(and our future)
Our story begins in 1908 when Mr & Mrs George Ruggles settled into their home in Clanalpine Street, Eastwood.
A contemporary description of Eastwood was “a rural village largely consisting of orchards and farms in a healthy and beautiful setting”.
They missed the warm fellowship of their local Baptist Church at Stanmore – a Sydney suburb – so set about finding other like-minded Christians to seek to establish a Baptist Church in the district.
On 15 May 1910 services commenced – both morning and evening – in the Eastwood Public School.
At the 1910 September Baptist Annual Assembly this fellowship was recognised by the Baptist Union of New South Wales as the Eastwood Baptist Church.
The handful of members set to work buying land at 3 First Avenue Eastwood for £100 and in June 1911 opened their church building.
That they choose wisely is evidenced by the fact that a later building erected in 1923 and since enlarged still stands on this site, now incorporated into a much larger area with a suite of buildings and other facilities.
For over 100 years the Church has benefited from faithful pastors, church leaders and members worshipping and working with one another.
2020 - A New Chapter
September 2020 will see the beginning of a new chapter for the church, involving a complete re-launch. In anticipation, we are keen to hear your stories from your time of involvement with Eastwood Baptist Church. We want to celebrate all that God has done in all the years gone by. And with the same pioneering spirit as displayed in the early days of EBC, we anticipate God's good work in us, in our community and in the world.
Read our story of revitalisation here.
Send in your story of God at work in years gone by to firstname.lastname@example.org.