Get to know our Church


Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to read about our church. We are very excited about what God is doing here at the Wodonga District Baptist Church and we believe that God has a place here for you. We are a growing congregation that caters for all age groups.

God intends for His Church to thrive! Our desire is to be a healthy, vibrant, biblically-based community, committed to growing more like Jesus Christ in attitudes and actions. We’re not perfect, but we are seeking to be the sort of church where Jesus Christ is honoured and followed, and where everyone is welcome.

We are a diverse group of people, reflecting our local community’s blend of ages, life stages, and cultural/ethnic backgrounds.

Our Sunday services are aimed at being authentic and uplifting. We hope that these times inspire people to love Jesus more and live for Him daily.

Our programs are about building a unique experience of Christian Community. They are really just steps to help you on the journey of becoming more like Jesus. They are groups where we hope you experience genuine Christian community. As you navigate through this website, I hope you find something to suit your age group, your interests and your needs.

Feel free to talk to myself or any of the staff about how you can be involved at WDBC.

Rev. Paul Downie
Senior Pastor


Sunday Gatherings

A Church Service is the time when the congregation (the people that attend a church) regularly meet together, as instructed by Jesus, to worship, learn about and be obedient to God.

Time & Location

We are located at,

154 Melrose Drive, Wodonga, VIC 3690 and our regular Sunday services are held at,

10am Morning Service

2pm Swahili Service, with English translation and

5:30pm is our Evening Service

Easter and Christmas services are held at,

9am Good Friday

10am Easter Sunday

9am Christmas day

All are welcome.

Common Questions

…loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. Worship is more than music. Music is a great way to help us express our thanks and praise to God but this is not the only way to worship. Our actions, attitudes, the way we serve, the way we treat others, the words we use, can all bring glory to God. Worship is something we can do at anytime of the week and right through the day. We worship God when we offer Him our whole lives.
What happens in a Baptism service?

The act of baptism is a public declaration of Faith. Some people give a short speech of testimony (their story) to the congregation. The Pastor and the person being baptised then enter the baptistery (a pool of water sunk into the stage) where the Pastor asks a couple of questions to which the person gives the appropriate answers.

Question: Have you turned from your sin and put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
Response: I have
Question: Do you commit yourself to being Jesus’ disciple and to serving him through the Church by his grace?
Response: I do
Pastor’s statement: We’ve heard your responses, so because of your faith in Jesus Christ I now baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

The person is then briefly lowered just under the water and lifted out.

What is the meaning of baptism?

The word “Baptise” means to “dip under water“, from the Greek word baptizo.

Baptism illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection

“For when you were baptised, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Colossians 2:12

Why are people baptised?

We are baptised to follow the example of Jesus,

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptised by John in the river.” Mark 1:9

Because Jesus commands it,

“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

It illustrates our new life as a Christian,

“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Who can be baptised?

Every person who believes in Christ can be baptised.

“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptised …” Acts 2:41

At WDBC, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of Christ’s salvation before we baptise them. However, there is no minimum age. The time to be baptised is the time when we “turn away from our sins to God and believe in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

If you would like to be baptised, contact the Church Office on 02 60561777 or office@wdbc.com.au

Communion is held on the first Sunday morning of each month and on the third Sunday evening of each month.

What happens in a Communion service?

Communion is usually conducted by three people from the Pastoral team or Diaconate, both male and female. We use small pieces of bread and grape juice to follow Jesus’ example. An explanation of communion and a devotion is given by the person leading the Communion, followed by a prayer of thanks for the body of Christ, symbolised by the bread. The bread is eaten individually as it is received. Usually stewards serve the members of the congregation in their seats. The grape juice is drunk collectively upon the signal of the person leading communion, at this time a prayer of thanks for the blood of Christ, symbolised by the grape juice, is given.

What is the meaning of communion?

Jesus gave his disciples a way of remembering Him, by sharing together bread and wine. It reminds us today of the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28

Who can partake in Communion?

WDBC encourage all Christians present at their communion services to share in the Lord’s Supper, no matter what their church background might be.

What happens in a Dedication service?

