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 The Welcome Service for our new presbyter Rev Shelley Walker was held February 12 2017.  Shelley's appointment is as a supply presbyter for twelve months.      
   Parish Stewards Colin Pinkerton and Nynke Piebenga take Shelley through the Charge to Ministry.  District Superintendent Rev Dr Susan Thompson charges the congregation with their responsibilities.  
   Christmas 2016    
 Led by Bev Bayly our Christmas service on December 18th was very special. 
The choir and many members of the congregation participated and there was a spirit of togetherness, Christmas spirit and some hilarity amidst the honouring and celebrating of the Christmas story.
   Spring Extravaganza Weekend    
 Brice Herbert puts the finishing touches to the floral display in the church for our Spring Extravaganza held September 3 and 4 2016.  So many of our people got involved to make the weekend happen and the public came through the doors to enjoy the floral arrangements, music, food and crafts.  It was hard work, busy, and heaps of fun!      
   The ladder represents the Stairway to Heaven.  We were challenged to identify the 12 aspects of life depicted - rocky patches, uncertainty, doubt, fear, grace, joy, peace, unconditional love, forgiveness, grief, inspiration, the Holy Spirit.  Soprano Beatrice Hofer, accompanied by Ann Plowright, was part of a special music presentation each afternoon as were our own choir led by June Higham and with our soloist Peter Robertson.  Wood art work by Eddie Webster was displayed for sale.  There were a large number of pieces which included some incredibly detailed work.  Other crafts included weaving, knitted toys and handmade cards.
   Lay Preaching Evaluation Service    
 On July 10 2016 our Joan Myles led our church service which was evaluated as part of the process towards becoming an accredited lay preacher.
She did superbly well and we are all very proud of her.
Joan is pictured here with the evaluation team -
Peter West, Nynke Piebenga and Viv Whimster
On August 28 2016 Joan was presented with
her Lay Preacher's certificate by Rev Anne
Griffiths at Morning Worship.
   Rededication of the Te Kopua Memorial    
   A walk across a field from Cannons Road near the Kawhia turnoff from the Otorohanga/Pirongia State Highway 39 stands the Te Kopua Monument with two flanking headstones.  See Robin Astridge's 'Brief Outline of Wesleyan Mission Stations in the Waikato' http://www.methodist.org.nz/files/docs/wesley%20historical/waikato%20wesleyan%20missions.pdf
    With Kakepuka Mountain in the background, 
    the rededication ceremony was held on
    June 5th 2016. Four of our church people
    attended. Jim Rogers of Kiokio spearheaded
    the refurbishing of the memorial.  It is totally
    stock proof with no gate.
     The elders who spoke talked about the
     Mission school  and the teacher who
     travelled each day from Parawera (including
     paddling across the Waipa River).
     They spoke also about how the Maori people
     resisted the Wesleyans and wanted to stay
     aligned with the Methodists.
   Sixty five years of lay preaching    
    Sixty five years of lay preaching is quite a record!
June 5 2016 saw Catherine Dickie, Hamilton, take her last service before hanging up her lay preaching hat.  We were privileged to have Catherine choose to lead that last service at Te Awamutu.  Rev Dr Susan Thompson acknowledged this tremendous journey and presented Catherine with a gift for her garden.
We know you will continue to wear many hats Catherine as you offer your various skills and a lifetime of experience in different ways to bless others in their life journeys.
 100 years of worship in our present church building

            Over the weekend of October 17th and 18th
     2015 we celebrated 100 years of worship in
     our present church building.

     An informal gathering on the Saturday
     afternoon was the opportunity for sharing,
     reminiscing, viewing of photos, listening to a
     historical talk by Robin Astridge who had put
     together a booklet for the occasion and
     enjoying afternoon tea.

     We were delighted to have our President
     Tovia Aumua and Vice President Bella  
     Ngaha attend and take part in the
     celebration service on the Sunday morning.
     This was followed by a catered lunch.


Past and present clergy were in attendance:
Rev Jo Durrant (present supply Presbyter)
Rev Barry Neal, June Higham (Deacon)
Dr Rev Susan Thompson
(District Superintendent)
Rev Gloria Zanders, Rev Maureen Calman,
Vice President Bella Ngaha,
President Tovia Aumua, Mrs Tilly Aumua 

The choir had a major contribution to the service.