New vicar installed

St Stephen’s new vicar Rev Sue Burns has been officially installed at the Tamahere Drive church.

Rev Burns, appointed in May, is well known in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki as its Ministry Educator from 1999 to 2008.

Since 2008 she served the national church as Dean of Anglican Studies at St Johns Theological College, Auckland, teaching pastoral studies, approaches to conflict and worship ideas.

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Tamahere, rugby stalwart dies

Rex Pickering, a Tamahere community and rugby stalwart, died yesterday (Tuesday, July 5) in Cambridge, aged 79.

Pickering and wife Christine were honoured for their more than 40 years of community service and dedication to the St Stephen’s parish two years ago, in August 2014.

Pickering, who in life was Waikato’s oldest living All Black, had a lifetime dedication to rugby, representing Waikato at provincial level and the All Blacks for over a decade.

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Twilight market unmissable

The Christmas spirit is sweeping Tamahere and the area’s much anticipated contributions to the festive season in the Waikato get underway this week.

The Twilight Tamahere Market is on this Saturday, December 5 from 4pm to 8pm offering everything from stocking fillers to handcrafted jewellery.

Gift packs, Christmas decorations, quirky cushions and beautiful artworks will also be among the stalls.

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We got da Christmas Blues

Local Blues musician Darcy Perry is being joined by friend and gospel singer Sista Jacqui Baldwin for a concert at St Stephen’s Church on Sunday, December 6 at 7pm.

Born in Mississippi and spending much of her life in Chicago, Jacqui learned to sing in church and has shared her talent around the world.

Entry to the concert at the Tamahere church is a donation, for example canned food, Christmas pudding and the like, which will go to The Combined Christian Food Bank.

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Tam Jam rock ‘n’ rolls

Tam Jam organiser Darcy Perry cast grim looks at a grimly grey sky before noon on Queen’s Birthday Monday as his phone rang with the news that there was officially an 87% chance of rain on the parade.

Undaunted, Perry and his team continued to set up amps, mics, a mixing desk, a drum kit and an impressive bank of speakers on a 15-metre stage in the St Stephen’s Church grounds.

Young volunteers started the barbecue sizzling with sausages and St Stephen’s stalwart Marg Forde delivered hay bales for steps to the stage. Tam Jam 2015 was go!

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Donkey wanted for star role

A donkey. A donkey. My church for a donkey, Reverend Ellen Bernstein said (more or less).

The vicar of St Stephen’s Church is desperately (kinda) seeking a donkey for a star appearance in an upcoming church service.

Anyone with a donkey who would be happy for it to clip clop up the aisle at St Stephen’s Church, Tamahere will be, err, blessed.

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