Children’s Christmas Crafts

A community afternoon of creating Christmas crafts, suitable for pre-school to intermediate aged children.
Come along with your family and join in the festive spirit of making Christmas crafts. From 3:30pm on Friday 9th December 2016.
Afternoon tea provided for both adults and children.
All welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

Takapuna Methodist Church, 427 Lake Road, Takapuna. 09 489 4590

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Friedler November 2016

Sunday 27th November @ 4pm 2016

Come along this Sunday and hear guest speaker, Rabbi Friedler, inform us of the principles of Judaism.

Meeting Place:    Takapuna Methodist Church Lounge

Guest speaker:    45 minutes

Q&A Time:            15 minutes

All are very welcome

Organ & Piano Recital November 2016


Sunday 6 November 2016                           4:00pm – 5:30pm

Takapuna Methodist Church, 427 Lake Rd, Takapuna, Auckland

A feast of inspiring music on both piano and organ from the brilliant recitalist Michael Bell (BMus, DipTchg).

Michael is well known to Auckland organ musicians as a renowned organist, fascinating extemporiser and arranger. His musical ambitions centre on composition.

He has performed with many choirs and orchestras around the Auckland region including NZ Opera Chorus and Bach Music. His passion for the music of J.S. Bach and his improvisations result in a blend of his own classical style with Baroque elements.

Admission by donation ($20 suggested) to support the refurbishment project for the Organ. Under 16 and students free.

Soul on Sunday October 2016


Takapuna Methodist Church presents the next SOUL ON SUNDAY:


6.30pm October 9th 2016

We welcome back Georgia Duder-Wood & the Conscious Music Collective, performing original compositions & jazz/soul classics for inspiration, connection & reflection.

Suggested Donation $20.

Musicians paid a small fee. All other proceeds to The Peace Foundation and Auckland Peace Action.


Repair Cafe Saturday 30th July 2016


Repair Cafe Brochure

A free event where local people can bring broken and damaged items, get them repaired and learn how to fix them themselves in the future.

Bayswater School Hall – Sat 30th July 10am – 1pm
Small Electrical Appliances – Bikes – Clothes – Toys – Small pieces of furniture.
Email: or call: 022 390 7199 if you’d like to know more or ask about a particular item.

Jazz & Soul Concert July 2016


Takapuna Methodist Church Presents


For the inaugural concert: Georgia Duder-Wood & the Conscious Music Collective

What a Wonderful World!

A jazz and soul programme of songs celebrating nature and her gifts.
6.30pm Sunday 24th July 2016
Takapuna Methodist Church 427-429 Lake Road, Takapuna Phone 09 489 4590
Proceeds go towards The Forest & Bird Society (Suggested donation $10-$20)

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Jazz Vespers June 2016

Jazz Vespers June 2016

Jazz Vespers is a new take on an old church service. Vespers was held in the evening, as part of the traditional daily services of the church, and served to bring the day to a spiritual end with music, prayer and repose. Such a service, but using the jazz musical genre, will be taking place on Sunday 19 June, at 7.00 pm in the Takapuna Methodist Church, and all are welcome.

Key to the service is the music, and this will be led on piano and organ by Barry Brinson, a well-known jazz pianist and organist. There is to be a specially formed small jazz choir, and contributions from the two excellent singing groups from Takapuna Grammar School, Skat-a-Tak and Bop-De-Wop. These young people will be fresh from singing their hearts out at the NZ Choral Federation’s “Big Sing” Festival in Auckland.

The service itself will comprise well known jazz standards, arranged for the choir by Barry, and intermingled with poetry, prayer and thoughts for the day. The choice of pieces reflects the spirituality available in jazz. There will also be opportunities for the congregation to swing along with the musicians, and Barry will be playing some of his own jazz compositions and arrangements on the big TMC pipe organ.

A collection will be taken to cover costs, and to contribute to the Church’s social service programme.

The use of the jazz style in church services is not new. The United Church of Canada, St Andrew’s Wesley Church has a Jazz Vespers every week, and the Baptist Churches of the southern United States and elsewhere where African Americans gather, are well known for this form of musical worship. Come and join in.

