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reminder

of our focus on Christ.


From Youth group 4 people became missionaries, Alex Weir, Jane Dean, Robbie
Bryant and Sharon Dando.

22.7.71 Raetihi Ohakune Baptist Fellowship formed a constitution.
13.11.71 Joint pastorate with Taumaranui Baptist Church. Neither church could
afford full time pastor so both churches made a contribution. Terry Revell would
come one Sunday per month.

31.11.71 Raetihi Ohakune Baptist Church purchases the Salvation Army hall. Philip
Scarrow and Jim Crystall travelled to Wellington to Salvation Army Head Quarters to
purchase the building for $12,000. This included all the contents, office papers
furniture and the flag. The pot belly stove was roaring hot and stoked up half way
through the service, a welcome warmth to new visitors who often sat next to it but
were later to been seen overheating and removing their jerseys.
Baptisms were held at the Brethren Chapel and down at the river on Scarrows
farm. One time Terry Revell who was conducting the baptisms almost baptised
himself when he slipped on a rock.
Harvest festival was always a great time of celebration with Fruit and vegetables
cascading over the front stage.
Church folk travelled up to Waikune prison for church services and Bible study. On
frequent occasions a bus load of prisoners would travel down to Raetihi for Church
services.
Bible in Schools at Raetihi School was well received and took place every Wednesday
morning. Later on in years Bible in schools was also taking place in Orautoha and
Ngamatea schools.

1975 Hugh Nees came as a joint pastorate from Taumaranui and did a service a
month alone with one day visiting a month.
Happy Hour Childrens Holiday Programme was run every day for half the day during
the winter school holidays at the church for the local children in the community,
consisting of games, crafts, bible stories.

30.1.80 Mark Jackson a Baptist Evangelist came for 4 weeks.
Many thanks to Palmerston North, Whanganui Central, Whanganui East, Gonville
Baptist Churches and Taumaranui Baptist who have been incredibly supportive in
taking services and bringing youth to our church. Ian and Marvis Hunt travelled for 4
years once a month from Palmerston North to take a service. We are very grateful
for their contribution to the life of the church.

1981 Bob Dyer part time pastor from Nova Scotia, Canada came. He grew and sold
his own vegetables, as well as delivering mail for Graeme Fredricksen for the 1 am
mail run to Waiouru and the limited express at 2 am.
During this time group tramping trips to the Bridge to Nowhere and Whakahora
were part of the church life with groups up to 20 taking part. Fun times!
1984 Dave Gilberd led a combined Youth Group with many young people attending
Friday night with a strong core group. Jim Lyon and Fiona Fraser continue on with