The Story of 116 Years of Progress in Southland.
Methodism in Southland
1. THE COMING OF THE MISSIONARY.
2. THE YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION.
3. THE MOTHER CHURCH-INVERCARGILL CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH.
OTATARA PREACHING PLACE.
LONGBUSH PREACHING PLACE.
4. THE EDENDALE-WYNDHAM-MORTON MAINS CIRCUIT.
5. THE ST. PETER'S CIRCUIT.
6. THE BLUFF CIRCUIT: SOUTHLAND'S OLDEST METHODIST DISTRICT.
7. THE WESTERN SOUTHLAND METHODIST DISTRICT.
OTAUTAU CHURCH : THE CENTRAL DISTRICT.
WINTON METHODIST CHURCH.
THE WAIAU CIRCUIT : TUATAPERE DISTRICT.
OHAI METHODIST CHURCH.
8. THE GORE CIRCUIT.
MATAURA PREACHING PLACE.
For this Centennial Year of Southland, I had dreamed dreams of a History of Methodism, worthy of her contribution to the life of the community. When it appeared, through pressure of work, that my dreams were not to be translated into reality, the way was suddenly opened.
Frank Glen, a Student of Trinity Theological College, back home in Invercargill for the long vacation, had already been in touch with the Editor of the "Methodist Times" concerning an article on early Southland Methodism for the Connexional Paper. He immediately consented to gather information for a fuller survey, and set about his task forthwith. I feel certain that every possible moment of his vacation, when not working for a city firm or preparing for his weekly preaching appointment at Edendale, he talked and wrote "History"! He interviewed aged pioneers and writers of Southland History; he collected data from Circuit Records and brochures and from Press reports; he travelled fairly extensively and used my telephone until it cried out for mercy!
This is the result.
The history shows unmistakably that we can take great pride in our Church and its witness through the years, and that it is continuing to make a very worthy contribu-tion to the life of the Province.
We congratulate Mr. Glen on the result of his painstaking work, and commend it heartily to all. It is an achievement of which Frank has good reason to be proud.
May I express appreciation to those who have assisted me with the actual publication and distribution of this History, and to our regular advertisers in the "Southland Methodist,'' who, by donating valuable space, have helped to make it poswble.
A. R. WITHEFORD.
5 Chapman Street,