In June 1914 a meeting of Parishioners resolved that the time had arrived to consider the question of building a permanent Church, and that steps should be taken to collect funds. In his Easter report for 1918, Canon Hamilton made the first suggestion that the permanent Church should be built as a memorial to the men and women who had died in the Great War, and the Vestry adopted a Box collecting scheme.
In September 1918 Major K M Gresson was appointed Organizing Secretary, and a special Building Committee was appointed: Messrs T D Harman, W T Edgar, S W Jameson and F G Gurnsey. At the Easter Meeting held in 1919 a Building Scheme was launched. The fund then stood at $944.
Mr Cecil W Wood was chosen as architect, and was invited to draw the provisional plans of a suitable village church, to cost approximately $20,000 (without the furnishings). This was done, subscriptions were asked for, and the interest and sympathy of the whole parish were aroused. Old and young, rich and poor, present and former parishioners were filled with zeal and the money came in steadily. Gifts of furniture and memorials were promised and the prospects were excellent. For a while there was a slight check to the movement when a “slump” in financial circles overtook our Dominion but soon there was a renewal of the steady determination to see the work accomplished. There was an excellent organizer, a devoted Treasurer (T W Edgar) and a vigorous Building Committee, and faithful collectors. The work went on steadily so that Archbishop Julius was asked to place the foundation stone of the new Church a few days before he laid down the charge of the Diocese of Christchurch, which he had held for 35 years. On Sunday afternoon, 22 March 1925, in the presence of many clergy and a great gathering of over 800 people, the stone was laid.
The only drawback to this great and historic function was the absence from the gathering of the children, due to an epidemic of infantile paralysis throughout the land. The contract for the Church building was let to Messrs Peter Graham and Son for $19,622, (omitting the foundation of the Tower which was a separate contract of about $200). In the following year, 1926, the present Church was dedicated and consecrated, being free of debt.
Canon Redgrave became Vicar in 1929 and despite the economic depression of the early thirties, the Vestry set about collecting for the present Parish Hall. The main block was opened in 1941 with the East wing added in 1951.
In 1947 Archdeacon Purchas followed Canon Redgrave, and four years later the Revd L A Barnes became Vicar. During this period that part of the parish now known as Bryndwr was developed and services were begun in St Aidan’s, Bryndwr. In November 1957 Bryndwr became a separate parish with the new church of St Aidan’s, a gift from the Mother Parish of Fendalton. In 1959 the present Vicarage in Makora Street was built. Mr Barnes resigned in 1960, and after 12 months interregnum, the Revd M L Underhill of the Diocese of Carlisle accepted the cure.
In his 5 years as Vicar, Mr Underhill exercised a vigorous ministry and the present Sunday School building was built. He resigned in 1966 to become Dean of Christchurch, and Canon Bob Lowe then became Vicar.