Easter Day Ordination

Easter Day Ordination at St James Kerikeri

Easter Day Ordination at St James Kerikeri. Bishop Jim was presider and preacher. The church was packed for both the Celebration of the Resurrection and the  ordination of  Pam Harrison-Boyd to the (transitional) Diaconate. Currently the clergy team is seriously girl-powered, assisted by the fact that three of them are Aussie Sheilas (Shirley, far left, Pam, behind Bishop Jim, and Pat between Pam & me (Ian). Also featured (from left) are Barbara (Pastoral Care, next to Shirley), Sandy (Priest), Yvonne (Vocational Deacon), Fiona (Transitional Deacon) and Flip (Worship Co-ordinator, below me). It was a beautiful morning for the service, and then it hosed down when we were enjoying a shared lunch.


Onerahi-Manaia ordinations

Ordinations celebrated at McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads

Ordinations celebrated at McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads

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).