Sweeter than honey...
There is no mistaking the intense sweetness of honey as it makes contact with your tongue. This taste is compared in the Bible to the impact of God's guidance for us (his "commands" and words) - in fact, what God offers is immeasurably sweeter (Psalm 19:10 and Psalm 119:103). Find out more about how you can experience this for yourself. Come and taste...
Committed to Armidale and surrounding communities for the past century
The New England Baptist Church was pioneered by Baptist evangelist Thomas Llewellyn. The first pastor, Rev RW Harvison, was inducted in the Armidale Baptist Church in 1884 and he lived at Saumarez Ponds. Harvison’s ministry was terminated after he fell from his horse.
The first Baptist Church in Armidale was built in 1882 on the corner of Brown and Allingham Streets. In the 1880s Baptist churches were also built at Saumarez Ponds, Breelong, and on Lakemount.
In 1902 the Black Mountain Baptist Church was built next to the Manse that had been erected a few years earlier. The current Armidale property, on corner Rusden and Jessie Streets, was purchased by members of the Black Mountain congregation in 1918, and the current Armidale building was opened in December that year.
For the first 35 years Baptists had a strong ministry in rural communities to isolated families. Pastor and lay preachers rode on horseback to more than 20 ‘outstations’ where folk who had also travelled long distances gathered to worship God. The development of Armidale as a centre for education led to a strong ministry to students, academics and teachers throughout the 20th century.
The 21st century church is being built on a framework of small ‘Life Church’ groups where everyone has opportunity to be supported, and supportive of one another, enabling a dynamic ministry to the local community.
Delve into the history of the Baptists in Armidale with David
Church Service Times
We invite you to attend one or all of our Sunday services
The Sunday Morning of Worship has 2 parts linked by morning tea:
- First part begins 9.00 am
- Second part TEN:45 (more interactive)
There is a Combined Service on the first Sunday of each month at 10.45 am with communion, followed by BYO lunch
Services are also held at the Black Mountain Baptist Church at 2 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month, and at Autumn Lodge at 2 pm on the 4th Sunday each month