Bap­tist Church cel­e­brates 50 year mark

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HATTAN

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Mike and Jean Clancey say the Mata­mata Bap­tist Church com­mu­nity opened their arms to them when they moved to town in 1975.

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