How You Can Help Christchurch Featured
Dozens of families have been bereaved and many more injured by the horrific shootings on Friday. We've put together this list detailing some of the ways you can help.
As Christians we believe in the power of prayer! It's easy for some to call prayer words without action. But it is something that God calls us to do! So in the face of this act of terrorism, Christians need to pray: for the victims, for their families, and continue to pray for the law enforcement officials and first responders. On Wednesday we will be holding a day of Prayer on Life FM and we'd love for you to join us.
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ATTEND A VIGIL
There are also a number of vigils happening around the country where you can show solidarity and respect.
Christchurch: A memorial event will be held at Cathedral Square on Thursday at 8.30pm.
Timaru: A service will be held on the beach in front of the lookout at Caroline Bay on Sunday at 1:30pm.
Dunedin: Amnesty Otago will host a vigil at the Octagon on Thursday at 7pm.
Invercargill: A vigil for peace and solidarity will take place at Wachner Place at 11am on Sunday.
Auckland: St Matthews in the City at 5pm-8pm Monday 18th and at Aotea Square on Friday 22nd at 6pm
Tauranga: Holy Trinity Church at 7pm
Wellington: Civic Square at 7pm on Thursday 21st
If your church is hosting a vigil please click here to post it on our noticeboard.
IF YOU NEED TO TALK
If you're struggling emotionally there is a helpline set up called "Need to talk, 1737" staffed by paid counsellors 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it is part of the National Telehealth Service. You can call or text this number for free. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
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Libby and I arrived in Christchurch at 3pm today to celebrate our 8th Wedding anniversary. Walked off the plane and stood in shock watching the reports on TV. Not here... not like this... I’ve been glued to the radio and my phone listening to the stories roll in all afternoon and evening. It makes you sick and heartbroken all at the same time. Christchurch has shed enough tears already, why here? WHY ANYWHERE!!! Appreciate what you have, because you never know when it might be gone. Hold close the people you care about. Love your family, love your friends. Love your neighbour, or at least get to know them, they’re probably more similar to you than you realise. This story doesn’t end with a few people’s hatred. Their one act of violence has given rise to a thousand acts of love. Their cowardice has been met by others heroism. Look for the good! Cause that’s what happens next... #christchurch #2ndhome
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