Marking the anniversary of our darkest day

Marking the anniversary of our darkest day

This Sunday marks one year since a lone gunman stormed two Christchurch mosques, killing 51 worshippers in a horrific terrorist attack never before seen in our land.

St Peter’s On Willis to hold anniversary interfaith prayer vigil

A year ago, an impromptu vigil was organised at St Peter’s on Willis Street in Wellington’s Te Aro, attracting hundreds of people and featuring on television news. This Sunday at 1pm, our St Peter’s whānau invites us all to join in solidarity for an interfaith prayer vigil to remember those who died, and to commit to doing all that we can to keep peace, trust and acceptance alive in our communities.

The event will proceed as follows:

  • 1pm: Welcome, Call to Prayer/ Karanga ki te Karakia
    Interfaith prayers and reflections
  • 1.40pm: Tolling of bell for those who died                                      Lighting of candles; closing prayer
  • Then we will move from the church to the garden to share food and celebrate being a community of richly diverse traditions, who are getting to know one another, and growing in respect and understanding.

Bring food to share!

Bishop Eleanor to speak at UN commemoration on March 16th

Bishop Eleanor will represent the Anglican Church at an interfaith commemoration service, to be held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, on Monday the 16th of March at 5:30pm. All are welcome, you can visit the Facebook event for details here.

Bishop Eleanor’s prayer from last year adapted

Bishop Ellie has adapted the prayer that she wrote last year in the wake of the shootings, and shares it with us all here:

Stories on Movement Online following the massacres last year: