Sydenham Baptist Church is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne, and aims to equip people to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
We offer a place to connect with other people and develop life-long friendships, as well as a place to connect with God.
Everyone is welcome!
We run programs for all ages and stages of life, from babies right through to those blessed with the wisdom of age, as well as our regular Sunday Services.
Our Sunday Services have a relaxed, contemporary feel, where we look at everyday issues according to the principles God has given us through the Bible. Our hope is that through being part of our Church, you will be inspired, equipped and challenged to live your faith in every part of your life.
Why not come along and check us out?
Our Mission, Vision and Values
equipping people to be committed followers of Jesus Christ
Connecting Through Worship
Our Church provides worship that is a unified, inclusive expression of our adoration of God, which leads to a deeper connection with Him and with one another.
Growing Through Discipleship
Our Church provides focused discipleship that enables growth, empowerment and mentoring.
Serving Through Ministry
Our Church provides opportunity for people to service through ministry where they are affirmed in their gifting, empowered and equipped to serve and shown appreciation.
Belonging Through Fellowship
Our Church is a family. Functioning as one body, it creates connections for a loving sense of belonging.
Building Through Evangelism
Our Church is present in our local and global communities, sharing the Good News through relationships, which are characterised by the same love and compassion that God demonstrates through Jesus Christ.
Effectiveness Through Management Processes
Our Church will manage facilities and financial resources effectively; formulate and follow supportive policies and procedures and implement administrative and staffing structures that are innovative, flexible and efficient, all with the aim of achieving our Vision and Mission.
Sharing God's love with our world; communication – evangelism – conversion – transformation
A growing relationship with God; worship – prayer – spiritual development – applying Biblical principles – celebration
A loving and accepting community; welcoming – fellowship – a place for everyone to belong – caring – encouraging
Growing to be like Jesus Christ; God's Word – discipleship – spiritual gifts – education – spiritual growth – training
Serving Jesus in our World; compassion – ministry – service – mission – reaching out
Welcome to Sydenham Baptist Church, where our Mission is to equip people to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.
We run regular services on Sundays where you can join us in worshiping God, as well as a number of groups for all ages and stages of life - kids, teens, singles, families, seniors - we have something for everyone.
We would love to have you come visit us for a service on a Sunday. If you do, please visit our Welcome Lounge at the back of the auditorium at the end of the service. This area is specially designed for new people or visitors - we will welcome you, introduce you to the Church, help you get connected to the Church and/or Life Groups if you would like, and offer you a tea/coffee.
Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions or queries you may have – big or small.
Our Monthly Bulletin contains information about what is currently happening in the Church, as well as upcoming events and programs.
You can find out more About Us here, such as our Vision and Values, current Pastors and other aspects of our Church; or by Contacting Us.
We would love to welcome you to join us on a Sunday.
We have two services, 10am Sunday mornings and 5.30pm Sunday evenings.
Our Kid's Program, Kids @ Sydenham, runs during both services for children from 4 years old through to those in Grade 6.
Morning Tea/Supper follows both services and is a great time to catch up with friends and meet new ones.
We have plenty of parking, so please join us at 350 Calder Park Drive, Sydenham, VIC, 3037.
Meet the Pastors
Paul's passion is for the community and helping our church and congregation move to a place where the people around us are impacted by Jesus every day.
Jo has a passion for equipping and empowering people in their faith journey so that they can go out into their spheres of influence and share the love of Jesus with those they encounter.
Scott is passionate about seeing kids grow in their development and relationship with God. Married with 4 children of his own, and a big kid at heart himself, Scott always ensures the kids are enjoying themselves in the program.
James oversees the Youth, Young Adults and Worship Ministries here at Sydenham Baptist Church. He has a passion for young people and a heart for teaching, discipleship and worship.
Our Church history begins in 1985 when a group of 12 people got together, sharing a vision to start a church in Keilor.
Bob Hayes become the first church secretary, and he shares his memories of how Sydenham Baptist Church came into being: "Our first meetings were held in my and wife Nancy's home, while next door at Wally and Jan Gladman's house, the children were entertained and cared for. Having the two houses together was a real God-send in the early days."
"The core group of 12 was charged with the early planning and, on February 16, 1986, we held our first service at Keilor Downs Secondary College as Keilor Baptist Church. In those days we referred to ourselves as the 'suitcase church' because each week we'd set up the hall, then painstakingly pack up everything after services."
"By the time we were officially constituted on September 13, 1987, we had 20 regular members with 120 guests in attendance on the inaugural day. There was much excitement and dedication to the task ahead, and we all felt encouraged as others joined. In the ensuing years we had regular attendances of anything up to 120. In those early days, Rev Lindsay Smith from Rowville was a great help and was instrumental in acquiring land, with the plans in the pipeline to begin construction of our own church building."
"After much hard work in raising funds for the new building, and involvement in many working bees, the day came on May 28, 2000, when our vision for our own place came to fruition."
Our church building was built at 350 Calder Park Drive and since then we've watched the church continue to grow to now meet the spiritual needs of people.