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A history of the Tawa Flat Methodist Church 1850-1951.

Yes God is Good - Tawa Methodist Church
by Arthur H.Carman

"As it was in the Beginning" 
The Vanguard Appears 
The First Church Building 
The Church in Action 
Tawa Flat Sunday School 
"Ourselves your Servants for Jesus' Sake" 
Some Early Families 
The Present Church Building 
The Taylor Family 
Still More Early Families 
News of the New Church Building


A THOUSAND years in Thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past, and as a watch in the night."-So wrote the Psalmist: but we cannot see with God's perspective, and a hundred years more than spans most of our little lives. It is surely a good thing at the end of one such period, to pause awhile and remember and rejoice, before moving forward to take up the new tasks that await us.

If this Centennial is an important occasion in the life of the Church, it is not less so in the life of the district.

"What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" applies to communities as it does to men. These pioneers who built their Church, even while they built their dwellings and their barns provide an example for us-for we tend to say, "After we have built and furnished our homes, and laid out our gardens, then we can give the Church a place in our attention." James Taylor and those who laboured with him knew that home and Church buttress each other, and that healthy Churches mean happy homes. They knew that character was all important.
"Why build these cities glorious,
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the work,
Unless the builder also grows."

And they also knew that "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

This foreword cannot conclude without grateful reference to Mr. Carman who has proved to be the historian of the Church and of the district. Without his keen and accurate research, extending over a number of years, this story could not have been told. He himself has, in many ways, helped to build the Church whose history he so well records.