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December 2004

Smooth sailing for Methodist Conference 2004
The City of Sails put on fine weather and mostly smooth water for Methodist Church of NZ Conference 2004. As it tried out a new a new format, Conference put the final seal on some major decisions and referred some issues for further consultation and deliberation.
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Look on fringes to find future church
Worship and spirituality are not confined to the Church, and one of the challenging presentations Methodist Conference 2004 heard was about some of the spiritual quests groups and individuals are on outside the mainstream.
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Conference chaplain attuned to ethnic issues
Many delegates may not have recognised one of the chaplains who conducted the induction and ordination services at Methodist Conference 2004. Rev Bastianpillai Prince Devanandan only took up his current position at Henderson Methodist Church, in 2003 although he served as a pastor in his native Sri Lanka since 1987.
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Last post first duty
The first public duty Ron Malpass performed as Methodist Church president was the service for New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior at Wellington’s St Paul cathedral on November 11th. read more

Find God’s glory at Christmas
By Rev Terry Wall
When children first begin to paint, they portray people with long arms and legs. From their perspective adults must tower over them. The most prominent feature that they trace is the face. These large round faces usually have eyes, nose and mouth, sometimes ears and if you are lucky hair.
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PNG church grasps thorny social issues
One of the guests at Methodist Conference 2004 was moderator of the United Church of Papua Guinea Rev Samson Lowa and his wife Jessie.
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Rangiatea old girls stroll down memory lane
Former residents of former Rangiatea Methodist Girls’ Hostel gathered in New Plymouth over Labour weekend for a reunion celebration.
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Brothers at ease on top the charts
By Tracey Anderson
Over the past year the R&B group Adeaze, made up of brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i, has worked its way to the top of the New Zealand charts twice with the singles ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘Getting Stronger’. The Adeaze brothers say they have been singing and performing in church and Sunday school since they were as young as four years old...
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Rural churches pose some hard questions
In September the Clare Valley in South Australia is a pocket of vineyards set in a huge expanse of green fields of wheat, barley and bright golden fields of canola. This year it was the setting for a conference on rural ministry entitled ‘Recapturing Passion for the Local Church’. About 130 lay and ordained people attended the conference and they included 25 New Zealanders.
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Christianity flavours Ghana’s cultural mix
By Kate O’Boyle
Ghana, like much of Africa, is full of contrasts. While wealthy urban dwellers live a lifestyle that resonates with that of the Western World, the urban poor and the rural population retain more traditional lifestyles and beliefs. Despite these differences and the country’s complex ethnic diversity, Christianity remains a strong force in the daily lives of Ghanaians from all backgrounds.
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