Tauranga GWS levels up to local congregation status

By ROXANNE ROSQUITA and MARK ANDRO MILAN

Date Posted: July 27, 2021

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Days prior to the Church Of Christ’s 107th anniversary, brethren enlisted in Tauranga Group Worship Service (GWS) in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, gathered to thank God for a milestone: their GWS is now a full-fledged local congregation. They held their inaugural worship service as a local congregation at Te Puna Hall on July 4, 2021. It was officiated by the district supervising minister, Brother Dennis Dahunan.

The Tauranga pioneering brethren were once enlisted at the neighboring Local Congregation of Hamilton, Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand. The influx of membership at their area led to the establishment of a GWS until its eventual elevation into a local congregation.

Rommel dela Rosa, head deacon and Buklod district president, enthused, “We’re so grateful. This is a manifestation of God’s love. We were once again strengthened and inspired to continue on in our services to Him.”

On behalf of the congregation, the resident minister, Brother Bryan Jayson Sorbito, said, “We thank God for giving us this great blessing which truly strengthens us in the faith.”

The New Zealand government has gradually relaxed Covid-19 precautionary measures over time as the country saw a steady decline in cases. This welcome development has led to public gatherings without limit of number of attendees being allowed. But citizens are advised to continue wearing face masks, with use of a face shield being optional. — With reports from INC News Section

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