Anx­ious wait

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Her­itage ad­vo­cates and Pon­sonby res­i­dents face an­other month-long wait to see whether the 134-year-old St Stephen’s Pres­by­te­rian Church will close its doors. Late last year parish­ioners learned the church was likely to close be­cause of dwin­dling num­bers and ex­pen­sive earth­quakestrength­en­ing bills ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, De­cem­ber 26). A de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the Pon­sonby land­mark was hoped to be reached by the end of Fe­bru­ary. At a ser­vice on March 3, con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers were told a com­mis­sion ap­pointed by the North­ern Pres­bytery will hold a meet­ing on April 14 to in­form the church of its de­ci­sion. The com­mis­sion is made up of four min­is­ters and ‘‘lay peo­ple’’ from across Auck­land who will re­view how well the con­gre­ga­tion is func­tion­ing. A church spokesman says sell­ing it is a pos­si­bil­ity. The church will learn more about how the com­mis­sion will come to the de­ci­sion over the coming weeks.

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