Church Family News

Sunday 21 March 2021

Sanctuary Sunday, Harmony Day 2021

Today is Sanctuary Sunday. This is a special morning to celebrate the unity and diversity we have at Hobart Baptist Church as Harmony Week concludes.

Over the years believers from many different backgrounds, young and old, rich and poor, male and female have found a place to belong and find sanctuary here.

You are welcome to join us as we worship God together in our 10am service!

If you can’t attend in person, our YouTube service is available from 10.15am >>>

Dates for your Diary

Today, 21 Mar, 4pm: IC Church Harmony Day service. Followed by a shared multi-cultural meal. IC Church is located at 446 Main Rd, Glenorchy. Carpark – 19 Kensington St, Glenorchy.
Sun 28 Mar, after 10am service: Church Members’ Meeting – Presentation of Annual Report, HBC Hall
Fri 2 April, 9.30 am: Good Friday Service
Sun 4 March, 10am: Easter Sunday Service

If you would like to know more about any of these
please ask the Secretary.

Margaret Eldridge Inducted to Tasmanian Honour Roll

Margaret at the awards ceremony

On Friday 12 March, Margaret Eldridge travelled to Launceston to be inducted into the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for her service to Multicultural Affairs; Community Advocacy and Inclusion; Education and Training; and Volunteering.
At the event, 18 women and three women’s groups were inducted in a ceremony which takes place every second year and is an initiative of the Tasmanian government. The Minister for Women, Sarah Courtney, presented the awards. Congratulations Margaret on your special award!

Church Family Picnic

Last weekend about 30 people joined together for our Church Picnic at Bellerive. It was a great time of community and connection, with playground activities and backyard cricket. Thanks to Ben and Tracy for organising a great day out.

2021 Crossover Easter Offering

Crossover Easter Offering

This year, as in past years, our Good Friday Offering will go to Crossover, to support their evangelism work.

Crossover is an initiative of Australian Baptist Ministries to foster mission and resource Baptist churches in evangelism, church planting and church revitalisation. Crossover equips churches to creatively share Jesus in diverse Aussie contexts.

Offering envelopes are available from church or you can give online by Clicking here>>>

Easter Sermon Series at HBC, 28 March to 18 April

Hope rising

Easter is all about hope as God does the impossible and brings Jesus back to life.

Come and be part of it as we remember how God walks with us as hope rises amid the storm of despair.


Crown of Thorns Oratorio – Good Friday, 2 April at St David’s Cathedral

The Tasmanian premiere of Charles’ Packer’s Crown of Thorns will be performed on Good Friday in St. David’s Cathedral. 

WHEN: Good Friday at 3.30 and 6.30pm
WHERE: St. David’s Cathedral
COST: Tickets $35 and $30 concession, from and from Whitey’s Shearing Shed, Kingston, and the Lindisfarne Post Office and Bellerive Newsagency.
MORE INFO: The Cathedral has limited seating due to social distancing, so early purchase is recommended.

Praise and Prayer Points

Give thanks for:

  • Our brothers and sisters at HBC – for our diversity and our unity
  • Being part of a church family, and the support and encouragement we can give each other
  • Prayers answered through the week.

Please pray for:

  • Peace and safety for the people of Myanmar during the current unrest
  • Family members belonging HBC people living in countries where Covid is still of great concern.
  • All who have health concerns, particularly Margaret Baikie this week.
  • The finalisation of the sale of the units and the completion of our redevelopment
  • Wisdom and clarity as we “Step over the Threshold”

Church Members’ Meeting – next Sunday 28 March 2021

For information on the upcoming Church Meeting check out our members page by clicking here>>>
Papers including the Annual Report will be emailed out shortly. Hard copies can be provided on request only (our office is not yet functioning!)

Car Parking on Sundays

Just a reminder to be thoughtful about where you park your car.

With settlement on the units taking place it is important to remember that the numbered spaces in the car park are for the sole use of the residents.

If you are fit and well, we ask that you leave parking spaces in the front of the church for those less able. Just think of the benefit of that little bit of exercise. Thank you for your cooperation.

HBC Services Online

We hope to be live-streaming services from church to you very soon. Until then, we pre-record our services on YouTube here >>>

Audio of in-person services, including the Q&A, is available HERE >>>

GIVING – Your tithes and offerings

Thank you to all who have faithfully continued with regular giving during the current economic climate. Many are now using EFT, with quite a few who have made the switch since we had to close our doors. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

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).

You can give online here>>>

COVID-19 Reminders

Please remember the simple guidelines to keeping everyone safe, including:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell – always cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive and before you leave
  • Ensure your name is recorded
  • Family members may sit close together – others please remember the 1.5m rule.

Thank you for your assistance.