Service to bring community together
The Minister’s Association in Kaiko¯ura have organised a community church service for everyone to come together to mark a year since the earthquake.
St Paul’s Presbyterian Church parish clerk Marie Davidson, St Peter’s Anglican Church Vicar Kevin Topp, Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church pastor Eric Coops, Father Julien Wagg Catholic priest of Sacred Heart Church, and Pastor Brian O’Connor from Kaikoura New Life Church have organised a service to be held outdoors at Churchill Park.
The combined service on Sunday is a time for everyone to come together, said Vineyard Church pasteur Eric Coops.
A year on from the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake last November the community is still recovering.
‘‘There are still some people who are pretty raw out there and it is virtually just hitting them now,’’ said Coops.
The emphasis will be on bringing people together in fellowship, a time to talk and share in the events of last year.
‘‘We want it to be a happy and joyous occasion,’’ he said.
The last service was held a week after the earthquake, when 400 people came together for support.
St Peter’s Anglican Church vicar Kevin Topp said the 10am service will have the same speakers, including chaplain Padre Zane Elliot from the armed forces, He is looking forward to speaking and will read from Psalm 46, which talks about earthquakes, said Topp.
‘‘He has been to lots of other places in the world where there has been disasters, and has been involved in the Christchurch earthquakes.
’’It will help people to get over the sadness of what has happened in their lives.’’
St Paul’s Presbyterian Church parish clerk Marie Davidson said it will be a chance to bring the community together.
Mayor Winston Gray will also address the gathering.
Gray said it was an opportunity for the community to come back together across the different churches in a public event, and a chance to socialise.
‘‘People will be thinking about the events last year and it is a good opportunity for people to reconnect.’’
There will be prayers and song and after the get-together everyone is invited to a sausage sizzle.
‘‘When it is all over people will be talking about their experiences.’’
Coops said there are a lot of stories out there.
‘‘This will give them an opportunity to talk about it.’’
If wet the service will be held in the Memorial Hall.