Parishioners worship at Knox Church for the final time
yesterday before the church was closed for three months.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
The "closed" signs have gone up at Dunedin's historic
Knox Presbyterian Church for the first time.
But the closure is actually good news for the 148-year-old
The congregation is moving to First Church for three months
while a $100,000 upgrade takes place.
The project would include the installation of a new sprinkler
system, cleaning of the roof and church organ and repairs to
the south-facing stained glass window, lifelong church member
David Hill said.
The church had to close as "it would be covered in
scaffolding to reach the 20m ceiling", he said.
"It wasn't possible to run a service so the decision to move
to First Church was the best decision."
Funds for the work would largely be provided by the synod,
with the parish raising the rest through grants and
fund-raising, he said.
The church already had a partial fire sprinkler system and
the installation of a complete system would help reduce the
insurance bill, which was now $15,000 per year.
On taking down the organ's pipes, Mr Hill said "they had more
dust than Mt Vesuvius."
The congregation at First Church was expected to swell to
more than 200 while Knox was closed, Knox minister Rev Dr
Sarah Mitchell said.
She would alternate Sunday services with Rev Tokerau Joseph
from First Church, and once a month they would together hold
a joint service.
The office and community centre at Knox Church will remain