The Parish first known as Waiwhetu Presbyterian Church, and then as St Luke’s, began in 1944, when it was separated from St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Lower Hutt. The foundation Communicant Roll of St Luke’s parish started with 76 members, many more transferring in the following months. Community service was recognised with the establishment of Girls’ Brigade, which ran successfully for 40 years, and Boys’ Brigade which was the largest Company in the Wellington region in their initial stages of growth.
A wealth of church and community related activities occurred each year, the annual culmination of these often resulted in one of the special services most remembered at St Luke’s, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Decorated poles with red and white flowers, ivy, and candles, illuminated the church interior. Entering the church was breathtaking, and the service always drew a full church.
In 1990 St Luke’s produced a Mission Statement committing anew their faith and community work: St Luke’s Waiwhetu Congregation exists to be a community of those who, because of Jesus the Christ, explore, promote, share and celebrate together the worth of God, and the worth of all people.
St Luke’s church, in 1994, celebrated their fifty years commemoration, with a jubilee. This included both past and present members in a weekend of fellowship and worship. On the 22nd June, 1997, the members of St Luke’s congregation, and the Waiwhetu Methodist Church, combined to form the Waiwhetu Uniting Church. Together all said: We will stand in these great traditions. In Christ we are One. In Christ everything is made new. Thanks be to God.
In June 1997 the congregations of St Luke’s Presbyterian Church (founded in 1944) and Waiwhetu Methodist (founded in 1928) came together to form the Waiwhetu Uniting Church, one of seven congregations under the umbrella of the Hutt City Uniting Congregations (HCUC), founded in 1995.