Bruce and Lynne Newton have served JUC for many years

 The JUC congregation paid tribute to the ministry of Bruce and Lynne Newton in the parish since the early 1980s, in a worship service just a fortnight before their transfer to Christchurch. 

Bruce has a two year assignment with his firm Becca as a resourcing manager for the Christchurch Hospital project.   The couple will be moving into a property they already own in the city, while renting out their Churton Park family home. 

As the Rev. Anna Gilkison observed "This is not goodbye; we hope to see you back". 

Bruce shared details of the couple's contribution to the parish over the years.  He had played a leading role with the Youth Group and Sunday School in the 1980s.  Lynne had been a prominent member of UNICAT, the church's catering group.  Both Lynne and Bruce have served on numerous rosters over the years. 

Bruce has had several terms on parish council and was Parish Council Secretary during the ministry of the Rev Peter McKenzie. Most recently Bruce has been Convenor of the Property Committee. 

The couple have a strong interest in children and young people and their lay ministry has involved listening and interacting with people of all ages. 

Bruce's favourite book is "Mister God this is Anna..." and he mused on the ironical title, given the name of JUC's current Minister. 

Lynne and Bruce will be greatly missed as stalwarts of JUC and we hope they return to Wellington and the parish after the completion of a successful professional sojourn in Christchurch.