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Through Changing Scenes by K.Abercrombie - Wesley Historical Society

The 80th Anniversary History of the Rawene Methodist Church

The 80th Anniversary History of the Rawene Methodist Church 1876-1956


Ministers and Home Missionaries


In the Beginning

Settlers Arrive

Land Reserved


Of Many Talents

Continuing through Adversity

Launch Purchased

"Long Treks"

In Many Places!

Circuit Divided

Better Communications

Becomes a Circuit

More Advances

Second Elizabethan Era

Church Institutions

Churh and Community

The Church Building

Gave Time and Talents

As They knew us

The Lighter Side


This compilation of the Rawene Methodist Church's first eighty years may differ from other such histories.

Believing that history can be a pleasure I have minimised the use of "dates" which often tend to bore the reader. Rather I have stressed the triumphs and setbacks of the people-who after all, are the Church.

It will be seen that the story often concerns the whole circuit. This has been done because while gathering information about Rawene, much concerned the circuit as a whole. Rather than let it pass into oblivion I have included it in this account.

Much of the information in this booklet came not from manuscripts, but from people, and I wish to thank the following who provided much valuable information: The Revs. H. A. Cochrane, D. G. Sherson, B.A., R. Grice, C. B. Oldfield, A. W. McKay, J. W. Parker, and H. Bateup (former ministers of the Hokianga circuit), the Revs. G. I. Laurenson, E. W. Hames, M.A., and H. L. Fiebig, B.A. (Connexional Secretary), Miss N. E. Bawden, Messrs. Geo. Pearson, T. G. M. Spooner, M.A., K. Langton (photographs), G. F. G. Millar and T. P. Lane.

This book has been made possible by the members of the Rawene Methodist Church Trust (Rev. H. D. Besant, B.A., Miss N. E. Bawden, Messrs. D. E. Fletcher, F. 0. J. Langton and Geo. Pearson). I extend my sincere thanks to Miss C. Langton who typed the manuscript, and to Mr. L. Abercrombie and the Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society, the Rev. L. R. M. Gilmore, B.A., and the Rev. E. W. Hames, M.A., of Trinity College, who read the manuscript and offered advice.

1st September, 1956.