Several of our members participated in laying a wreath during the ANZAC parade while two of our number played in the band. It was an honour for the church to remember those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom and way of life.
Chris preaching his first sermon on the 24th November 2018
Chris and Karlene as they were prayed for by the elders during their induction as pastors of the Thames Baptist Church
On Friday the 16th of November the church held an appreciation part for Brian and Zoe. It was with a heartfelt thanks that we celebrated their time with us. They started their time with us in a 6 month temporary call which eventually was extended to a three and a half years as interim pastors
Both Brian and Zoe contribution to the church has left it with a spiritual expectancy of greater things in The Lord. Some of the growth that has arisen during their time here is two Baptisms and at least seven commitments to Jesus through the ministry of Community Ministries of the church. We give thanks and praise to Jesus our Lord for this wonderful increase.
16th November 2018 Children trying to win some chocolates at Brian and Zoe's celebration party
11th November 2018. Celeste being baptized by Brian
A Visit to Matai Whetu Marae Nau te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. Recently representatives from several of the churches in Thames were invited by Kaumatua of Ngati Maru. to visit the local Marae,"Matai Whetu". Abbey Namana on our behalf responded to the Karanga and Brendon Wilkinson local Anglican Vicar and Ngati Maru himself explained to our hosts that we were there to listen and hear their story. Kaumatua Wati Ngamane started from where it all began with Tīpuna Hotunui. Then we were introduced by name to the ancestors whose beautiful carvings surrounded us on all sides of the whare hui. We went away hungry for more and look forward to further unpacking of a story that we all need to share. In answer to a question about time, our host Wati explained that what we had heard so far was not about years but about twenty four generations of people. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
August 2018 Hannah Shelling and helpers did an excellent job organizing a women and girls conference. Joyful living was the theme and one session was doing some beautiful craft work. The food was plentiful and delicious too. Well done Hannah! A most enjoyable and worthwhile time together.
August 2018 The Wednesday morning womens craft group have enjoyed having fellowship together each week while they have made beautiful couloured blankets and garments for children in Eastern Europe to be sent through Operation Cover up. Well done! A great ministry.
A great time was had by all who attended the mid-winter Christmas Dinner in the church lounge. Organized by Shaz
and the Elder-ship team there was plenty of delicious food, great fellowship and much fun and games
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