Last Thursday a combined church prayer service was held at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, which focused on the “disaster” at Thomas Foods International.
The service was led by Reverend Frances Bartlett with a Gospel read by Reverend Grant Spangenberg and Father John Herd who gave a reflection.
During the service prayers of thanks were expressed that no one was hurt, and prayers of petition asking for consolation and help for all impacted by the fire, with “special” prayers made for those who might suffer hardship, stress and mental illness into the future.
Following the prayer service a meeting was held during which Mayor Brenton Lewis gave information he had to hand and discussed various needs which might be felt in the future.
“I hope in this time of crisis for many workers and their families, that employers and government will ensure that the interests of workers are well looked after,” said Fr John Herd.