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  Church Picnic February 23 2020 at June Higham's home    
  Barn Dance 29.2.2020 at Chris and Helen Empson's Farm    
   Rev Shelley's Induction service February 1 2018    
 After a year as our 'Supply' presbyter both Shelley and our congregation were delighted to make the appointment permanent.  Many district visitors and people special to Shelley attended.  

 A message from Rev Shelly - 
"Dear friends, thank you all for your presence at the Induction service on Thursday night and for all your messages of support and encouragement.  Special thanks to June and the choir for your contribution to the service, and to Brice for beautiful works of art in church and lounge.
I don't know where the past year has gone, but you have made the transition from city to town a joy.  I am delighted to be worshiping and ministering with you and look forward to what God has in store for us in the future.  May God's richest blessings be yours.         Shelley"
 The Parish presented Shelley with symbolic gifts of Bible, pastoral roll, pitcher and bowl of service. Shelley, in turn, presented the Parish with a handmade pulpit drop symbolic of our Te Awamutu landscape The Rev Jenny Dawson highlighted the induction as the beginning of a new partnership created so that together we can "finish God's world".hawk flying lonely'.
 The Induction flowers were created by Rev Brice Herbert in the traditional Induction colours of red and white depicting the Holy Spirit.    The black fan depicts darkness in life, red poinsettia symbolizes the holy energy of God, the magnolia leaves indicate new life and white dove symbolizes the peaceful nature of the Holy Spirit.





   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.
 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.