Earthquake damaged church building rebuilt

Village Presbyterian Church in Bryndwr has reopened. PHOTO: AARON CAMPBELL

The Village Presbyterian Church in Bryndwr has celebrated the opening of its new building.

The building replaced St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, which was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake.

During the ceremony, Reverend Martin Stewart said the original church built on site in 1959 now combines St Stephen’s and St Giles.

NEW HOME: John Simpson, Lesley Compton, Johan Dalkie, architect Gordon Dalkie and minister Martin Stewart.

Part of the event was also acknowledging that it has been almost 20 years since the community centre was established at St Stephen’s.

“It’s been 20 years since the community centre was formalised here too,” Rev Stewart said.

He described the new church as “open”, “light”, “welcoming”, “comfortable” and not a “traditional” church. Burnside Primary School pupils performed during the short ceremony before a celebratory meal.

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