CrossWay Church’s grand reopening
Shut for nearly a year, it’s time for Masterton’s St Luke’s Church to fling open its doors once again.
An official reopening will be held this Sunday at 10am.
It’s a long-awaited occasion, with the church having been closed since September 2016 as major earthquake strengthening and refurbishment work was undertaken.
St Luke’s building taskforce head Robin Dunlop said it was a relief to finally have all the work finished.
‘‘It’s been shut since September, but it’s really been a fouryear project,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of planning went into it. It was a very big job and it’s very pleasing to have it all done.’’
He said it was important to have the building, which was built in 1907, completely up to standard.
‘‘It’s a big, open building that’s really tall, so it’s great to have it safe again,’’ he said.
While St Luke’s was closed, parishioners shifted to Lansdowne Presbyterian Church on Totara St.
The two churches have close ties, having shared a minister for years.
Their relationship is about to get even cosier. In a move that was announced in December, the two churches will now merge.
Their combined name will be CrossWay Church Masterton.
$456,000 was spent on strengthening and refurbishment of the church. $319,000 was contributed by the NZ Lotteries Commission, while a host of local businesses, organisations and congregational members donated money and materials.
The building is one of Masterton’s most prominent structures. It’s on the council’s heritage list and has been subject to several rounds of repairs over the years. It was strong enough to survive the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake, although it did sustain some damage in the process.
For a while, its survival looked a dicey proposition. After a 2009 assessment found it to be earthquake prone, its members had little time to raise the nearly half- million needed for it to avoid it being demolished.
However, a well organised support group and community support led to it avoiding the wrecking ball.
All are welcome to attend the opening service.
CrossWay - formerly St Luke’s - Church in Masterton is set to reopen after nearly a year of earthquake strengthening.