The act of dedication is a public declaration of thanksgiving to God for the child. The Pastor asks the parents a series of questions to which the parents gives the appropriate answers.

Question Do you thank God for his gift of your children, and do you accept the joys and duties of parenthood, promising to love and care for them?
Response We do.
Question Do you promise to bring up your child within the Christian community and to share with her your own faith and trust in Jesus?
Response We do

The congregation is also asked to acknowledge their part in the Christian instruction of the child. The Pastor asks a question similar to this.

QuestionDo you promise to offer to this child and their families your love and care, and to join with their parents in sharing our Christian faith with her/him?
Response We do

The Pastor then holds the child and prays for them. There is no set age for dedication although it tends to be performed upon infants and toddlers.

What is the purpose of dedication?

This ceremony clearly shows the importance of children in our church and is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make their own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe.

Jesus was dedicated in the temple

“… Joseph and Mary took him [Jesus] to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” Luke 2:22

Who can be dedicated?

Dedication is usually undertaken by families already within the congregation of WDBC.

If you would like to have your child dedicated, contact the Church Office on 02 60561777 or office@wdbc.com.au

What to expect

The way a service is conducted is largely determined by what we, as Baptists, believe (our theology). The main elements of a regular service are;

welcome
announcements
praise through singing
teaching through a sermon
offering as an outpouring of God’s grace
prayer

There are a number of special church services that encompass steps of obedience to God’s Word. Church membership is NOT required to take part in any church service, only a willing heart before God

Get connected

Small Groups are one place to connect on a regular basis. We also have many other activities that run during the week and they can be found on our Groups page.

Small Groups

A small group is a place to…

share, laugh, learn, cry together, grow, develop, support, inspire, reach out, converse, interact, pray together, make friends, be challenged…

What is a small group?

A small group is a group of people, usually 6-12, who meet together with an identified leader on a regular basis, usually weekly and in someone’s home, in order to experience authentic Christian community.

Why are small groups important?

In a big church such as ours, it is very difficult to experience authentic Christian community by just getting together on a Sunday. Therefore WDBC seeks to be a big church made up of small groups, in which people have the opportunity to connect with a smaller group of people and thereby experience a sense of belonging to and participation in the larger community, which is the church.

Small groups seek to connect people to God as the ultimate source of life, through God’s Word and each other in authentic Christian community.

Small groups provide the ideal environment for experiencing the transforming power of relationships in which we can love one another, grow in Christ-likeness, and serve one another practically.

We would encourage everyone to participate in small group life, as this is one of the most significant ways in which we can encourage each other to Thrive! in our spiritual journey.

Our Vision is…

To become a church where everyone experiences authentic Christian community

(in order to achieve this vision)

Our Mission is…

To help people Thrive! in Christ by connecting them to God through his Word & each other in authentic Christian community in order to:
love grow serve

Our Core Values are…

1. Spiritual Transformation (John 13:15; Rom. 8:29).

Helping people to thrive in Christ & experience spiritual growth, becoming more like Jesus in heart, character & life.

Reading, reflecting on & living out God’s Word.

2. Authentic Relationships (Mark 3:14; Acts 2:46).

Connecting people to each other in communities of grace for the development of authentic Christian community.
Experiencing the transforming power of relationships of acceptance, trust, openness, authenticity & accountability.

Loving and serving each other practically.

3. Training in Leadership (Eph. 4:11-12).

Supporting and training small group leaders as the most strategic people in the spiritual transformation process of the church.
Providing encouragement & accountability (coaching huddles & one-to-one catch-ups), skills training & vision casting.

4. Reproduction of Groups (2 Tim. 2:2).

Being open to growing & reproducing groups so that unconnected & unchurched people may experience authentic community in group life.

Developing an apprentice leader in each group so that emerging leaders gain on-the-job experience to help prepare them for leading new groups.

When…

Various, mostly midweek evenings, some daytime

Where…

Small groups meet in various locations

Contact Hans Sommer, our Small Group coordinator on 0404 891 144

Enquire at the Church Information Desk in the foyer and fill in an expression of Interest form, or

Fill in a yellow card (included in church newsletter) during Sunday church services and place in the offering container.

Contact the office at Wdbc.com.au