On the 9th of February we gathered at the McLeod Bay Community Hall for the ordination to the priesthood of Ray and Sue Blomquist. The nearby Pioneer Church was far too small for the congregation of about 100 who packed into the Hall for a wonderful service of celebration and commitment. Bishop Ross presided, and members of the ministry support team and other friends participated fully. The local congregation (including those of other denominations) worked hard to create an attractive worship space which allowed for an informal but very moving occasion. There were friends from several facets of the couple’s long-standing commitment to ministry present. Ray and Sue will mainly be offering their ministry in the Whangarei Heads area, but will preside occasionally at Onerahi as well. Although retired from the team, the Revd. Mary Molesworth (5th from right, above) will continue her long and faithful ministry alongside Ray and Sue and the lay leadership team.
Ray recently led a very successful fund-raising campaign to purchase the Pioneer Church for the local community’s spiritual needs, after it had become surplus to the requirements of the Presbyterian Church. Now the building is secured for multi-denominational and ecumenical public worship.
Pictured with Ray, Sue and Bishop Ross are the members of the Onerahi-Manaia Ministry Support team along with their Enabler, The Revd. Ian Render (2nd from right).