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.