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HAMILTON METHODIST PARISH FUTURE EVENTS

English Speaking Congregation  Tongan Speaking Congregation
 

Saturday 17th March 2018.

      This was a memorable day for the people of the Parish who used to worship at St. Paul's Church in London Street.  On this day a Memorial Service was held to recognise the closure of the church.  Many old parishioners gathered at the Centre, and at 11 am they proceeded to the church for a final walk-through.  As they entered, Len Schroeder played on the organ "March Waikato", which was composed by an early organist, Mr. T. Samuel Webster, in honour of his brothers who were serving in the war at that time.  It was deemed fitting that this should be played on this occasion as it focussed on a memory of historical significance to the Parish.

       The gathering was welcomed by Revs Metuisela Tafuna and Lisiate Manu'atu, and Judy Pope explained the purpose of our meeting.  Karakia and Waiata were offered, then all joined in singing "Morning has broken".  Then people moved back to the Centre Auditorium for the Service of Farewell.  Rev. Dr. Susan Thompson, a former Minister at St. Paul's,  led with the Call to Worship, followed by all singing "O for a thousand tongues to sing". Then several speakers gave short reflections on different aspects of the life of the Parish as experienced in this place. The Vice President, Mrs Viv Whimster gave a short "Biblical Story" reflecting on the move that is now being taken.  This was followed by the singing of Joy Dine's Hymn "God, who sets us on a journey", a few words looking to the Future Promise given by Mr Gordon Chesterman, and the Service concluded with the Grace.

      After that a time for people to share their memories was offered, and then much talking among the people as they renewed contact with many old friends, and then all shared in a  delightful and generous lunch.

-  Article contributed by Fred Gilbert. 


 White Sunday:  This occurred on the first Sunday in May.  The Sunday School children led the service with singing and action songs.  The Kindergarten children showed the colours of the rainbow, and explained what each colour represented to  them.  This led to showing respect and manners in their  lives.  Their section of the service ended with a prayer.  Then the older children performed a dramatic action song portraying the life of Luke, and this was followed by a tribute to their Mothers for Mother Day
 

 It's Rainbow Kids' Time.  Our Minister, Rev. Metui talks to the children about an important theme, when they learn about making people feel they are wanted here.  No matter where they come from, or what colour they are, all are welcome here.  So their key word is   "Welcome".

     

 

                  

    

 

     Mothers' Day:  This special day was observed on the second Sunday in May.  Special recognition of the importance of mothers to the children was shown with appropriate Bible readings and a special song and action song to show appreciation for mothers.  Tributes to mothers who had passed away were also presented in song.  

   Fathers' Day:   Fathers were also honoured on their special day on the following Sunday.

       Leader s' Committee:  Leaders in the Tongan Congregation have formed a Committee whose aim is to discuss future goals for the Church and how to achieve them.  This committee will meet during the last week of each month at the Melville Church.


 Matariki.  25 June, 2017.

 

The children learn about  the stars and seasons as part of God's Creation.

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Pentecost Sunday,  4th June, 2017.
           

        Pentecost is the time when we recognise the birthday of the Christian Church, and we marked this with a Service focussing on this theme.  This week it was our privilege to welcome back Mrs Mohu Lolohea to lead our worship.  Mohu was a regular worshipper with us at St Paul's just prior to our two congregations being combined at Melville.   But then she moved away for a time involved in some theological training.  So we were very pleased to have her back with us this week.  These photographs show her talking to our children, using a small kite to illustrate the power of the wind to make the kite fly, and from that to explain the power of the Holy Spirit  in our lives.

  

 Now here are some photographs of recent events and groups among the Tongan fellowship.

     

                        

 Pentecost Sunday,  4th June, 2017.

        

        Pentecost is the time when we recognise the birthday of the Christian Church, and we marked this with a Service focussing on this theme.  This week it was our privilege to welcome back Mrs Mohu Lolohea to lead our worship.  Mohu was a regular worshipper with us at St Paul's just prior to our two congregations being combined at Melville.   But then she moved away for a time involved in some theological training.  So we were very pleased to have her back with us this week.  These photographs show her talking to our children, using a small kite to illustrate the power of the wind to make the kite fly, and from that to explain the power of the Holy Spirit  in our lives.

  

 
 

Wesley Day, 21 May, 2017.

      Melville was host to a Waikato-Waiariki gathering to meet with the President of Conference, Rev. Prince Devanandan. The gathering began with a Service of Worship in the evening.  Various members and groups of our Rainbow Kids contributed portions of the Service, our little children in particular charming the congregation with their singing.   Rev Prince then addressed the congregation with a "heart-warming" and challenging address, following in the footsteps of John Wesley.  

     Following the Service, we gathered in the Hall for supper, and a time of fellowship and sharing.    It was good to catch up with friends from right round the District.  Here are some photographs.

 

  

Of course, we celebrate important occasions by sharing a meal together.

 

  

 

Here is our President with his wife. They are joined by our District Superintendent,  Rev. Dr. Susan Thompson 

 

  

Now joined by our Parish Presbyter, Rev. Metuisela Tafuna and his wife, and then by a number of our Youth Group members.

 
 

Mother's Day, 14 May, 2017.

      This is an important day in the life of our congregation, because we are very much a family-oriented congregation.  Without our mothers, we wouldn't be here.  We wouldn't have all these children, the ones we call our Rainbow Kids, sitting in the front rows.  Here are a few photos of them honouring their mothers with special songs on this morning. 

 

I'm sure the mothers were feeling proud of their young ones performing so well for them.  Look at the smiles on their faces, when we gathered all the ladies to the front to take a picture or two of them to recall this special day of celebration.