On June 6 1896, a meeting was held in the home of Mr. George Post with over thirty people in attendance. This first worship service was led by Mr. Cobbs. Caledonia Baptist Church was formally organized on October 28, 1896; The church was recognized by the Niagara Hamilton Association of Baptist Churches on November 17, 1896. A church building was erected two years later where we worshiped for the next 92 years.
On June 19, 1988, the first worship service was held at our current location. At that time, we reminded ourselves: "The Lord has said, "Behold I will do a new thing!" Our congregation have a beautiful new building to "make all things new" but as a congregation we must first remember that we serve the Lord Jesus Christ and must remain true to him. We have a great opportunity in the growing community to share our faith with a hurt and dying world. To God be All the Glory!"
We believe that the Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, were written by people that were led by the Holy Spirit. They were written for everyone and they share God's heart for humanity. We believe them to be entirely true and we shape our life by them.
We believe that there is only one God who is eternal. We know him as He has revealed Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.)
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary, by which he came into the world to save humanity of the guilt and condemnation of sin. He offered his blood to pay sin's price, making forgiveness available to all who have faith in him.
We believe that we were created for fellowship with God. We share the story of all who have lived - created innocent, but lost that innocence through disobedience. As a result death became our experience. This was to God's great displeasure.
We believe that when a person trusts Jesus Christ, he/she is made right with God. Sin is forgiven and peace is made with God. Nothing can separate those who truly believe, from the love of God. They are kept by God's power through faith. The sure proof of this is a consistent trust and growth toward Christlikeness.
We believe the Church is everyone who has ever embraced Jesus Christ as Saviour. The church finds local expression in a group of believers who organize themselves for the purpose of worship and service.
We practice Baptism and Communion as visual evidence of connection with the family of faith.
- Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ. Baptism is a symbol of forgiveness and cleansing in Christ, of faith in Christ and surrender to Him. It is a symbol of the work of Christ - his death, burial and resurrection.
- Communion is a commemoration of Jesus' dying love, and symbolizes the fact that through faith, the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ.
We believe that Jesus will come again: This time to gather his people, judge the nations, defeat Satan, and fill the earth with his glory.
We believe that there will be a resurrection of those who have believed to experience the joy of heaven. Those who choose not to believe are raised to judgment. The believer will not experience condemnation, for he/she has already passed from death to life.
Mission and Partners
From the very beginning, our mission has been to tell others the good news of Jesus dying on the cross, buried in a tomb, and rising again on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). If you do not know or believe that Jesus is risen and has conquered sin and death, then we encourage you to come to know and understand this great news. It is the best news that the world has even been given. We want everyone to know.
After he rose from the dead, he told us to go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything he has said until he comes again (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe we are in Caledonia for this reason.
We have partners who share this mission and we support and uphold them in prayer. These partners in turn encourage us to keep on going with this wonderful mission that God has given to us. We hope you will also get to know our partners:
Our Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) Missionaries:
CBM Hopeful Gifts Catalogue: Our Sunday School is regularly supporting projects to express God's love to the world.
We are also passionate about Helping Hands Street Mission in Hamilton. We send a team regularly to serve.
Camp Onieda - A summer camp experience for children to hear about Jesus.