Organ & Clarinet Recital March 2016

‘Return of the Russian’

Andreï Freïdine, the brilliant Franco-Russian Clarinettist and Christopher Hainsworth on Organ

 Sunday 6th March 2016  At 4:00pm at the Takapuna Methodist ChurchAF+CH

The combination of clarinet and organ is unusual but surprisingly successful. They will be  performing a deliciously varied programme for clarinet and organ  chosen from Mozart’s Concerto  and « Quintet », LaTraviata Fantasy, virtuoso Variations by Beethoven and Rossini, and «  Se  Canto » (the ‘National Anthem’ of the South of France), Jazz  (Bechet, Goodman…) and especially exciting Klezmer highlights.

The 2014 NZ tour was such a success, with audiences alternately moved by the beauty of Andrei’s playing, staggered by his virtuosity and excited by his very lively performance of popular music, he has returned for another season.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. There may not be another chance.

For a taste see:

Admission by $20 donation. Proceeds to Organ Refurbishment Fund

Duration about 75 mins.

Put this date in your diary and come and support this very talented duo. Watch this space for more information in due course.

About the Artists

Christopher HAINSWORTH, distinguished New Zealand organist and long-term resident of the south of France, is known for his imaginative and entertaining programming.  Formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Music in Waikato University now Organist of Beziers Cathedral, has been free-lancing in Europe for 30 years.   More here>.

Andreï FREÏDINE studied in Russia before moving to France, where he obtained his Premier Prix (1993) and Prix d’Excellence (1994) at the Versailles Conservatoire. He has performed in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Russia. Andrei now teaches clarinet and Computer Music Studies at the Beziers Conservatoire. He also records a variety of artists in his studio and works on acoustic projects for Eurocontrole.  More here>.

Further details from Brian Ellis email:


Pipes in Springtime October 2016

International Concert Organist
Martin Setchell  –  Entertains on the Organ at Takapuna

This event took place on:
Sunday 11th October 2015 at 4pm.   Takapuna Methodist Church

Spring Pipes

Martin, the Christchurch City Organist, is an international recitalist who believes in promoting entertaining organ music to a wide audience has just returned from a European concert tour. He has delighted audiences the world over with his spirited playing, lively personality and entertaining repertoire.

The concert was ccs_logo_auckland_councilsupported by the Auckland Council Creative Communities NZ.

All music-lovers are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy a programme of Surprises.

Admission by program. A donation ($20) requested to support the refurbishment and maintenance of the Organ.

Children & students free.

Contact: Brian Ellis 418 2494, or Norman Firth 418 4245

What the Critics say:

“The globetrotting Setchell’s digestible programme and playing are highly tasteful. He both entertains and educates.” (Ian Dando, New Zealand Listener, August 9, 2014)

“real artistry . . . it’s fun listening to such splendid playing, meticulous and flawless . . .”
Bruce Steele, review of Cardboard Capers CD, Organ Australia, Winter 2014

“. . . he is an impeccable stylist, with nimble fingers (and feet) and is clearly having a jolly good time as well”

To view previous events go to Events Past


‘Vocal Colours’ Variety Concert August 2015

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Sunday 2nd August 2015, 4pm. Takapuna Methodist Church

This variety concert, entitled ‘Vocal Colours’, was presented by mezzo-sopranos Lynne Anderson and Margo Knightbridge, accompanied by pianist Warwick Gibbs, and will also included an organ solo given by David Findlay an upcoming young organ student.

For this concert of vocal and keyboard variety, the singers performed a programme of solos and duets, covering music from the sacred repertoire, folk song arrangements, parlour ballads and popular song.

Lynne Anderson and Margo Knightbridge are experienced performers with many years of involvement in choirs, opera and musical theatre. Margo is a co-founder of Orlando Singers and both are members of the vocal trio Three Mezzos and also perform as independent soloists.

Warwick Gibbs is a teacher of the piano, an accomplished pianist and accompanist and works with singers, string players and choirs.

Proceeds were applied to the Organ Refurbishment Fund.

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