Waitaki Herald : January 20th 2016
4 WAITAKI HERALD, JANUARY 20, 2016 stuff.co.nz Oamaru Union Parish set to close doors LEE JAMIESON After more than a century of holding Methodist Church services, the Oamaru Union Parish is to close. Reverend Colin Hay retired from St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in 2009 and has been looking after the congregation at the Union Parish since. ‘‘One of the national partners, Christian Churches New Zealand (formerly the Associated Churches of Christ), has made it clear that they wanted to dissolve the tie and to recoup its financial interests to support work elsewhere,’’ Hay said. ‘‘This, along with the Methodist Church’s policy following the Christchurch earthquake directing that the Church building is earthquake prone and therefore is no longer safe for occupation, has left the congregation feeling somewhat betrayed and lost.’’ Rev Hay said the Methodist Church, on Eden St, opened on February 3 in 1875, and had been in constant use to the present time – ‘‘but the time had come for change’’. ‘‘It will officially close on Sunday, January 24, as it hands over the care and guardianship of the church buildings to the Tongan Methodist Church of Oamaru,’’ Hay said. Hay would lead the final service along with other members of the congregation. The Oamaru Union Parish was the result of an amalgamation of the Wesley Methodist Church and the Associated Churches of Christ congregations in 1970, he said. ‘‘With dwindling numbers and the resultant tiredness from the struggle to survive against the odds, the congregation has decided to hand over the guardianship of the church property to the Tongan Methodist congregation and the remaining members are finding a new home within other Oamaru congregations.’’ The Methodist fellowship would continue with informal meetings ‘‘from time to time to maintain their long standing association and friendship’’, he said. still The Church building would require structural strengthening before it could be used for regular worship, and plans for this were in process. Until the work was completed church services would be held in Reverend Colin Hay, who retired six years ago, is sad nothing can be done to prevent the Oamaru Union Parish from closing. He has held services at the church since he retired from St Pauls in Oamaru. the Wesley Hall. ‘‘With Oamaru’s Tongan population on the increase, the local Tongan Methodist congregation are looking forward to a long and happy future as they assume the care and guardianship of Oamaru’s historic Methodist Church,’’ Hay said. Oamaru properties broken into A private home and a business in Oamaru were broken into and had property stolen during the weekend. Sergeant Tony Woodbridge said police received a report on Sunday morning that property was stolen from a home in Reed St some time between 10 and 11pm on Saturday night. Police were talking to neighbours in the area. About the same time on Saturday night, a security guard had reported a burglary at Blondini’s Hair and Beauty salon on Eden St. ‘‘At Blondini’s we’re aware of a broken window and forensics are being examined,’’ Woodbridge said. Police were investigating CCTV security footage from nearby businesses and were interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen any suspicious circumstances in the area on Saturday night. Oamaru St John Youth who went to Hong Kong’s International Cadet Camp, from left, ShaniaMiller, 16, Georgia Vickers, 15, Ashley Mathers, 17, divisional youth manager Felicia McCrone, and Dondu Ozkan, 14. Trip of a lifetime for St John youths LEE JAMIESON Four Oamaru St John youth members who returned from Hong Kong’s International Cadet Camp last week would do it all again if they could. The group travelled with divisional youth manager Felicia McCrone to Hong Kong on December 29 and returned to New Zealand on January 11, having visited The Big Buddha, Ocean Park and Disneyland. ‘‘They enjoyed spending time getting to know youth who are passionate about helping others, just like them,’’ McCrone said. ‘‘Youth members were involved in orienteering around the city, Amazing Race style, [following clues to their next destination], completing volunteer work with young children, the elderly and the disadvantaged.’’ They participated in the parade for the St John Ambulance Brigade Centenary in Hong Kong and a gala dinner. ‘‘The girls fundraised all of last year to be able to attend this event and would like to be able to thank everyone who supported them.’’ McCrone said she personally enjoyed the diversity of the food and watching the youth members grow and develop. There were about 500 youth participants from 11 countries who took part in the camp, and each country selected teams to compete in the international first aid competitions, including drill and home nursing. The International Cadet Camp and competitions is held every two years and will be held in Malaysia in 2018. A total of 71 youth from New Zealand went to the camp, four of them selected to compete in the international first aid competitions. The New Zealand Team won first place for the third successive time, having taken part in the international first aid competitions previously in Australia and New Zealand. POLICE NOTEBOOK ■ An Oamaru man, 21 was arrested on Sunday at 2.30pm for failing to appearing in the Oamaru District Court on January 13. ■ An Oamaru man, 41, who blew 1049 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath will appear in the Oamaru District Court on January 27. Police processed the man for drink driving on January 13 at 4.15pm. ■ An Oamaru man, 23, was apprehended by police for doing two 360-degree spins in his Holden Commodore on the corner of Usk and Reed streets on January 10. He will appear in the Oamaru District Court on January 27, on a charge of causing a vehicle to have sustained loss of traction.
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