New light breaks in church as hymn rises

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by Rachael Comer

A new light was cast in Timaru’s St Mary’s Church on Sunday, June 17 as $150,000 worth of improvements were dedicated.
A special ceremony was held in the afternoon to acknowledge the work done, which was part of the church restoration project, and to thank those who had helped along the way.
St Mary’s Church Restoration Trust chairman Ray Bennett said the building’s lights had been replaced with LCD (liquid crystal display) lantern lights.
Fittingly, the lights were off when people entered the church for the dedication, and were turned on as the first hymn was sung at the ceremony and the Rev John Shoaf pointed skywards.

Speaking out .. St Mary’s Church Restoration Trust chairman Ray Bennett speaks at the dedication.

Mr Bennett told the audience work on the new lights had been interrupted after the church was closed in February 2012 over concerns for the safety of parishioners following the Canterbury earthquakes.
He also acknowledged the help of Timaru businesses involved in the restoration project.
“They have all been supportive.
“It has been a lot cheaper for us to use the Timaru businesses.”
The church was reopened in June 2015 after engineers deemed it safe.
About 50 people attended the lighting dedication on Sunday.