Thames Baptist Church

Our Vision: The Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Mission: To Know Christ, and to Make Him Known.

Our Plan: To Love God, To Love our Neighbours, and to Love One Another.

Church congregation

Our congregation worshiping in the newly refurbished auditorium. January 2016

Heritage service March 2015

This photo was taken at a Heritage Sunday celebration service, and shows several of our members in period costume, from the foundation of the church in 1869.

We come together in all sorts of ways throughout the week for the three things in our Plan: Loving God, Our Neighbours, and One Another.  Many of us meet in small groups (click HERE for more info) where we enjoy fellowship, bible study, and prayer. 

We all try to serve God wherever we are and in whatever situation we find ourselves.  Some of us serve through the church social services such as childcare, social work, or other community ministries.  For more detail about these, click HERE.

We also seek to reach our community and our world with the good news of Jesus Christ through overseas mission and local evangelism.  For a good picture of church life (or at least some of its highlights) check out our 'recent events' page by clicking the link on the left, or clicking HERE.

Our main event each week is the Sunday Service when we come together as one branch of God's family tree to enjoy him in worship, to share fellowship together, and to hear His word. 

We meet at 10.00 on Sunday mornings. 

During the sermon we run a teaching programme for children up to 11 years.  More information for families can be found HERE.   Older children (and adults!) are encouraged to stay in the service and use worksheets provided to follow the sermon.  

Sermons are archived HERE.  (Please note, adverts on that site are NOT endorsed by us).

 A Communion meal is served on the first and third Sunday of each month.  Everybody is welcome! The cup is unfermented grape juice, and the bread is gluten free.  

For more information about our history, recent or upcoming events, Youth programmes, and other ministries and personnel in the church, click on the appropriate link to the left.

Church Giving: The life and ministry of a church is nourished and sustained by the service, witness and faithful giving of those committed to the local church. If you would like to give to the work of Thames Baptist our account is 03 0458 0192366 00

Brian and Zoe Kenning

We are glad to have Brian and Zoe Kenning with us as our
interim pastor and wife at least until December 2015.  They are settling
in quickly and well.

I am Brian Kenning. For 33 years I was married to Robyn who died of a
brain haemorrhage in August 2004. We have 4 children - Melanie married
to Dug has 4 children. As I write she is enroute from Invercargill to
New Plymouth to become Associate Pastor at Northpoint Baptist. Julie,
married to Mark, has 2 children. They have recently moved to Napier.
Andrew ,married to Jo, lives in Invercargill as does Zoe.  In 2008 I
married Zoe Jackson who has 3 children and 2 grandchildren ( a daughter,
the grandchildren and a number of Zoe's family live in Whangarei )
I am a graduate of Carey Baptist College. I had 10 years pastoring
Remuera Baptist and have recently stood down after 30 years as senior
pastor at Invercargill Central.  During that time I have seen the church
move from a male led and pastor centred congregation to an inclusive
permission-giving community which encourages people to discover and use
their gifts in ministry and service within the local church and to the
wider community.
" Blessed to be a Blessing",and " People of Spirit and People of
Influence" have been two mottos we have used while our mission has been
to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus. My leadership
style is to get alongside people, explore possibilities, encourage.
For over 20 years I have served the Baptist family as a member of the
Assembly Council. In 2014 I was President of the Baptist Union and
Missionary Society.

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