Silverdale GWS elevated to local congregation status

By VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: December 1, 2023

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A little over four years after it was established as a group worship service (GWS), Silverdale, in the Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand, was recently granted local congregation status. It held its inaugural worship service on October 29, 2023. New officers also took their oath of office during the worship service to help the Church Administration in caring for the brethren in Silverdale.

For such a momentous occasion, the Church members in this newly-established congregation gathered at Wainui Hall along Waitoki Road, Wainui, New Zealand. Brethren from neighboring local congregations, including Auckland, Hamilton, Manukau, Massey, North Shore, Papakura, and Tauranga, also attended the event.

Succeeding worship services will resume at the Hibiscus Coast Community House in Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland, which serves as the congregation’s place of worship.

Brother Dennis Dahunan, district supervising minister, led the sacred gathering. In his Bible-based homily, he exhorted the brethren to be steadfast in holding on to their divine election whatever they encounter in this world and to trust the Lord God through prayers.

“Our GWS becoming a local congregation is a great blessing for us,” Timoteo Vivas Jr., head deacon, expressed. “We firmly believe that God abides in us, He does not forsake us, and He is helping us to become active in all our Church endeavors. We thank Him, and the Church Administration, being led by Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, in keeping us strong in the faith.”

The inaugural worship service in Silverdale was preceded with that of the Local Congregation of Invercargill South, on October 14. Indeed, with God’s help and mercy, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) continues to grow in New Zealand. — With reports from Eveline Vivas of INC News Section

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