Ministries at CBC
At Canterbury Baptist Church we seek to love, support, and serve our community. One of the ways we do this is through ministry groups where people gather together with a common purpose. A list of our main ministries is below. Feel free to contact the person named if you’d like more information.
Join our in-person service weekly at 10am each Sunday
At Canterbury Baptist we call our small or home groups – Connect Groups, because they are an essential way of being connected to each other and growing in our connection with Jesus. The Connect groups provide the best way of maintaining contact, connection, accountability, and pastoral care outside of our weekly gathering for Sunday worship services.
We especially encourage new people to Canterbury to join a Connect group, as this assists them in getting to know the church family and the church family getting to know them.
Although each Connect group has its own way of operating, we encourage a three-way focus – UPWARDS, as we study God’s Word together; INWARDS, as we talk, discuss, care and pray for each other; OUTWARDS, as we pray for the those around us and encourage each other to be Jesus' disciples in our homes, neighbourhood, school/Uni, and workplaces.
Mainly Music is a volunteer-led music group for parents or care givers to enjoy with their children aged from 0 to preschoolers. Mainly music promotes language development, imagination, motor skills through singing, movement, rhymes, simple instruments and props. This provides an opportunity for care givers and children to socialise with others. ‘mainly music’ also presents families with opportunities to talk about God.
The weekly sessions are full of fun, educational music and musical activity, followed by snack time, play time and a chat.
WHEN: Wednesdays 10.00am (during school term)
CBC offers a Youth Group, a group of energetic, welcoming and enthusiastic teenagers who meet up every second Friday night for social events. Organised by our youth coordinator Emma, these social sessions often involve games and a chance to bond as a small community. We also meet up as a combined group with Camberwell Baptist Church every month to extend their opportunities for meaningful relationships with other youth of faith. They also meet during each Sunday morning, and are recently engaging with a bible study to build a theological foundation. All teenagers from years 5 to 10 are welcome!
On Sunday mornings families, friends and children sit around tables, joining in with percussion instruments and contemplative colouring and modelling, During the service, Godly Play worship stations provide children access to the biblical text through playing, praying, creative responses, reading, exploring, and listening… all aimed to support their love and trust in God.
The Great ComMISSION that Jesus gave to all Christians to share in, is to ‘Go and make disciples in all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ (Matt 28:19).
In ‘going’ Christians go both across the street and across the world.
At CBC we have a Mission Team of people who use their God-given abilities and interest to particularly support, facilitate and encourage all of us in the ‘across the world’ part of God’s plan.
What we see in Overseas Mission ‘nations’:
Vibrant faith communities following Jesus in their own distinctive ways
Why: Because nothing matters more than sharing God’s love for the world
Who:Through Holy Spirit-led people, humbly contextualising the good news of Jesus in every place
How: At CBC, we actively partner in four ways:
Praying (assisted by prayer guides and mission magazines)
Giving (financially supporting intercultural workers, teams and people groups)
Fellowshipping (sharing, learning, building relationships, helping practically)
Going (visiting, short term assignment, long term)
Currently, CBC has a specific focus with four mission partners in a diversity of roles as well as two Mission Organisations:
• S and K (Pioneers)
• P and D (Missionary Aviation Fellowship)
• R and M (Middle East Christian Outreach)
• K (Baptist Mission Australia)
• Baptist Mission Australia (~100 intercultural workers serving with eleven different people groups across the world)
• Baptist World Aid (Emergency relief and sustainable development projects in various countries)
‘Servants Community Housing’ exists to support vulnerable members of society who otherwise might be at risk of homelessness. ‘Servants’ now operate four facilities in Hawthorn and Kew, one of which is for women only. Since 2010 the ‘CBC Servants’ Team have been providing a monthly Saturday night BBQ meal to share with the residents at the Hamer Court community, along with other more individual support.
Worship Music Ministry
Music has always played an important role in society, whether it be within the church or outside of it. It can have an amazing influence on our lives and our souls and can move people in creative and remarkable ways. At Canterbury Baptist Church, it is wonderful to be able to see people expressing their love of God and meeting with God in intimate ways through music. The music team at Canterbury Baptist Church feels privileged to be using the talents that God has given them to help facilitate this. We aim to bring people together to help us all focus on our amazing Creator, and to experience God in a special way through this aspect of our worship.
We have two wonderful music teams that volunteer their skills and time for our morning services and they are made up of musicians and technicians (sound and media) from a wide range of ages, abilities and experience. We seek to incorporate a variety of music styles into our service, ranging from more traditional hymns through to choruses and modern, more contemporary worship songs.
While we endeavour to provide a cohesive musical setting, we don’t view our music worship as a performance, but rather as one aspect of the whole worship experience. We are always open to having more musicians join us to use their talents to contribute our services. We are particularly excited when some of our youth join the music team and will continue to encourage our youth to be involved in our services.