We the Copper Coast Baptist Church are a young church - we began as a congregation in 2007. However, the history of a church comes not just from the present group of people but all those who have gone before them to pave the way.
The first Baptist Church in the Copper Coast held its first service in January 1865 so this year we celebrate 150 years of a Baptist presence in the Copper Coast.
Last year was the 100th anniversary of this building and Graham Burgan, Pastor of the Kadina Church of Christ has kindly given us a gift to represent that event. The commemorative trowel which was presented by the builders “Chandlers and Co” to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone.
We as a church have come a long way since our early beginnings 8 years ago. We began by meeting in homes, other churches and school premises within the community. We have faced obstacles and difficulties but we have grown stronger as we rely on God and his direction and provision for us as his followers.
One year ago we as the Copper Coast Baptist Church had no indication that we would be here today. We had no savings and no assets (other than our people). We had a block of land that belonged to the Baptist Churches of South Australia through a legacy from Minlaton Baptist Church but we had no funds to build on it. God has certainly performed a miracle in 2014.
This building could not have come about for us had it not been for the legacy of the Minlaton, Peterborough and Jamestown Baptist Churches. Demographics may have shifted away from these towns but the legacy of these faithful congregations will live on in the work of the Copper Coast Baptist Church. The Baptist mission statement is “Together in Mission” and we are a testament to that statement.
We also wish to thank Baptist Financial Services and Greg Thomas for all his help in securing the finances to fit out the building. We are very grateful for their ministry support.
We now have a place to call home and to serve the community from. This building is our home base but it is only a building, it is a tool for serving God in the community and we look forward to all the new ways in which we will participate in the community in the Copper Coast.
Mayor Paul Thomas speaking at the opening service