West Hamilton Anglican Parish
ABOUT USOur self-understanding as a part of "the one, holy, catholic (i.e. universal) and apostolic Church" is best understood from our statements of Mission, Vision and Values.
To build God's Kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit. This statement draws upon Jesus' great commission as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20 and Acts 1:6-11.It is the mission of the whole Church. West Hamilton Anglican Parish understands itself as but one of many partners in that mission.
To be an Anglican parish family which is Christ-centred, biblical, vibrant and growing.
We are committed to the parish model of church: the church in the local community. We value being a family in which the pastoral team knows every member and can care for them. As we grow in size we will plant new congregations rather than lose the intimacy of fellowship that the parish model affords. At the same time, we are committed to being faithful followers of Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Bible, and of his teaching.
HISTORYWest Hamilton Parish was originally Frankton Parish. The original church, St George's, was a timber building on the corner of Somerset St and Lake Rd, Frankton. It was destroyed by fire on 22 February 1972 and the adjacent hall was converted into the new St George's. In 1957 St Barnabas' church was built at Whatawhata and in 1975 St David's church centre was built at Dinsdale (in partnership with the Methodists). By the late 1990s St David's had become the main worship centre with Frankton becoming increasingly industrialised and Whatawhata virtually a dormitory town of Hamilton. The Methodists had been bought out of the building in the late 80s.
In 2000 St George's was sold to Habitat for Humanity and a new St George's Chapel built onto St David's. St Barnabas' was sold in 2005. The St George's congregation began to grow again and in 2009 the chapel was enlarged within the confines of the existing building to double its seating capacity. The life of the parish was revitalised in the 70s and 80s through the charismatic renewal of the Holy Spirit. It continues to be shaped by the charismatic and evangelical traditions.
THE TEAMVicar - Michael Hewat
Pastoral Care - Gary Evans & Sue Mooar
Senior Youth - Kimberley Hewat
Children's Church - Kimberley Hewat & Michelle Evans
Family Groups -
Gary Evans, Sue Mooar & Hilda-Marie Slatter
Music - Steve Barker
Service to the Community - Diana Brown
Mission Support Team - Moira Jones
Resources - Gary Evans & Helen McAuliffe
Vicar's Warden - Kevin Ladbrook
People's Warden - Hilda-Marie Slatter
Parish Administrator - Kathy Barker
Treasurer - Helen McAuliffe
Recorder - Lynda Tarrant