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Trinity Methodist Church Tua Marina 1875-1950 - 75th Anniversary
A Noble Pioneer
First Methodist Settlers
Erection of Church
A minister is appointed
The New Church
Laying the Foundation stone
Opening of New Church
Mr John Botham
Mr George Botham
Mr. W. S. Harris
By the REV. H. RANSTON, M.A.. Litt. D.
I count it a privilege to have been a minister in the Tua Marina end of the Blenheim Circuit from 1906 to the beginning of 1909. I learnt to appreciate the solid worth of the folk in my charge. If I were to begin to mention names, I should not know where to stop, for in Tua Marina I met some of the finest Christians it has been my good fortune to know; it was my first charge after ordination and I learnt much about solid and practical religion. Here were people with deep heart-felt spiritual experience that co-existed not with noisy demonstration but with quiet demeanour and speech; men and women who knew long hours of work at their secular callings but found good time for the culture of their souls; who loved Christ and His Church with a passionate and self-sacrificing zeal, and because they loved their Lord they cared for their fellows as well. Methodism owes much to people like these.
It is evident that their spirit did not die with the passing of most of them to higher service. The following pages tell a worthwhile story of persistent Christian effort right up to to-day. They speak for themselves.