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New church building opens in Christchurch today

The first new Anglican suburban church to be built from scratch in Christchurch in over four decades will open its doors this morning.

All Souls Church, on the corner of Church Lane and Papanui Road in the suburb of Merivale, will be open today and tomorrow.

Spokesperson Ross Seager said the opening of the new church was another boost for the city.

A replacement facility was discussed after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and it took some time for construction to be completed, Mr Seager said.

"Regardless of your faith or view of life, this new church building is another milestone to celebrate. Apart from the Transitional Cathedral, it's the first new church building to be built for nearly forty years, which is such a great feeling.

"The building is captivating - a marriage of old and new - it has a modern design to be functional, but has stained glass windows recovered from both the old St Matthew's and St Mary's churches. Walking inside the building and looking up is a true delight."

As well as the chapel, it includes a worship space, large hall, fully equipped kitchen, a smaller hall and a meeting room.
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