Story of the

St Johns Stone Church

The St Johns church is a pillar of the community. Although severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake the stone church, built in 1911 following a bequest from Sir John Hall, still stands and cuts a striking pose as you travel along Hororātā road. The ‘First Church’, which is 148 years old, is used by the Hororātā Parish today. This building was originally sited where the stone church now stands but was moved onto its current site to make way for the new church. The Hororātā Parish hopes to see the stone church restored to its former glory and is working with the diocese to achieve this; in the meantime, the building is weathertight and not deteriorating.