Stratford, New Zealand
“This is what church is all about, it is a home.” With these words, Pastor Eddie Tupa’i, president of the North New Zealand Conference, cut the ribbon and formally opened “Our Place”.
It really is our place, open to everyone . . .
The new building on Page Street is home to the Stratford Seventh-day Adventist Church, and includes a drop-in centre, auditorium, church offices, a kitchen and more.
Stratford Pastor Bruce Mason said the church paid the deposit on the premises “a year and a day ago” and the final building “is far more than I ever imagined it could be”.
More than a church: this is a place for the entire community.
As well as being host to church services held on Sabbath, the building will also play an important part in the Stratford community as a whole, Pastor Mason said. “Our drop-in centre provides people with a place to come to, people to talk to and we will be offering a range of services through it, addressing family violence and addiction issues within our community.” Perhaps, he added, “this community will become a better place because of this place”.
Pastor Tupa’i said the opening of the new building is testament to the hard work, commitment and vision of church members.
Pastor Eddie Tupa’i speaks during the opening ceremony of the new Stratford Seventh-day Adventist church.
Pastor Mason said the finished building is perfect for their needs and had words of praise for all involved in the project. He encouraged people to come in and visit them and have a look around the new building. “It really is our place, open to everyone and we look forward to showing people around.”