For the next several months some Presbyterian and Uniting congregations in Christchurch will be unable to meet due to the ongoing affects of the earthquake, including families being relocated for a time, extensive damage to church buildings and to surrounding roads, workplaces closing due to damage, and ongoing disruption to power and water supplies.
To help support our Christchurch churches at this time when both nerves and resources are sorely stretched, the Church has launched a Special Offering for Christchurch.
This is not intended as a substitute for the many appeals for funds to support rescue and relief efforts. It is intended as a simple way for congregations around New Zealand to support and share ongoing and special costs our Christchurch churches may face in situations where their own offerings and other income, including income from the use of buildings, will be significantly depleted.
Release of these funds will be coordinated through the Assembly Office and the Christchurch Presbytery. For the next month the Assembly Office will, if necessary, add to these appeal funds to underwrite the payments of any regular costs such as stipends and wages for church employees for any Christchurch congregation that may otherwise be unable to pay these.
We will review the most appropriate way to provide financial support to congregations at the end of March.
Your generous support of our churches at this very difficult time would be greatly appreciated.
How can you make your offering?
Congregations and individuals can make an offering by direct bank credit to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, account number 02 0500 0086963 00
Please include the reference: CHQUAKE
Mail your offering:
Please post to, Financial Services, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, PO Box 9049, Wellington 6141.
Please enclose a note to let us know that your offering is for the Special Offering for Christchurch.
If you would like a receipt please make sure you supply us with your details. For Individual donors donations are tax deductable provided you obtain a receipt. In the case of payment made by direct bank credit please email you details to Financial Services, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>