Hamilton East Methodist Parish
Hamilton East Methodist Parish - Contact Details
Presbyter: Rev Anne Preston
Fijian Pastor: Rev Akuila Bale
Office Ph: (07) 856 3940
Parish Stewards: Michael Cree, Paul Jensen,
Peniseni Hawili, Sione Molitika
Chairperson: Parish Council: Des Jack
Office Administrator: Doreen Lennox
Parish Mission Statement:
1: To be a witness to our faith through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2: To provide a place of Christian worship and learning.
3: To nurture the parishioners within a community of faith.
4: To be an active Methodist presence on the East-side of Hamilton
There are four main groups within the Parish.
1: The palagi congregation at St Johns. This church is situated on the corner of Grey Street and Wellington Street Hamilton East. The usual Sunday Service commences at 9.30.a.m.
2: The palagi congregation at Wesley. This church is situated at 959 Heaphy Terrace, a block to the north of Boundary Road. The usual Sunday Service commences at 11.a.m.
3: The Tongan congregation at St Johns meets normally at 1.00.p.m. for a Tongan language service. On the first Sunday of the month, the Tongan congregation combines with the St Johns palagi congregation for a service of Holy Communion at 9.30.a.m.
4: The Fijian Fellowship meets each Sunday at St Johns with the palagi congregation for a service in the English language. On two Sundays each month, the Fijian group meets at 1.00.p.m. at Wesley for a Fijian language service.
5: A major activity of the Parish has been the establishment of pensioner units on land adjacent to each Church. The first six units were established in 1991, and the complex was called Wesley Court. In 1994 a seventh unit was added, and two further units were added in 2000. In 1993 five units were established on land situated at 22 & 24 Wellington Street, adjacent to St Johns Church. This complex was called St Johns Close.
|July 4th 2014
Our parish has turned a significant corner this week. It is about 2 years since we last worshipped in the sanctuary of the St Johns Church as it was deemed earthquake prone and unsafe for use. We moved our services into the hall. Since then we have followed a long, sometimes frustrating journey to discern which way would be the best way forward for the parish. As a congregation we eventually voted last year to demolish the current building and build something new, modern and appropriate for our current and future congregations. We unanimously agreed on a bold new design and began all the processes necessary to make this happen.
We received district and Connexional approval and last week received council consent to demolish the old building. So it was with a sense of both excitement and sadness that we bid her farewell after our service last Sunday. We acknowledged the wonderful work of God that has taken place in people's lives in the building; we remembered past ministers, all those who had married, been baptised, confirmed and buried there. We thanked God for all the people who had been through her doors and worshipped in her. We acknowledged her ending and looked forward to the new chapter that was opening for the parish.
Since last Thursday we have been preparing the building for its demolishing and early this morning the digger moved in and our building is down. It will be a few days before the site is cleared and even more time before we start the new building but we are confident that this hails as a new chapter both for our parish and for the community at large and we look forward to what God has in store for us as we continue to strive to grow the Kingdom of God here in this place.
Minister - Hamilton East Methodist Parish