Pickerings’ efforts recognised

Aug 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, Local People
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Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.

Christine and Rex Pickering receive a letter of thanks from Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley

Christine and Rex Pickering receive a letter of thanks from Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley

The Pickerings have been members of the St Stephen’s parish for more than 40 years and have been involved in everything from the re-building of the church after it was razed by fire to the iconic Christmas Festival.

In a surprise move, Waikato Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley made a presentation to the couple at today’s church service, which noted their contribution ranging from friendship to fundraising.

A letter of recognition from the Anglican Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki noted the Pickering’s many contributions, commitments and initiatives including the rebuilding of the church following a fire in the 1970s, the subsequent expansion of the church and hall, the establishment of the influential “Wednesday-School” attended by hundreds of Tamahere School children, and the long-running Christmas Festival supported by year-round craft and fellowship activities in The Barn on their Tamahere lifestyle block.

The citation ended by acknowledging the couple’s self-effacing, low-key and team approach: “For your humble, gracious willingness to serve Christ’s church, regardless of recognition or personal reward, we offer you our most sincere thanks.”

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