COVID-19

3 July 2020 – UPDATE

The Church Leadership have met a couple of times recently by video conference to discuss the process and timing for the Church to resume services and fellowship activities.

All of the leadership team deeply desire a return to worship, teaching and fellowship and we are conscious that many of the congregation do so too. We are also however, deeply aware of our moral and legal responsibilities to our congregation and community. As such, we prayerfully believe that the time to resume is not just yet.

There is no one point that has brought us to this decision; rather a combination of a number of factors, including:

  • the limitations of our building size and the current rules around floorspace per person;
  • the requirements for cleaning before and after every use;
  • the need to record contact details for all attendees; and
  • the prohibition on congregational singing.

We are in process of preparing a formal COVID-19 Safety Plan to inform our future directions and the leadership team will continue to meet regularly to work towards resuming Church activities.

Some helpful resources

Here is a short list of resources that you may find helpful while unable to attend Church:

GCBC

Other Baptist Churches we know:

Television

Channel 72

  • Sunday 7:30 am Leading the Way-Dr Michael Yousef
  • Sunday 8:00 am David Jeremiah

Channel 92

  • Sunday 7:00 am Leading the Way
  • Sunday 7:30 am In Touch Ministries with Charles Stanley

ABC

  • Sunday 11:30 am Songs of Praise

Radio

HOPE 103.2 FM: 8:00 am (after the news) Christian Growth with Simon Manchester

Playgroup Suspended

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.

Please come back to our site for any updates and contact playgroup@granvillebaptistchurch.com for any further information.

CARE Fellowship

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.

The CARE team actively maintain their Facebook page, visit them at facebook.com/carefellowship

Jesus Saves

“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)

Mission

 

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.

 

 

Support the Church

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

Church Life

Decision-Making/Leadership

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.

Music

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.

Missionaries

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.

Church activities

Playgroup

For Parents & Pre-school Children

Includes: Craft, Morning Tea, Playing Time, Music

Tuesday 10:00—12:00 pm

Contact Michelle on playgroup@granvillebaptistchurch.com for more information

English Classes

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 Margaret on 9629 2126 or 0407 898 626

Our beliefs

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)