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 Primitive Methodism in New Zealand
           

Beginnings.

Robert Ward landed, a stranger amongst strangers. There was nothing to distinguish him from other immigrants. He was unknown, his coming unprepared for and unexpected. There was no nucleus of a Church, however small. Single handed he had to begin, right from the foundation, and he lost no time in vain wishes. On Sunday, September 1st, 1844, Mr. Ward commenced with a house-to-house visitation. At two o'clock in the afternoon he took his stand on the Huatoki Bridge, in the centre of the township. Taking a chair for a pulpit, he preached from the text-"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."