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Pastor visits arsonist who torched church

| June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the ashes of an arson attack that destroyed a Feilding church has arisen forgiveness and reconciliation with the man responsible. The Bowen St Baptist Church community centre was torched in January 2011 by Feilding firebug Richard David Elliott, a security guard tasked with patrolling the town's CBD between 9pm and 3am each night. Elliott […]

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Firebug fears as churches burn

| June 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Church groups are worried that a firebug is targeting places of worship after a string of damaging fires across Wellington. Fire crews dealt with seven fires, from Saturday evening till last night. Multiple investigations have been launched by emergency services staff searching for links between the fires. Five churches were targeted by suspected arsons – […]

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Kapiti parishioner jailed for setting fire to church

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

A mentally ill woman, who had been welcomed and helped by the congregation of St Andrew's Anglican church in Plimmerton, set a fire in the church, destroying the roof and causing more than $380,000 of damage. Amy Marie Bircham, 29, had gone to the Steyne Ave church in 2009 after church members helped her out […]

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Church, schools deal with flu

| June 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

New Zealand's Catholic community has become the latest group affected by the swine flu outbreak. Yesterday, Bishop Denis Browne, president of New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, directed parishes to limit the distribution of holy communion. "Because large, public gatherings take place in churches, we feel it is important to take steps to manage the potential […]

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