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February 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

Allan and Roslyn Robertson welcomed into membership and as leaders of our young people's group. Welcome to Wendy Hensman. Havelock North and Hastings Baptist joined to dedicate the house which is to be used by the Havelock North Baptist Fellowship. Hastings would like to thank Napier for presenting the musical "No Turning Back." Sympathy is extended to Patty Osborne whose sister died recently. It was a joy to sing carols, distribute cards and Christmas cake to our elderly folk. A barbeque tea was held prior to a Christmas carol service at which the Hastings Citizen Band were our guest.


March 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

The Deacons think we are all so photogenic that they are going to take our photos for a "Get-to-Know-You" album, so we're all practising our smiles! Best wishes to Chris Reynolds who goes to join the NZ Navy Band. Congratulations to Graeme Fowler who has passed the A-Grade mechanics course. Congratulations to all our young people who did well in their exams especially Lynda Donaldson, Bill Noell and Jillian McKenzie who received A bursaries.


April 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

We were sorry to farewell Jonathan and Helen Hensman to Hamilton. We look forward to seeing them back on holiday. Our pastor was the speaker at a weekend camp held for the Havelock Nth Fellowship. Special thanks to Mrs Ida Bewley as she retires after being President for many years of the Ladies Friendly Hour.


May 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

We were sorry to farewell Mrs Helen Restall who has gone to live in Brisbane - we will miss her contributions as a talented violinist. Our "Over Forties" visited Trelinnoe Scenic Gardens on the Old Coach Rd. Pleased to share Good Friday Service with our Methodist neighbours and to welcome the Covenant Players on Easter Sunday evening. Best wishes to Andrea Lee and Paul Guard from Hawaii who have announced their engagement and are to be married shortly. We are delighted to have Noel and Elma Thompson back with us as interim pastors. Cyclone Bola brought the whole community together to help and support those affected. Many of our church family lost gardens, fences, even roofs and windows but no one was hurt. We combined with the Bell Block Baptist Church for a Good Friday service in our building. Our eldest member, Miss Beth Hadden passed into the presence of the Lord aged 91.


July 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

Welcome home to Ruth McKenzie working in Bhutan with Interserve. Welcome into Membership to Linda Johnson, Jack and Cynthia Black, Murray and Ana MacDonald. Murray was baptised recently and their little son Paul was dedicated. Joanne and Berns Harris brought Benjamin for dedication. Thanks to Buck Pound who was our energetic speaker at Church Camp. Our Sympathy to Sir Dawson Donaldson on the homecalling of his wife. Best wishes to Delcie and Max Paynter on their marriage.


August 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

Thank you to Bill Fulton for conducting a Memory training course. The Havelock North fellowship recently held its inaugural service as a Baptist Church. We farewelled Berns and Joanne Harris and family as they settle in Palmerston North. Sympathy is extended to Jean and Gordon McKenzie who have suffered bereavement. Welcome home to Heather Hunt on furlough from Interserve where she is Hostess of the Butwal guest house. Miss Mavis Mardon is attending fourth General Assembly of Baptist Women's union of the south West Pacific in Brisbane.


September 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

Our missionary, Heather Hunt was the chief cook when the Church experienced the food and culture of Nepal. Ruth McKenzie returns to Bhutan with Interserve. Helen Stanton, Judy Drake, Linda Millward, Vicki Gold, Michelle Baines and Dorothy Nixon were baptised. Sympathy is extended to the Wilson family in the loss of Mrs Pat Wilson and to Norma Callister whose mother passed away. Our Day Care and Sunday School Children delighted us at our Church Family Celebration Service. Farewell to Alan and Ros Robertson who have moved to Auckland.


October 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

A warm welcome into Membership to Ian and Judy Drake, Linda Millward, Michelle Baines, Vicki Gold, Dorothy Nixon, Bill Fulton and to Alex and Ian McLintock from Dunedin and Peter and Sophie Barrett from Auckland. It was a pleasure to have the Union President, Tom Cadman back to the Bay. Our ladies have established a Casserole Bank to help sick, solo, elderly and needy folk in our community. Hastings and Napier churches joined to view a musical presented by the Northcote church. Thank you Northcote.


November 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

Welcome home to Paul and Christine McIntosh. Congratulations to Geoff Whelan, the new Hastings President of the Bible Society; the Donaldsons and McGarveys on new grandchildren; Rae Hensman and Betty Nicholls, recently married in Montana. A camp was held at Tutira for Senior Sunday School pupils. Kate Coles and Robert Wotherspoon recently engaged. Thanks to those who conducted the Marriage Seminar and those who have established a Firewood Bank. We welcome our new choir and the Festival Singers. Our sympathy to Anne Ledingham and the Trim and Kemp families in their bereavements.


December 1988

HASTINGS Rev Peter Eaton 10.30 7.00

The Hastings Citizens' Band joined the congregation for a morning celebration of worship, followed by a finger luncheon. Rev. Lionel Stewart preached at a recent morning service and then met with the Elders and Deacons for lunch. Teaching sessions are in progress to equip people for more effective Sunday School teaching. A coffee and dessert evening was held for the 20-30's age group. A church library has been established. Donations are being received to enable Steve and Maryann Trim and their family to experience a short term of mission work in Fiji. The wall hanging for the current B.W.L. project was on display recently.

STOP PRESS: Gained first prize at Assembly!

N.Z. Baptist Magazine

Since the first days of the church, Hastings Baptist submitted regular summaries of church life and events to the New Zealand Baptist Magazine.  As part of the centenary archive those updates have been collected and reproduced here.  It is a catalogue of people and moments that have shaped the church’s story.