About a year ago, Belfast Playcentre went on fire while friends and family were gathered to celebrate with the Aiolupotea family their daughter’s fifth birthday. No one was injured as both Pr Tulaga and Vineta carefully followed safety procedures and evacuated the building accordingly. It was however sad, distressing and since then it has been for all Belfast Playcentre families a trying time.

Recently at the, We All Have Hope meetings with Pr Roger Hernandez, the Belfast Playcentre coordinator, Julie O’Rurke was invited to share on stage the story of Belfast Playcentre burning down and the audience responded with a generous donation of $268.20, towards it’s rebuilt. All Belfast Playcentre families have expressed their gratitude for the support.

This past month saw Belfast Playcentre families and All We See (AWS), a group of young people from Fijian Church and Aranui Samoan Church, joining forces to help clear the grounds in preparation for the new relocatable building to be put in place. It is wonderful to see our church with a heart for service in our community! When we first moved here in Christchurch, our family was blessed to start going twice a week to the Belfast Playcentre. It helped us make new friends with other young families in our neighbourhood and help settle. It is a privilege to experience first hand the impact our faith in action is making. We can’t wait to see Belfast Playcentre rebuilt. We know it will bring great joy to the Playcentre Whanau. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24

At present, Belfast Playcentre families are making a honey fundraising effort. If you would like to support you can e-mail directly honeysales@queenbeez.net.nz. Just ensure you put your surname in the ‘code’ and our unique code ‘BEES’ in ‘Particulars’. You can also make your order by e-mailing Lindita or Vineta. The last day for ordering is the 12th December.

Below are some pictures for you.

-Lindita Vani, Communications and Women’s Ministry, SNZC