Baptisms are normally done within the context of one of the Sunday worship services. This is because baptism is a new birth into the family of God, so the family of God is present to welcome the newest member of the family.

The date and time of the Baptism is settled with a member of the clergy staff, so please contact the parish in the first instance. This should be done before any other arrangements in connection with the baptism are made.

Godparents should be baptised members of the Christian Church, people who practice their faith in their lives and take an active role in the life of the church. This will make the promises they make in the Baptismal service more meaningful.

No fee is charged for Baptism but if you wish to make a donation to the parish as a thank offering to God, you are welcome to do so.


A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time for good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion, and gave there a sign of new beginnings.

To arrange a christian wedding at St Mark's, please contact the office for consideration by the vicar. Preference will be given to those who are actively living the Christian faith.

As the marriage service is celebrated in the presence of God, services are from A New Zealand Prayer Book. However, each couple participates in the preparation of the service which may be shaped to meet their needs. All marriages will be officiated by member of the clergy team of this parish, although other people may help during the wedding service.

Please note that our churches are not available for weddings on Sundays before 12 noon, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, nor Easter Sunday before 12 noon.

The Cost of a Church Wedding

A break-down of costs involved is as follows:

Please feel free to discuss any questions that come to mind as you prepare for your wedding. It is an important day not only for the couple but also for friends and family. We wish you well in your commitment to each other and in your preparation.


The death of a loved one ushers in a cascading well of complex emotions. In the shock of grief, planning a funeral to honor, remember, and celebrate loved ones who have passed away can feel overwhelming.

We can assist families during these difficult times by providing support, comfort, and help in creating a meaningful memorial service or funeral.

(03) 974 3097

Opawa St Martins Anglican Parish


St. Mark's School
33 Cholmondeley Ave
Christchurch 8023

St. Mark's
101 Opawa Rd,
Christchurch 8023
(under renovation)

8am and 10am,
every Sunday morning
(Currently at St Mark's School Hall)