Knox Church a beacon of hope

Last updated 05:00 30/12/2011
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GLOWING: Knox Church minister Geoff King admires the lit-up earthquake-damaged church.

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The ruins of a church that became a symbol of the Canterbury earthquakes have been lit up as a beacon of hope.

Knox Church in Bealey Ave was badly damaged in the February quake and was used as a backdrop for news broadcasters in Christchurch.

The walls of the church have collapsed, but the woodwork ceiling is intact and can now be seen from the street. Lighting in the church has been rewired to illuminate the ornate ceiling.

Knox Church minister Geoff King said the lights were turned on for Christmas Eve, despite last Friday's aftershocks.

"It is a nice symbolic gesture to lift people's spirits a bit," he said.

"Light is an iconic symbol that speaks of warmth and hope."

King said he hoped rebuilding work on the church would start at the end of next year.

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