27 February 2021 – UPDATE
Our Church family has been greatly blessed by being able to meet in fellowship for worship over the past weeks. This is in line with the conditions laid out within our COVID-19 Safety Plan.
We are all still coming to terms with the things that are making Church different in 2021 to what it has been before…
a) All attendance will need to be recorded (we recommend and support the use of the Service NSW app); and
b) We have a clearly defined seating plan, which means that attendees may be asked to sit in a place that they are not used to. We will of course make every effort to ensure that households can remain together; and
c) Until further notice, the other buildings on our property are open – other than the toilets; and
d) ALL attendees need to remain seated during the service and not move around, and kids in particular will need to stay with a parent/carer; and finally
e) Our COVID-19 Safety Plan requires that we minimise any gathering around the property after the Service.
The matter of congregational singing is a complicated one, with the regulations essentially requiring a trade-off between singing and having more people in the services. We all look forward to a resolution to this dilemma very soon.
The leadership team is grateful for the cooperation and support of the overall congregation as we continue to explore different ways of practicing worship in 2021.
With regret, we advise that the Granville Community Baptist Church Playgroup meetings have been suspended as of Tuesday 17 March 2020 until further notice.
This is in line with advice from Playgroup NSW as a response to the current COVID-19 crisis in our community.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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We are sorry to advise that the restart of Playgroup for 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
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We apologise for any inconvenience.
C.A.R.E (Christ’s Ambassadors Rescuers Evangelists) Fellowship is run by the Filipino members of our congregation primarily, but not exclusively, for people from the Philippines. They meet on last Saturday of every month and have an active home Bible Study program.
“Jesus Saves” – one of the iconic signs in Granville and surrounding districts.
Visible for many blocks, even until very recently from the train, the Jesus Saves signs have long identified the Granville Baptist Church. They have been a strong, silent witness to the grace, power and ultimate purpose of God for over 80 years.
In the Church’s Centenary Celebration booklet, previous Secretary H C (Harry) Law writes:
At a special Church Meeting on 25th April, 1936, the church had voted in favour of the purchase of a property immediately next door to the church buildings; a two storied building occupied by the Balmain Co-operative for 800.0.0. A loan from the Australian Mutual Provident Society was contracted for the purchase and repair of the building. The building was purchased and repairs completed and the words ‘JESUS SAVES’ painted on the three parapets of the building in large black letters. On Saturday, 20th March, 1937, the building was officially opened and named ‘The Baptist Jubilee Hall’.
Today they still remind us of the Church’s primary message: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NIVUK)
Ongoing Mission Support
We regularly support a number of missionaries through prayer and giving, from organisations including:
Global Interaction is the international cross-cultural sending agency of Australian Baptist churches and facilitates the service of Australian Baptists in Christ’s global mission. The headquarters are in Melbourne.
SIM calls God’s people to partner with them and venture into the farthest corners of the world so together we can share the Good News about Jesus with the least reached.
Our Church depends on the donations and gifts of congregation members and friends to operate.
We work with Baptist Financial Services to facilitate electronic transfer of gifts and offerings, either regularly or ad-hoc.
Please see https://www.giveway.org.au/bfsgiveway/tithings-and-offerings
If you prefer you can use the Church’s account details directly:
Granville Community Baptist Church
BSB: 082 330
Account: 509 280 009
Our Church is affiliated with the Baptist Assembly of NSW accepting its responsibility to support and share ministries undertaken by the denomination. Recognising the headship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit, our church is governed in line with the fundamental Baptist principle of the autonomy of the local church and congregational government. In line with the provisions of Section 6 of our Constitution, our church has a leadership team consisting of the pastor, secretary, treasurer and deacons. This team meets monthly and as needed. We have quarterly and annual business meetings which are open to both members and non-members.
Our church uses a wide range of music from traditional hymns and choruses to contemporary songs. We aim for flexibility and balance in our style of worship. We have a team of musicians playing organ, piano and violin each Sunday. We also have a band formed by our Filipino young people who currently play on special occasions. In the past, they have played regularly. A number of primary and secondary aged children in our Church have formed a choir called “Aratas”, they practise each Sunday morning and give regular performances during our services.
Our church supports a number of missionaries, both overseas and here in Australia. Each month we focus on a different mission with regards to prayer and financial support. A number of our members are retired missionaries and are still active in supporting world missions.
27 February 2021: Although Sunday worship services have recommenced, most/all other activities of the Church remain either suspended or operating over systems such as Zoom.
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For Parents & Pre-school Children
Includes: Craft, Morning Tea, Playing Time, Music
Tuesday 10:00—12:00 pm
Contact Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
FREE! All nationalities welcome
Wednesday and Friday 9:30—11:30 am during school terms
After School Kids’ Club
For Kids – Kindergarten to Year 6
Includes: Games, Afternoon Tea, Craft, Music, Bible Story
Thursday 3:15—5:00 pm during school terms
For more information call xxx on xx
Granville Community Baptist Church holds to the following evangelical doctrines set out in the Baptist Union of NSW Incorporation Act, 1919 (NSW) and amplified by the 1979 Baptist Union of NSW Assembly:
- The nature and unity of the Godhead (Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:6)
- The deity and humanity of Christ (John 1:1, Philippians 2:6-7)
- The Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- The divine inspiration of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The sinfulness of man (Romans 3:10, 23)
- Christ’s atonement for the sin of man (Romans 3:25—26, 1 Peter 2:24)
- The work of the Holy Spirit in salvation (John 3:5—6, Romans 8:9—11)
- The Church (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:22—23)
- The baptism of believers only, and by immersion (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3—4)
- The communion (Luke 22:14—20, 1 Corinthians 11:23—26)
- The return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:30, Acts 1:11)
- The resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20, 2 Corinthians 4:14)
- Rewards and punishments in a future state (Matthew 25:31—46, Romans 14:12)