RCNZ Synod (2)
The following summary of events from the September 5 proceedings of the 27th Synod of the RCNZ is abbreviated and used with permission of reporter John Van Dyke.
Rev John Haverland lead in devotions from Ephesians 4:17–5:2 to open the first day of business proper.
In opening remarks, Rev Bruce Hoyt first of all expressed sadness, on behalf of all those gathered, at the closure of the Reformed Church of Mangere. Ministers farewelled included Revs Reiner Noppers, Sjirk Bajema and Jim Klazinga. Also Craig van Echten who, having served his vicariate, is departing to Western Australia. Conversely it is a pleasure to welcome into the RCNZ Revs Peter Moelker, Tim Rott, Andrew de Vries, Daniel Wilson and Nathan Ketchen (Palmerston North designate), and Mr Erik Stolte (vicar Pukekohe). Welcomes to synod were extended to fraternal delegates from likeminded churches…