Baptist Church celebrates 50 year mark
Mike and Jean Clancey have been with Matamata Baptist Church for 40 of its 50 years.
It was 1975 when the couple moved to Matamata and joined the church. ‘‘The first time we visited it we just felt like we’d come home,’’ Jean said.
Almost straight away the pair got to meet people, including a number of couples of a similar age.
The couple have been involved in a number of areas of the church including children’s church and the youth group.
Mike has been involved in the music worship team for a number of years and they are now home group leaders and elders.
The couple have also had young people in their youth groups move on to leadership roles within the church including current pastor Greg Hollier.
The pair have made lasting friendships from their involvement in the Matamata Baptist Church and said it was a great community commitment that will see the church celebrate this great 50 year milestone.
MATAMATA BAPTIST CHURCH HISTORY TIMELINE
The first meeting of the Matamata Baptist Fellowship was held in the Church of Christ on Peria Rd on November 25, 1965.
On June 16, 1968 the first church building was officially opened by Rev AF Parry. The church was originally the Te Aroha West Methodist Church which was purchased and transported to the present site. It was purchased for $2000 and seated 90 people.
Since the 1990’s the Baptist church has established a strong connection with the community through a number of ministries. The church has also assisted with community organisations and events including ANZAC services, Meals on Wheels and the Community Food Bank.
Today the church continues to strengthen and develop its commitment to bring hope and help to the Matamata community through faith in Jesus Christ. The congregation comprises of around 300 people of all ages who have opportunity to develop their faith through a range of programmes and relationships. The church values its involvement with other churches and join together whenever possible.
The Matamata Baptist Church community are celebrating the church’s 50th birthday with a special service and luncheon on Sunday, November 1. All those with connections to the church are invited.
This was the old Te Aroha West Methodist Church. It was purchased and then transported to its present site. All the work was done voluntarily and it was officially opened by Rev AF Parry on June 16, 1968.
Mike and Jean Clancey say the Matamata Baptist Church community opened their arms to them when they moved to town in 1975.