For­mer Abbey church comes full cir­cle of faith

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - GE­OR­GIA FOR­RESTER

Palmer­ston North’s for­mer Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre build­ing has come full cir­cle back to its spir­i­tual roots as it once again be­comes home to a church.

The build­ing, on Church St, is the new home of the House of Break­through Manawatu church, which is mov­ing into the rear sec­tion.

The build­ing was home to the Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre in re­cent years, but was a Bap­tist church in the 1920s.

Pas­tor Aaron Tain­gahue said it was spe­cial to see the build­ing re­turn to its roots, while his church had fi­nally found a home.

The House of Break­through church orig­i­nally moved from Gis­borne to Palmer­ston North and made its home in High­bury Ave in 2007.

The church then moved to the school hall at Queen El­iz­a­beth Col­lege, where it was based for three years.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to form strong re­la­tion­ships through church and that was hard when we were only able to use it one day of the week.

‘‘But now we have our own house. It’s our home for our peo­ple,’’ Tain­gahue said.

The House of Break­through church is non-de­nom­i­na­tional, un­der the pen­te­costal um­brella. Tain­gahue said peo­ple of all re­li­gions, faiths and be­liefs were in­vited to take part.

Tain­gahue said the church was aware of the is­sues of home­less­ness, beg­gars, drug ad­dic­tion and unem­ploy­ment and wanted to make a dif­fer­ence by sup­port­ing peo­ple and cre­at­ing change.

‘‘Our dream is to have a home and safe place for the com­mu­nity to con­gre­gate,’’ he said.

His wife, pas­tor Chon­tae Tain­gahue, said the church was vi­brant and full of mod­ern music and dance.

Be­tween 60 to 80 peo­ple are church mem­bers.

She said the church was sup- portive of dance groups and of­ten en­cour­aged them to per­form at church.

Palmer­ston North al­ready had great char­i­ties, soup kitchens and ops shops. Their church was look­ing out­side the square for ways they could help and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity, she said.

While ren­o­va­tions on the rear of the build­ing were still un­der way, the up­stairs part of the build­ing was ex­pected to be oc­cu­pied by Ig­nite Kids school day­care.

The church will open of­fi­cially on Au­gust 20.

PHOTO: WARWICK SMITH/ FAIRFAX NZ

House of Break­through Manawatu church Pas­tor Aaron Tain­gahue and his wife Pas­tor Chon­tae Tain­gahue.

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