CELEBRATE WITH US: Bundaberg Baptist Church celebrates its 70th Anniversary. Photo: contributed
CELEBRATE WITH US: Bundaberg Baptist Church celebrates its 70th Anniversary. Photo: contributed contributed

Church anniversary

THE Bundaberg Baptist Church will celebrate its 70th anniversary in August.

Spokeswoman Janelle Wilson said the celebrations, on August 8 and 9, would be a memorabilia display, and an opportunity for fellowship with friends and family at an evening meal.

This will be followed with a musical extravaganza of "Music through the Ages".

The Sunday services will be held at 9am with guest speaker Rev Dr David Loder, Superintendent of the Qld Baptist Family of Churches, and at 6pm a Nightlife Service will be conducted by the Youth and Young Adults.

Ms Wilson said the Bundaberg Baptist Church had grown from very humble beginnings when the Baptist folk first met in the home of Mrs M E Hutton, starting in March 1890.

On July 29 1945, the Rev T C Warriner, President of the Baptist Union of Queensland, constituted the 42-member Bundaberg Baptist Church.

"Due to the growth in the congregation, several decades of property purchases and building projects were started," Ms Wilson said.

During 1944, a building replaced the bush shelter on a block of land in Payne St.

During the 1960s a church building was built at Millbank, but this later became autonomous and is now West Baptist Church.

In 1946, land was acquired on the corner of Woongarra and McLean Sts.

In November 1991 a contract of sale for the central building was signed and a 2.23ha piece of land bought in Fitzgerald St.

The central property was bought by Browns Funeral Directors in 1992.

On August 7, 1993, the new church building was opened and dedicated by the Rev Geoff Cramb, Associate General Superintendent of the Baptist Union of Queensland.

Organisers of the 70th celebrations welcome anyone who has at any time attended the church.

Telephone 4151 8222; email office@bundabergbaptist.org.au or check the website www.bundabergbaptist.org.au.