Te Awamutu Bible Chapel are excited to celebrate 100 years with a centennial weekend, over March 13-14, full of fun, memories, old friends and thankfulness for God's faithfulness over the years.
The centennial weekend begins at 2pm on Saturday afternoon with Waipā District mayor Jim Mylchreest's speech followed by the decade photographs and afternoon tea.
They will also be cutting the centennial cake during this time.
The afternoon is designed to give people plenty of time to catch up with friends and family.
From 4pm, there is a break in proceedings before the evening programme begins.
Registration is necessary for this event due to needing numbers for catering.
At 7.45pm there will be a theatrical production, Back to the Future, in the main auditorium at the chapel.
Back to the Future is about a teenage girl who is taken back in time where she experiences, first hand, what life was like in New Zealand in the early days.
She also comes across people who were part of the church's early history.
Included in her time-travels are the Second World War, a wedding and the rugby match between South Africa and the All Blacks in the 1980s.
Back to the Future is written by Jane Wilson, performed by the talented church drama team and directed by the very capable Carmen Harnett.
"You might be surprised to find out how good some of our guys were at rugby, but I confess, we have taken a few literary liberties!" said Jane.
Bring your family, friends and neighbours along - it is a production which everyone will enjoy.
If this is the only event you attend all weekend, there is no need to register as there is no catering.
Entry is by koha to help cover costs.
Sunday morning will provide 'A service to remember'.
Did you know we still have families attending Te Awamutu Bible Chapel whose great-grandparents were the founding members?
'A service to remember' is given to just that, remembering.
The story of how the church began will be told and attendees will be meeting the granddaughter of the founder of the church, who is now 92 years old.
Interesting and humorous stories about people who were part of our church over the decades will be told as well as being informed about the three church buildings that have been built by the Bible Chapel over the 100 years.
Through all this, the congregation will be thanking God for his faithfulness over the decades.
When it comes to celebrating and catching up with people, it happens best around food. Sunday afternoon will host a barbecue lunch and vintage fair. Both start at 12pm.
There will be a koha to cover costs so bring some loose change.
The vintage fair is organised by Julia McClunie and her team.
This will be a delightful event that is designed to be fun for the young and young at heart.
The youth will be manning stalls showcasing a range of the old classic fair games and some that have a modern twist.
Enjoy the picnic area, old fashioned lemonade, races on the church green, coconut shy, tin can alley, spot prizes, candy floss, popcorn and plenty more.
Complimentary tickets will be given to all with additional tickets available to purchase on the day.
Registration is also necessary for this event due to needing numbers for catering.
The celebrations draw to an end around 2.30pm, when we will farewell everyone and go home with some great memories.
To register for the events stated above, head to the centennial link at www.tabiblechapel.org.nz