The church and Living Well Trust will be closed for all activities (305 drop in, youth and foodbank) from 23 December to 17 January 2022. However gathered worship will continue through that period at the Civic Centre.
We meet at the Thames Civic Centre further down Mary Street for our Sunday services until our building is fixed. Repairs starting 10 January.
Meeting time is at 10am
Gathered worship rules:
Maximum number is 50 people + staff at our Orange Traffic Light setting with one metre physical distancing .
We do not require presentation of Vaccination passes, hence the restricted numbers. We live stream to our church lounge for numbers over the 50.
Masks MUST be worn during the whole service , QR or physical signing in, use of the sanitiser on entry is mandatory, No morning tea, Sing with a mask or just listen. Worship team will be unmasked but microphones will be sanitised before each service.
Please help us to keep everyone safe as they gather
Our Members Pledge,:
Having committed my life to Christ, by God’s grace, I will endeavour: -
To live at all times, such a life as reflects a committed follower of Jesus Christ and a member of the church, accepting the inspiration of the Bible and its authority in all matters of faith and practice.
To take an active and diligent part in the life and work of the church, regularly attending its services of worship as far as I am able, and being willing to help in whatever way I can.
To be faithful in prayer for the church and its witness in the community.
To share conscientiously in contributing to the funds of the church according to my means.
To share in the government of the church by supporting and encouraging the leadership of the church and by attending church members meetings, whenever possible.
To do all in my power to deepen and enrich the spirit of fellowship in the church, always seeking to develop a spirit of love in this fellowship of Christ’s people.
To share by life and word in the supreme task of the church, namely by witnessing to the saving power of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Vision: The Lord Jesus Christ
Our Mission: To know Christ and make Him known
Our Plan: To Love God, to Love our Neighbours and to Love One Another
Our worship services at at 10am on Sundays. Kidzone Sunday School. All welcome
Cafe on the first Sunday night of the month at 7pm
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Thames Baptist Church—Guiding statements
Our mission statement
To know Christ and to make Him known
We believe this should underpin all things along with our vision statement and our core values
To be a loving family of God which, under the Lordship of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, will make disciples of Jesus here and beyond.
Five core values
- Reverence for God
- Healthy relationships
- Biblical teaching
- Unity in diversity
- Relevant community involvement
Thames Baptist Church—An introduction
Thames Baptist Church (TBC) began in Thames around 1869 when the gold rush was at its height. The first stalwarts were rugged individuals who proudly stood for Christ in what was, at first, a frontier town. “Daddy Mason” was their evangelist who went among the miners taking the good news with him.
These early pioneers set the scene for a church which has continued the work they started. There are descendants of the first Baptists still in the church today.
Approximately 30 years ago the church became interested in developing a ministry with the disadvantaged of Thames. This has continued through the years through two independent trusts.
Pastor: Chris and Karlene Lee
Chris has a Masters in Ministry from Otago University, a Bachelor degree in Applied Theology and a Diploma in Mission from Carey Baptist College
Karlene is a social worker with a Masters in Social Work, majoring in mental health and a Diploma in Community and Social Work from Otago University
Shaz Kerebs: Shaz is self employed but worked as a Youth Pastor at the Thames Baptist Church for several years
Colin McLaren: Colin is a retired Social worker/counselor. He runs a home group and is involved in street ministry.
Diane Pawley: Diane describes herself as a wife, mother, grandmother and a carer for the elderly, She loves making greeting cards and teaching others how to do the same.
Shane Dyer: Shane is an active home group leader. He has a passion for Christ and actively cares for those about him that are in need. He is also involved in street ministry.
Treasurer: Terri Churton: Terri is an accountant who is currently working for the Kauaeranga Christian Camp
Administrator: David Gibson: David is a retired Lawyer