tables are sent to help various overseas groups in Cambodia, Fiji, Philippines, Tanzania etc.

Children's Ministry

This group meets on a Sunday, during term time, at 10:45am in the church atrium.

Card Making

A very busy card making group meets many Saturdays in the Parish Hall and sometimes other venues from 10 am – 4 pm.

Coffee & Chat

This group meet on a Thursday in the York room from 10 am until noon. It is a place to enjoy good coffee and tea, homemade food and a chat. Everyone is welcome. A koha is invited.

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Flower Arranging 

Our group arranges the flowers in the Parish Hall each week for the services on Sunday.

Rest Home Ministry

We have a large team who take Holy Communion to Rest Homes in our area. Nine rest homes have a special service once a month with hymns. We also take Holy Communion to those who are housebound. Please phone the office on 03 348 5653 if you know someone who would like this.

The A Team

The grounds and buildings at St Peter’s and St Luke’s require the efforts of many people to keep them in a manner that everyone expects.  Some of the work is done by paid staff and contractors, but there is a myriad of jobs that pile up and wait for available volunteers to tackle them. A few years ago a group of like-minded people began to meet on a more-or-less regular basis from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon on Fridays to try to keep on top of the work.  They called themselves the “A Team”, and they have done some amazing work including (but not limited to)… Painting fences Building fences Painting roofs Preparing window frames for painting Painting window frames Fixing spouting Fixing drainage pipes Water blasting buildings to clean them Mending gates and fences Building steps for Portacoms Laying foundations for Containers Weeding gardens Trimming trees Cutting hedges Chipping branches Making garden conditioner/mulch out of composted leaves Clearing spoutings Laying gravel on pathways Shifting bricks and stone from the earthquake damage Mending electrical items Picking up rubbish around the grounds Cleaning houses ready for tenanting The list is endless.  “If you see it needs to be done, then do it” is our motto.  We would like to extend our team to include others who might like to help.  Its not just hard work it’s also fun, and we have no preconceived expectations of people.  They can do as much or as little as they want. And the best part is the morning tea (see picture), where we get to have a long, leisurely chat to each other. The A Team of light maintenance men and women would like to extend a cordial invitation for you to join them.  Either just turn up on a Friday morning and do anything you think needs doing, or if you like a more structured event, please give Dennys Guild a ring on (03) 357 4204 and he will make sure that you are prepared for whatever we have on the list to do.

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