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A NEW CHURCH

1 AT WAIKOUAITI. I Sunday, Btli November, 1914, is a. day I to be remembered in connection with the B history of the Presbyterian Church in i Waikouaiti. It was on this day that tho I new church was dedicated to the service 1 of God and opened for public, worship. I Waikouaiti is a placo of historic assoS ciation, and it is fitting that the church I so intimately connected with tho history I of the settlement in Otago should be i worthily represented in this district. Few I of tho original members of the Church axo II extant, yet their descendants, in accordance with tho genius and best traditions of their Church and nation, felt it their privilege and duty to recognise in some tangible way tho goodness and tho mercy of God throughout the years that arc gone. So tho church now dedicated J* erected to the glory of God and for the j extension of the kingdom of our Ix>rd | I Jesus Christ. The church stands on the j crest of a hill, and can be seen from any part of the surrounding district. It is j I designed in Ootluc style, and erected in j brick, with all weatherings of buttresses, parapets, and mouldings finished in cement, colored a cieam stone color. The. entrance porch, situated on the corner of the building, is surmounted with a gracefully tapered spire 83ft high. The spire is well proportioned, and adds charm and dignity to the church. The main feature of the front is a large tracery window j filled with lead lights of pleasing design and color. The side Gothic windows have ; steel frames, partly hinged, and are glazed i with Flemish glass of a light tint. The | roof is covered with light green slates. ! ! The lofty pan-ollcd ceiling and roof prin- | | cipals make one of the most pleasing i features of the. e>.ireh. The walls are I !( rough finished in plaster, •'Ashlar" lined, I 1 and are a light cream color. Jhe d;i<Jo isj j finished hj; cement, and has been stained „i a dark Venetian red. All the seats and j j ■ woodwork arc of beautifully-figured red , j | pine, and have been finished with dull j I; polish. The choir seats and the pipe | i organ -ire situated in the corner to the ; 1 ri'jht of the pulpit platform, each row . of seats iK»injj raised slightly above the 1 one below J'ho Gothic arched recess id I the back of the platform, with walls colj ored a warm cream, gives a very pk-asing , j effect to the end of the church. Off this! i recess is a minister's vestry. Tho church j is well lighted with acetylene gas, and the j ventilatioVi and acoustics are all tha; ; I could be derired. j j The services in connection with the j dedication of the church were conducted I bv the Rev. G. H. Balfour, M.A.. 8.D.. | agisted by the Rev. J. J. Cairney. The : day was 'beautifully fine, one of those smiling summer days when earth looks fairest. Long before the appointed hour 1 of service the people began to file into the church. This day, which crowned the labors of past months, had been looked forward to with keen interest by the members of the congregation, more especi 1 j.Hy bv the younger portion of the comI lnunity. By (lie hour appointed for ser- ! | Nice the whole of the seating space was i fully, occurred., and ficah juews bad to be

| brought in. After a brief prayer of inJ vocation the congregation were asked to i join in the time-honored and universallyaccepted psalm of praise. Then followed the lessons suitable for the day. The Rev. J. J. Cairney offer oil the prayer of dedication. Taking ;ls hi.s text Matthew xvi., 18, and Acts xx.. 28, Mr Balfour preached with great earnestness and impressiveness on the functions of the Christian Church. Tho musical portion of the service was very efficiently led by the choir. During the offertory the choir gave an excellent rendering of the anthem 'Open to Me the Gates of Righteousness' (Adlam). In the afternoon a service .specially arranged for tho young people was very [ largely attended. I At the evening service the church was | again well fil.'cd. Mr Balfour took for j his text the opening verses of Psalm ciii. | The dominant note of the address was I 'Thankfulness.' Jlc congratulated tho conj gregation on the completion of the church as a thankofi'ering for unnumbered blessings throughout the i>ast 60 years, and expressed the hop© that the building of j the new church might mark a new era in the life and usefulness of the congregation. The choir sang the anthem • The King of Lovo My Shepherd is' (Ashford) during the offertory. The heartiness and brightness of the services were in no small degree owing to the choir. On the Thursday following a social gathering was held to coin me in orate tho opening of the church. This drew together an audience- which completely filled the public hall. The. l!ev. J. J. Cairney presided, and associated with him were the Revs. H. H. Barton, M.A. (represent- ' ing the Presbytery of Dunedin, within whoso bounds Waikouaiti parish lies). G. It. Balfour, M.A , A. M. Finlayson. John Davie. F. J. Xeale. A varied' and interesting programme of musical items, interspersed with speeches, was presented. Special mention must be nude of Mis6CK A. "Valentine, and \. Summers and Mv Va/ontme, who contributed sofos. Mr \ G. W. Johnstone gave, great pleasure to) the audience by his singing tho patri- j oiic song 'Boys of England.' in response i to an encore He gang • Rule, Britannia.' The other numbers contributed by Mr Johnstone were 'I arn a Friar of Orders Grey' (Reeve)' and ' You'll Get Heaps o' Lickins.' Bright, pithy, and helpful speeches weie delivered bv Ill's Worship the Mayor (Mr (',. J. 1,.' Kerr), Messrs J. L. Salmond (architect), James Lowe (builder), and all the ministers present, j A pleasing feature of the gathering was; Ihe presence of a number r>f former mem ' bers "f the congregation from other parti; for the. sake of auld lar.g syne, whdc many who were unable fo be present sent congratulations and best wishes. The choir, under the leadership of Mr Kerr and Miss Kerr (or;rarii«t (, deserve special pra&a for the very efficient manner in which they carried out the part assigned to them in the evening's entertainment. A vote of thanks to all who helped, by Mr W. Hallum. brought the fust part of the programme, to an end. An adjournment was made to ihe supper vo'-m. where ample justice was < done to the good things provided by the ladies, after which tho gathering gradu-i ally dispersed. [

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A NEW CHURCH, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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A NEW CHURCH Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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