A message to the people of Canterbury from Archbishops David, Brown and Winston.
On behalf of all the people of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, we write to convey our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all those affected by the earthquake near and in Christchurch on Saturday morning.
We thank God that no-one has died, although there has been a range of injuries.
Many buildings, including a significant number of churches, will need major repairs.
We know that many are praying for the Diocese of Christchurch, the Hui Amorangi O Te Wai Pounamu and the city as a whole as they recover from the shock.
These prayers will continue as we hold our brothers and sisters in daily intercession. We also thank God that Christchurch Cathedral is unscathed.
With our love in Christ
++David, ++Brown and ++Winston