150 Year Celebrations

We invite you to join the present congregation at Thames Baptist for our 150th year Sesquicentennial celebrations

Friday May 24th - Sunday May 26th 2019.

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Here is how it all began:-


  NZ Baptist Magazine in November 1881

"Soon after the opening of the Thames Goldfield, which took place in August, 1867, a number of the members of the Baptist Church in Auckland removed to the Thames, and, as soon as a convenient room could be obtained, met for worship each Lord's Day morning. Their number gradually increasing, they took steps to erect a chapel. A building fund was established, and maintained by weekly offerings, and a freehold site 66ft. 6in. x 110ft., at the corner of Willoughby and Baillie streets, was generously presented by the native chiefs Taipari and Rapana.”

“In January, 1869, the Rev Stuart Wilson, a Baptist minister from Victoria, arrived in Auckland, and having made the acquaintance of the Rev P. H. Cornford, the Pastor of the Church there, was by him introduced to the brethren at the Thames, the result being that they invited him to assist them in establishing a Church.

"By earnest and united efforts, the chapel, which seats two hundred persons, was erected, and opened for public worship on Sunday, the 9th May, 1869. On the 27th of September in the same year the members, numbering 25, were formally united as a church by the Rev P. H. Cornford, a letter of dismissal for that purpose having been obtained from the parent church in Auckland."

"A Sabbath school in connection with the church was established July 11, 1869; also, a Tract Distributors' Society in 1871; and a Cottage Meeting Society in 1875.”

Please see below links to the registration form for the 150th year celebration. Top is PDF and the bottom is MS word. Down load the page below, fill it in and post it with the payment to TBC Sesquicentennial, Thames Baptist Church, 305 Mary Street, Thames. 3500

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