News – Carols in Milford

Carols in Milford – 25 November 2023

The members of the MBC music team supported the Milford Business Association “Christmas in Milford” day on 25 November.

The team sang Christmas Carols to set the scene. They were well received.

Thanks to Keith Morgan for the Photographs

News. Pastor Matt Gordon commissioned


Pastor Matt Gordon (seen here with wife, Roxy and family) commenced his pastorate at MBC on 10 July 2023 and was formally commissioned for service on 16 July by Rev Rick Pierce of the Northern Baptist Association.


Commissioned by Rick Pierce

Following the service, members enjoyed a pot-luck lunch


MBC – Outline History

In October 1912 the foundation stone was laid of what was then called the Takapuna Baptist Church on a section of land donated by Mr Rushbrook, a benefactor of a number of non-conformist charities in Auckland. In just a few short months the church, built by Mr John Ashby who had arrived into Milford from England in 1908, was opened on January 4th 1913.  You will notice that it is an isolated open area with minimal vegetation.

Both events were covered by local and national newspapers as was a ‘social gathering with upwards of 100 people’ to welcome a new minister a year or so later.

The church was initially under the auspices of the Auckland Baptist Auxilliary, but in July 1921 joined the Baptist Union, having, as these advertisements from the Auckland Star Newspaper show,  changed the name of the church to Milford Baptist Church probably around 1 May 1921.

Here we see the church around 1921 with the new name on the sign, and developing vegetation, and in the lower picture from 1920 with buildings starting to develop around it. (MBC is shown towards the top tight corner, just below the skylinre)

In the 1930s a hall was added at the rear of the church, and in the late 1950’s the church was extended.

You can see the extension forward of the belfry towards Dodson Avenue. The porchway was added a few years later.

The Centenary book edited by David Speary covers the history of the construction of the present building very well.

In the 1990’s under the leadership of Rev Tom Cadman the church was turned round through 90 degrees and the foyer and offices constructed along with a new hall to replace the borer-ridden edifice that it had become.

In the book, there is a comment: “Throughout all the alterations over the past 100 years the preaching of God’s word and reaching out into the community was always foremost in our minds and efforts . Buildings and facilities were only a means to assist in this endeavour.”

And of course, a church is not simply a building.

As the maori say ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata “it is people people people.” The church has been blessed with a number of very faithful servants over the 110 year history.

The present membership book dates from 1940. It records the foundation members (1921) and the names and dates upon which people subsequently entered into membership. It does not, of course, record the dates when people started attending the church. The earliest current member is entry number 218 Raymond Brown August 1945. Lynne Brown (nee Cryer) entered into membership in 1950 though I understand that she attended the church with her parents from a very early age.

Other current members who qualify for their over 60 year long-service badges are Beryl Thompson 1956, Phyl Briscoe 1959, Greta Alcorn 1962 and Phyl Harvey 1963.

A number of others, like the Corins were involved with the youth groups in and around the 1960s but moved away or served overseas and are not recorded as entering membership until later.

Many of the current stalwarts have only served for a mere 40 or 50 years!


Larry Robbins Jan 2023
Historic Photographs Alexander Turnbull Library and Auckland Library. Paper clippings from Paperspast (National Library)

News – Welcome Aidan Wivell

Aidan Wivell

AIDAN WIVELL, our summer intern, commences his time with us on Sunday 20 November.

Aidan lives in Glenfield with wife Keely, a nurse who has served with Mercy Ships.

Aidan is a sports science major who has just completed his first year of studies at Carey College.

He will be with us full-time until the end of January.

Aidan and Keely

News – Evergreens 11 May. Melissa Hay, Optometrist

Evergreens is open to everyone but is primarily aimed at the over-60s.
Meetings start with morning tea at 10am. $2 donation towards costs.

Wednesday 11 May 2022 – Speaker MELISSA HAY 

Melissa started at Milford Optometrists in 2003, just after graduating from Auckland University with Honours.

She says that ” … it was always my dream to own my own practice and I was lucky enough to achieve this dream early on.  Optometry offers a great variety of people, and I enjoy the problem solving aspect of patient demands.”

Read more abut Melissa here, and some articles by Melissa from Channelmag here

News: Tribute to Sue Dickie

25 February 2021

Susan Dickie, the Pastoral Worker at the church for the past 15 years or so, is stepping aside to take some more time with family.

Covid restrictions did not permit a planned tribute and thanksgiving in the church service, so Pastor Brian and his wife Jo met with Sue to ‘do the honours’.


Click Here to view the video of the presentation and Sue’s testimony.


News: Services Suspended

UPDATE: 1 APRIL 2022. Church services have resumed

22 February 2022

With the rise in Omicron infections in the North Shore area, and with one of our regular attendees becoming a close contact of a confirmed Covid case, (fortunately clear of the virus at present but in isolation), the Leadership of the Church has reluctantly taken the decision to SUSPEND Sunday services until the peak of the Omicron outbreak is over.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but noting that many of our congregation are in the age bracket where, even though vaccinated, they may be at increased risk, and, noting that additional members may be unwilling to attend services in person, we have decided to err on the side of caution.

CRAFT and MUSIC FOR ME are already in abeyance. Other activities may continue at the church under the Covid Traffic Light RED precautions already in place, though leaders of those groups will need to make their own decisions and arrangements in the event they decide to cancel and additional attention must be paid to sanitising all surfaces in areas used .

The church office will continue to operate.

The AGM will, unless the situation deteriorates markedly, be held as a hybrid session allowing those who wish to attend in person, and others by Zoom. The technical aspects are under consideration at present.

No decision has yet been made about EVERGREENS.

The Virtual Services and Enews Bulletins will continue to be promulgated, and as things change we will endeavour to keep you informed.

Please feel free to contact Pastor Brian (021 230 0390) or me (021 182 4545) if you have any concerns or wish to discuss anything.