About Our Church
Centreville Baptist Church is a growing congregation in the community of Centreville, Nova Scotia. A spacious nursery on site is provided every Sunday and is staffed by volunteers so that you may enjoy the service. Sunday school for grades P-6 takes place during the service, beginning at approximately 11:00. Regular service begins at 10:30 and is 60-75 minutes long. Come early and enjoy a coffee on us!
There are many opportunities to become involved in church life with us. Adult and children's Sunday school, Bible study, prayer group, men's and women's Bible study groups, service and outreach projects, Oasis, youth group, children's program, children's afterschool program, worship team, and choir are just some of the opportunities for you if you wish to become more involved.
We see our church as a community facility and we like to make space available for meetings and gatherings. If you are interested in a meeting space, please contact the senior pastor. Small meeting space is available as well as room for large gatherings and dinners. The large, well equipped sanctuary is ideal for weddings and includes adjustable lighting, audio-visual system with a modern sound board, and internet access. Other amenities include a library, kitchen, and washrooms with a change table and wheelchair access.
A Brief History
Centreville Baptist Church was born in January 1918 when a group of interested people from Centreville met with the reverend A.J. Prosser, the minister of First Cornwallis Baptist Church. This group agreed to form their own congregation under the ministry leadership of First Cornwallis. Thus, Centreville became the eighth and last daughter church of First Cornwallis Baptist Church.
The original church building was erected in the centre of the village, at the crossroad. The land was donated by Rhuben Thorpe and construction cost $4406.03, fully paid for by the time it was dedicated to God’s glory on 16 May, 1920.
In 1974, Centreville Baptist Church made the decision to minister on its own, calling its very first pastor, the reverend Robert Billings. This ended fifty-six years of shared ministry with First Cornwallis. In 1989, the congregation moved to explore the building of a new facility to accommodate its growing needs. Lloyd and Kay Murray donated a plot of land located on Murray drive. The sod was turned on June 23, 1996. The first service was held at the new location on 1 December 1996 and the building was dedicated to God’s glory and service on 30 March 1997.
In 2006, the congregation again moved to add to its building to accommodate its continued growing needs. Building on to its existing facilities, a new sanctuary and new Christian education wing were added on. The enlarged structure was completed in 2007.
What We Believe
We believe that:
• The BIBLE is the true, inspired, entirely trustworthy Word of God given to us as supreme and final authority in the living of our lives.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
• There is only one true, living and eternal GOD who has created everything, and exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all having the same nature, attributes and perfection.
(Matthew 28:19 and Ephesians 4:4-6)
• JESUS CHRIST is God manifest in the flesh that is visible. He came by virgin birth, lived on Earth and was totally obedient to the Father, performed many miracles, died on a cross to pay the penalty for the disobedience of sinful humans, and that God the Father vindicated Him by raising Him from the dead. Christ has risen to Heaven where He lives, interceding for those who believe. He will return again.
(John 1:1-4, Acts 1:11, Philippians 2:5-11, and Hebrews 1:1-4)
• The HOLY SPIRIT is the person who convinces humans that they have sinned against God; that we stand in judgment, and that only Christ is the answer to our need. The Holy Spirit lives in everyone who believes that Christ is their Saviour, giving them a new spiritual ability to understand and obey God's Word.
(John 14:16-17 and Galatians 5:16-18)
• HUMANKIND was created sinless and in God's image, but, because of disobedience, we have become sinful and lost our way away from God. Only through repentance and believing that Christ died to pay the price for our sin, can we be saved from eternal death. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned.
(Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 1:13-14, 2-21, and
• In the RESURRECTION of both the saved and the lost, the saved will spend eternity in the loving presence of God in Heaven, and the lost will spend eternity away from God in the Lake of Fire.
(Luke 16:19-26, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 and Revelation 20:11-15)
• The CHURCH is comprised of and unites all Christians, and, together, we form His Body on Earth; existing to proclaim the Good News, make disciples, seek and do God's Will, live according to the teachings of Christ, and gather together on Sundays to worship and glorify God.
(Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23 and Hebrews 10:24-25)
• As Baptists, God has given us two SACRAMENTS: Baptism and Communion.
Baptism is the immersion in water of a professing believer to symbolize his/her union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It implies death to his/her old life and spiritual rebirth.
(Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:9-12)
Communion (or Lord's Supper) is a reminder to the believer that the Body and Blood of Christ were offered up for our salvation, and a reminder of our hope that Jesus will return again.
(Luke 22:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-24)