The church

St Jude’s Church is a Gothic Revival timber structure, erected in 1884 overlooking the settlement of Avondale on the rural outskirts of colonial Auckland. It is an early surviving Anglican design by the noted Auckland architect Edward Bartley and, also encompassing an associated Sunday School Hall (1907), is Avondale's oldest place of worship still in use for its original purpose.

The stained glass windows in the nave were added as the centennial project in 1984 and dedicated on October the 27th, 1985.


The altar windows were erected to the Glory of God and in loving memory of James & Elizabeth Mowbray Binsted, December 5th, 1937





Dove of Peace

The Law – enlightened by the Spirit


Star of David
Light of the world – our paschal candlestick

Cup of Blessing (Our Chalice)
Bread of life

Mothers’ Union emblem
St. Jude




Trinity emblem of 3 fish

St. Simon – always linked with St. Jude

Diocesan Arms
Brickworks Chimney – early local industry

Alpha and Amega – The everlasting

Kauri Tree

St. Jude’s boasts a two-manual Croft organ, dedicated in 1957 to Mary Rosa Bollard, honorary organist in this church for 59 years

Church Organ
Church Organ