St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Oxford Street, Ashburton, has failed a seismic assessment and cannot be used until it is fixed.
A recent detailed seismic assessment revealed the building has a grading (31% of New Building Standards) and in accordance with guidelines from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ , the church building will no longer be available for use.
Further consultation and assessment will be conducted to see what work will be required to bring the building back up to an acceptable seismic code.
Once that assessment is completed, further details will be released.
The church, in a statement, said it was not an easy time for the congregation and people were coming to terms with this situation and “preparing to embark on a new journey of continuing faith”.
The parish is thankful to have the pastoral support of the Reverend Helen Wallis, who is providing ministry and care while the parish seeks a new minister.
In the meantime, services will be held in the adjacent church hall.
Services began in the hall on September 26, 1946, and continued until St Paul’s was built in the 1960s. The church was dedicated on September 27th 1970.
A final service is planned for St Paul’s this coming Sunday, July 1st 2018, at 10am with a theme of and Facing the Future Journey with God.