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

handsPlaygroup

For Parents & Preschool Children

Includes: Craft, Morning Tea, Playing Time, Music

Tuesday 9:30—11:30 am

Cost is $2 per family. For more information call or message Nyssa on 0414 017 996

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 9636 9316

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)

Church Profile

Our Suburb

Granville is one of Sydney’s older suburbs, being settled since the 1850’s and named as Granville in 1880. Granville is part of the City of Parramatta and is pretty much in the centre of Greater Sydney. The suburb is traditionally working class at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. A considerable proportion of this population is intentionally transient. These days there is a growing population of professionals from Granville working in Parramatta or commuting to the city.

There is a strong multi-cultural feel to the area. At the 2011 census, there were 13,989 residents in Granville. More than half of people were born outside of Australia, with the top countries of birth being India, China and Lebanon. Three quarters of people spoke a language other than English at home. The most common other languages spoken at home were Arabic 18.1%, Cantonese 5.5% and Mandarin 4.8%. The housing in Granville was evenly spread between detached houses and higher density units or apartments. 46.3% of residents were renting their home and this was higher than the national average of 29.6%.

The land is divided fairly evenly between residential, commercial and industrial uses. The suburb contains several public schools both primary and secondary as well as a large TAFE. Granville is well served by public transport, bus and train. The shopping centre in Granville, along South St, is a vibrant centre which reflects the multi-cultural nature of the suburb. Our church property sits on the corner of this street, with a large amount of passing foot traffic, making it a prime location for ministry in this area.

Our Church

There has been a Baptist Church in Granville for over 100 years. In the last decade Granville Baptist Church joined with South Granville Baptist forming the Granville Community Baptist Church. The church currently has 46 members and an average weekly attendance at the Sunday Service of about 60. The congregation ranges in age from babies and toddlers to those well into retirement.

A typical week for our church involves the 10:00 am Sunday morning worship service followed by morning tea, Playtime on Tuesday morning, prayer meeting on Wednesday evening, After School Kids’ Club on Thursday afternoon, free English classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings, Bible study on Friday evening. More details regarding these ministries.

Our buildings

The church property consists of the church building which is heritage listed, a large hall with stage and kitchen facilities and plenty of storage areas, a two-story building (Jubilee Hall) which has four rooms downstairs (kitchen, meeting room, playroom and storeroom) and three rooms upstairs (two classrooms and the church office). The church building, the hall and the meeting room of Jubilee hall are accessible to people with disabilities. Due to population density, parking around our church can be an issue. The church has two manses. One is currently being rented. The other is being considered for knock-down rebuild with the intention of being used as a manse or rental property depending on future needs.

About us

There has been a Baptist Church in Granville for over 100 years. In the last decade Granville Baptist Church joined with South Granville Baptist forming the Granville Community Baptist Church.  The average weekly attendance at morning service would be from 50 to 70. The congregation ranges in age from babies and toddlers to those well into retirement.

More information:

 

Contact information for the Granville Community Baptist Church

Baptist Churches

footer-logo2The Granville Community Baptist Church is affiliated with the Baptist  Association of NSW & ACT, a voluntary group of Baptist churches that hold to a common purpose, beliefs and values and are working towards a common set of vision pictures. See the Baptist Churches site for more information.