It was with much emotion, the new chapel arrived at St Margaret’s in the small hours of 24 January. There to greet it as it inched its way through the Papanui gates were around 60 members of the SMC community, along with Meg Fulton who performed the karanga, a korero welcome by Roger Wyeth and a blessing by Bishop Victoria.
18 years ago the Satterthwaite family in North Canterbury bought St Mark’s Church, Rotherham to save it from demolition. The couple had got married in it and wanted to save a piece of history of their area and own a little piece of the past. They moved it to their farm where it sat, occasionally hosting weddings for many years.
Now, nearly two decades later, St Mark’s has travelled from their farm in the Waiau Valley to St Margaret’s College in Christchurch to become Te Whare Hauora (The House of Wellbeing) for the students and surrounding community.
The Chapel will be used as a place of reflection and contemplation for both students and staff, as well as hosting weddings, christenings and funerals for Old Girls. It also fulfils a decade-long dream of departing principal, Gillian Simpson, to have a small chapel back on the grounds of St Margaret’s.
Now the chapel is on site, we have the goal of completing the extensive restoration work takes place so that it can be reconsecrated before Gillian departs at the end of Term 2.
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