Members from the Anglican and Catholic Churches in Milford (St Paul’s and St Vincent’s respectively) joined with the congregation of the Milford Baptist Church (MBC) at MBC on Good Friday for a service led by ministers from the 3 churches.
The service was preceded by the procession of a cross through the main streets of Milford from St Paul’s, via St Vincent’s, to the Baptist church.
During the service, members of the congregation laid candles around the cross, symbolising that Jesus, the light of the world, bore the cross for us.
Afterwards, the members got together over tea and coffee and traditional hot-cross buns.
The church was packed with parents, children, kindy staff and church members on 13 December for the annual Kindergarten Christmas service.
The service was excellent, with kids singing and behaving brilliantly; Robert Palmer reading the Christmas story.
Congratulations to Shelagh and her team for another successful year in Kindy. We appreciate your hard work.
At a service on 6 December Rev Dr Brian D Lima was commissioned into the pastorate of the church by Rev Rick Pierce of the Northern Baptist Association.
Brian, originally from Massachusetts in the USA, is married to Jo, a Kiwi. The couple relocated to New Zealand at the start of 2020 when Jo was appointed as Associate International Director with missions organisation Pioneers. Prior to relocating to New Zealand the couple served in Thailand for 7 years, Jo with Pioneers and Brian teaching at a Thai-led bible college.
In the service, Mr Pierce pointed out that “this is a very significant and special occasion in the life of this church” and added that he felt very much at home in the church as he had served here for several months during his ministry training some 15 years earlier.
Brian says that he is excited with the opportunity to serve in Milford and is looking forward to becoming a vital part of the Milford community.
The church was established on its current site in Dodson Avenue in 1912. Brian is the church’s 23rd minister.
22 Nov 2020. In November the members of the church donated “treats” to be included in Christmas gifts for families supported by the Salvation Army.
The gifts were donated to Salvation Army Glenfield. Lorraine Brooks of the SA said she was so grateful for the gifts as they have 400 families that they will help this Christmas.
13 December 2015. The Christmas Choir.
Video – Jane Robbins.
Photographs – Keith Morgan, Larry Robbins
Click on the following to see the choir singing during the Service on Sunday 13 July.
They also performed at Franklin Road, The Milford Mall, and The Poynton.