Church Family News, November 2023

Hobart Baptist Church, Sunday 26 November

This Sunday Matt Henderson will introduce our new Vision Sermon Series. Over the next few Sundays we’ll hear about the HBC vision for 2024.

The Multicultural Start-ups Market Day will continue alongside the 10am Service and The Church Annual Members meeting will be held in the Gibson Hall following morning tea.

SERMON: Vision: Next Steps 2024

BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 32:11

WATCH: LIVE on YouTube at 10.00am Sunday

A Q&A session with the speaker takes place after the sermon each Sunday.
To join, text a question to 0491 070 718.

Stay on after the service for fellowship over morning tea, including a coffee from Esteem.

Kids’ Church and HBC Youth will meet during the service.

For enquiries regarding room use/hire, please email Kelvin Smith (



SATURDAY 25th 10:00am-2:00pm. Multicultural Market to be held at HBC.

SUNDAY 26th 10:00am. Vision Sermon Series commences. 11:30am. Church Annual Members Meeting following 10am service. All Welcome.
Multicultural market continues.

WEDNESDAY 28th 7.15am for a 7.30am. Prayer for the City at Hobart Baptist Church. Last one for the year.


SATURDAY 2nd 6:00pm. Ghanaian Sierra Leone Fundraiser

SUNDAY 17th 10:00am. Empty Christmas Tree Service

New Sermon Series – Next Steps

Next Steps:2024 & Beyond

Hobart Baptist Church has been a community occupying a liminal space for a period of time. The renovation of the building appears to have provided us with a marker for the ‘end’ of a season in the life of this church community, however a clear ‘new thing’ has not yet fully emerged. 

We are presented with exciting opportunities in 2024 through what has already started. We are not at the beginning of the journey, instead we are already on our way.


Multicultural Market Day

Multicultural Start-ups Market Day

We have a special weekend coming up at HBC:-
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November: 10am – 2pm each day.

4 new Multicultural businesses will be launched in the Foyer and Soundy Lounge and Esteem. Coffee will be open as well.

Mama Abebea – Eritrean Cuisine
Kaza Miza – Middle Eastern Finger Food
Basema’s Kitchen – Syrian Desserts
Taste of Senafe – Artistic Fresh Juices + Ethiopian Coffee.

Invite your friends and come along and support these new immigrants who have participated in the latest start-up business training course run by CatholicCare and Kelvin.
NB: Card payment only for these businesses.


The Hobart Baptist Church Annual Members’ Meeting will be held THIS Sunday, 26 November following the 10am Worship Service. This will be followed by a General Church Members’ Meeting.

ALL WELCOME and encouraged to attend.

The main agenda items for the Annual Members’ Meeting are the election of Deacons and Officers for 2024 and the reception of the Financial Statements for the Year 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

The Nominations received are listed on the HBC Members and Others page .

The General Members’ Meeting will follow, and will receive reports from the Senior Pastor and Secretary, consider an application for Membership from Jeremiah Ambrose and a motion from the Diaconate regarding the reappointment of Matt Henderson as Associate Pastor, 2 days per week.


We are looking forward to upgrading the church kitchen to commercial standard. This will enable us to fully utilise our facilities, not only for our own church family, but also to better serve the community.

Esteem coffee

Kelvin’s vision is to make the church kitchen available to individuals or groups to produce food for distribution or for sale, either as one-off or as semi-regular events.

To date $1,500 has been raised towards the estimated cost of around $3,500. Donations to date total $950. Thank you!

Another Sausage Sizzle and Christmas Goodies trade table will be held in early December – date TBA. It is not too soon to plan your Christmas baking.

Donations can be placed in an offering box on Sunday (in an envelope suitably marked) or transferred directly to the Church Bank Account with the reference ‘Kitchen Upgrade’. For more information chat with Kelvin or Heather.   


For those still needing to do the training, there is an opportunity to do so, on Saturday 16 December from 11am – 2:00pm.

It is imperative that everyone at HBC who works with children or vulnerable people and ALL leaders within the church have complete the Safe Church Training by the end of the year.
Leaders include: Pastors, Deacons, Kid’s Church and Youth leaders, those involved in the 10am service on a regular basis (those who sing, play instruments, read the Bible, pray, lead the service, welcome people, serve morning tea, and also extends to the Karen community, Vietnamese fellowship… pretty much everyone within the church!

Please talk to Matt or Heather Galloway if you still need this training or have any questions.


Church Together City Prayer

Church Together Tasmania invites everyone to gather together and pray for Hobart, believing that God will touch the city, making the impossible possible in His name.

Prayer for the City will be at Hobart Baptist Church Hobart Baptist Church on Wednesday, 29 November.

All welcome at 7.15am for a 7.30am start.



‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9:7

We thank all who give faithfully on a regular basis, as without this support we would not be able to operate. Your offerings support our budget: and through that it enables the church to continue to be an important part of the North Hobart landscape and the place from where we can prophetically serve the City of Hobart.

It is where we can know the benefit of worshipping with others, where we hear the stories of Jesus and how they apply to us, where we are encouraged in our journey with Jesus, from where we can share God’s love with others and help them to know and trust in God themselves. Our influence can also be far reaching – there is no limit to God’s love through our deeds and actions. Thank you for your generosity.

EFT is a great way to ensure regular giving and as well there are offering boxes available for use as you leave the Sanctuary.

You can give online here