Primitive birthday for Hamilton Methodists
Primitive Methodists arrived in the Waikato 100 years ago and to celebrate the centenary the Hamilton Methodist Parish has organised three days of activities over Labour Day weekend.
The Primitive Methodist Church began to hold services in 1904 at Hamilton’s old Borough Council Chambers (which stood on the site now occupied by the Bank of NZ, Victoria Street). In 1906 St Paul’s Church in London Street was built thanks to the generosity of local Methodists, donations from the wider New Zealand Methodist community, and the untiring efforts of the first Home Missionary, Rev Peter Mairs and his sister Mrs J.L. Wright.
Organisers of the centenary celebrations would like to hear from descendents of the early families who may have stories to share or photos and/or memorabilia to lend for the displays.
The opening of the historical display will be accompanied by an organ recital at 12 noon, Wednesday October 20th.
A highlight of the weekend celebrations will be a river cruise on the Waipa Delta paddle boat complemented with afternoon tea and a commentary on Hamilton’s history. It takes place on Saturday, October 23rd.
Worship service on Sunday will be followed by a catered lunch (cost $15) and a historical walking tour.
For enquiries or to share your memories and memorabilia contact Helen Lockhart or Rev Susan Thompson at (07) 839 3951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.