Our Youth group ministry runs on a Sunday night from 5-7pm during the school terms.
Why do we come to church? It really is all about Jesus. What is the reason for our joy and life, our answer to that is Jesus! It’s not about buildings or programs or the way you dress or who you like or what you look like. It’s not even a philosophy. It’s all about meeting and following Jesus.
Our Church exists to help people be disciples of Jesus. Jesus tells us that he is the Way, The Truth and the life. This means everything, we do as a church exists to help people encounter Jesus wherever they are at and whatever stage of life, faith and belief they may be currently at. Learning to follow Jesus every day is something we get very excited about because we have found that Jesus is the answer to the problems, issues, challenges and aspirations of this world.
Following Jesus is amazing and life changing but it’s not easy. It means that we have to learn to do things his way. His passion for the poor and oppressed must become ours. His concern to put others first must become ours. His claim to be the only one who can reconcile us to God and his gentle insistence that we allow him to be Lord are what we teach. This teaching that Jesus talks about can be found in the New Testament Gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. To read the teachings of Jesus and his life click here.
Following him is not something we learn in a week or a year. None of us are perfect or have finished learning what it means to be disciple of Jesus. Faith in Jesus is a journey that we are on together and that is the great invitation Jesus offers to all of us, come and follow me! If you are wanting to explore more about Jesus – and begin that journey, then we would love to invite you to come and join as in this amazing adventure.
The fellowship of the Blacktown Baptist Church commenced on April 18th, 1928 and became affiliated with the Baptist Union on October 31, 1931. The fellowship was commenced by Mr & Mrs Alfred McLean who felt there was a need for Baptist witness in the Blacktown area.
Mr & Mrs Arthur English donated the land on which a Baptist witness should commence; the first Sunday School commenced on the veranda of their home. Mr English was to be the first Church Secretary serving the Church in this capacity for over 30 years.
Over the years there were many pastors and lay people in church leadership. Geoff Parish, Albert Dube, Alan Tinsley (who went on to start Windsor Baptist), Mr and Mrs Don Cameron who started the Girls Brigade, Graham Eldridge who started Toongabbie Baptist, Mr Longman and Ron Davies who worked at Doonside, Windsor, Penrith and St Mary’s were established along with open air Sunday Schools at Lalor Park.
Rev Stan Butchard was the first ordained minister and is the longest serving Pastor, serving for more than nine years. In 1960 his appointment led to building the current Church building.
The original timber church hall was built in the early 1930’s, then extended to meet the church’s needs in the 1950’s.
The current brick Church building was opened in 1963 it had timber pews and could seat over 150 people. While many parts of the church still have their original features the church is continuing to change and be developed to meet the needs of the growing community. The old wooden pews have been replaced with padded chairs and air conditioning installed. Office and meeting rooms have also been built.
The Church building is used by many different groups throughout the week including a Korean, Sri Lankan and Chinese church, along with other groups.
Located less than 1 km from the CBD and train station, with a bus stop right outside the front door, the property is located at a strategically important location within the suburb, wider city of Blacktown and Western Sydney.
On any given Sunday there could be 70+ people from a variety of age groups, and BBC presently has 45 people in membership which is regularly reviewed. Ethnically diverse, the congregation is made up of Sudanese, Filipino, Iranian, Indian, Bangladeshi, Libyan Pakistani as well as Anglo Australian.