Built of heart totara, it was a beautiful building which proudly stood aside the historic gum tree until January 1968 when it was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Firemen reported seeing flames roaring up the aisle where an accelerant had been poured.
Parishioners were in shock at the loss of their wooden church, with its tall bell tower, carved rafters and coloured glass windows. The vicar, Rev Pat Gourdie immediately made plans for services to continue in the church hall. The determined congregation set about planning the
re-building of their church and it was constructed by Greytown builder Ken Trotman and consecrated, debt-free, in 1979.
St Luke's Church, Present day
St Luke's Church, 1971 (newly built)
St Luke's Church, circa 1900
St Luke's Church, 1928
St Luke's Fire, January 1968
St Luke's Church after the fire 1968