For our recent events of interest, look below.
We've got new members!
The first Sunday in August was a day to celebrate as we welcomed four new families into membership. We extend to them all our warmest welcome into our ranks, and trust they will enjoy many years of fellowship among us and happiness in their worship with us. May God richly bless each and every one of them.
Banners etc. 11 September.
We enjoyed a Service in which Hilda Schroeder, who designed and made the Melville Banners, explained the background and meaning of each one. They were made to illustrate the Seasons of the Christian Year, from Advent through Lent and Easter to Pentecost.
Youth service 6/11/16.
Hamilton Methodists are rejoicing to see a growth in the numbers of children and young people now sharing in the life of our congregation. Coming from a number of ethnic backgrounds, it has been appropriate to call them the Rainbow Kids. They cover a wide range of ages from perhaps about 2 year olds, up into the teens and even later. This special service today shows how they are prepared to mix in together, no matter what their ethnic origin.
I was going to put in a few photos to liven the page, but we have been reminded of the necessity to get specific permission from those who would be in the photos, and that makes it almost impossible to get everybody's names and permissions, so I don't think I'll put any on the page this time. If my fellow Parishioners would like me to set the pictures in, please provide me with the permission. You will find my email address in the Parish Weekly Bulletin.
- Fred Gilbert.
Special Occasions. 19 February, 2017.
We have a great sense of family in our congregation, and we like to mark special family occasions.. One of our habits is to sing "Happy Birthday" when these events come round. Yesterday it was Wayne's turn to be greeted. But more than that, it was the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of Nancy and Rob. That was really special, as they chose to renew their Marriage Vows in the morning Service. To make it even more special, they invited Rev. Dr. Susan Thompson, a previous minister of the Parish, to conduct the service.
Here are a few photos of the ceremony.
Susan addressing the congregation. Now she addresses the couple on what they
are about to do.
They renew their vows of love and commitment to each other,
Then all join with them in a prayer, following the words on the screen.
Then followed Morning Tea and the cutting of the cake. So ended a happy morning of celebration.
In loving memory.....
It is with sadness that we report the death of one of our faithful members, Betty Brown. Through many years she has been here, always quietly supporting Bill in his times of need and support. We know he will be missing her, and we will miss her too from among our number week by week. But we trust her to our heavenly Father's care in the greater life she has now moved into. And we extend to her husband Bill and the members of their family our loving sympathy in this, their time of loss and sadness.
"In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."
In life we experience constant change. It has many ups and downs, and we learn to accept what comes, sometimes with happiness, sometimes with sadness, sometimes joyfully, sometimes with fortitude and courage.
So it is that on this page we have just depicted a happy celebration with Rob & Nancy, followed by a very sad occasion with the loss of Betty, and now I am moving on to a recognition of our Thanksgiving.
One of our members, David has just been on an enjoyable holiday trip to England, and he returned with gifts to our Minister Metui and his wife Hone. They are so colourful and bright, that I couldn't resist showing them off. We welcome David back, and it is appropriate that he and his wife Eva could share their happiness with us on this Thanksgiving day.