On Sabbath 7 April, for the first time ever the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions combined our Regional Sabbath day. Pr. Adrian Webster, our guest speaker from Northland shared what it means to be a disciple of Jesus with over 600 people who were in attendance that day. The morning worship was followed by an open air picnic at the Rurakura grounds next to the Activate church where the regional was held. In the afternoon, Hope Channel premiered the pilot episode of “Finding Home” a series based on the stories of members at the Hamilton SDA Church.  Special children’s programmes were run by churches from both regions in the morning and afternoon – with the Primary & Juniors having over 60 kids in attendance! Plans are already underway for another combined regional next year – potentially!

– Pr. Ben Martin (Regional Pastor for Waikato & BOP Regions and Pastor for Hamilton Church)