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 buy 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 concluding 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.
Sunday 22 October 2017
We now have a new web manager. Fred has retired so I am now introducing myself. My name is Kimi Finau. Soon you will find a lot of material here. Today I am learning the job
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".
Matariki. 25 June, 2017.
The children learn about the stars and seasons as part of God's Creation.
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.