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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 
 
Preface 
 
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.