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Waterview 1875-1975


Primitive Methodist Pioneers
Waterview now Emerges
The First Church Building at Waterview
A Century of Service by a Loyal Family
A Man True to his Name
Growth and a New Church
Methodist Union Affects Waterview
A Period of Growth
More Adventurous Planning
The 75th Anniversary
The Great Removal
Inter-Church Relationships
A Wider Union Proposal
Notes from Reminiscences
A Young Man looks back
Primitive Methodist Ministers 1875-1913
Superintendent Ministers of the Avondale Circuit
Waterview Church Office Bearers 1975

The little Church community who use the buildings at the corner of Great North Road and Fir Street, Waterview, are this year 1975 celebrating their Centennial of Christian work and witness in the District. Today they are a unit in the Presbyterian-Methodist Union Parish of Avondale.

To understand the significance of the Waterview congregation in the family structure of New Zealand Church life, one must go back at least to the rise of the Primitive-Methodist Connexion as a branch of British Methodism under the leadership of Hugh Bourne and William Clowes in England in 1810. By 1841 the Primitive-Methodist Church, working largely among the working classes of England, was following with interest the emigrants who were establishing their homes in the new colonies, and was also concerned for the evangelisation of the indigenous peoples of those lands.

Geo. I. Laurenson