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Much-needed extensions are being made to St. Philip's Anglican Church at St. Helier's, to provide 40 per cent additional space for the congregation and also a larger sanctuary. When the church was built 45 years ago the district was entirely rural, and in recent years the building has become quite inadequate for the large and populous suburb which has grown up around it.

Structurally, St. Philip's Church, like many others built of heart tin? ber in earlier days of Auckland, is sound throughout. It is being enlarged by adding a new sanctuary at the western end and a vestry on* the southern side, while underneath provision will be made for a Bible class room. At the same time the interior of the church is being lined and the building is being thoroughly renovated. 3

Valuable assistance is connection with the improvements is being given by a number of parishioners who have donated materials and by voluntary workers. As a result the estimated cost is not expected to exceed £500, and an appeal has been made to church members for donations to carry out the work without increasing the debt of the parish To> economise materials, the greater part of the end cf the church has been cut out and moved bodily to form the front of the new sanctuary. Good progress has been made with the scheme since a start was made at the beginning of this month, and u is hoped that the additions will be ready for use early in August. Interior rearrangements made necessary by the enlargement of the building include the moving of the choir stalls forward and the placing of the organ in a more central position.

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ENLARGING CHURCH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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ENLARGING CHURCH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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