North Canberra Baptist Church (NCBC) is located at 17 Condamine Street, Turner, directly opposite Turner Primary School. Condamine Street is about one kilometre north of the City centre and runs off Northbourne Avenue. NCBC is within a walking distance of ANU. See the map here.
Our 10:00 am morning service is a more traditional service, though it is people-friendly and has a number of informal elements. The basic outline of our services includes music, Scripture readings, announcements, a sermon and prayer. The music is provided by an organ and electric piano and includes a balance between traditional hymns and more contemporary hymns and songs. The words for the music and other elements of the service are projected via data projector onto a screen. Sermons are recorded and can be downloaded as text or audio. There is no evening service at this stage.
You will be met at the door by our welcomers who will hand you a weekly newsletter which contains the Order of Service for that day, information about church activities, news and other items. You may then feel free to find somewhere to sit where you feel comfortable. The church has ventilated gas heating during the colder Canberra months. Services last for one to one and a quarter hours.
Communion or the Lord's Supper takes place on the first Sunday of each month. See details below.
Following the morning service, you are welcome to join the congregation for tea, coffee and a bite to eat. The church hall also contains a small borrowing library.
We have our Insight Hour approximately once a month in the Morton Room. The study commences at 11:30 am after morning tea and concludes at 12:30 pm. This is a teaching session conducted by the Pastor and in the past has included topics such as Church History, theology, Bible interpretation, and social and moral issues. The topics are usually presented with PowerPoint slides and notes for each session are available. Monthly prayer meetings are also held after the service in the Morton room. Several times a year, we have a church lunch (sometimes at the church, usually somewhere casual and fun within a short drive). All are welcome to join us!
The Lord's Supper is when the church community remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a solemn but also joyous occasion because it is a looking forward to the day when Christ will come again. Our remembrance and celebration are expressed by eating a small piece of bread and drinking a small glass of non-alcoholic grape-juice. The bread and juices symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ. Jesus instructed his followers to remember Him in this way during his final meal with them (Matthew 26: 26-29). This ordinance is a means of renewing our pledge to follow Christ as his disciples.
The bread is passed around on plates by members of the congregation and each person takes a small piece and eats it immediately. The grape juice is served in individual little glasses but is held until all are ready to drink together. People do not come forward to participate; the bread and juice are brought to them in the pews.
We invite anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to participate in the Lord's Supper. If you do not feel comfortable eating the bread or drinking the juice, simply let the plate or tray go by.
It is normal during the Sunday Service to have an offering so that the people of the congregation can contribute financially to the work of the church. This money goes into a central fund to pay our pastor's salary, administrative costs and run ministries. It is one of the ways Christians express what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
Although we do not have a weekly Sunday School, we warmly welcome children of all ages to our service. Activity packs are available for younger children to keep them occupied during the service. There is an air-conditioned crèche for parents to mind small children. The service is broadcast into this room.
Ample free parking is available on site if you are travelling by car. Turn into the carpark on Condamine Street opposite the primary school.
A number of bus services will stop on Northbourne Avenue, a short walk to the church down Condamine Street. Look for the 'Northbourne Ave after Greenway St' stop (northbound) or the 'Northbourne Ave/Fenner Hall' stop (southbound). Please check the ACTION website for the latest details. Buses can be infrequent on Sunday morning. If you arrive early, please come in anyway! The church will be open from around 9am on Sunday.
North Canberra Baptist Church is also a short walk down Condamine Street from the Ipima Street light rail stop.
Visit the 'Contact us' page to find out how you can get in touch. We look forward to meeting you soon!