About us

Strengthening New Brighton's spiritual, social and community health

Te Waka Aroha

St Faith's is a community neighbourhood centre offering hospitality, support and information.

Through our physical space we facilitate connection and relationship building for everyone who comes by.

Our community, staff, and wonderful volunteers all play a part in creating events & engagements, from local food resilience, to learning & social clubs, youth programmes and more!

138 years of Faith

Our History

St Faith's story began in late 1800โ€™s and continues today. We are a church neighbour that offers hospitality and participation in community.

The first church on the site was built in 1886, known as The Beach Church. It was wooden building on the corner of Shaw Ave and Hawke Street where the present church stands.

In 1909 it moved eastwards to where the church hall now stands to make way for a new, larger church. The First World War delayed the construction of the new church till 1925-26.

When the Christchurch earthquake rendered the building unsafe, what felt like a huge setback became an incredible opportunity for the re-envisioning of our beloved space.

With help from the congregations of St Andrews and St Luke's, St Faith's was able to emerge as the award winning restoration project that it is today. The church community responded with the message of โ€˜love your neighbourโ€™ as Godโ€™s people and they have never looked back. The spirit of the parish is in good form and looks forward to the next 100 years of being local church in community.

Our space is open and inclusive, connecting with each other and the message of Jesus. Nurturing community life is what we believe is good for all Godโ€™s people. It is in the DNA of our local churches in our parish - St Andrew's, St Lukeโ€™s, and St Faith's.

Joining the journey

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At the beach, in the church or online, you're warmly invited to take part.

Discover health and wellbeing tips, updates on Waka Aroha groups, and exciting one-off events that bring us together. ๐ŸŽ‰ Let's build a connected, thriving community! ๐Ÿ’™

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