Anglicans from Titahi Bay, Ranui and Porirua East joined Māori sisters and brothers in Christ at the Rota Waitoa Church in Elsdon for an Ash Wednesday evening service. The Rota Waitoa whanau welcomed us and shared a te reo Māori liturgy with us as we worshipped accompanied on guitar by Archdeacon Reverend Tiaki in a service led by Deacon Reverend Rochelle. The Holy Communion was presided over by Reverend Kura, Porirua Anglican Priest in Charge Reverend Terry preached on our identity in Christ and Titahi Bay Priest Reverend Casey led prayers. Those present were anointed with ash and oil by the clergy in the service of imposition of ashes.
Those who attended rejoiced in the opportunity to experience a service in te reo Māori and to realise our oneness in Christ. A fine evening was sealed with traditionally generous hospitality as we drank and ate sitting at tables covered with red table cloths.
Following a review of Parish life in 2019, our Bishops have given Porirua Anglican approval to consider repairing St Anne's Church.
In 2014 the Church was assessed by engineers as earthquake prone and unsafe to congregate in. Since then the congregation have gathered and worshipped in St Anne's lounge.
Approval has been given by the Diocese for the cost of repairing St Anne's to be formally and professionally assessed. The Vestry have approved spending for this. The Diocesan property manager will action this assessment and once costs have been determined further decisions will be made.
Church members have been waiting a long time to hear this news and are very thankful to hear it. Naturally they are delighted at the prospect that they may be able to return and occupy their Church building. News about progress, as it becomes available, will be shared here and on Facebook.
Members of the Porirua Anglican Communities