Fire Safety New Zealand and the Police have investigations ongoing into the cause of the blaze at the Ponsonby Church yesterday.
The church Nave has been heavily impacted by recent fire, and the building needs extensive repair.
Church Minister Rev. Grant Ridout says “Our priority is the safety of the St Stephen’s community and the public. We are working tirelessly in conjunction with engineers and safety specialists to put in the necessary precautions, as well as removing residual debris to keep everyone safe.”
“We are overwhelmed by the support of the wider community. Messages and little acts of kindness have come thick and fast. Thank you so much.”
“Many people grieve the loss of the stunning heritage building we normally meet in. With the support of the wider community, we will restore it to something everyone can be proud of.
“We the church are more than our building, we continue to gather in community and to worship together on Sundays at 10am as we’ve always done. We’re also planning a gathering on Christmas Eve in our hall. The public are very welcome to all services, as always.”
We have set up a Restoration Account for our rebuild. If you’d like to donate directly to this project please use the following account:
St Stephens Ponsonby
“A community local has also started a givealittle page to help with our rebuild. Click the link below”
We believe the church is about imperfect people coming together to love God and each other. We aim to encourage, equip and spur each other on in our love for Jesus Christ and his love for the world.
We do not believe that the church should be about keeping Christians busy doing in-house things. We’d rather grow people than programs. We’d rather live the good news outside of our walls.
Come and check us out, we’d love to meet you.
Our community pantry is an open pantry and sharing platform. People may exchange fresh produce or surplus products of any useful nature. If preferred more emergency type food and toiletries may be left in the pantry for those in greater need.
We do not want to limit how the pantry can be used. However, we kindly ask that people limit unnecessary stockpiling from the pantry and take only that which is needed.