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Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

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PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

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The Ministerial Succession

Primitive Methodist Origins


New Zealand Mission Established

Established in Timaru

Waimate Society Formed

Oamaru and Waimate Station Formed

First Appointment

Oamaru Mission

Oamaru and Waimate Station

A Local Camp Meeting

Oamaru Circuit

Church Built at Waimate

Rev Charles E. Bailey 1878-1881

Rev James Clover 1881-1883

Rev Thomas Sadler 1883-1884

Temporary Appointments

Mr Thomas Harwood Lyon

Rev Jesse Boothroyd

Mr Thomas Ellis Jones

Rev William Coombs Woodward

Mr Walter Harris

A Parsonage is Built

A Crisis Overcome

A Church Union Move

Rev Joseph Carlisle

The Temperance Clause

Church Music

Sunday Schools and Youth

Country Preaching Places

A Quaint Resolution

Transfer of Allegiance

Church Union Consummated

Final Quarterly Meeting

The Final Church Services

FGarewell to Rev James Guy

New Beginnings

Obituaries Recorded

Personal Notes


It is highly likely that most people in Waimate have never heard of the Primitive Methodist Church, and yet the older generation whose memories go back beyond 1913 will' remember it as one of the most virile of the smaller denominations in the district.

I have pleasure therefore in presenting this volume covering its history from 1875 to 1913, a period of 38 years.

It had all the trappings of a well organised church, conservative in doctrine, and rigid in discipline. One could not be a member of the church merely by attending, but had to be accepted by the Quarterly Meeting, firstly on trial, and later as a full member on the roll. One could be disciplined by suspension of membership or removal from the roll. "Doubtful members" were interviewed by the minister, and reasons for removal included "backsliding", "ceased to attend", and giving way to strong drink. Members seldom died. They were "called home", or "called to rest from his labours".

The membership of Waimate and Oamaru combined usually totalled around the 50 mark, but in those days church attendance by "hearers" was ii feature of public worship, and full churches were quite usual.

The Waimate society provided, though maybe not evenly over the whole period, two services on Sunday, class meetings, prayer meetings, weekday as well as Sunday, Sunday School, Christian Endeavour societies, both junior and senior, Bible Classes, Harvest festival's with the usual tea meeting and auction on the Monday, church anniversaries followed by a soiree, revival missions at regular intervals, and temperance meetings. There would be the usual baptisms, marriages and funerals.

Early Methodism spread rapidly mainly through the services of the local preachers. Doctrine rather than education and refinement was the test applied and local preachers on trial' were required to state in writing their doctrinal be-lief before being fully accredited.

Guy and Potter in their "Fifty Years of Primitive Methodism in New Zealand" speaking of doctrine say, "The early preachers were required to know it by heart, and with its provisions as part of their mental constitution, they preached a full, free and present salvation and had the joy of seeing hundreds and thousands of sinners converted."

I cannot close this preface without thankfully acknowledging the help given by Marcia Baker, archivist of the Methodist connexional office in Christchurch, Don McCabe of the Waimate Advertiser, and Lynda Wallace who is in charge of the Waimate Historical Museum.

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