Two hundred years of the Christian gospel in New Zealand is a major milestone – and worth celebrating.
25 December 2014 is the official date of the bicentenary when the Rev Samuel Marsden preached his first sermon at Oihi Bay in the Bay of Islands in 1814, supported by Ruatara, Hongi Hika and Korokoro.
A national committee of Church leaders is planning a number of events to mark this special occasion, beginning with a Symposium in November 2012. Many other national events are being organised, as well as displays in museums and art galleries.
The national committee will also provide some resources for use around the nation.
Visit here to see what celebrations are planned nationally and to keep informed of what local communities are doing to mark this occasion.
Please contact the Rev Michael Hughes, email email@example.com to share what is happening in your area.
Download Marsden Cross 2014 Vision
Read an interview with the Rev Dr Allan Davidson on Gospel 2014 in Spanz magazine (Summer, 2013, pg.18)
On 23 February 2014, it is the anniversary of the first Presbyterian service in NZ - 1840, Petone, Wellington. An Iona cross on the foreshore at Petone, dedicated on 23 February 1940, commemorates the occasion. To mark the 200th anniversary of the Gospel coming to NZ, Wellington Presbytery is having a picnic on the Petone foreshore and all are welcome: 23 Feb @ 2pm, then a gathering at the cross at 3.45pm.