Worship

We invite you to gather for worship in the church sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 10:30am (Summers at 9:30am). The service is traditional in style and vibrant in spirit. We sing with enthusiasm from hymnbooks, pray intently, and reflect on the themes and Bible passages for the day.

Our choir, under the direction of Michael Copps, provides anthems throughout the service.

Children are invited to come up front for the Children’s Moment and then join in a continuation of our morning Sunday School program. In summer, children join their families in the service and receive an activity packet related to the service.

Communion is served the first Sunday of each month and is open to all.

Several aids for worship are available as you enter. Large print bulletins can be found on the back table and an elevator by the parking lot entrance makes the building accessible to all. Ask any usher or greeter for assistance.

Come join us and be our guest. We would love to meet you!

Bible Studies

Baptist Churches believe the Bible is our source of authority in matters of faith and practice. To that end, we teach the Bible in Sunday School, Worship, and in study groups. There are several opportunities to study the Bible throughout the year.

  • Our Adult Sunday School Class meets at 9:30am Sunday mornings
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 10am in the church lounge
  • Men’s Study Group meets alternate Monday mornings at 7:30am
  • During Advent and Lent, the pastor leads study groups at the church.
  • If you are interested in this type of small group experience, please contact the Church office for more information
  • Summer schedules vary

Sunday School

Adult Education

The Adult Class focuses on learning more about the Bible, its historical and cultural background, and how to apply it to contemporary issues.  Rotating leaders provide introductions and exploration of questions raised by DVDs featuring scholars such as Ray Vander Laan, preachers such as Adam Hamilton, and popular writers such as Philip Yancey.  Each class is complete in itself.  The group meets in the lounge 9:30-10:25 am most Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Children Ministries

EBC welcomes children of all ages to our Sunday School program. Our dedicated teachers strive to help and guide our children in building their Christian faith through lessons, music, crafts, and participation in worship. Some of our addition activities include:

  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Sunday
  • Children’s Choir
  • Letter writing and cards to our shut-ins and “Compassion Kids”
  • Hosting after church brunches and dinners for the American Baptist
  • Church camping program, local soup kitchen and & “Compassion Kids”

Our school year begins the Sunday after Labor Day and continues through the last Sunday in June. Sunday School begins at 9:30 am. At 10:30 am all children (except nursery age) enter the sanctuary for worship. After the children’s message, grades K-5 return to their classrooms. During the summer months, children stay in the service after the children’s sermon.

Youth Ministries

Eastwood Baptist Church’s Youth class is for middle & high school youth and meet in the upper room. We meet at 9:30 am during the school year prior to the 10:30 am church service. In class you will learn how to make the teachings of Jesus Christ relevant to everyday life using the Holy Bible as our guide. Join us as we create place that allows you to learn through fun activities and Bible study. We will be building relationships with Christ and each other.

Choirs

Our Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Michael Copps, provides anthems throughout the service. During Advent and Holy Week the choir performs special programs for the season. During the summer, we enjoy special music from individual performs. We celebrate the ministry of music. Anyone interested in participating in the choir, whether on a regular basis or for a season, can speak to Michael. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Our Children’s Choir sings at various times  of the year under the direction Carol Lutz. Children rehearse in the choir room, following the Children’s Story in worship, before heading to worship Sunday School.

Women’s Groups

Eastwood Baptist women love to express their Christian ministries within the church as well as to the whole community.  There are two women’s circles that meet monthly:

There is also a daily prayer chain.

We experience Christian love, fellowship, joy, and inspiration through participation in activities such as:

  • Coffee hours following worship
  • Community dinners
  • White Cross projects
  • Mission projects
  • Love Gift

We extend a warm invitation to any interested woman.  For additional information, please contact Emma McNamara at 437-1987 or the church office at 463-1930.

Men’s Ministries

Men’s Bible Study meets on alternate Monday mornings in the Lounge at 7:30am.

Men’s Fellowship meets at the church in Titus Hall the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM from October through May, to enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by one of the American Baptist Women. The dinner is a time of good fellowship and camaraderie, and includes a program on a topics of interest related to men and faith. Church work projects and planning are also discussed at these meetings. The men do many of the volunteer chores and upkeep projects that are needed at the church and also at the ABC/NYS camp sites like Pathfinder Lodge near Cooperstown, New York. The men’s group also supports the twice-yearly Garage Sale activities held at the church. The group is affiliated with the New York State American Baptist Men’s organization and participate in their meetings and activities when possible. All men are welcome.

Missions

The Eastwood Baptist Church has traditionally been very active and committed to Missions Support for those in need physically and spiritually. Our vision is not only to take care of our own members and local community, but to connect with and support statewide, national, and indeed international ministries.

Missions giving is a core value for Eastwood Baptist, integral to our ministry now, as it has been since our inception in 1927.

This important work is guided by our Missions Commission, which is charged with the responsibility for coordinating our special offerings, providing recommendations to the entire Board of Deacons regarding disbursement of offerings to Wider Missions, and developing our outreach into the community and world.

It has been our intention and practice to dedicate at least 10% of each year’s total budget to Missions.

Our local Missions effort is coordinated under the title “Who Is My Neighbor?” Eastwood Baptist Church supports local food distribution, such as the food pantry (Parish Outreach) located at the Blessed Sacrament Church across the street. Habitat For Humanity, Samaritan Center, Francis House, Rescue Mission, and other local community organizations, have recently been selected by Missions as effective partners in service in the name of Jesus. We also maintain a separate “Fellowship Fund”, carefully administrated by our Pastor, to help our local church members and community people who have emergency needs.

On occasions, such as following Hurricane Katrina in our southern states several years ago, we have supported relief efforts financially and also with physical labor volunteered by our members.

Eastwood Baptist enjoys a special relationship with other American Baptist churches throughout New York and the United States. Our missions dollars are efficiently applied through several of the special American Baptist Offerings, both for the national (ABC/USA) and state (ABC/NYS) organizations with whom we are affiliated. In addition, we have been supporting for many years the Baptist (ABC/NYS) camping programs at Pathfinder Lodge and Camp Vick with financial aid, work crew efforts, and providing some of our local children with Camp attendance scholarships, when such help is needed.

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 7

The Eastwood Baptist Church has sponsored a Boy Scout Troop ever since the church’s inception in 1927. Troop 7 was one of the areas oldest troops and is currently under the Hiawatha Seaway Council in the Central New York area. The troop at EBC today is very active and strong, and is currently under the fine leadership of Scoutmaster Edward J. White. Camporees and summer camping activities are regularly attended by the boys and their leaders. The Scouts meet weekly at the Church in Titus Hall on Mondays at 7:00pm for work on projects and good fellowship for all.

The Eagle Rank has been earned by at least 39 young boys, i.e. young men, over the years since inception. In fact we have a beautiful plaque in the rear of the Church sanctuary listing the names of all who earned this most prestigious rank in scouting and indicating the year awarded.
All boys who have achieved this rank, as have many other scouts, have gone on to become very successful citizens of our community and indeed, the whole world. Our scouting program, along with our other church youth groups comprise a well-proven foundation for what has made America truly great.

The Silver Beaver, Scoutings top leadership award, has been presented to at least three past adult leaders associated with this troop for significant accomplishments for, and dedication to, the field of Scouting in Central New York and America.

The Church also sponsors Cub Pack 7 for training of younger boys in advance of joining the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Pack 7 was established in the early 1930’s at this church. Pack 7 meets weekly during the school year.