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
Of Many Talents
Continuing through Adversity
In Many Places!
Becomes a Circuit
Second Elizabethan Era
Church 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.