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A Century of Light - Centennial Survey of Thames Methodist Church by Hazel P. Harris - Wesley Historical Society






Centennial Survey of Thames Methodist Church

                                         
A Century of Light


Contents

James Buller

Church Leaders

Through the Years

The Primitive Methodist Church

The Wesleyan Methodists

Shortland Methodist Church

Grahamstown Church

Union

Puriri Church

Diamond Jubilee

Puru Church

The Church Moves Again

Then and Now

Music

Band of Hope

Methodist Women's Fellowship

Ladies Guild

Missionary Auxiliary

Wesley Mothers

Men's Fellowship

Methodist Sunday School in Thames

Junior Choir

Bible Class

The Reverend Harris Whitfield

Officials of Thames Circuit






Prefatory Note

FROM time to time, as certain appropriate anniversaries have been reached, parts of the story of Methodism in Auckland have been told. Mainly the history of Pitt Street Church and Circuit has thus been covered. To devote the major part of this further recital to ground so fully traversed before would be, in the writer's opinion, of less service than to deal with events not so generally known, perhaps not really known at all. Manifestly, a story of the whole centennial period, 1841-1941, would require a book of substantial size. So the practical question as to what to enlarge upon and even what to leave out has called for practical answer. To omit anything of importance would be regrettable. But much must be omitted and much given only slender reference. It would be pleasing to give place, for instance, to pen-sketches of many actors in the leading events, to describe the great part played by the laity of the Church, to travel widely out from the bounds of the city, to chat about obscure folk meriting more than casual mention, and particularly to do honour to other branches of the Methodist family than that alone in the field when Methodism first came to Auckland. Within inescapably severe limits of space and time, these pleasures must be foregone, no matter what disappointment is felt. It seems best to try to tell fully what has not been told before, to follow closely the main thread of Auckland's Methodist pro-gress from the status of a distant outpost of missionary enterprise to that of head of an early Circuit, to rescue from obscurity the most fascinating phases of a critical past, and to do this with adequate care for historical authority. The outcome may be deemed a mere fragment, but it should not be chargeable with lack of perspective or lack of appreci-ation of what is being accomplished to-day. A steady back-ward look " across a hundred years " may, if rightly directed, gather inspiration for many a day to come; grateful thought about Tangiteroria and Auckland and James Buller may lead some to serve more devotedly the Auckland to which, by the path of duty, he helped to bring, long ago, the Kingdom of God.