Thames Baptist Church

Small groups are an important part of our life together.  Meeting with others regularly we get a better grasp of Christian truth and the chance to put it into practice in real live relationships.  Each group has its own character and aims.  For more information call the office at any time.

 Time  Location   Leaders' Names
 Tuesday morning 9:30 am   Tararu/Town Jenny and Elizabeth  
 Tuesday evening 7:30 pm   Parawai Bronwyn and Shane
 Wednesday evening (ESOL) 6:30 pm   Church Lynette and Elizabeth
 Thursday morning  10:00 am   Tararu village Buck and Olwyn 
 Friday evening 7:30 pm   Totara/Town David and Jan  

Prayer meetings

  • 9:30 before the service on Sunday. 
  • Special prayer meetings for the future of our church and the D-B family.
    • First monday evening of each month led by the pastor.

Missions overseas have been supported by this church since New Zealand Baptists began sending missionaries.  The Baptist Missionary Fellowship group meet to pray, raise funds, and stay in touch with our missionaries, in the church lounge on the second Wednesday of each month, at 10.00 a.m.  

Fourth Sunday of each month is Missions Sunday. For a short time after the service in the church lounge, we have a mission speaker or activity followed by a shared lunch.

The Thames Christian Bookshop is owned by one of our trusts and run largely on volunteer time.  It stocks a good range of bibles, literature, music, greeting cards, and gifts.  Check it out at 732 Pollen St., or get them to order your purchases by calling them on (07) 8689115 or emailing them at

The Church is Governed by the members who meet three or more times each year.  They delegate authority to the church council made up of the pastors, deacons, elders, and trust chairs.  The council consults widely amongst other leaders in its decision-making. 

Brian and Zoe KenningInterim Pastor 

Brian and Zoe Kenning came from Invercargill Central Baptist after Brian retired. They are doing an interim ministry with us while we are seeking a new pastor. They are being very much appreciated.


These links are for other sites associated with us in one way or another.  As far as possible we have only included links to sites that are consistent with Christian standards, but nevertheless, click at your own risk...

The Baptist Churches of New Zealand; news, directories, information, links and resources associated with the Baptist family of churches in New Zealand.

Vision Network New Zealand: national news, events, opinions and dialogue.  Good stuff.

The Bible Gateway; Searchable online bibles in a variety of translations and languages.

Resolve; Christian dispute resolution service training Christians in peacemaking approaches and providing mediation and arbitration services upon request.

Tranzsend; the mission sending agency for the Baptist Churches of New Zealand.

Church Mice; Cartoons having a laugh at church life.  The mouse that roars...

Attitude; The website for teens set up by Ian and Mary Grant's Parent's Incorporated.