Church Family News

Sunday October 25, 2020

You are welcome to join us for our 10am service in the Tab as we continue our Sermon Series from Acts: Citizen H.

The Online service, continues to be available on YouTube >>>.

Graham Robin Clements, 7/1/1932 – 17/10/2020

Graham Clements passed away peacefully on October 17, 2020. Dearly loved husband of Elizabeth (dec). Loving father and father-in-law of Peter and Mary Jane, Bruce and Anita, Rosemary and Chris. Devoted Grandpa of Hugh and Claire; Lucy; Jessica, Jazlyn, Lucinda and Ashlee.

For so many of us, Graham and Hobart Baptist Church have been inextricably linked for ever. He was heard to say on many occasions, “I was carried in to HBC as a baby, and I expect to be carried out!” He was right!

Graham, the son of active church members of long standing, grew up in the church. At the age of 14, Graham was baptized and welcomed into membership of HBC on 12 January 1946. Graham devoted his life to the church serving as a Deacon, Assistant Secretary and Secretary, as well as an Elder. Graham also served as President of the Baptist Union of Tasmania for a year. Graham was a member of the Pastoral Care, Meet & Make and the Tab News and Views committees.

Graham’s career was with the Education Department of Tasmania, starting as a high school teacher at Queenstown, and ending as Principal of Taroona High School from 1975-1990, before becoming a superintendent for the department. He was much loved and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him in that context.

Outside of church, Graham’s love of trains was well known and he had many stories to tell.  Graham was a former President and Life Member of the Tasmanian Transport Museum. Graham also volunteered at RPH with regular time slots reading on air.

Graham was a humble, unassuming disciple, who loved to share his knowledge and joy of life with others. Graham was devoted to his family and to the work of the Lord, through the Hobart Baptist Church.  

Graham will be remembered as a loyal and faithful servant with a wonderful sense of humour and for the many stories he shared. He will be greatly missed.

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 25 October (10am Service): TODAY!
– OCC Shoebox dedication
Visioning/Planning Workshop, in the HBC Hall, after Church.

Thursday 29 October (7.30pm):
Visioning/Planning Workshop, in the Tab

Friday 30/Saturday 31 October:
Tas Baptists Annual Assembly, Riverlands, Longford

Wednesday 11 November (6.30am for 6.45am start):
Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hotel Grand Chancellor. Online only.

Saturday 21 November:
“Meeting Jesus at the Beach”, Family Day out

Sunday 22 November:
HBC Members’ Meeting, Election of Deacons and Officers. More details below.


The first workshop is TODAY in the Hall, after the 10am service
Thursday 29 October in the Tab, 7.30pm

You are invited to be part of the future of HBC. There will be numerous ministry possibilities for our new facilities. We’re in for an exciting time!

You can be involved in determining what that future looks like. Bring your ideas, your gifts and your talents, as we discern what God has planned for us in the new space.

Heather Galloway, Secretary


Units from Carpark

Further responses to the HBC Redevelopment Appeal and donations have been received this week. Every dollar makes a difference.

Each contribution is acknowledged with sincere gratitude. It is so encouraging to know how many people have a heart for the mission of the church in the community.

Our Target: $100,000 (gifts) and $250,000 (loans).

To date we have received or had promised $72,532 in donations, a significant increase from last week. and $57,500 in loans.

If you would like to know more or make as donation please email, or indicate your intention here >>>

Challenges with the Building Redevelopment continue

Thank you for your prayers to date. Please continue to pray for resolution of issues that confront us. Pray for God’s wisdom in determining the next steps, that the right path will be clear.

Pray too for the future ministry of the church, for your involvement, whatever shape that may take: together we can be the prophetic voice in the City of Hobart that God had called us to be.


The Marriage Course at HBC

Week 1 of the Marriage Course was held on Tuesday Oct 13 with a Date Night @ HBC. Six couples were treated to a delicious meal and quality time with the significant other in their life.

Please pray for the ongoing Marriage Course series (up to week 7): For the couples who have chosen to invest in their marriage, and for those who have a supporting role.

You can learn more about the Alpha Marriage Course here >>>


The 15th Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast will be held on the Wednesday 11 November, 2020 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

Numbers were limited to 240 this year because of Covid-19, and therefore we were unable to book a table for HBC. But you can watch it online. For the first time in its 15-year history a Live Streaming Access option is available for $25 per head. Contact the Secretary know if you are interested in this option:


The Hobart Baptist Church Annual Members’ Meeting for 2020 will be held in the Hall on Sunday 22 November, after the 10am service.

Please put this date in your diary and prayerfully consider if God is calling you to be a deacon or office bearer at this time.

The meeting will include the election of Deacons and Officers for 2021. The nominations book is now open.

A number of vacancies exist, including that of Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer.

More information can be found on the HBC Members – and Others page by Clicking Here >>>


operation christmas child, OCC

Today is the day! During the service we will be praying for the shoeboxes, and for the children who will receive them. The shoeboxes are an opportunity to show God’s love from afar, and they also enable those who receive them to hear about Jesus.

I will be in church to receive the boxes this Sunday, but if you if you are unable to get to church or you forget to bring your box, please contact me, Celia Munro: to talk about getting the boxes to Samaritan’s Purse.

Thanking you , Celia Munro.


As we continue to meet together with relative confidence at this point in time, it is important we remind each other of the simple things that can help protect us as individuals, and the community at large.
Thank you for your assistance with this.

When We Are Together Please Remember:

* If you are unwell, you are asked to stay home
*Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive and before you leave
*Please sit in designated rows, allowing for others who come after you
*Family members may sit close together, but
* Social distancing of 1.5m needs to be observed at all times
* You are welcome to bring your own cushion
* More details can be found on Elvanto >>>


Thank you to all who have been faithfully continuing with regular giving during the current economic climate. Many have been using EFT for some time now, but there are others who have made the switch since we had to close our doors. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

Now that we are meeting in person again, there is an offering box available for your use as you leave the sanctuary. (A change to the way we do things as a result of COVID-19).

Give Online Here>>>