St Barnabas seeking resurrection

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012
Mark Chamberlain, vicar at St Barnabas Church in Fendalton, in the marquee it will be using for Christmas services.
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CAMPER'S CHURCH: Mark Chamberlain, vicar at St Barnabas Church in Fendalton, in the marquee it will be using for Christmas services.

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A historic war memorial church in Christchurch will be repaired if enough money can be raised.

St Barnabas Church in Fendalton is launching a fundraising appeal after it was confirmed the Anglican church could be saved.

The Fendalton Rd church opened in 1926 as a memorial for those who died in World War I.

Listed as a Historic Places Trust Category 1 building, it was severely damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake.

Its bell tower moved, causing significant damage to adjacent walls and foundations, and the east and west gable ends were also badly damaged. However, the surrounding buildings, including the administration office and hall, are still safe to occupy.

The Vicar of Fendalton, Rev Mark Chamberlain, said they were waiting on an insurance figure to be finalised, but expected about a $1 million shortfall to repair the church and complete maintenance on the other buildings.

The church needed to be fixed as it had high historic and heritage value.

About 35 community groups used the buildings before the earthquake and now more than 40 did, he said.

"So many events happen here. It really is a buzzing, busy community hub."

The parish will launch the St Barnabas Fendalton Trust on Friday to raise money, primarily for repairs.

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