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Jesus Focussed

We seek to be a community that is shaped by Jesus Christ. In the life of Jesus we see a model for living. In the teaching of Jesus we find wisdom and direction for our lives. In the death of Jesus we see a God who suffers with us. In the resurrection of Jesus we see a sign that God is with us and hope that our lives and world can be transformed for the better.

Committed to Love

We seek to be a community in which people matter more than dogma or institution. We aim to value each other, celebrate each other’s joys, care for one another in difficult times, and spur one another on to be the people we were created to be.

Diverse and Inclusive

We seek to be a community that embraces diversity in age, gender, sexuality, culture, and social status. Our congregation includes young and old, straight and gay, abled and disabled, and people of Anglo, Asian, and other backgrounds, each contributing uniquely to our community life.

Gracefully Present

We seek to be a community that communicates grace, love, peace and hope to our world. We pursue justice for those who are disadvantaged, exploited or marginalised; seek to value the earth and its creatures; and to post people to the possibilities of faith.

What our congregation members say about Hamilton Baptist

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Find Us

We meet Sundays 9.30am at 108 Lindsay St Hamilton.

If you come by car there is plenty of parking on Lindsay Street or the surrounding side streets. If you travel by train there is a 10 minute walk from Hamilton Station to the church.

Hamilton Baptist Church

Contact Us

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FAQ

What can I expect If I come to a service?

When you arrive you’re likely to find people casually dressed, engaged in warm conversation, and possibly sipping a coffee they’ve made from our espresso machine.  By the time the service begins there will be anywhere from 40-70 people ranging in age from newborns to retirees. You will worship alongside people who are straight and gay; single, married, divorced and widowed; employed and seeking work; able-bodied and people with physical and mental disabilities; and people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The service will run for about 75 minutes and include the singing of contemporary worship songs, announcements, prayers, and a learning period such as a talk followed by Q & A. People will operate from the assumption that it is OK to ask questions and hold different views. You are welcome to join in boots and all or to quietly observe. Children of infants and primary school age are welcome to join our kids program that will commence 15-20 minutes into the church service. At the conclusion of the service the kids join us again as we all share in morning tea.

I've heard Baptist churches are...

There are close to 1000 Baptist churches in Australia, and no two are exactly alike. Some feature choirs singing hymns written centuries ago, while others resemble something more like a rock concert. Some have very elderly congregations, while others may have lots of young people and families. Some are very large (Australia’s largest Baptist church has around 5000 members) while others are very small (with less than 20 attenders). Some have very strict belief systems, while others value diversity. Some have a very conservative approach to social justice issues, while others are very progressive. So whatever your experience of Baptist churches may or may not have been, there’s a good probability Hamilton Baptist Church will be altogether different.

The best way to find out what we’re like is to come along and take a look for yourself.

Are you a "Bible believing" church?

“Bible believing” is often shorthand for churches that have a very conservative outlook on social issues, fundamentalist approach to truth, claim that all their views are the clear teaching of the Bible, and see conformity to all those beliefs as the basis of their community life.

That is not the type of church you will find at Hamilton Baptist. We’re bound together by a common conviction that we want to be followers of Jesus and to love and support each other on that journey. We very much value and honour the Bible and look to the story it tells to enable us to understand who God is, who we are, and how we should live in this world. We recognise that interpreting the Bible is not always simple and that there is room for significant difference of opinion. We have also found that the values of the Biblical story, and particularly of Jesus, need to be applied afresh in every generation. Sometimes this means continuing past traditions and sometimes creating new traditions.

I am LGBITQ. Will I be welcome?

Yes you will. We have a number of same gender couples who participate fully in the life of the church. We are grieved that many LGBITQ people have been led to think that God hates them or that their sexual orientation is incompatible with being a follower of Jesus.

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Our Staff

Andrew Dodd

Pastor

Andrew has been pastor at Hamilton Baptist since 19XX. He is a passionate runner and sports fan.

Renee Edmonds

Children’s Worker

Renee runs our Sunday morning program for children in infants & primary school

Jono Dorse

Youth Worker

Jono is employed one day a week to run our youth program and build into the lives of our youth.

Our Ministries

SUNDAY SERVICES

We run weekly church services at 9.30am on Sunday mornings.

POP UP HOME GROUPS

2-3 times a year we run short term discussion groups in homes to facilitate learning, growth & to build relationships

CHILDREN

Sunday mornings our children’s worker, Renee Edmonds, takes infant and primary school children for their own time of fun & learning.

YOUTH

Friday night social activities, an annual youth camp and relationship building are led by our youth worker, Jono Dorse

MUM’S COTTAGE

HBC provides personnel & financial support to Mum’s Cottage, a place for mum’s, dad’s and grandparents raising their grandchildren to find support & friendship.

STREETCARE

Saturday nights our streetcare team provide coffee, snacks and friendship to people living rough in the city.

ARTISTS

We have a number of painters, musicians & poets in our congregation. An art group meets monthly & is open to anyone wanting to develop their creative side.

CAFE ESTATE

A weekly drop-in centre providing breakfast and friendship in a large public housing estate.

NEPAL

HBC has a partnership with  Milap (“Reconciliation”) in community development projects in Nepalgung Nepal.

ADVOCACY

HBC participates in advocacy campaigns facilitated by A Just Cause and Baptist World Aid Australia.

Community Carols

Every Christmas we host Carols in Gregson Park. This is well attended by our local community.

Scripture

We teach Scripture in a number of schools around Hamilton.

Our Ministries

CHILDREN

Sunday mornings our children’s worker, Renee Edmonds, takes infant and primary school children for their own time of fun & learning.

YOUTH

Friday night social activities, an annual youth camp and relationship building are led by our youth worker, Jono Dorse

MUM’S COTTAGE

HBC provides personnel & financial support to Mum’s Cottage, a place for mum’s, dad’s and grandparents raising their grandchildren to find support & friendship.

STREETCARE

Saturday nights our streetcare team provide coffee, snacks and friendship to people living rough in the city.

ARTISTS

We have a number of painters, musicians & poets in our congregation. An art group meets monthly & is open to anyone wanting to develop their creative side.

CAFE ESTATE

A weekly drop-in centre providing breakfast and friendship in a large public housing estate.

NEPAL

HBC has a partnership with  Milap (“Reconciliation”) in community development projects in Nepalgung Nepal.

ADVOCACY

HBC participates in advocacy campaigns facilitated by A Just Cause and Baptist World Aid Australia.

Community Carols

Every Christmas we host a Carol in Gregson Park event that is well attended by our local community.

Scripture

We teach Scripture in a number of schools around Hamilton.