Tamahere and St Stephen’s Church stalwarts Rex and Christine Pickering have been honoured for their long community service.
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.”