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Festival 200 (Christchurch)

On Sunday December 7 churches from around the city of Christchurch will be filling Horncastle Arena, an event inspired by the 200th anniversary since Nga Puhi Chief Ruatara invited the Reverend Samuel Marsden to preach at Oihi Bay.

Festival 200 is a collaborative work across the denominations, and in consultation with Ngai Tahu. Dedicated to Telling the Story, it is a celebration of the Gospel message in Canterbury and an opportunity to tell some of the exciting stories of how the church cares about society and positively influences communities. This is the most significant Christian combined-church event for some years and is supported by denominational leaders across the city.

The evening will be a celebration of the Gospel story by way of kapahaka, song, dance, prayer and story. Plus NZCMS has been invited to share a little of the story of New Zealand through the lens of mission.

So, come join us and up to 8000 fellow Cantabrian Christians as we celebrate all that God has done the past 200 years.

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