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St James' - Lower Hutt

Physical Location
and Street Address

71 Woburn Road
Woburn, Lower Hutt 5010

Postal Address P O Box 30254, Lower Hutt 5040

Contact Phone Number

04 569 6737 extn 800 (St James' Church Reception)




Reverend Peter Benge

Priest Assistant  Reverend Murray Wills 

Parish Administrator

Raewyn Berkahn

Service Times 

Regular Sunday Worship at St James:

8.00 am NZ Prayer Book Eucharist service without hymns;

10.00 am Family Eucharist with choir and music group 

A children's programme is offered at the 10.00am service.

During the week activities include mid-week services on Wednesday at 12.15pm (NZPB Eucharist) and Thursday at 10.00am (BCP service), Bible Study groups, youth activities, choirs, AAW (for Anglican Women), Men's Group, and Bell ringing.

The Anglican Parish of Lower Hutt serves the people of central Lower Hutt and the Western Hills of Korokoro, Normandale, Maungaraki, Harbourview, Tirohanga, Belmont and Kelson. The parish also administers All Saints Church, Belmont 

The parish is one of the oldest in the Wellington district having occupied the present site, or near to it, since the early 1840's. St James's Church is located at the entrance to Lower Hutt CBD, near to the Ewen Bridge and adjacent to the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library. Car parking for the church is situated in the area between the Church and library.  Much of the Historic Graveyard has been preserved and can be accessed via the two Lychgates. The information panels on the lychgates have been upgraded and a new Memorial Plaque has been installed in the Graveyard, with two name boards listing the 831 names of those known to be buried at St James.

With one of the larger auditoriums in the district with quality audio and display equipment, the church is used for community events such as concerts as well as the regular church services. The pipe organ is a special feature, as are the painted ceiling panels. The church has Historical Significance status. The church also has a two-storey hall which, in addition to church activities, is used by local community groups for regular and special events. The church has an on-going relationship with Chilton Saint James School in Lower Hutt with clergy oversight for chaplaincy services.  

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!