A New Beginning

A new beginning - together with thanksgiving for the faith and work of the past - was marked on Sunday, February 10, at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre when an historic step was taken in the parishes of St James’ and St Paul’s Presbyterian Parishes. 
On that day the two parishes were dis-established and a new, single parish has now been formed. The celebratory service was led by the moderator of the Alpine Presbytery, Rev Anne Stewart. Also taking part were the interim moderator of the parish, Rev Brent Richardson and the parish clerks, Almond Royds and John Tyrrell. The sermon was preached by Rev Arii Taimatatora, from the Plains Presbyterian Church.

Rev Anne Stewart

Rev Brent Richardson

Rev Arii Taimatoatora

Rev Martin Stewart

Almond Royds

John Tyrrell